What We Do

Whether caring for victims of piracy, providing a lifeline to seafarers stranded in foreign ports, or simply providing a space to relax and a listening ear, the Mission is on hand night and day to support the world’s 1.5 million seafarers.

Chaplaincy

Our ship-visiting chaplains visit ships arriving in our ports to provide a friendly welcome and offer help, support and advice.

Hospitality and Communication

Our Mission Centres in Hamilton and Toronto offer hospitality, the opportunity to connect with family back home through internet and phone facilities and the chance to spend time away from the ship.

Justice and Welfare Services

We provide justice and welfare services when a seafarer has not been paid, is working in substandard conditions, being bullied or has been a victim of wrongful arrest. Our staff can intervene and put them in touch with professional support and legal advice through local expertise and contacts.

Experienced Counsellors

Seafarers face harsh working conditions, tensions between crew members and isolation from friends and family. These can take their toll on seafarers, leading to depression, anxiety and loneliness. Our chaplains are experienced counsellors, on hand to listen and offer sympathy and advice.

Our chaplains are trained to recognize and respond to signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. In the aftermath of pirate attack, shipwreck or industrial disaster they offer a caring response in the midst of post-event interrogation and bureaucracy.

Transportation

The ports are located in industrial areas far away from shops and amenities. We provide tra­­nsport so that seafarers can make the most of their brief time ashore.

Advocacy

We also work to uphold seafarers’ rights and ensure justice, fair pay and good working conditions at sea. We are in constant dialogue with the shipping industry, governments and regulatory bodies.

Interfaith Ministry

The Mission to Seafarers is a worldwide society of the Anglican church. Our chaplains provide Christian services, spiritual support and opportunities for prayer and quiet reflection. We serve seafarers of all beliefs and work in partnership with other faith groups to meet their spiritual needs, whatever they may be.

About The Mission to Seafarers (International)

Piracy, shipwreck, abandonment and separation from loved ones are just a few of the problems merchant seafarers face. Around the world, The Mission to Seafarers provides help and support to the 1.5 million men and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat.

The Mission to Seafarers works in over 260 ports caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs. Through our global network of chaplains, staff and volunteers we offer practical, emotional and spiritual support to seafarers through ship visits, drop-in centres and a range of welfare and emergency support services. In over 100 ports our Flying Angel centres provide a ‘home away from home’ for seafarers who may have been at sea for up to two years. Here they can enjoy time away from their ship and use internet and phone facilities to get in touch with loved ones after months away.

In an emergency, the Mission to Seafarers is often the only help on offer. No matter what problem a seafarer is facing, be it injury, abandonment, non-payment of wages or personal difficulties, they know they can turn to the local Mission for help, advice and support. Our chaplains and volunteers offer practical and financial support, advocacy services, family liaison or simply a space to talk in a time of crisis. The Mission to Seafarers was founded in 1856 and is entirely funded by voluntary donations.

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