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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.