About us

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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. The Mission to Seafarers was founded in 1856 and is entirely funded by voluntary donations.


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Our ship-visiting chaplains provide a friendly welcome and offer help, support and advice. The Mission to Seafarers is a worldwide society of the Anglican church. We serve seafarers of all beliefs and work in partnership with other faith groups to meet their spiritual needs, whatever they may be.


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In an emergency, the Mission to Seafarers is often the only help on offer. Whether 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.


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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 family. Depression, anxiety and loneliness are common. Our chaplains are trained to recognize and respond to signs of PTSD. In the aftermath of pirate attack, shipwreck or industrial disaster they offer a caring response in the midst of post-event interrogation and bureaucracy


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Our Mission Centres in Hamilton and Toronto offer hospitality, the opportunity to connect with family back home through internet and phone facilities. 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.