David Gower talks about the amazing work being done by Sailors' Society chaplains around the world.


Merchant seafarers are at the very heart of our work. We want to make sure their voices are heard, their troubles listened to and their needs are met.

We are an international Christian charity working in ports around the world where the need is greatest. Our network of chaplains come alongside seafarers on ships and in ports to provide Christian ministry, welfare care  and practical support.


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Sailors' Society funds fishing boats for families of Filipino seafarers

After an incredible response to its Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal last year, Sailors' Society has partnered with the Homer Foundation to provide fishing boats for struggling seafarers’ families.

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Each year we reach thousands of seafarers to ensure that the impact on them and their families is minimized. We do this by providing pastoral care during times of distress and practical support when loneliness and isolation becomes too much. We want to be there for seafarers, their families and relatives when disaster, piracy or personal tragedy occurs.

We believe families should be together, but it is not possible all the time. So we want to make sure that seafarers receive good welfare support, frequent communication with their families, and have access to spiritual and pastoral care whenever they meet a Sailors' Society chaplain.

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Helping Seafarers and their Families


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