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

It's your turn to run London Marathon 2017 for Sailors' Society. In doing so, you will help transform seafarers' lives at home, in port and at sea.


virtual Boaty McBoatface sets sail for Olympic gold

Boaty McBoatface will set sail from Southampton for the Olympics today (July 19) thanks to Sailors’ Society and vessel tracking website MarineTraffic. It is hoped that Boaty’s long journey to the opening ceremony in Rio on 5 August will raise awareness about the sacrifices seafarers make. Read more.


Take a look at our new animation and find out more about our Wellness at Sea coaching programme and our port chaplaincy support network.


Seafarers face daily challenges. Why not #ChallengeYourself and join in one of our fundraising events?

Three Peaks Challenge 17-20 June

It’s your chance to conquer three of Great Britain’s highest peaks; Ben Nevis in Scotland, Helvellyn in England and Snowdon in Wales, all in 24 hours, and raise money for seafarers’ welfare.

RIDE LONDON-surrey 100

Take on Ride London's 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and Surrey’s stunning countryside and help raise funds for Sailors' Society. 

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You can help

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.

What can you do to help seafarers and their families? Why not join our 'commit to knit' scheme where, for the nimble-fingered supporter, you can knit a hat, or perhaps a neck warmer, for needy seafarers. For more volunteering ideas take a look at this link, or if you would like to take part in fundraising, you can click here and visit our events page for ideas. 

Helping Seafarers and their Families


Statistics from a typical year in our ministry

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