Who we are Who we are

Who we are

A personal lifeline for seafarers on board ship and when they step ashore in port

Proud to be among the largest and most comprehensive international seafarers’ support charities


Who we are

Founded almost 200 years ago in 1818, Sailors’ Society is a Christian charity supporting and caring for an often forgotten group of people. We are multi-denominational in terms of outlook, as are our trustees, staff and the service we provide.

We reach out to seafarers where they work – on board the huge variety of cargo and cruise ships and take them practical services like phone cards to connect with loved ones at home, the latest newsprint in many languages and access to Wi-Fi hotspots.

Present at many of the key ports around the world, our chaplains and volunteers assist hundreds of thousands of seafarers each year; extending a hand of friendship, hospitality and pastoral care to all we meet regardless of rank or circumstance.

As part of our mission, we provide a wide spectrum of support services – chaplaincy, spiritual guidance and counsel, provision of welfare support to seafarers and their families, assistance with continuing maritime education and, in dire need, financial help.

Where we work
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FIND A PORT CHAPLAIN

Antwerp, Belgium

Port Chaplain

Zeebrugge, Belgium

Port Chaplain

Itaguaí, Brazil

Port Chaplain

Maceió, Brazil

Port Chaplain

Paranaguá, Brazil

Port Chaplain

Porto Santos, Brazil

Port Chaplain

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Port Chaplain

Salvador, Brazil

Port Chaplain

Superporto de Acu, Brazil

Port Chaplain

Vitória, Brazil

Port Chaplain

Réunion Island, France

Port Chaplain

Takoradi, Ghana

Port Chaplain

Tema, Ghana

Port Chaplain

Chennai, India

Port Chaplain

Cochin, India

Port Chaplain

Ennore, India

Port Chaplain

Gangavaram, India

Port Chaplain

Haldia, India

Port Chaplain

Kandla, India

Port Chaplain

Mangalore, India

Port Chaplain

Paradip, India

Port Chaplain

Banjarmasin, Indonesia

Port Chaplain

Belawan, Indonesia

Port Chaplain

Jakarta, Indonesia

Port Chaplain

Surabaya, Indonesia

Port Chaplain

Monrovia, Liberia

Port Chaplain

Toamasina, Madagascar

Port Chaplain

Tuléar, Madagascar

Port Chaplain

Maputo, Mozambique

Port Chaplain

Nacala, Mozambique

Port Chaplain

Yangon, Myanmar

Port Chaplain

Manila, Philippines

Port Chaplain

Subic Bay , Philippines

Port Chaplain

Tacloban, Philippines

Port Chaplain

Novorossiysk, Russia

Port Chaplain

Singapore, Singapore

Port Chaplain

Cape Town, South Africa

Port Chaplain

Durban, South Africa

Port Chaplain

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Port Chaplain

Ilychevsk, Ukraine

Port Chaplain

Ismail, Ukraine

Port Chaplain

Kherson, Ukraine

Port Chaplain

Mariupol, Ukraine

Port Chaplain

Odessa, Ukraine

Port Chaplain

Dundee and Montrose, United Kingdom

Port Chaplain

Invergordon, United Kingdom

Port Chaplain

Portbury, United Kingdom

Port Chaplain

South Wales , United Kingdom

Port Chaplain

Tilbury, United Kingdom

Port Chaplain

Rebuild Philippines, Philippines

Rebuild Philippines, Philippines

On 8 November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Visayas region of the Philippines, throwing millions of lives into chaos. Sailors’ Society’s Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal raised £225,000 to help rebuild homes, lives and communities.

Crisis Response Centre, South Africa

Crisis Response Centre, South Africa

Sailors’ Society’s Durban based Crisis Response Centre provides a rapid response trauma care and counselling service for survivors of piracy attacks as well as various disasters at sea.

Our comprehensive network of trained port chaplains are available 24/7 throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

You can contact our team on our 24 hour emergency response number +27 (0) 83 301 8022.

Ear and eye testing, India

Ear and eye testing, India

We fund free sight and hearing tests for seafarers in India.

Seafarers often struggle to leave Kandla port and so cannot easily access healthcare or other facilities. The testing equipment at the Seafarers’ Home Kandla brings healthcare to the seafarer. Regular examination can identify issues before they have the chance to develop and have a serious impact on seafarers’ health.

Crisis Response Centre, Ukraine

Crisis Response Centre, Ukraine

Sailors’ Society’s Ukrainian Crisis Response Centre provides a rapid response trauma care and counselling service for survivors of piracy attacks as well as various disasters at sea.

You can contact our team on our 24 hour emergency response number 00 380 503366790 or click here to email the team directly.

Disaster support, Bangladesh

Disaster support, Bangladesh

The Society is funding 10 community spaces, acting as training and resource centres, as well as shelter, to prepare families for future disasters in Bangladesh.

Crisis response centre

Sailors’ Society’s Durban based Crisis Response Centre provides a rapid response trauma care and counselling service for survivors of piracy attacks as well as various disasters at sea.

Our comprehensive network of trained port chaplains are available 24/7 throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

24 hour emergency response number +27 (0) 83 301 8022.

OUR PROJECTS

OUR PROJECTS

HOW WE WORK

HOW WE WORK

OUR HISTORY