A personal lifeline for seafarers at home, in port and at sea We reached out to more than 400,000 seafarers last year

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Sailors’ Society is an international Christian charity working in ports across the world. Our chaplains help seafarers and their families, from all faiths and none, with welfare and practical support. We visit ships in ports and talk with seafarers away from home for up to a year at a time; we help them get in touch with much missed loved ones and access medical treatment; we liaise with frightened families when seafarers are kidnapped by terrorists or imprisoned, mostly through no fault of their own; and we build homes and schools and provide grants to bring hope and security to seafaring communities.

We cannot do this without your help. Why should you care? Almost everything we own or use comes by sea – our cars, our computers, our phones. We all rely on seafarers. Seafarers rely on us.

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Sailors' Society works internationally to provide practical, emotional and spiritual welfare support to the world's 1.6 million seafarers and their families.

We have more than 100 chaplains and ship visitors in 91 global ports, with wider projects and services covering 27 countries. We visit many thousands of ships in port each year and have a number of building, education and welfare programmes in communities where seafarers live.

who are we

Sailors’ Society aims to transform the lives of seafarers and their families at home, in port and at sea through the delivery of chaplaincy,education and the relief of poverty and distress.

We have a long history dating back to 1818, but are innovative in our approach to helping seafarers and their families, using cutting edge technology.

our projects

We have a large programme of projects across the world from free ear and eye testing for seafarers in India to rebuilding houses and schools in communities devastated by the 2013 typhoon in the Philippines.

We have created apps to improve seafarers’welfare and are providing transport to ensure children get to and from school safely. Where we find a need, we find a way.

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Our work in numbers

Our projects are transforming lives around the world

  • 3 new classrooms
  • 10 fishing boats given to seafarers
  • 48 houses (Philippines) 
Typhoon Haiyan
  • 4 health centres built
  • 38 families given welfare or repair grants
  • £225,000 raised
  • 1.6 million seafarers
  • 9 months Average time spent at sea


Seafarers face challenges every day. Violent storms, extreme loneliness and isolation and the threat of piracy and even hijacking by terrorists. Why not challenge yourself to help them.


An incredible weekend of team bonding, this all-inclusive event includes canoeing, abseiling, trekking and water chutes, click here to find out more.


It is our aim to have a volunteer in every port around the UK (to start with anyway!) Whether you could help fundraise, tell people in your church or community about our work or even get involved in visiting seafarers, we need you.

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