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We’ve been helping seafarers and their families in need for more than 200 years.

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How We Help

We provide grants and support to families in need and run projects in seafaring communities around the world: from healthcare for retired seafarers in India to a primary school in Ghana.

In the Philippines, home to nearly one-third of the world’s seafarers, we’ve built homes, schools and other facilities for communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

Our chaplains work in more than 90 ports around the world, reaching 1,000 seafarers every day on ships or in our seafarers’ centres.

We’re a friendly face in a faraway port, offering free Wi-Fi so that seafarers can call home, lifts to the doctor or shops, welfare support and a listening ear.

Our award-winning Wellness at Sea coaching programme and app empower seafarers to stay physically and mentally fit for the pressures they face every day.

Seafarers can face many dangers in the line of work, from storms and accidents to piracy or imprisonment far from home. Our 24-7 Crisis Response Network is here when crisis hits with trauma care and financial support.

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"We were in a terrible situation. We were stranded at anchorage, our salaries were not paid for three months and we had no fresh food or water. When I was helpless, when I was in a panic, Sailors' Society helped me. They are like a family to us now."

Captain Rajesh Goli, Mumbai

“For 200 years, Sailors’ Society has supported seafarers, their families and maritime communities, right across the globe and often at the hardest times for them. From building storm shelters and schools to helping families stay connected while loved ones are at sea and offering support, the organisation is a crucial part of the maritime industry and I’m sure it will continue to be so for centuries to come.”

UK Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP

Our Work

We’re an international, non-denominational Christian maritime charity, founded more than 200 years ago with the mission of helping destitute seafarers in London’s docks.

Today, we’re still committed to caring for the world’s 1.6 million seafarers and their communities, of all faiths and none, through chaplaincy, education and the relief of poverty and distress.

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Our chaplains and ship visitors have a presence in more than 90 ports around the world, with community projects and services spanning 30 countries.

We welcome seafarers on board ships or in seafarer centres - and when crisis hits, our chaplains travel hundreds of miles to visit abandoned ships or look after families in need.

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During these unprecedented times, please contact us on: +44 (0)7718 393 380

Sailors' Society, Seafarer House, 74 St Annes Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO19 9FF, UK
Registered Company No: 86942 Charity No: 237778

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