Who We Are

supporting seafarers and their families at home, in port and at sea.

Founded more than 200 years ago in 1818, we are a Christian charity dedicated to caring for merchant seafarers: the 1.6 million men and women who keep the world’s economy moving.

We reach out to them where they work, on board the huge variety of cargo and cruise ships in many of the world’s key ports, and to their families and communities at home.

Our chaplains and volunteers help hundreds of thousands of seafarers each year. We extend a hand of friendship, hospitality and pastoral care to everyone we meet, and offer practical help, like phone cards to connect with loved ones at home, the latest newsprint in many languages and access to Wi-Fi hotspots.

We provide a wide spectrum of services – from chaplaincy and spiritual guidance to welfare support, access to education and financial help for those in desperate need.

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“If Sailors’ Society had not been here, I would have fallen.”

Vohita Arsene, Sailors’ Society beneficiary, Madagascar

We are changing lives
across the world

Recent years have seen us expand our reach, helping many more seafarers and their families. Our achievements last year include:


Seafarers reached


Ships visited


Visits to seafarers and their families in need

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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