Day and night for 365 days per year, the Mission is on call providing help for seafarers in over 200 ports around the world.
Seafarers need our help because they are often working in dangerous conditions, with no one else to turn to. Our Port Chaplains send us stories about the sea men and women they support, and we tailor our help to each and every one of them.
The Mission Impact
Every January, we analyse our global reports from around 200 ports, to assess our outputs in line with our duties under the UK Charity Commission regulations.
We care passionately about providing help to seafarers and their families, and make sure that our limited funds are spent where the need is greatest.
To make these judgements, we have:
- expanded our digital chaplaincy reporting
- use a new app, called Shipvisitor, which is used by all members of International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA)
The Mission to Seafarers asks all ports to provide reports on the following welfare work streams:
- Ship visiting
- Transport runs
- Seafarers’ Centres attendance
- Justice and welfare cases
- Christian services provided
- Christian materials distributed
The Mission figures
The Mission to Seafarers work is often confidential, as we provide support in a very sensitive setting. We are trusted by thousands of seafarers, who use our services every day. That is why we do not make reporting a public activity, in case it hinders our work providing care and support, sometimes in crisis situations.
Our top priority is that seafarers and their families feel 100% safe in our care, and they are confident that our professional port chaplaincy teams are highly skilled at bringing help when needed.
We have estimated the following figures, based on regular reporting from key sea port areas from all eight of our global regions.
Ship visits: 30,576, encountering 187,140 seafarers on board their vessels.
Centres: 86,996 visits to our 121 centres.
Transport: 46,063 seafarers used our transport services.
Justice and Welfare: 1,286 cases
Digital chaplaincy: 1,913 interactions on our digital Chat to Chaplain service
PPE: 144,612 items of PPE given out to our chaplaincy teams and centres globally
India: 1,688 families benefitted from our families feeding programme in Tuticorin
Philippines: 2,876 seafarers received essential food aid, transport and practical support through our Covid-19 response programme
Stats and facts
Over 90% of world trade is carried by sea, providing work to 1.5 million seafarers. Shipping is a truly international industry: in today’s global market you might have a Greek-owned vessel, registered in Malta, with officers from India and a mixed crew from Thailand, Indonesia, Vanuatu and the Philippines.
Shipping provides people with many opportunities: to see the world and to work in a job where you know you’re making a difference.
However, it is also one of the world’s most dangerous occupations, with piracy, shipwreck and abandonment just some of the threats seafarers face. Mental health issues affect many seafarers, but our volunteers and chaplains are there to provide emotional and spiritual support, whether that’s on board or at our Seafarers Centres. Our Mission is to provide help for Seafarers when they need it most.
You can download our most recent report by clicking here, see previous reports below: