Port outputs

Every year in January, the Mission analyses 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 seafarers and their families and need to ensure that our limited funds are spent where the need is greatest.

We also have expanded our digital chaplaincy reporting and now use a new app, called the Ship-Visiting App, or the ChappApp, which was developed by the Sailors' Society in partnership with the International Christian Maritime Association. 

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

Mission figures

The Mission's 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, therefore, have estimated the following figures, based on regular reporting from key port areas from all of our eight global regions.

In 2017 the Mission made 65,000 ship visits, encountering approximately 325,000 seafarers on board their ships. 580,000 seafarers visited our 121 seafarers' centres. Our chaplains transported 430,000 seafarers from ship to shore locations and we worked on 895 justice, welfare and medical cases.