Seafaring remains one of the world's most dangerous occupations. The United Nations view it as the world's second most dangerous occupation, after coal-mining. Many fatal accidents at sea are caused by dangerous weather conditions such as storms, hurricanes and typhoos, which come on quickly and can be deadly. Other fatal accidents are caused by human error, such as with collisions and groundings.

Shipwreck and sinking vessels are becoming increasingly rare as modern navigation and satellite communications continue to improve. However, 2015 was regarded as one of the most deadly on record, with the Costa Concordia, the Bulk Jupiter, the Cemfjord and El Faro disasters claiming over 100 lives.

The Mission to Seafarers is very aware that shipwreck continues to threaten and take lives at sea and we strive to ensure that in the event of disaster at sea, we are on hand to provide comfort and care to the families left behind.

Our Mission to Seafarers' families' project in Manila the Philippines works to help those affected by shipwreck. Seafarers that survive shipwreck and other maritime accidents also require protection, care and support in the aftermath of serious incidents. They may need couselling, post-traumatic stress care and assistance with contacting home.

We will always strive to promote safe working conditions for seafarers and support them and their families in times of need.