Seafarers lead tough and dangerous lives, and spend long periods away from their families with sometimes severely restricted shore leave. Welfare facilities and services both on board and ashore can be a lifeline.
We work to promote the welfare of seafarers worldwide, advocating on behalf of seafarers for better welfare services and facilities in ports and on board ships.
We also provide direct welfare services to seafarers. Our 24-hour multilingual helpline, SeafarerHelp, runs every day of the year and is free for seafarers to call from anywhere in the world. In 2017, SeafarerHelp assisted 8,862 seafarers of 92 different nationalities.
We run an emergency welfare fund for seafarers and their families in dire need, and our projects include distribution of health information resources for seafarers worldwide.
Our work relies on charitable grants and donations and we need your help.