The Seafarers Emergency Fund (SEF) is available to provide immediate, essential aid to seafarers and families of seafarers, who are directly involved in sudden or unforeseen crises. The fund may be needed to cover expenses such as psychological counselling, medical bills, repatriation and a number of other unexpected costs.
The SEF is available to welfare organisations and trade unions in order to provide seafarers and/or their families with the goods or services they need in an emergency. The fund is not intended to be used for long-term maintenance or for situations where other sources of relief are available, but each application is considered on its own merits, on a personalised and timely basis and with confidentiality.
This fund is made possible by grants from The TK Foundation, the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, the Trafigura Foundation and Seafarers UK.