The Sailors’ Society is an international Christian charity working in ports across the world. The chaplains help seafarers and their families, from all faiths and none, with welfare and practical support.
They visit ships in ports and talk with seafarers away from home for up to a year at a time; and help them get in touch with much missed loved ones and access medical treatment; they liaise with frightened families when seafarers are kidnapped by terrorists or imprisoned, mostly through no fault of their own; and they build homes and schools and provide grants to bring hope and security to seafaring communities.
To learn more go to www.sailors-society.org
The Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) provides practical and pastoral care to all seafarers, regardless of nationality, belief or race. The port chaplains and volunteer ship visitors welcome seafarers, offer welfare services and advice, practical help, care and friendship. The Apostleship of the Sea in Canada is part of an international network known to the maritime world as Stella Maris, working in more than 314 ports with 216 port chaplains around the world.
To learn more go to www.apostleshipofthesea.ca
The Christian Reformed Church (CRC) is a Chaplaincy ministry focused on support for and outreach to seafarers who pass through the Port of Vancouver.
To learn more go to www.ministrytoseafarers.com
NAMMA (North American Maritime Ministry Association) exists to provide a network for encouragement, training, and coordination of ministries that serve port communities in North America.
To learn more go to www.namma.org
ICMA (International Christian Maritime Association) is a free association of Christian not-for-profit organisations working for the welfare of seafarers around the world. Founded in 1969, ICMA currently represents more than 450 seafarers’ centres and 900 chaplains in approximately 125 countries.
To learn more go to www.ICMA.as
ITF (International Transport Federation) works to ensure safe vessels and decent working conditions for seafarers. Our aim is to raise standards, protect the vulnerable and eradicate exploitation. We inspect ships, create agreements on working conditions with international agencies and help seafarers in need of assistance.
To learn more go to www.ITF seafarers.org