A life at sea can be a lonely one, with months away from family and friends and all-to-brief calls to ports in unknown countries. While many ship owners and operators provide ways and means to keep seafarers healthy, both physically and mentally, this is not always enough. To fill this gap, seafarers calling at many international ports have the support of a number of charitable organisations that offer varying services for the holistic good of the seafarer.
Many of these organisations are missionary in make-up. However, they provide support to every seafarer regardless of personal beliefs, race or religion. Seafarers’ Centers in port are open for long hours, welcoming seafarers looking to relax, spend time away from the ship and telephone, email or skype home. These havens, have been established as places where every seafarer can find a friendly person with whom they can discuss their worries and concerns. Chaplains and volunteers also reach out to seafarers in the ports by visiting them directly on board ships and offering them welcome, support and even holiday gifts!