Resources for Mariners
The Seaman's Church Institute
The Seamen’s Church Institute was founded in the 1800s.
Today, the Seamen’s Church Institute’s Center for Seafarers’ Rights is a world leader in advocacy for merchant mariners, providing professional legal services, training, and advocacy for seafarers and those who serve them around the globe.
When it was established in 1982, Center for Seafarers’ Rights mission was primarily to uphold the rights of seafarers who at that time often suffered unfair treatment at the hands of shipowners, and could be subject to poor conditions aboard ship.
Thankfully, such problems have diminished over the years, although Center for Seafarers’ Rights still sees its fair share of cases involving pay disputes, denial of medical care, shore leave restrictions and other work-related disputes.
Over the years, however, the Center’s focus has expanded to include broader seafarer well-being issues such as maritime security, physical and mental health, and the effects of potentially traumatic events such as piracy attacks on crews.
The Seaman's Church can be reached on social media via:
Facebook | Twitter | Vimeo | Flickr
The church also has facilities at the Port of Newark, New Jersey
(Christmas at Sea & Center for Seafarers' Rights)
118 Export St
Port Newark, NJ 07114
T +1 973-589-5828
129 S Water St
Paducah, KY 42001
T +1 270-575-1005
F +1 270-575-9152
9650 High Level Rd
Houston, TX 77029
T +1 713-674-1236
F +1 713-674-1239
The Seafarer's Friend
The Seafarer's Friend meets the unmet spiritual, social and practical needs of seafarers in the New England Maritime Community. Founded and incorporated in 1827 in Boston as The Boston Seaman’s Friend Society.
Their services include:
We engage seafarers, their families and community by visiting aboard ships, welcoming and hosting seafarers ashore and being attentive to their needs, including ways to contact home, a clean and safe place to relax offshore, transportation to shopping centers, as well as social, educational and recreational activities.
We empower seafarers, their families and community to address concerns of health, safety and working/living conditions aboard ship through mediation and through an international network whose only concern is the well being of seafarers.
We encourage seafarers, their families and community in the nurture of faith by making available bibles and support literature, chaplaincy services and connections to local communities of faith and by providing counseling for seafarers.
We equip seafarers, their families and community to make informed decisions about their lives and work, by connecting seafarers with a supporting network of human services; including retirement, financial, job training, translators and medical services.
They have facilities in:
77 Broadway Street
Chelsea, MA 02150
Marine Trade Center
2 Portland Fish Pier #103
Portland, ME 04101
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
213 Gosling Road
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Toll Free: 1 855-661-0330