Global Support Network
For crew and companies in need of advice direct guidance or support, there is an extensive global support network available provided by charities. Where ever you are in the world you can access the resources of these fantastic organisations that we are proud to represent.
Human Rights at Sea
Human Rights at Sea was founded on 3 April 2014 by David Hammond, now a non-practising English Barrister, former military seafarer and retired Royal Marines’ Officer. He has practical maritime operator (bridge and rotary aviation), front-line operational and legal-related experience as the first in-house Counsel in the British Royal Marines.
The Apostleship of the Sea serves seafarers from across the world, regardless of belief, nationality or race. In all the main ports in Great Britain our team of chaplains and volunteer ship visitors visit thousands of seafarers each year, meeting their needs through the provision of help, support and advice.
Mission to Seafarers
Piracy, shipwreck, abandonment and separation from loved ones are just a few of the problems merchant seafarers face. Around the world, The Mission to Seafarers provides help and support to the 1.5 million men and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat.
We work in over 200 ports in 50 countries caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs. Through our global network of chaplains, staff and volunteers we offer practical, emotional and spiritual support to seafarers through ship visits, drop-in seafarers' centres and a range of welfare and emergency support services.
Direct Dial +442073232737
Free, confidential, multilingual helpline for seafarers and their families available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.
The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) is a membership organisation which works to promote and support the welfare of seafarers all over the world.
Seafarers bring us 95% of the things we use every day and take care of us when we travel by sea, but their lives are often tough. They experience long periods away from family and friends with limited or no communication, fast turnaround of ships in ports with severely restricted shore leave, reduced crew numbers and increased workloads. Welfare services and facilities both on board and ashore can be a lifeline for seafarers.
Members include shipmasters, officers, cadets, ratings, yacht crew, VTS officers, harbourmasters, river boatmen, nautical college lecturers, maritime lawyers and even ship-based medical personnel.
Nautilus International traces its history back to 1857, when the Mercantile Marine Service Association was founded in the UK in response to the provisions of the 1850 Merchant Shipping Act. Over the decades, various bodies representing seafarers and inland navigation workers in three countries were established – and later joined together in the interests of their members, resulting eventually in the organisation we now know as Nautilus International.