Find out more about the charities and organisations which Britannia supports and how these can assist seafarers to maintain their wellbeing
Britannia supports a number of organisations whose mission it is to support seafarers all over the world.
These offer a wide range of support and services in ports around the world as well as counselling and education for Seafarers.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ONGOING COVID-19 CRISIS MAY AFFECT THEIR SERVICES, HOWEVER THEY MAY STILL BE OF ASSISTANCE BY THE USE OF VIRTUAL MEANS.
Founded more than 200 years ago in 1818, Sailors’ Society is a Christian charity dedicated to caring for merchant seafarers. It provides a wide range of services, from chaplaincy and spiritual guidance to welfare support, access to education and financial help for those in desperate need. With more than 100 chaplains and ship visitors, they reach out to 1,000 seafarers every day on board ships or in seafarer centres.
The Stella Maris is a Catholic charity supporting seafarers worldwide, providing practical and pastoral care to all seafarers, regardless of nationality, belief or race. Their port chaplains and volunteer ship visitors welcome seafarers, offer welfare services and advice, practical help, care and friendship. Stella Maris is an international network working in 334 ports with 227 port chaplains in 59 countries.
Mission to Seafarers works in 200 ports across 50 countries, caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs. Their Seafarers’ Centres provide practical support for seafarers together with emotional and sometimes spiritual support. They have a large network of chaplains who come on board ships, giving seafarers a listening ear and prayer, if needed. They can also connect seafarers to other organisations, or speak to these organisations on their behalf if required.
Britannia also supports the International Maritime Rescue Federation which is working to develop and improve maritime search and rescue (SAR) capacity around the world. This helps to ensure that timely assistance can be provided to seafarers and others in distress.
Founded in 1935, CIRM provides free round-the-clock medical assistance to seafarers of all nationalities on ships of any flag. As well as advising on appropriate treatment, their doctors will follow the progress of the patient until recovery or evacuation ashore. Although many of our shipowner members have been using the service for years, the comfort of having the possibility of remote access to professional medical advice has been especially valuable during the current pandemic. Britannia has made a donation to CIRM in recognition of this and their many years of serving the shipping community and proud to support their very valuable services.