We help seafarers in need with our practical, spiritual, and emotional support

Support in an emergency

When a crisis strikes our team are always on hand, From supporting crews who have been abandoned, to helping seafarers to get their overdue wages paid, or visiting someone in hospital, we support seafarers through some of the toughest times of their lives.

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Practical help

Whether it is a lift to the shops, a SIM card to contact loved ones or clothes to keep warm, the simplest practical kindnesses often make the greatest difference.

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Spiritual support and guidance

Long months at sea mean seafarers and fishermen rarely get to Mass – so our chaplains and ship visitors can arrange for this to happen on board whenever possible. We also provide faith resources, such as our Stella Maris magazine, prayer books and rosaries.

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Emotional support

Life at sea can be hard, separation from family and friends for long periods can lead to loneliness and feelings of isolation. Our chaplains can be a shoulder to lean on and are always available for a friendly chat and advice.

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If you are a seafarer or fisher in need of support, whatever issue you are facing, we can help

How we helped in the UK in 2023


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Where we work

Stella Maris is the largest ship visiting network in the world. We have chaplains in over 300 ports spanning 54 countries

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Make a Donation

From a one-off donation to leaving a gift in your will, there’s a way for you to help the people of the sea

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Volunteer with us

Our network of volunteers are at the heart of our work and make a real difference to seafarers in need.

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Become a corporate partner

By partnering with us your company can have a real impact on the lives of seafarers and fishers.

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