Our Impact in Numbers:

In 2023 we carried out 5,758 ship visits in the UK

126,676

seafarers and fishers supported  in the UK

22

chaplains visiting UK ports day and night

87

ports across the UK served by our chaplains

2,360

Stella Maris faith magazines provided in UK ports

1,368

ships provided with phone /internet cards for seafarers in UK ports

36

Masses celebrated onboard ships in UK ports

1,895

ships in UK ports provided with gifts 

39

grants disbursed through our Centenary Emergency Fund

336

ships in UK ports provided with free WiFi for seafarers to contact home

Download our Life at Sea Report 

See how we helped seafarers in crisis in 2022

Our global network in 2023

More than

1,000 chaplains and volunteers

around the globe

Based in

353

ports in 57 countries 

Active in

57 Countries

Download our Annual Review to read about how we made a difference in 2023.

Bep was at sea when his triplets were born early and rushed to intensive care. Medical bills were financially crippling the family, but with help from the Stella Maris welfare fund Bep was able to pay the hospital bills.


“Thank you for letting these boys be with us. Our home has a huge Joy always. Thank you to Stella Maris everyday…We love you…GOD BLESS

– Sheila Mae, Bep’s wife

Read Bep’s Story >

See our support in action

Supporting Fishermen in South Africa

More than 40 million people are in some form of slavery today according to the International Labour Organisation, including more

Human Rights Abuses

In June 2018 Nicholas Barends, the Stella Maris South Africa national director, found a letter on his office desk from

Volunteering walking towards a ship

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

Following a pirate attack on a cargo ship in the Gulf of Guinea, the P&I club contacted our London office

Read our real-life stories >