Open every day helping seafarers with what they need most: to reconnect, recharge and renew.

How do we meet Seafarers’ needs?

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Who Are We?

To all seafarers who seek to reconnect with family, to recharge their strength and renew their spirits ready for their next leg at sea, we say: Welcome to Sydney.

Mission to Seafarers Sydney cares for seafarers of all faiths when they visit Sydney ports. We are a registered Australian seafarers’ welfare charity providing practical everyday and emergency support.

We work with volunteers, the port community and our global network to help ensure that seafarers can survive one of the world’s loneliest and toughest jobs and so return home safely to their families.

Our Mission Centre in Sydney is open 7 days a week delivering practical and emotional support. In the past year alone, we have welcomed seafarers from over 70 nations.

Our team also regularly visit and make deliveries to those unable to leave their ships. Our experienced Chaplains, who speak over seven languages, help meet seafarers’ diverse needs: from driving our free mini-buses, translating in hospitals to providing conflict resolution and prayer on request. They also help to support and repatriate seafarers who cannot re-join their ships.

Our efficient and reliable delivery of wellbeing services mean we are also an efficient and effective partner agency for companies and individuals who care about Seafarers.

In 2022...


Seafarers from 67 countries were welcomed.


Seafarers were visited in hotels, hospitals and vessels


Worth of goods delivered to 171 vessels.


Seafarers transported


Parcels Received for Seafarers to collect


Seafarers Vaccinated 

“The loneliness, drudgery, isolation from loved ones and danger of work at sea, means seafarers, a critical link in our supply chain to Australia, are in deep need of care and support when they reach our shores.”

Mission to Seafarers’ Principal Chaplain

Practical Services secured by Christian Values

Established in Sydney in 1881 by caring Christians, supporting seafarers with loving consideration and integrity, still remains vital today. The world has changed but the sea has not. With the global economy groaning after the covid-19 pandemic, seafarers continue to bring us the goods we need while their families face the pressures of escalating costs of living, climate change and some even armed conflict. Providing physical and emotional care for seafarers is also ensuring the world’s oceans and coastlines are in safe hands.

Locally run, part of a global network

One of 27 Centres in Australia and 200 Ports Around the World.

Mission to Seafarers Sydney is under the guidance of a locally-based volunteer Board of Directors with diverse experience in the maritime and not-for-profit sectors.

Sometimes called ‘Flying Angel’ or Seamans’ Clubs, we work cooperatively with a global network established in the UK in 1857 and still serving seafarers and their families in over 200 Ports.

Donate Today

Help us help more seafarers. Our critical, humanitarian service depends on your donations. The more donations we receive, the more care we’re able to provide. We all benefit from the tireless work of seafarers. Now, it’s time to give back.

We're a trusted and award winning non profit.

2022 Seafarers Welfare Award Finalist

2021 Seafarers Welfare Award Highly Commended

2018 Winner of the Seafarers Welfare Award 

2017 Winner of the Seafarers Welfare Award 

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