Seafarer Advice & Support

Seafarer Advice & Support

Jobs in Maritime works with expert delivery partners to support Individuals.

Seafarers UK is a charity that has been helping people in the maritime community for over 100 years, by providing vital support to seafarers in need and their families by giving grants to organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives, across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines. In 2019, we awarded 53 grants totalling £2.2m to 43 maritime welfare charities.

Seafarers Advice & Information Line
Free telephone service for seafarers and fishers on debt, housing, benefits, pensions, employment and relationships and family issues. Phone FREEPHONE 0800 160 1842 or email advice@sailine.org.uk

SeafarerHelp
Provided by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) – a free, confidential, multilingual helpline for seafarers of any nationality, religion, gender or sexuality, and their families available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. A list of COVID-19 related resources is also available on their website

Seafarer Support
SeafarerSupport is a UK free telephone and signposting service. Seafarer Support assesses the needs of the individual and then signposts you to the appropriate support. Call them on FREEPHONE 0800 121 4765.

Sailors Helpline
The Sailors Helpline is based out of Chennai, India. Its purpose is to serve the maritime fraternity of India with emergency social services. Confidentiality is of prime importance and all calls and emails in liaison with this organisation are kept completely private. It is an NGO and non-governmental in nature, attracting volunteers from the legal profession, the church and others involved in the industry.

Seafarer Rights
To promote, implement, enforce and advance all seafarers’ and fishers’ rights and remedies, including human rights and the rights of other persons on board vessels, through research, education and training throughout the international maritime industry, and advocacy in international, regional and national forums, and to provide a database of materials for the benefit of the international community.

Merchant Navy Welfare Board
As the umbrella charity for the UK Merchant Navy and fishing fleets, Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB) supports and promotes co-operation between organisations that provide welfare services to merchant seafarers, fishermen and their dependents.

SAIL
Seafarers’ Advice and Information Line – this organisation gives free advice to seafarers and their families and is part of the UK’s Citizen’s Advice Network. Contact SAIL on 0800 160 1842 or via email at advice@sailine.org.uk – for help with benefits, debt, housing and more. You can also make enquiries via their online enquiry form or via Skype – Skype4SAIL (NB Skype calls are by pre-arranged appointment only).

Seafarer support
Supporting serving and retired personnel, and their families from the UK Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets & Royal Navy.

Seafarer Support is a free confidential telephone and online referral service helping to support serving and former UK seafarers and their families in times of need

Sometimes we need a little help in steering a course through life’s problems. Seafarer Support will guide you and your family to some of the services available. This might include advice, or finding financial support, depending upon your circumstances.

Queen Victoria Seamans rest
the queen victoria seamen’s rest provides accommodation for seafarers, both active and retired, ex-servicemen and other adults in need of accommodation. in addition, qvsr is committed to providing first class support to seafarers visiting the port of London; our seafarers’ centres at tilbury and dp world London gateway offer a warm welcome, welfare support and a home from home.

Turn2us
Turn2us is a charity that helps people in financial need to access financial help – it is for all people, including seafarers. They will help you find financial support, based on your circumstances. Their website also features a free and easy to use Benefits Calculator, Grants Search and other information and resources.

Cassiobury Court
Cassiobury Court offers free help and advice for veterans who suffer with addiction and mental health problems.

International Seafarers Welfare And Assistance Network
Providing various information and mental health support tools for seafarers, including an informative video by a counselling psychologist on how to manage mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seafarers’ Hospital Society
Free mental health and wellbeing advice and support to all working and retired seafarers and their families through the NHS’s Big White Wall available online 24/7. Services include access to trained counsellors, a support network, self-help materials and one to one therapy.

Seafarers’ Link
Seafarers’ Link runs free telephone friendship groups for ex-members of the Merchant Navy, the Royal Navy, and the WRNS, as well as former fishermen and seafarers’ wives, partners, family and carers. The fortnightly service is now available weekly to support those suffering from COVID-19 isolation.

Videotel
Provides free access to Seafarers Mental Health and Wellbeing training package to help seafarers deal with the challenges of life at sea, as well as a newly launched Coronavirus Awareness video.

Watch Ashore
Watch Ashore is a not-for-profit social organisation that provides support and friendship to partners and families of Merchant Navy personnel.

Fishermen’s Mission
Emergency and welfare support to fishermen and their families 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Provides emergency support alongside practical, financial, spiritual and emotional care. We help all fishermen, active or retired, and their families.

Fishing Animation Programme
Support for fishers accessing welfare and business support including help with EMFF and MFF Grant Claims and general information and advice on Universal Credit.

Seafood Cornwall’s #FishToYourDoor
A new service that brings together fish merchants and customers across the country to support fishermen through the Coronavirus crisis. A pop-up on the website allows visitors to immediately register their interest in being connected to local fish sales and then match-make with a merchant behind the scenes.

The Seafish Industry Authority
Provide advice and signposting service for fishermen across the UK as well as feeding information to various government departments in regard to the specific COVID-19 related challenges facing the fishing sector.

Apostleship of the Sea
The Apostleship of the Sea is a Catholic charity supporting seafarers worldwide. It provides 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.

The Mission to Seafarers
The Mission to Seafarers is a missionary society of the Anglican Church, which cares for the spiritual and practical welfare of all seafarers regardless of nationality or faith. It has a network of chaplains, staff and volunteers in 300 ports worldwide.

The Sailors’ Society
The Sailors’ Society provides facilities for the world’s seafarers, affording assistance to them and their families, whenever and wherever this is needed. The Society is inter-denominational and, in seafarers’ centres or aboard ship, its Chaplains are always ready to provide advice and assistance – irrespective of a person’s belief or nationality.

International Seafarers Welfare And Assistance Network (ISWAN)
ISWAN provides a free and confidential service to cater to the problems of individual seafarers. Their main service is known as SeafarerHelp. Assistance is available 24/7 throughout the year and covers areas ranging from poor wages and working conditions, to just being able to talk to someone when in need. Find out more about ISWAN and SeafarerHelp

CrewToo
Crewtoo is the world’s largest online network of the seafaring community, with more than 112,000 members.

Maritime Piracy – Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP)
MPHRP is a pan-industry alliance of ship owners, managers, manning agents, insurers and welfare associations, working together to assist seafarers and their families with the humanitarian aspects of a traumatic incident caused by a piracy attack, armed robbery or being taken hostage.

The Mission to Seafarers
The Mission to Seafarers is a missionary society of the Anglican Church, which cares for the spiritual and practical welfare of all seafarers regardless of nationality or faith. It has a network of chaplains, staff and volunteers in 300 ports worldwide.

The Sailors’ Society
The Sailors’ Society provides facilities for the world’s seafarers, affording assistance to them and their families, whenever and wherever this is needed. The Society is inter-denominational and, in seafarers’ centres or aboard ship, its Chaplains are always ready to provide advice and assistance – irrespective of a person’s belief or nationality.

Sailors Helpline
The Sailors Helpline is based out of Chennai, India. Its purpose is to serve the maritime fraternity of India with emergency social services. Confidentiality is of prime importance and all calls and emails in liaison with this organisation are kept completely private. It is an NGO and non-governmental in nature, attracting volunteers from the legal profession, the church and others involved in the industry.

International Labor Organisation (ILO)
The ILO is an arm of the United Nations (UN), which deals with international labor standards, and other labor related issues across the world. The ILO has been pivotal in the formation of the conventions such as the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC, 2006), Recruitment and Placement of Seafarers Convention (1996), Repatriation of Seafarers Convention (1987), Seafarers’ Identity Document Convention (2003) and more.

International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
ITF stands for the interest of the union workers associated with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Labor Organization (ILO), and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Affiliation of unions to the ITF enables it to negotiate the various interests and rights of workers/seafarers. Help by the ITF is rendered irrespective of nationality and/or the flag of the seafarer’s vessel. rights of workers/seafarers. Help by the ITF is rendered irrespective of nationality and/or the flag of the seafarer’s vessel.

Human Rights at Sea (HRAS)
Human Rights at Sea is a charity that runs an on-going campaign to improve awareness, implementation and accountability of human rights provisions throughout the maritime environment. HRAS also runs the Missing Seafarers Reporting Programme (MSRP), the aim of which is to build an accurate international database detailing the status of seafarers and fishermen missing at sea on a global basis. For more information on MSRP, see here.

Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI)
Seafarers’ Rights International is the international centre for advancing the legal protection of seafarers. It is a unique and independent training centre dedicated to advancing seafarers’ interests through research, education and training in the law concerning seafarers.

Seafarers’ Link
Seafarers’ Link runs free telephone friendship groups for ex-mmebers of the Merchant Navy, the Royal Navy, and the WRNS, as well as former fishermen and seafarers’ wives, partners, family and carers.

Watch Ashore
Watch Ashore is a not-for-profit social organisation that provides support and friendship to partners and families of Merchant Navy personnel.