Mission news archive

Woolly hats at the ready!

Woolly Hat Day 14 October 2016 launches today for seafarers and their families in need. MORE

The Mission to Seafarers calls on Hanjin Shipping to think of their seafarers

Global maritime welfare charity, The Mission to Seafarers, has offered to help Hanjin Shipping in providing welfare support to their 2,500 seafarers on board 97 container ships. MORE

Mission kicks off £15,000 fundraising campaign at SMM Hamburg 2016

This new fundraising drive has been kicked-off by Hamburg-based shipping company Brise Bereederungs (Brise) who have donated £3,000 to the cause. MORE

The Mission to Seafarers Invited as Featured Guest Charity by SMM Hamburg 2016

Visit the Mission’s stand at the SMM Exhibition in the foyer of the Central Entrance from 6- 9 September. MORE

Seaman Guard Ohio crew held in India for 1,000 days

Lobby of UK Parliament and delivery of petition called for 7 July. MORE

The Mission to Seafarers’ Revd Canon Stephen Miller wins International Seafarers’ Welfare Award

The Mission to Seafarers is delighted to announce that the Revd Canon Stephen Miller, Regional Director East Asia, has won the coveted individual ISWAN Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year Award. MORE

The Mission launches 160th Anniversary Sea Sunday Celebrations

Global maritime welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers has launched its annual Sea Sunday campaign, to celebrate 160 years of caring for seafarers around the world. MORE

The Mission to Seafarers Launches Corporate Portfolio

The Corporate Portfolio was launched during The Mission’s seminar during Posidonia, as the nominated charity for the week-long exhibition. MORE

Consider seafarers during the refugee migration, says The Mission to Seafarers

Building on its position as the nominated charity for next month’s Posidonia shipping exhibition, The Mission to Seafarers will shine a spotlight on refugee migration by sea and its effect on vessel crewmembers at the show by hosting a seminar on this worrying issue. MORE

Seaman Guard Ohio - #FREESGO6 – Day 925

Rally called in Carlisle 3 May in support of 6 innocent British men wrongfully imprisoned in India Families’ appeal to their supporters to join them as they hold crisis meeting with Foreign and Commonwealth Minister the Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP MORE

Mission to Seafarers Manila supports seafarer shot during piracy ordeal

2nd Mate Edwin Acasio and the crew of the MT Leon Diaz were transiting the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria Africa when they were boarded and held hostage. MORE

Go on we dare you! Mission challenge events launch for the summer

The Mission to Seafarers challenges cyclists and runners to take to the road in support of seafarers MORE

The Mission to Seafarers launches in Yangon Myanmar

The Mission to Seafarers has announced that it will be opening a new seafarers’ centre and families’ support project in Yangon Myanmar. MORE

Mission and families Publish Open Letter to the Maritime Security Industry

As the 35 guards and crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio await the crucial outcome of a bail hearing on 23 February in India, the families appeal to the maritime security industry to join their campaign MORE

Mission to Seafarers and Sailors Society are chosen charities for Seatrade Awards

Maritime welfare charities will benefit as part of the celebrations for the 9th Seatrade Awards which will be held in Singapore 18 February 2016 MORE

Seaman Guard Ohio Day 847 families speak to the Mission

Bail hearing announced for Tuesday 16 February as the men appeal to the High Court in Madras for a second time. Join our campaign #FreeSGO6 MORE

The Mission and NAMMA launch Digital Centre for Seafarers’ Ministry (MARE Project)

The Mission to Seafarers and the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA) is launching a new project entitled MARE, which aims at enhancing the ability of seafarers’ welfare agencies to connect with seafarers’ using innovative digital tools. MORE

Seaman Guard Ohio Crew Found Guilty in India

This morning we have heard from families of the crew of the guilty verdict in the case of the SGO. 35 crewmen including 6 British nationals have been sentenced to 5 years in prison on charges of carrying illegal arms, illegal refuelling and unlawfully entering Indian waters off the coast of Tuticorin on 18 October 2013. MORE

Seafarer aided by Mission Receives Award

Zaude Paolo Bandivas wins ‘Seafarer of the Year’ accolade at the Lloyd’s List Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards for his bravery after spending two and half years abandoned in port. MORE

Mission responds to tragedy in the Singapore Strait

Global maritime welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers has been speaking today about their emergency support work with the surviving 6 crew members of the MV Thorco Cloud – a general cargo vessel which sank in the Singapore Strait after a collision on 16 Decembe MORE

Chairman of MtS Hong Kong to attend Christmas Festival in London

Tickets are selling fast for this ‘absolute must’ celebration carol concert which is a favourite feature in the maritime industry’s winter social calendar. MORE

Last Day to Join the Crew! Woolly Hat Day 2015

Woolly Hat Day 2015 kicks off 9 October 2015 in aid of The Mission to Seafarers MORE

Captain Robert Walker takes the helm as Chairman of Mission to Seafarers Singapore

Captain Lee Wai Pong hands over the baton to his successor; to take the Mission forward, as it continues to build on the great steps taken towards local determination and financial self-sustainability. MORE

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 9 December announced

We are delighted to announce to our friends and supporters that our UK annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols event will take place on Wednesday 9 December 6pm at our historic home in the City of London, St Michael Paternoster Royal. MORE

Shipping minister wears woolly hat for Mission at LISW

Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for shipping, helped launch Mission to Seafarers Woolly Hat Day 2015 at an event organised by Red Ensign Group at London International Shipping Week last night. MORE

The Mission to Seafarers in Africa receives Lottery Grant

South Africa's National Lottery has provided funding to help the Mission with its vital work across the continent of Africa MORE

The Annual National Service for Seafarers

Our annual service for Seafarers is coming around again, find out how to attend below! MORE

Red Ensign Group charity appeal for The Mission to Seafarers

REG to host a major shipping reception 9 September at London International Shipping Week for The Mission to Seafarers MORE

Sea Sunday 12 July - Celebrating seafarers' lives everywhere

Sea Sunday takes place all over the world this weekend, as churches celebrate and pray for those who work at sea. This year we are telling the story of our work in Southampton UK, and the work we did with the crew of the MV Hoegh Osaka. MORE

MV Seaman Guard Ohio Crew to stand trial in India after 625 days in detention

The Mission to Seafarers has been informed by the crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio from India 1 July that they will not be released to leave, as they had eagerly anticipated. MORE

Old Pulteney supports The Mission to Seafarers Belfast during Maritime Festival

Scottish maritime malt whisky will be supporting the Mission in Northern Ireland at the Tall Ships Races. MORE

Revd Ken Peters wins ISWAN special award

The Revd Canon Ken Peters, Director of Justice and Public Affairs, The Mission to Seafarers, wins Judges Special Award for Outstanding Services to Seafarers at ISWAN MORE

Mission to Seafarers’ Philippines launches, with new Families Support Network in Manila

We are delighted to report that The Mission to Seafarers has launched a new welfare support project for families in the seafaring heartland of Manila in the Philippines. MORE

ABB Marine is running for the Mission at Nor-Shipping

The final countdown to the first #NorRun begins – registration closes at midnight tonight MORE

Governments should recognise key role of seafarers in the rescue of migrants at sea

Ken Peters, Director of Justice and Public Affairs, has called on governments to consider the important role of seafarers in the migrant humanitarian crisis at sea and in support of a press release issued by seafarers charities. MORE

Nor-Shipping charity fun run gathers pace with 19 days to the start line – sign up today!

The Mission to Seafarers global maritime charity is pleased to announce that the upcoming Nor-Shipping 5km charity fun run in Oslo is generating great interest within the maritime community with enquiries and registrations gathering real pace with 19 days to go. MORE

Mission RASI rowers circumnavigate Singapore in under 24 hours

Charity endurance event ‘Row Around Singapore Island (RASI)’ beats electrical storm and finishes with time triumph, high emotion and VIP celebrations at the finish line. MORE

MV Seaman Guard Ohio crew update

The Mission to Seafarers has issued a statement on the outcome of legal proceedings held in the Supreme Court in India which is centred on the case of the crew of the anti-piracy support vessel the MV Seaman Guard Ohio. MORE

Mission RASI launches tomorrow in Singapore

The epic endurance challenge that will see 32 volunteers rowing 140km non-stop around Singapore is starting in less than 10 hours. The project has raised a staggering $450,000 with more donations flooding in daily for global maritime charity The Mission to Seafarers. MORE

5 Days to Go to the Big Charity Row Mission RASI

Mission Row Around Singapore Island (RASI) takes place in only 5 days - on 22 April 11am Singapore Spirit 1 & Singapore Spirit 2 leave on their epic 24 hour 140km circumnavigation - follow them live on GPS MORE

Old Pulteney Maritime Whisky launches Mission for Charity

‘Angel’s Share’ of Maritime Malt will help Seafarers in need MORE

Seafarers no longer lost at sea in the Port of Workington

New Wi-Fi project provides communications to seafarers far from home, thanks to The Mission to Seafarers and MNWB. MORE

Maritime charities appeal for action for MV Seaman Guard Ohio crew

Indian authorities acting unlawfully with continued detention of MV Seaman Guard Ohio crew say Human Rights at Sea in new case study MORE

The Dayspring launches in Hong Kong

A new sea-going motor launch - named the Dayspring - provides essential welfare services MORE

Milford Haven International Seafarers’ Centre

The difficult decision has been reached to close the Milford Haven International Seafarers’ Centre. MORE

Changes to ship-visiting and welfare services in South Wales ports of Cardiff, Newport, Port Talbot and Swansea

Changes to centre services announced in South Wales in the light of local consultation and Global Review MORE

New Charity Fun Run launched in aid of The Mission to Seafarers with Nor-Shipping

Global maritime charity The Mission to Seafarers has announced today the launch of an exciting new 5km Fun Run in partnership with Nor-Shipping and Lloyd's List – the world’s leading maritime event week which is held in Oslo from 1-5 June 2015. MORE

Mission RASI launches in Singapore

Mission RASI holds a special media event with our wonderful volunteer rowers at the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club 21 January. MORE

Crew of the MV Cemfjord remembered at a special service today in Wick

The Mission to Seafarers and St John the Evangelist Episcopal Church Wick held a special church service for the missing seafarers from the MV Cemfjord which was lost on 3 January 2015 off the coast off Scotland MORE

Cemfjord shipping tragedy: a joint statement from The Mission to Seafarers and The Apostleship of the Sea

Service of Support for the community of Wick and families of those lost at sea will be held on Sunday 18 January at Wick Scottish Episcopal Church 11.30am MORE

Stranded Solent cargo ship’s crew get emergency help from maritime charities

Maritime welfare charities The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), The Mission to Seafarers (MtS) and The Southampton Centre for Seafarers (SCS) have been speaking today about their emergency work to support the crew of the Hoegh Osaka, in the aftermath of the rescue from a cargo ship that ran aground in the Solent last weekend. MORE

Multiple tragedies at sea dominates the start to 2015 reports The Mission to Seafarers

Secretary General Revd Andrew Wright reflects on the tragic start to 2015, with many lives lost at sea over Christmas and the New Year period MORE

Send a Gift of Hope to a Seafarer this Christmas

The Mission to Seafarers' global maritime charity has launched a national radio campaign this week in the UK to help raise awareness and bring in vital funds to support seafarers in need over Christmas time MORE

P&O Ferries’ Choir to perform for HRH The Princess Royal at The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

The P&O Ferries' Choir and HRH The Princess Royal will be attending our annual Christmas service, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, at our historic home in the City of London, St Michael Paternoster Royal. MORE

QVSR and Mission partner to provide maritime chaplaincy experience for young Christians

The Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest and The Mission to Seafarers are partnering to provide young Christians with the opportunity to explore their faith, by delivering maritime ministry to seafarers. MORE

Seaman Guard Ohio crew face retrial in India

One year on and the 6 British crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio are still unable to leave India. The Mission to Seafarers, the crew and families make a plea to the British and Indian Authorities to do more. MORE

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 10 December announced

Our gala Christmas carol reception will be the highlight of the London shipping charity events' calendar with special guests P&O Ferries Choir, who won first prize in BBC's Sing While Your Work. MORE

Mission Row around Singapore Island (RASI) endurance challenge 2015 launches in London

A group of 40 rowing enthusiasts from the maritime and insurance communities have come together to undertake Mission RASI, a 24-hour endurance sea challenge in aid of The Mission to Seafarers MORE

Mission Woolly Hat Day launches with special VIP guests

Woolly Hat Day will be held on 24 October this year and our campaign kicks off 20 August with backing from celebrities and supporters MORE

The Mission to Seafarers is chosen charity for Nor-Shipping 2015

Nor-Shipping has signed a partnership agreement with The Mission to Seafarer to raise vital funds for seafarers in need and their families worldwide MORE

Mission supporter takes on BMW Berlin Marathon Inline Skating Challenge

Maritime lawyer Capt Helene Hunter-Davies is taking on a 42km skate in Berlin in support of the Mission MORE

MtS Trustee Richard Frith appointed Bishop of Hereford

Richard Frith, a trustee of The Mission to Seafarers, has been appointed Bishop of Hereford MORE

Seaman Guard Ohio crew: weapons charges dropped

The crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio, who have been detained in India since October, have had the weapons charges against them dropped after a court hearing MORE

Sea Sunday campaign 2014 highlights the plight of abandoned seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers has launched a new video to support its Sea Sunday 2014 campaign, which focuses on abandonment MORE

Port of Hamilton Canada donates C$10,000 to The Mission to Seafarers

The Mission has received C$10,000 from the Port of Hamilton to support its work after Day of the Seafarer MORE

The Mission to Seafarers awarded 'Home-Grown Hero' 2014 in United Arab Emirates

MtS Dubai recognised for the essential work of the MV Flying Angel welfare support vessel in Fujairah UAE MORE

One World. One Mission: Mission launches awareness and fundraising campaign for seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers has launched a major new awareness and fundraising campaign in Singapore at British High Commission Reception MORE

Mission holds opening ceremony for new seafarers’ centre in Singapore

The Mission is delighted to formally re-open its new centre in Jurong Port Singapore in line with the Singapore Mission's 90th birthday celebrations MORE

Bank Holiday fun in the sun at Mission’s Flying Angel Ride

Shipping industry representatives and charity supporters took part in our cycling event, the Flying Angel Ride, raising £19,000 for our work MORE

Mission responds to Suntis crew deaths

The Mission has responded to news of the deaths of three crew after an incident in Goole, UK MORE

Mission to Seafarers Singapore celebrates 90 years of dedicated care

The Mission to Seafarers Singapore branch is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year with an evening reception on 4 June MORE

Mission to Seafarers responds to Sewol ferry disaster

The Mission to Seafarers chaplain in South Korea has described his role in one of the first emergency support teams following the sinking of the Sewol ferry as "completely heartbreaking" MORE

Time is ticking: sign up for this year’s Flying Angel Ride

The Mission to Seafarers’ annual cycling event, the Flying Angel Ride, is fast approaching. Find out more and sign up here MORE

Seafarers receive better protection under MLC amendments, reports The Mission to Seafarers

Proposed amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention will give seafarers better protection against abandonment MORE

Mission to Seafarers picks up prestigious welfare awards

The Mission to Seafarers collected two awards at the recent 2014 International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards MORE

MV Seaman Guard Ohio 33 bailed reports Mission to Seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers is planning to meet with the 33 released members of the Seaman Guard Ohio crew and to support families of the British crew, who are preparing to fly out to visit them MORE

Mission to Seafarers statement on Seaman Guard Ohio crew

The Mission to Seafarers has issued a statement following news that 33 of the 35 crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio are to be released on bail MORE

Seaman Guard Ohio families: fundraising appeal launched as British lawyers dismissed

The Mission to Seafarers has launched a fundraising appeal to support the crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio and their families MORE

Families of Seaman Guard Ohio crew join forces for urgent appeal to PM

The Mission to Seafarers has been working with the families of the arrested crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio and is calling on David Cameron and the UK government to push for their release MORE

Sign petition for Seaman Guard Ohio crew, urges The Mission to Seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers is calling on the public to help the imprisoned crew of the MV Seaman Guard Ohio by signing an online petition MORE

Detained MV Express 1 crew assisted by The Mission to Seafarers

The Mission has stepped in to assist the crew of Express 1 after it was detained in the port of Fowey UK. MORE

Mission help crews’ after UK ports battered by storms

The Mission to Seafarers is supporting seafarers around the UK following recent storms. MORE

IMO reception launches Flying Angel Ride event for the Mission

The International Maritime Organization has given its support to the Mission's flagship challenge event, the Flying Angel Ride. MORE

HRH The Princess Royal opens South Shields Mission to Seafarers’ centre

The Mission's President, HRH The Princess Royal, has opened the Mission's renovated centre in South Shields, UK MORE

The Mission to Seafarers announces Strategic Reorganisation

The Mission has announced a strategic reorganisation to develop its maritime welfare service provision for seafarers and drive down costs MORE

Maritime charity named as official partner for London’s newest consumer travel show

The Mission to Seafarers, has been named as the official charity partner for the new Telegraph Cruise Show in January MORE

Shipping industry supports Mission’s Christmas Festival

The Mission to Seafarers annual Christmas service, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, was well attended by supporters and the shipping industry MORE

Save the date for Sea Sunday - 13 July 2014

Save the date: Sea Sunday 2014 may feel like a long way off, but here at the Mission we're starting to think about next year’s campaign MORE

Lloyd’s Choir to perform for HRH The Princess Royal at the Mission’s Christmas Festival

The Mission is pleased to announce the attendance of HRH The Princess Royal, our President, at our annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Tuesday 10 December MORE

Charity cruise auction launched by Daily Telegraph in support of The Mission to Seafarers

The Daily Telegraph has secured prizes worth £70,000 from three cruise lines for The Mission to Seafarers, which will support seafarers and their families affected by Typhoon Haiyan MORE

Mission sets up fund for Filipino seafarers’ emergency communications in 47 centres worldwide

MtS sets up new emergency communications fund for Filipino seafarers in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan MORE

Seaman Guard Ohio crew arrested and denied access to Mission welfare services

The Mission to Seafarers' Tuticorin chaplain has been denied access to the crew of the arrested Seaman Guard Ohio MORE

Shipping industry gets on board with The Mission to Seafarers’ Woolly Hat Day

The Mission's first Woolly Hat Day with maritime companies was held in October, helping to raise awareness of the work of seafarers around the world MORE

Liberian Registry pledges 3 years’ support for MtS International Drop-in Centre in Singapore

The Liberian Registry has pledged to support The Mission to Seafarers' International Drop-in Centre in Singapore MORE

Tom Hank’s new film Captain Phillips raises awareness of the plight of seafarers at the hands of pirates

The Mission is encouraged by the release of Captain Phillips as it gets "the complex issue of piracy in the public domain" MORE

Mission to Seafarers publishes annual Trustees’ Report

The Mission has published its annual Trustees' Report and Accounts for 2012 MORE

Mission raises funds at Lloyd's List Global Awards

The Mission was the sole beneficiary charity at this year's Lloyd's List Global Awards 2013 MORE

Bishops of the global Anglican Communion discuss the plight of seafarers and meet with Justin Welby

Mission to Seafarers liaison bishops met with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to discuss the Mission's "sorely needed" work MORE

Mission to Seafarers headline at Willis seminar on the abandonment of seafarers at LISW

Industry leaders in the welfare of seafarers, marine law and insurance met on 10 September to discuss developments in abandonment cases at London International Shipping Week MORE

Willis launches new FLIER insurance policy to cover repatriation costs for stranded seafarers

The new insurance policy from Willis is designed to cover repatriation costs for stranded seafarers, which will help fund humanitarian efforts by The Mission to Seafarers MORE

Mission looks forward to MLC impact

The Maritime Labour Convention came into force on 20 August 2013. The Mission to Seafarers welcomes it and is looking ahead to its impact in the shipping world MORE

Mission responds to UK ratification of MLC

The Mission to Seafarers welcomes the UK's formal ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention ahead of its entry into force on 20 August. MORE

The Mission to Seafarers needs your help with our industry consultation - your chance to win £50 M&S voucher

The questionnaire closes on 9 August. The anonymised results will be published during London International Shipping Week 9-13 September MORE

The Mission to Seafarers celebrates Sea Sunday

Sea Sunday events are held throughout the year in local parishes, so it is not too late to get involved. MORE

Seafarers, the forgotten workforce, please remember them this Sea Sunday

Sea Sunday is a chance for people across the UK to come together to thank the dedicated seafarers we rely on to keep our economy afloat MORE

Take a grand voyage with the Mission, Fred Olsen and the BBC on The Cruise

Join us and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines on the Balmoral in the BBC's new series The Cruise: A Life at Sea MORE

Sea Sunday preparations full steam ahead

The Mission to Seafarers’ Sea Sunday campaign, which is held around the world on 14 July, is fast approaching MORE

The future of crew welfare: Mission launches consultation with the shipping industry

The Mission to Seafarers has launched a Global Review survey to help shape its welfare service development for seafarers and their families MORE

London seafaring heritage uncovered by arts project

An arts exhibition celebrating London's seafaring heritage is behing held at Flying Angel House in London MORE

The Angel flag is flying in honour of long-serving volunteers

Global maritime welfare charity, The Mission to Seafarers (MtS), has launched ‘The Flying Angel’ Volunteer Awards today at our annual church service in the City of London. MORE

Mission to Seafarers supports port levies call to action

A report published by the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) details best practice in establishing and operating a port levies scheme in all ports around the world. MORE

London International Shipping Week set to benefit seafarer charities

Four leading charities supporting seafarers and their families are set to benefit from the inaugural London International Shipping Week (LISW), taking place in the UK capital this September. MORE

Mission battles on for seafarers as "first-responders" in war and peace

As the Battle of the Atlantic 70th anniversary starts in London, the Mission reflects on its role during one of the longest continuous military campaigns in World War II, which resulted in the largest loss of life in merchant seafaring history. MORE

Mission on board with new piracy film A Hijacking

A Hijacking, a new film about modern piracy, has been released in the UK. MORE

Mission welcomes release of Leopard crew after two-year captivity

The crew of the MV Leopard have finally been released, over two years after they were taken hostage in a hijacking by Somali pirates. MORE

Mission’s bike ride is FAR and away a great day out

This year's Flying Angel Ride has been a great success and has helped raise over £20,000 for the Mission's work with seafarers around the world. MORE

Mission calls for better crew welfare and development

The Mission has called for stronger crew training and welfare schemes at a recent shipping industry conference in Singapore. MORE

Ports around the world

In this round-up of news of our work around the world, we have news from Antwerp, where our chaplain has helped support a seafarer who had been blinded in an accident on board, and word from Kobe, where the Mission has resolved a wage dispute which left unpaid crew members sleeping rough. For more stories from around the world, click here. MORE

Bangers and Maersk

There's just one month to go until the Flying Angel Ride, but there's still time to get involved. Find out how here. MORE

Support our Lent appeal

As Lent enters its final week, read more about what we're doing to support seafarers across the world during their times of need. MORE

Mission in Kenya aids abandoned crew

The Mission to Seafarers in Kenya has helped the crew of the cockroach-infested Lanka Mahapola, who were abandoned by their owner, left unpaid and without supplies. MORE

Mission Secretary General licensed by Lord Bishop of London

The Mission's Secretary General, the Revd Andrew Wright, has been licensed by The Lord Bishop of London following his appointment as head of the global maritime welfare charity. MORE

Say a prayer for Titanic II

The Mission to Seafarers has written a new prayer of remembrance and a blessing for the Blue Star Line Titanic II project. MORE

New Secretary General takes up role at the Mission

Andrew Wright has joined The Mission to Seafarers as its new Secretary General. MORE

Brazilian authorities impose illegal fines on seafarers

Confusion reigns in Brazil as authorities continue to challenge the legal rights of seafarers in the area. MORE

Seafarers rely on the Mission

The president of the UK Chamber of Shipping, Helen Deeble, used her speech at the Chamber's annual dinner to highlight the importance of the Mission's work worldwide. MORE

Get on your bike!

The Mission's Flying Angel Ride returns to the New Forest on 28 April 2013. Find out how you can get involved here. MORE

Canadian Mission saves stranded seafarers

The Mission in Halifax has helped to send the crew of a cockroach-infested tugboat home after they were abandoned in Canada without food or pay. MORE

UK government pledges £2.2m to tackle piracy

The Mission responds to news that the UK has given an extra £2.2m to help fight piracy off the coast of Somalia. MORE

Mission issues piracy warning

The Mission to Seafarers welcomes the latest IMB piracy figures, but warns that the piracy model is spreading to new regions of the world. MORE

Ship visitors and chaplains responsible for welfare of over 99% of seafarers

Canon Ken Peters has highlighted the role of ship visitors and port chaplains ahead of the implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention. MORE

Mission's work in Australia makes waves

The welfare work of The Mission to Seafarers in Australia has been recognised by the shipping industry and media as our chaplains and centres in Fremantle and Port Giles scoop awards and the Geraldton opens its doors to the press. MORE

Mission volunteers prepare presents for Christmas crews

Volunteers at the Mission's Falmouth centre have worked tirelessly to recreate Christmas for seafarers in the port over Christmas. MORE

Mission Festival brings Christmas cheer

The Mission's annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, attended by our President HRH The Princess Royal, was a great success. MORE

Lord West speaks in support of seafarers

Lord West, former First Sea Lord, has highlighted the importance of seafarers to the global economy ahead of The Mission to Seafarers' A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service. MORE

Mission first on hand for survivors of North Sea collision

The Mission to Seafarers issues a response to the sinking of the Baltic Ace on 5 December, which caused five deaths and has left six seafarers missing. MORE

The Mission to Seafarers’ Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

The Mission to Seafarers annual Christmas Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be held at St Michael Paternoster Royal on 11 December. MORE

Andrew Wright appointed new Secretary General at The Mission to Seafarers

The Revd Andrew Wright has been announced as the new Secretary General of The Mission to Seafarers. MORE

The Mission thanks attendees of first Volunteers' Conference

The Mission to Seafarers would like to thank all of the attendees of its first Volunteers' Conference. MORE

The Mission thanks novelist

K D Adamson, author of a new action-thriller entitled Payload, dedicates her book to seafarers in need. MORE

House of Lords debates piracy

The work of The Mission to Seafarers with victims of piracy was highlighted by the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich during a debate in the House of Lords on Wednesday night (24/10/2012). MORE

Welcome to hell: the MtS welcomes Dispatches investigation into poor conditions at sea

Cruises Undercover - the truth below decks aired on Channel 4 last night and has highlighted important issues concerning seafarers' poor working conditions. MORE

Thank you to the Baltic Exchange

The Annual National Service to Seafarers (10th October) will be followed by a Mission to Seafarers Reception sponsored by the Baltic Exchange to raise essential funds for those suffering at sea around the world. MORE

Former hostage joins MtS to remember seafarers

Terry Waite joins supporters, chaplains and shipping industry leaders to celebrate the work of seafarers and the welfare agencies who support them. MORE

Our chance to shine

The Mission to Seafarers is delighted to announce that we have been chosen as the nominated charity for tonight's Lloyd's List Global Awards ceremony in London. MORE

MtS reaction to Maritime Labour Convention

Seafarers' Bill of Rights reaches the required number of signatories to take effect in 12 months' time. MORE

Flying Angel Falmouth prepares for survivors’ arrival

Cornish branch of MtS prepares for midnight arrival of survivors from burning container ship. MORE

Industry and supporters gather to remember the Revd Tom Heffer

300 people gather in St Sepulchre-without-Newgate to remember the life and witness of MtS Secretary General the Revd Tom Heffer. MORE

Mission congratulates Her Majesty The Queen on the weekend of her Jubilee

As we celebrate this Jubilee weekend, The Mission to Seafarers extends warmest congratulations and loyal greetings to Her Majesty The Queen. MORE

Top teams make Flying Angel Ride a fantastic fundraiser

On Sunday 27 May, a team of eager cyclists took to the roads of the New Forest to raise over £30,000 for the Mission to Seafarers. MORE

Sea Sunday: Say ‘thank you’ to seafarers on 8th July

Seafarers transport 90% of the food and goods we use every day, and yet these 1.2 million hardworking men and women are often forgotten. MORE

The Revd Tom Heffer - Memorial Service announcement

Details of the London-based Memorial Service for the life of the Revd Tom Heffer are released today. MORE

Stunning photography from a life at sea goes on sale in aid of the Mission

A selection of original photographs from four years spent sailing the globe have gone on sale in aid of the Mission to Seafarers. MORE

Hong Kong: Chaplain's swift action helps save seafarer's life

The Revd Stephen Miller has told how swift action by himself and colleagues helped save the life of a Filipino seafarer at the Hong Kong Mariners’ Club. MORE

MtS completes 'training of trainers' course on Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

Mission is first Christian maritime organisation to have one of its chaplains complete ILO's training of trainers on the application of the MLC, 2006. MORE

Remembering TITANIC

MtS leads service of remembrance to mark 100 years since the most famous maritime disaster in history. MORE


Mission's director of chaplaincy is travelling with the TITANIC MEMORIAL CRUISE. From the mid-Atlantic, Canon Huw Mosford describes life on board in the run up to the MtS-led Service of Remembrance MORE

MV Lady Norma I home safe after perilous journey home

11 seafarers have completed a 3-month voyage to Malaysia via pirate waters on a 50-year-old cargo ship that took a year to fix. MtS supported the crew during their stay in Penzance. MORE

Titanic Centenary Cruise to help modern seafarers around the world

100 years since the Titanic set sail on its maiden and only voyage, the Mission will lead a service of remembrance on board the Titanic Memorial Cruise, which follows the iconic vessel’s route. MORE

An Easter message from the Secretary General

The Revd Tom Heffer thanks all those whose support ensures the Mission's transforming ministry continues to reach seafarers in 250 ports around the world. MORE

Snap happy! Second Life@Sea photography competition launched

We want to show people what life on board ship is really like, so we’re inviting seafarers to submit their photos to our 2012 Life@Sea competition. MORE

Mission supports crew after Belfast collision

MtS Belfast is supporting the crew of a cargo ship which collided with a passenger ferry. MORE

We are proud to announce the official sponsors for the Flying Angel Ride 2012

Registration is now open for the 2012 Flying Angel Ride on 27 May. The event is sponsored by Lloyd's Register and V.Ships, with The Maersk Company sponsoring the post-event celebration. MORE

All eyes on Somalia

Actions speak louder than words, says The Mission to Seafarers. MORE

Oceans apart: remembering loved ones by the sea divided

Across the world, St Valentine’s Day is a time to declare and display our love for sweethearts, spouses and partners, but, for those far out at sea it can be a very lonely day. MORE

MtS sends Loyal Greetings to The Queen

On the occasion of HM The Queen's accession, The Mission to Seafarers sends Loyal Greetings to its Patron MORE

Raffle winners announced!

The winners of the Flying Angel Prize Draw have been selected! MORE

IMB report: slight drop in attacks but piracy off Somalia remains biggest threat to shipping

Attacks have fallen due to increased security, says International Maritime Bureau's annual piracy report, but Indian Ocean piracy remains a major threat. MORE

Helping hand: MtS offers assistance to Concordia crew

The Mission has contacted Carnival, parent company of the cruise ship's operator Costa, to see what assistance it might offer to the Concordia crew. MORE

Concordia rescue: UK Foreign Secretary says all UK nationals accounted for

Foreign Secretary William Hague says all British nationals are accounted for. However, anyone concerned about British survivors of the capsized Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia can contact the British Embassy in Rome on (+39) 06 4220 0001 or the Foreign Office in London on 0207 008 1500. MORE

House of Lords recognises work of MtS

Debate on Somalia highlights the human cost of piracy. MORE

Lest we forget: remembering the Leopard crew one year on

Today it is exactly one year since pirates seized the crew of the MV Leopard as she was en route to Mumbai. In a letter to the editor, printed on page 6 of today's Lloyds List, MtS Secretary General the Revd Tom Heffer urges us all to remember the hostages. MORE

Piracy off Somalia: Response to the Commons' Committee report

The MtS has welcomed the Foreign Affairs Select Committee report ‘Piracy off the coast of Somalia’ as a sign that UK politicians are at last genuinely engaging with the issue. MORE

New Year tragedy - MtS Falmouth is foulweather friend

A seafarer was killed yesterday after huge seas hit a ship off the Cornish coast during 73mph winds and the worst storm this winter. MORE

"Most precious cargo on board is the crew" - MtS secretary general writes in Lloyd's List

The Revd Tom Heffer urges the maritime industry not to forget the seafarer hostages thousands of miles from home this Christmas. MORE

Welcome to the new MtS website! Tell us what you think…

The Mission to Seafarers has a new-look website and we’d love to have your feedback. MORE

Christmas message from the Secretary General

"We couldn't do what we do with you," writes the Revd Tom Heffer in his Christmas message. MORE

'Flying Angels' drop in to Falmouth

Falmouth Mission honours helicopter heroes who risk all to rescue seafarers in trouble. MORE

Action not words - Mission urges EU haste on anti-piracy plan

The Mission to Seafarers applauds new European Union plans to build up anti-piracy measures in countries on the Indian Ocean front line. MORE

MtS Hong Kong scoops gong!

Mission's the Revd Peter Ellis wins the Welfare Personality Award at a ceremony in Geneva. MORE

To Russia with Love: MtS helps shipwrecked seafarers phone home

MtS' Holyhead chaplain put two traumatised Russian seafarers in touch with their families after their ship was wrecked in the Irish sea. MORE

Seasonal reunion for Romanian sailors

The Mission to Seafarers has reunited two seafarers stranded in the UK port of Falmouth with their families in time for Christmas. MORE

Princess and star guests add sparkle to MtS carol service

Christmas comes to St Michael Paternoster Royal as the Mission celebrates a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with special guests. MORE

MtS called to support Russian wreck survivors

MtS chaplain visits two crewmen rescued from MV Swanland after the vessel was smashed by an 'enormous wave' in the Irish Sea. MORE

MtS Australia honoured for ‘outstanding contribution to the welfare of seafarers’

Sydney MtS receives the Seafarers’ Welfare Award at the annual Lloyd’s List Australia Shipping and Maritime Industry Awards. MORE

Seafarers never forget

Today, the Mission in Falmouth received a heart-warming letter of thanks. MORE

Nicky Wynne joins MtS

The Mission to Seafarers is delighted to announce that Nicky Wynne has been appointed as its new director of development. MORE

Hard talk: UK to host major anti-piracy conference

At the Lord Mayor's Banquet, British PM David Cameron announces Britain will host a major conference on Somalia and piracy. MORE

Remembrance Day

The Mission remembers the fallen of two World Wars and those men and women killed or injured in subsequent actions and conflicts. MORE

MtS Secretary General writes on armed guards in Church Times

The Revd Tom Heffer has written to the Church Times in response to the Uk Government's announcement on armed security. MORE

Green light for armed guards on board UK-flagged ships

Mission behind PM's call to arms for ships in pirate waters MORE

Blooming marvellous: Falmouth Mission garden wins award

Falmouth MtS has been awarded a special commendation in the Royal Horticultural Society ‘It's Your Neighbourhood’ Awards for its beautiful garden. MORE

Lambeth Palace reception: MtS shows human cost of piracy

The plight of seafarers held hostage by pirates was the focus of an MtS evening reception at Lambeth Palace on 27th September. MORE

Commemorating Merchant Navy Day

As the UK prepares to celebrate the achievements of British and Commonwealth seafarers this weekend (September 3), the Revd Canon Huw Mosford from The Mission to Seafarers remembers the sacrifices men and women from many nations have made. MORE

Public Affairs update: Select Committee on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia

The Mission to Seafarers reacts to today's hearing of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. MORE

Penny represents MtS volunteers at Buckingham Palace

Falmouth's Mission to Seafarers chairman Penny Phillips, and her partner Graham Hall, also a Mission volunteer, attended the first Royal Garden Party of the year at Buckingham Palace on 29 June. MORE

Setting course for Sea Sunday - don't miss out!

Be part of it - join people across the globe in celebrating Sea Sunday and organising your local Sea Sunday appeal and inspiring church service. MORE

MtS counts down to Day of the Seafarer

The Mission is urging people everywhere to support the International Maritime Organisation's inaugural Day of the Seafarer - by blogging, YouTubing, tweeting, Facebooking , or just thinking and talking about the world's seafarers and what life is like out there on the Big Blue. MORE

Belfast MtS salutes The Princess Royal

Making good her promise to visit the Mission in Belfast after the Icelandic volcano grounded her flight to its 150th birthday celebration, HRH The Princess Royal was guest of honour at the Mission on June 23rd. MORE

MtS supports first ever ‘Day of the Seafarer’

The Mission to Seafarers is supporting the International Maritime Organisation’s ‘Day of the Seafarer’ on Saturday 25th June. MORE

A Statement from The Secretary General: Christchurch Earthquakes

It was with great sadness that we learned of the recent violent earthquake tremors in Christchurch, New Zealand which caused widespread damage. MORE

Sea Sunday goes cyber - download your packs here!

Sea Sunday 2011 will be held on 10th July and the Mission’s pack of vibrant resources to help churches and groups celebrate the day can now be downloaded from this website. MORE

London Marathon runners raise cash for MtS

With sponsorship money still coming in, the Mission is set to receive a cash boost from our Marathon Runners. MORE

Farewell from Friends: Memorial Service for Alison

Family, friends, former colleagues, present and past co-workers from The Mission to Seafarers all gathered for Alison Boyce's memorial service at St Michael Paternoster Royal today, Thursday 14th April MORE

Flying visit: The Princess Royal drops in on Felixstowe

MtS President The Princess Royal today met Mission staff when she visited the seafarers' centre in the Suffolk port of Felixstowe. MORE

Responding to the threat of piracy

At the opening day of the IMOs Legal Committee, the IMO recommitted itself to working for an end to piracy. MORE

The Sea His Parish: 125th Anniversary of MtS Founder

On this day 125 years ago, the Revd Dr John Ashley died in London, his health weakened by a hard life working to help the neglected seafarers of Victorian England MORE

UK Government needs to do more to tackle piracy

As the UK Government announces £6 million pounds for anti-piracy measures, the Secretary General of The Mission to Seafarers says they need to do more to take a 'moral lead'. MORE

House of Lords praise for Mission's 'wonderful work'

The 'wonderful work' of The Mission to Seafarers, especially in supporting freed piracy hostages in Mombasa, has been acknowledged in the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the UK's Parliament. MORE

Piracy debate echoes MtS stand

Armed guards should be placed onboard merchant vessels transiting through the Indian Ocean, was the motion carried at a meeting of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association in London last night (Wednesday, 16 March), echoing the recent views of the Secretary General of The Mission to Seafarers. MORE

Frontline update: Japan & the Middle East

Following British Government advice, MtS staff serving in Japan and the Middle East have been taking precautionary action in the face of natural disaster and political upheaval. MORE

Marathon Men paddle against piracy

Dynamic duo paddle their own canoe to support the Mission in anti-piracy year MORE

Hollywood Piracy: making a drama out of a crisis

Movie star Tom Hanks to be cast as 'Captain Courageous' MORE

IMO Rep sheds the pounds for MtS

THE UK’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization is sizing himself up for a sponsored diet in aid of The Mission to Seafarers. MORE

Lifetime award for South Tees volunteer

MtS South Tees volunteer Helen Hadfield has been recognised for her work with seafarers and the North East community. MORE

An effective safety management code is key, says MtS

The Mission to Seafarers highlighted the importance of having a really effective safety management system at a recent meeting of the sub-committee of Flag State Implementation at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). MORE

Fight Piracy: A Message from the Secretary General

Today, Tom Heffer, world leader of the Mission to Seafarers writes on the piracy problem in Lloyds List, the influential UK shipping publication. The article is reproduced here on our website. MORE

A Statement: Alison Boyce RIP.

It is with extreme regret we record the tragic news that Alison Boyce, Executive Assistant to the Reverend Canon Huw Mosford, Director of Chaplaincy and Martin Sandford, Executive Director died on Monday 7th February 2011 whilst on holiday in the Lake District. MORE

Double honour for MtS chaplain and wife

Geraldton chaplain, the Revd Bill Ross, and his wife, Jocelyn, have both been recognised in the Australia Day Honours. MORE

Sea Sunday 2011

STOP PRESS! This year’s Sea Sunday theme has been announced by the Mission. It will echo the International Maritime Organisation’s choice of 2011 as a year for the global community to cooperate in responding to the threat of piracy. MORE

The Secretary General's Christmas and New Year Message

The Secretary General of The Mission to Seafarers, the Revd Tom Heffer, sent Christmas greetings to seafarers, the shipping industry and supporters in his annual message. MORE

Christmas Carol Concert 2010

THE spirit of Christmas descended upon St Michael Paternoster Royal on Wednesday (8 December) as The Mission to Seafarers celebrated the Christmas story with a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. MORE

Fair Trade: Bournemouth MtS delivers a Christmas cracker

Christmas came early to Bournemouth as the MtS Committee raised a stunning £1,750 for the Mission's work with their annual Christmas Fair and Coffee Morning. MORE

Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols - Sold Out!

Thanks to everyone who is supporting the Mission by joining our President, HRH The Princess Royal, and celebrity readers at the traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at St Michael Paternoster Royal on December 8th. MORE

Lloyd's List supports The Mission to Seafarers

LONG-TIME shipping newspaper Lloyd's List visited The Mission to Seafarers central office this week to present the Secretary General with a significant donation. MORE

MtS group provides support to Chinese fishers and teenage seafarers

MtS Falmouth and MtS Plymouth worked hard over the weekend to assist the Athena's 111-strong crew, rescued from a traumatic fire aboard their factory fishing vessel... MORE

Falmouth Team welcome the rescued crew of the ATHENA

The Mission to Seafarers in Falmouth was today (Thursday October 28) the first welfare agency to welcome the crew of the ATHENA as the men were brought ashore following a fire onboard their ship which resulted in an emergency evacuation 230 miles off the Isles of Scilly on Wednesday. MORE

Angel Riders triumph on Isle of Wet!

OVER 100 people braved torrential rain, high speed winds and flash flooding to complete the inaugural Flying Angel Ride in aid of The Mission to Seafarers. MORE

Leading industry newspaper lends its support to MtS

The Mission to Seafarers is benefiting from an online partnership with Lloyd's List MORE

Flying the Flag.....

Congratulations to some of our wonderful Flag Day volunteers who’ve been out and about raising money for the Mission’s work for seafarers. MORE

2010 Christmas Catalogue

Have a look at the 2010 Christmas Catalogue from The Mission to Seafarers now! MORE

Annual Service

To celebrate World Maritime Day and the tenth anniversary of the society’s name change, The Mission to Seafarers will hold its Annual Service for friends and supporters at St Michael Paternoster Royal, Thursday, September 23 at 3pm, St Michael Paternoster Royal. MORE

Isle of Wight

Registration is still open for the Flying Angel Ride which will take place on the Isle of Wight on Sunday, October 3rd to raise vital funds for The Mission to Seafarers. MORE

‘Rectory Runners’ raise funds for The Mission

Congratulations to our ‘Rectory Runners’ London Marathon team Revd Chris Burke and his GP wife Helen who have successfully completed the 26.2-mile course in aid of The Mission to Seafarers. Church of the High Seas rector Chris Burke this week swapped his Sunday vestments for a running vest as he left his altar to compete in the London Marathon for the Mission to Seafarers. MORE

Running Revd gets on his marks for The Mission

AS the nights draw in and the temperature drops, all over the country the steady rhythm of runners pounding the footpaths of local highways and byways can be heard as men and women prepare for the London Marathon 2010. MORE

Carols ring out for The Mission to Seafarers

FRIENDS and supporters of The Mission to Seafarers packed into the church of St Michael Paternoster Royal in the City of London to celebrate the Christmas Story at the annual Carol Concert. MORE

Capacity Crowd Welcomes Ecumenical Ministry Team

A FULL crowd packed into the chapel of the Mill Dam Mission to Seafarers on Sunday, December 6, to witness the swearing-in of the new ecumenical ministry team which will operate in the Port of Tyne. MORE

Topaz Energy and Marine support the Flying Angel Support Vessel.

THE Mission to Seafarers in Dubai has received vital funding from Topaz Energy and Marine to secure the future of its support vessel, The Flying Angel. The company will use its considerable vessel management infrastructure to manage the entire vessel and will take onboard all of its running costs which last MORE

Serving seafarers wherever the need is greatest

The Revd Tom Heffer takes over as Secretary General of The Mission to Seafarers from the Revd Canon Bill Christianson today and began by unveiling a new programme of work to the society, aimed at enabling the international organisation to deliver services to seafarers where the need is greatest. Delivering MORE

AGM and Annual Service

FOCUSING on caring for seafarers in ports where the need is greatest was one of the key themes of the 2009 Annual Service and Annual General Meeting of The Mission to Seafarers held at the society’s home church of St Michael Paternoster Royal in London on June 24. The Mission’s MORE

The Revd Tom Heffer to become 15th Secretary General

THE Mission to Seafarers today announces that the Revd Tom Heffer, currently director of chaplaincy, The Mission to Seafarers, will succeed the Revd Canon Bill Christianson as the society’s Secretary General from July 1 2009. Speaking on his appointment, the Revd Heffer said: “It is a tremendous privilege to be asked MORE

Peninsula Petroleum supports The Mission to Seafarers

LEADING physical bunker and lubricant supplier Peninsula Petroleum donated £7,000 to international maritime charity The Mission to Seafarers at a presentation ceremony in St James’s, London. Speaking from Peninsula Petroleum’s head office, Managing Director John Bassadone said: “Peninsula Petroleum is a leading player in the marine fuels market, dealing with shipowners MORE

Christmas Joy at Mission Carol Concert

A PACKED congregation filled St Michael Paternoster Royal last Wednesday (December 10) to celebrate the Christmas story and raise funds for The Mission to Seafarers. In the presence of the society’s President, HRH The Princess Royal, supporters and friends gathered to sing familiar Christmas carols such as Once in Royal David’s MORE

The Mission to Seafarers launches Tour Pour La Mer ‘09

THE Mission to Seafarers has announced that its annual bike ride will return in 2009 with its biggest event to date at a reception held at Lloyd’s Register. Since its creation in 2006, Tour Pour La Mer has raised thousands of pounds for the Mission’s work with seafarers in over MORE

Movie script gets help from The Mission to Seafarers

A GRIPPING drama about the plight of stranded seafarers is being written for the big screen, thanks to help from The Mission to Seafarers. Stranded tells the story of a group of foreign seafarers stuck in the UK when their merchant ship, which flies a flag of convenience, fails a port MORE

Sea Tea Dance proves popular for MtS

OVER 120 people gathered at the exclusive Lansdowne Club in Mayfair last Friday (October 10) to trip the light fantastic and help the world’s merchant seafarers with a charity Sea Tea Dance in aid of The Mission to Seafarers. The Sea Tea Dance in London was the flagship event of a MORE

No Food. No Water. No Pay. Seafarers return home after 5-month ordeal

Mombasa, Kenya: THE last 10 crew members of a cruise liner stuck in Mombasa for five months have finally been repatriated after being helped by The Mission to Seafarers. The seafarers onboard the Royal Star were part of a 130-strong crew operating the 5,600-ton vessel which sailed around the Indian Ocean. MORE

Annual Service and AGM: celebrating another year of maritime ministry

ADAPTING to the challenge of change was one of the key themes of the 2008 Annual Service and Annual General Meeting of The Mission to Seafarers held at St Michael Paternoster Royal in London on June 26. The Mission’s president, HRH The Princess Royal, told a congregation of 300 members and MORE

MoU signing sees a new partnership to benefit seafarers

CARDIFF-based Graig Ship Management has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Mission to Seafarers (MtS) engaging the international maritime welfare agency to provide assistance to the company’s seafarers during times of crisis. The MoU sets out the protocol to be followed by The Mission to Seafarers in providing MORE

Easter is made egg-stra special in Falmouth

SEAFARERS visiting the port of Falmouth in Cornwall this Easter had the occasion made egg-stra special thanks to The Mission to Seafarers and the Apostleship of the Sea. Foreign and UK seafarers visiting the docks each received a chocolate Easter egg to mark the occasion. For the second year running, MORE

Seafarers find hope in MtS after a nine-month ordeal

ELEVEN Ukrainian crewmembers onboard the bulker M/V Lady East are finding refuge in the chaplain of The Mission to Seafarers after being stuck in Richard’s Bay, South Africa for nine months. Originally, 22 men were onboard when the vessel arrived in May to load cargo. During a routine inspection, the MORE

MtS brings Christmas cheer to seafarers

It’s been another busy Christmas season for The Mission to Seafarers. In our stations all over the world, chaplains and volunteers lovingly handed out Christmas presents to the seafarers who were in port over Christmas. Many of the seafarers visited their nearest seafarers’ centre to telephone home and make contact MORE

The bells of Stepney ring in Christmas for The Mission to Seafarers

On a crisp winter’s evening, over 150 people gathered inside the warm and homely surroundings of St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, to celebrate the Christmas Story and raise funds for The Mission to Seafarers at the society’s annual carol concert. In the presence of the society’s President, HRH The MORE

TPLM ride is on course to raise over £100,000

THE shipping industry, friends and supporters got on their bikes Friday (September 28) to raise money for the international work of The Mission to Seafarers. On a dull but dry autumnal morning, nearly 200 riders gathered in Palmerston Park, Southampton and were greeted by the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Stephen MORE

Viking Islay crew helped by MTS

The Mission to Seafarers’ Immingham chaplain, the Revd Samuel Bisaso, is providing practical assistance to the crew of the gas rig standby vessel, the Viking Islay which lost three crewmembers during a tragic accident off the coast of East Yorkshire on Sunday, September 24. Three crewmembers were injured when they MORE

New vice chairman announced for MtS

RESPECTED shipping figure Captain John Hughes has been appointed the vice chairman of The Mission to Seafarers and will commence his duties immediately, it is announced today. Mr Hughes is widely known within the shipping industry and has served on the council of the charity since 2005. He is also MORE

Stricken crew helped by The Mission

The Mission to Seafarers has provided care and support to a crew of Polish seafarers who were plucked to safety after the MSV Jork sank in the North Sea on Sunday. The 2,000 tonne vessel, which had been carrying grain from Lubeck to New Holland in Hull, collided with an unmanned MORE

Refurbished centre opens in Hull

A refurbished seafarers’ centre has been reopened in the port of Hull from where The Mission to Seafarers, working with its ecumenical colleagues from other Christian maritime organisations, will be able to continue its vital work supporting the thousands of ships and seafarers who visit one of Britain’s busiest ports MORE

Robert Woods signs up for Tour Pour La Mer

Shipping veteran Robert Woods today signed up to help The Mission to Seafarers raise £500,000 for its vital maritime welfare work around the world. At the Mission’s headquarters in the City of London, Mr Woods committed himself to his second Tour Pour La Mer bike ride which this year is a MORE

Mission chaplain involved in dramatic rescue

The Mission to Seafarers has provided pastoral care to the crewmembers of the Eritrean-flagged M/V Denden which ran aground and later capsized off the coast of Thanveerbavi near Mangalore on Saturday. The general cargo ship (built in 1977 and weighing in at 6,977gt) ran aground off the coast after encountering MORE

Inspiration as MtS holds its AGM 2007

Inspiration and vision were the themes of The Mission to Seafarers’ Annual General Meeting held in London on Wednesday 27 June. In his address to the members of the Anglican society which has been caring for seafarers for over 150 years, the Revd Canon Bill Christianson, Secretary-General, said that the Mission MORE

As charity ride nears completion, cyclists ask for more help

Tanker veterans John Hughes and David Savage are well on the way to completing their 1,400-kilometre bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of The Mission to Seafarers and the Apostleship of the Sea. The pair reached the outskirts of Glasgow yesterday (Tuesday 19/06) and have another 600 MORE

And the award goes to...

The Revd Mary Davisson, director of the International Seafarers’ Centre, Baltimore, has received the Woman of the Year Award at the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore’s Women in Maritime History event. Mary Davisson’s current role is a far cry from her former life as a professor of classics at the MORE

It’s going to be Tea-rrific!

Cups and saucers at the ready – the Great Sea Tea is back! Tea-lovers across the UK are being invited to have a cuppa on behalf of The Mission to Seafarers – and help the seafarers who bring the tea to us in the first place. The Great Sea Tea is MORE

On your bike for the great Mission fundraiser!

Free-wheeling fundraisers from around the world will be whizzing through the English countryside this year to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the Mission to Seafarers. Cycling enthusiasts will be joining forces with Mission supporters from across the UK for the second Tour Pour La Mer ride, which last year MORE

The Prince of Wales commissions the Flying Angel support boat

The first floating seafarers’ centre in the world was named Flying Angel by the Prince of Wales in a ceremony in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and will go into service in March. The purpose-built seafarers’ support boat takes its name from The Mission to Seafarers’ flying angel symbol. Its MORE

New drop-in centre for seafarers in Aqaba

A small seafarers’ centre provided by the Aqaba port authority and manned by The Mission to Seafarers has opened in the container port. The ACT Seafarer’s Internet Café is convenient for seafarers, being a two-minute bus ride from their ships. Facilities include two computers for free internet and email services, and MORE

Care for injured seafarer

A Filipino seafarer, who was hospitalised in Cornwall, UK, after being seriously hurt in a storm at sea, is being looked after by the Falmouth Mission to Seafarers while he recovers. Romulus was the bosun on the Norwegian tanker Maria Knutsen when it was hit by a violent storm off Cornwall. MORE

Aden Mission refuge for threatened Nigerian fishermen

Twenty-one Nigerian fishermen are sleeping on mattresses on the floor of Christ Church, Aden, three weeks after being given sanctuary there by The Mission to Seafarers chaplain Peter Crooks. They accepted the offer of refuge after telling Peter that they had been threatened with shooting if they did not MORE

Christmas cheer around the world

Christmas can be a difficult time for seafarers on board ship far from home but across the world The Mission to Seafarers is working hard to make it less lonely and more cheerful. Secretary general Canon Bill Christianson says that the Mission makes a special effort so that working seafarers can MORE

Chaplains fight for seafarers’ unpaid wages

Chaplains fight for seafarers’ unpaid wages A cargo ship en route from North Korea to Syria, reportedly carrying missiles for the Hezbollah organisation, was arrested in Limassol, Cyprus, and inspected by the local CID and an American CIA agent. “In reality,” said Marvin Bamforth, The Mission MORE

Princess Royal pays tribute to chaplains at Mission world conference

The Princess Royal paid tribute to the work of The Mission to Seafarers at its world conference in Derbyshire in October. She told the 180 delegates that if the Mission did not exist “someone would have to invent a similar organisation”. Chaplains, liaison bishops and committee chairman were MORE

Shipping minister addresses Mission seminar on seafarers’ welfare

What is “welfare”, how is it defined and who is responsible for it were questions raised at a seminar organised by The Mission to Seafarers and addressed by Shipping Minister Dr Stephen Ladyman. Delegates from the UK government, the shipping industry and voluntary organisations discussed seafarers’ welfare after Dr Ladyman MORE

New chairman for The Mission to Seafarers

Robert Woods, recently retired chief executive of P&O, is to be the next chairman of The Mission to Seafarers. He will succeed David Newbigging who retires at the end of this year. His appointment was announced by the Mission’s Council today (October 4). He has been a trustee of the Mission, MORE

Mission support boat takes shape in Dubai

The Angel, the seafarers’ support boat being built by The Mission to Seafarers in Dubai, is starting to take shape at Albwardy Marine shipyard. The order for the vessel was placed in April after a generous response to the initial appeal for funds for the 150th anniversary project. “We have already MORE

Suva centre reopens in new premises

The Mission to Seafarers centre in Suva, Fiji, has re-opened after an absence of three years. The new centre was dedicated by Archbishop Jabez Bryce in the presence of members of the port and shipping community. Located at shed 1 on the main Kings Wharf in the port, it offers MORE

Desert island nightmare for shipwrecked seafarer

The Mission to Seafarers’ Aden chaplain is “working hard” to end the nightmare ordeal of a seafarer marooned on a desert island for over six weeks. But the Revd Peter Crooks say it may be some time yet before the last survivor of a general cargo ship sinking is rescued. MORE

IMO secretary general visits Mission centres in Dar and Mombasa

Mr Efthimios Mitropoulos, secretary general of the United Nations shipping body, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), recently visited The Mission to Seafarers’ centres in Dar es Salaam and Mombasa. He was in the region to commission a new Regional Maritime Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre and made the visits to the MORE

Mission’s passion for justice still alive, says Archbishop of Canterbury

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, spoke of storms both literal and metaphorical in his sermon at the annual service of The Mission to Seafarers. Dr Williams said that people who live on land forgot all too easily, the real storms that seafarers faced – “a challenge that in MORE

Care for survivors after bulk carrier sank

After the bulk carrier Alexandros T sank some 300 miles of the east coast of South Africa with the loss of 26 lives, Mission to Seafarers chaplain Des Vaubell (left) and his ecumenical colleagues in Durban helped to care for the shocked survivors. Seven of the 33-man crew managed MORE

Shipping industry gets on its bike for the Mission

Over 250 people from the shipping industry got on their bikes in May to raise funds for The Mission to Seafarers over a two-day bike ride from Greenwich to Dover and around Le Touquet in France. Among those taking part were Robert Woods, the chief executive of P&O, shipowner Michael MORE

Full-time chaplain for Colombo

The Mission’s plan to re-establish a full-time ministry in Colombo, Sri Lanka, will reach fruition in July with the arrival in the port of Andrew Payne, currently the Mission’s chaplain in Felixstowe. His appointment follows a major refurbishment of the Colombo centre which was overseen by the Mission’s Portbury chaplain, MORE

Thanksgiving service for 150th anniversary

HRH The Princess Royal, president of The Mission to Seafarers, attended a thanksgiving service in Westminster Abbey on March 28 to mark the society’s 150th anniversary this year. Members of the Council of The Mission to Seafarers, chaplains and staff were joined at the service by hundreds of supporters MORE

The Mission to Seafarers on call for crew of detained vessel

Seafarers stuck at sea for eight weeks on a “dangerously unsafe” cargo ship were supplied with warm duvets, woolly hats and food by The Mission to Seafarers which was concerned for their welfare. The 20 crew of the MV Saruna, 18 Romanians, a Syrian and the Russian captain, had been MORE

New seafarers’ centre in Marsden Point

The Mission to Seafarers has opened a new seafarers’ centre in Marsden Point, New Zealand, the site of its old building having been reclaimed by the port for development. It has been built with the help of a £150,000 grant from the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) Seafarers’ Trust. Other MORE

Stranded Audrey crew goes home

The Audrey is a name that will haunt the lives of four Filipino seafarers who spent all of 2005 imprisoned on board. Their ship was abandoned by the owner and the crew were left to endure appalling sanitary and living conditions, scorching heat, and shortages of food and fuel. Seafarers MORE


Four Filipino seafarers marooned in appalling conditions on a tugboat off the coast of Bahrain since March can telephone their families thanks to the Bahrain International Seafarers’ Society. In scorching temperatures, with no air conditioning and food, water and fuel running low, the four were sleeping in makeshift beds on MORE

Covenant marks new ecumenical endeavour for seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers and its kindred societies, the Apostleship of the Sea (Roman Catholic) the British & International Sailors’ Society (interdenominational) have signed an agreement to work more closely together for the benefit of seafarers. The Christian Ecumenical Covenant for Maritime Ministry in the UK and Eire was MORE

Counselling and support for tsunami survivors

Most of The Mission to Seafarers’ involvement in caring for survivors of the Indian Ocean tsunami has been in providing counselling and support, said ministry secretary Tom Heffer, who has just returned from the region. “There has been a huge amount of food aid and there are projects under way MORE

Valium seafarer finally goes home.

The Croatian ship’s officer jailed in the United Arab Emirates for having Valium sleeping pills is finally free to go home after a four-month ordeal. Denio Ruskovic, third officer on the V Ships MV Marine Pacific, was arrested in January as he signed-off in Fujairah and accused of drug smuggling. MORE

Centres now offering crews 24-hour telephone access

Today, when seafarers arrive in some ports, they might only stay for a few hours and it could be at any time of the day or night. The challenge for The Mission to Seafarers is how to meet the practical needs of crews on a 24-hour basis. As the provision MORE
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