Patron: His Majesty King Charles III
President: Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne.
Joint Vice Regal Patrons: Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Joan Beazley AC KC and Mr Dennis Wilson

Mission to Seafarers - Sydney
Our Work at a Glance

For more than 150 years, Mission to Seafarers has had one mission; to provide compassion, care and support to Seafarers around the world when they need it most.

Established in 1881, the Sydney mission team is:

  • Proudly caring for the practical and pastoral needs of seafarers to Sydney ports
  • Part of a global network of care established in 1856 and still active in over 200 ports in 50 nations.
  • Supported by industry, Sydney Port communities, committed donors and active local volunteers

Our Impact in 2021-22

The three Sydney Mission Chaplains have permission to visit many of the vessels providing compassion, SIM cards, goods practical one-on-one conflict resolution and assistance to reach onshore medical care.

We are one of 27 centres in ports around Australia working closely with port communities and Governments to help sustain and rejuvenate hardworking Seafarers of all nationalities.

During the past two years, we have focused on:

  • Collaborating on Mobile Seafarer Vaccination Stations – over 1,500 seafarers from 100 vessels have been vaccinated in the last seven months and we continue to do 3-4 vessels a day;
  • Delivering supplies to the isolated crews –reached 8500 seafarers on 365 vessels last year with items such as SIM cards to call home, warm clothing or shoes to keep working;
  • Care Packs - distributed over 3000 gift packs filled mainly with goods provided by donors;
  • Church services run by zoom for those who wish to attend but can’t leave their ships; and
  • Helping to repatriate seafarers stranded in Sydney and assistance to medical appointments.

It takes people not just ships, to bring Australians over 95% of our essential goods. Seafarers often dangerous work provides many with a route out of poverty for them and their families. For example, a Filipino seafarers wage is invariably used to provide fundamental support for up to 15 family members at home, so every dollar that can be saved is precious. This limits their ability to reconnect, rejuvenate and recharge during shore leave. Mission to Seafarers helps to fill that gap.