Sailors’ Society and Mission to Seafarers have been named official Posidonia 2016 supported charities. Through their presence at the world’s largest shipping trade event, the two organisations aim at increasing awareness amongst members of the international maritime community about the issues facing seafarers and their families.
Established in 1818, Sailors’ Society is an international maritime charity which aims to transform the lives of seafarers worldwide, through the provision of practical and emotional support, the advancement of maritime education and the relief of poverty and distress. Through a network of port chaplains, and the delivery of grant-giving initiatives, emergency relief projects and support services, Sailors’ Society provides welfare support to seafarers, ex-seafarers and families of seafarers at home, in port and at sea.
Founded in 1856, and entirely funded by voluntary donations, today's Mission to Seafarers offers emergency assistance, practical support, and a friendly welcome to crews visiting 200 ports around the world. Caring for seafarers and their families night and day is at the heart of its mission. Whether caring for victims of piracy or providing a lifeline to those stranded in foreign ports, the Mission is there for the globe's 1.5 million merchant seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs.