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Seafarer's welfare

The Merchant Navy Welfare Board is the umbrella charity for the maritime charity sector.  The Boards principal objective is to promote co-operation between organisations that provide welfare services to merchant seafarers and their dependants within the UK. The Board has, for over 60 years, been a forum where those whose interest is the welfare of seafarers can work harmoniously together. This work continues to evolve, recognising the changes that affect both serving and retired seafarers. It welcomes the challenges and is committed to continuing its valuable work.

The Board is governed by a Council of Management which consists of equal numbers of representatives of Shipowners, Seafarers and Nautical Charities. It has over forty constituent member charities and maintains Port Welfare Committees in all regions throughout the UK.

The London and South-East Port Welfare Committee meets three times a year to discuss maritime welfare issues of a national and local nature. The following organisations are represented on the Committee (all links open in a new window):

For more information about the Merchant Navy Welfare Board click here.