About Us

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

We provide practical and pastoral care to all seafarers, regardless of nationality, belief or race. Our port chaplains and volunteer ship visitors welcome seafarers, offer welfare services and advice, practical help, care and friendship. The Apostleship of the Sea in South Africa is part of an international network known to the maritime world as Stella Maris, with 227 port chaplains in 334 ports in 59 countries worldwide. Contact details of our South Africa port chaplains can be found here.

90% of world trade is transported by ship. However the life of a modern seafarer can be dangerous and lonely. They may spend up to a year at a time away from home, separated from their family and loved ones and often working in harsh conditions.

The Apostleship of the Sea relies wholly on voluntary contributions. We are only able to continue our work through the generous donations of our supporters and volunteers.

Apostleship of the Sea supports seafarers in South Africa