A view across apartments and buildings to the port of Gibraltar where a cruise ship is visible in the distance. This page also shows a video showing scenes from working life at sea. There are large ships at sea viewed from an aircraft or drone, an overhead view of a port, fishermen pulling in a large net, close up of a ship's controls, a close up of a man working on board ship wearing a blue hard hat

Merchant Navy Welfare Board

The UK National Seafarers’ Welfare Board. We provide the support of projects, training and resources for the welfare of the seafaring community

The Stella Maris chaplain on board ship handing a seafarer a mobile SIM card donated by Vodafone. Both are wearing protective clothing and hard hats.
Our Mission

Supporting the provision of quality welfare services for seafarers and their dependants

The work of MNWB is to help improve the effectiveness of all those charities caring for merchant seafarers, fishermen and their dependants.

About us

Training Certificates

Since March 2021 we have issued over 1,360 training certificates to online course attendees


SIM cards

We’ve given out over 11,000 free SIM cards to Ukrainian seafarers to make contact with loved ones during the war with Russia.


Grants given away

Over £1.5million has been invested in our Vehicle Replacement Programme

Grant Applications

Does your organisation support seafarer wellbeing or run projects that benefit the maritime industry? We provide grant funding for suitable projects. Contact us today for more information or start your application now.

Are you a serving or retired UK seafarer?

Seafarer Support is a free confidential telephone and online referral service for serving and former UK seafarers and their families in times of need.

Call us on: 0800 121 4765