The MCG was established in 2003. The MCGs membership is comprised of The Seafarers' Charity, Merchant Navy Welfare Board, Trinity House, Nautilus International, Seafarers' Hospital Society and the RNRMC. The administration of the MCG lies with The Seafarers' Charity (
). The Chairmanship of the MCG lies with the independent Chairman, Cdr Graham Hockley, and the current Programme Development Manager is Ben Gibbons.
The MCG aims to collaborate closely by understanding one another’s policies and grant making criteria, sharing information, jointly funding larger grants and encouraging good practice.
In 2005 the members agreed that there was a need to look at the current work of the maritime welfare charities against future needs. This recognised significant issues taking place in the charity sector alongside major changes that continue to take place within shipping and seafaring. To achieve this members jointly funded and managed a major research project covering the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and fishing industry. The research covered four groups:
Older Seafarers and their Dependants
Working Age Seafarers
Families & Dependants of Working Age Seafarers
Young People in Maritime Youth Groups