Ship Welfare Visitors Course

The course is designed to provide an overview of shipping and seafarers’ welfare organisations. This includes general maritime industry custom and practice, shipboard protocols, security, health and safety, ship visiting goals and elements of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006.

About the course

Course Aim

The online version of the Ship Welfare Visitor Course was launched in February 2017 and replaced the two day classroom course. The course was developed in partnership with NAMMA (North American Maritime Ministry Association) and is approved by ICMA (the International Christian Maritime Association.)  The course is aimed at all employees and volunteers of Constituent Member maritime charities involved with visiting seafarers’ on-board ships and in a port environment. This is as equally valuable to Port Chaplains as it is to a volunteer driving the local Seafarer Centre minibus. The course includes basic health and safety, understanding shipboard / port management and organisation, ship routines and protocol, potential seafarers’ issues and seafarers’ backgrounds, and the Maritime Labour Convention (2006). The online course can be completed at the individual’s own pace, from the comfort of their own home. An industry recognised ID card is issued on completion of the course.

Our course has been newly updated to include current legislation issues and best overall practise.

Course Objectives

To equip ship visitors with a full appreciation of protocol, personal safety and security issues relating to port facilities.

Course Eligibility

This course is only open to those delegates who will be ship visiting on behalf of one of the ship visiting organisations eg Stella Maris, Mission to Seafarers, Sailors Society etc.

Course Registration

Eligible candidates should visit to register for the course. During the registration process you will be asked to name and provide contact details of your ‘Supervisor’ who must be someone in your organisation who can verify your credentials. You will also be asked to select your ‘Primary Affiliation’ which would be the parent organisation under which you will be ship visiting. Once your application has been approved by your organisation log in details will be emailed to you and you may begin the course. When you have completed the course, your Supervisor will be asked to verify that all modules have been successfully completed. An industry recognised Ship Welfare Visitor I.D Card will be issued and sent to you by post.

There is an administration fee of £20 per candidate payable on registration.

For further information please contact Helen on 02380 337799 or email