Mediterranean Mission to Seafarers

A warm welcome from the Mediterranean Mission to Seafarers in Gibraltar. My name is Ron Curtis and I am the locum Port Chaplain. We have been welcoming seafarers to Gibraltar for almost 140 years, and it's a great joy to be continuing that service.

We offer help and advice for all seafarers from across the world, and people of all faiths and none. This may be carried out at the Flying Angel, Seafarers Centre Gib Dock, onboard ship, in the cruise terminal, by telephone or in person by arrangement.

Phone: +350 540 80318
Email: portchaplain@gibtelecom.net

We have a small team of Ship's Welfare Visitors who assist in providing some clothing and hospitality to seafarers, and also a listening ear. The current pandemic has made these activities more difficult, but we look forward to the time when the restrictions are eased and life will be a little bit more like "normal".

If you think we can be of any help to you, or to someone that you know, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

We have facilities at the Flying Angel on the North Mole for free WiFi 24/7 in the portacabin, and also refreshments, breakfasts and lunches in the Café during opening hours.

The Seafarers Centre in Gib Dock also has free WiFi 24/7, plus pool and space to relax.

Download our leaflet for visiting seafarers, with a Gibraltar map and other useful information here

There is a small management team who work in association with other charities to provide these services, such as the Merchant Navy Welfare Board, Stella Maris, The Sailor's Society, the Seamen's Welfare Fund, and also Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral near Main Street in the town (see map on leaflet). We are affiliated to the Mission to Seafarers.

Some of our working documents can be seen here:
- Code of practice (draft)
- Training policy
- Safeguarding policy
- Health and safety policy

To learn about the history of the MMS, click here.

Prayers for seafarers

Lord God, we depend on you for life itself. We depend on seafarers for many of our daily needs. Watch over them, keep them from danger, befriend them in loneliness and bring them safely home to those they love. Amen.

Almighty God, we pray for the shipping industry, and all those who work in and around the Port of Gibraltar. Give us the will to care for those who go to sea. And grant to all who work at sea the blessings of safe ships, good food and a just reward in their work. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Loving God, at this time of the pandemic we bring before you all seafarers who are stuck on ships and who do not know when they will be able to return home. We pray that you will keep them safe from the disease and that they will know the comfort and protection of your love. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Loving God, I hold my family before you. Though we are far apart I feel them close to me now. May you protect them and keep them safe. I miss them so much, but I know that you are watching over them, and you bring us closer together. I look forward to the day when we can be together again. Amen.

Dear God, we pray for seafarers who are in danger. Those who are fearful and frightened for their safety and their future. For those who are being abused and taken advantage of. For those who find themselves in unacceptable situations. Please be with them, comfort them, and may they know that you are always close to them. Amen.

Bless the Mediterranean Mission to Seafarers and all who minister to those at sea around the world. Keep their welcome warm, and their love and care unstinting. May all they do in their ministry express the love of Christ for all people. Amen.

We give thanks for all those around the world who support the work of the Mission to Seafarers in many different ways and whose prayers uphold this work. Amen.

A suitcase full of knitted hats, which are made for me by people around England and Gib, and which I give out to seafarers to keep them warm on cold nights.