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"If you had not visited us, no one would."
-Crew member on a ship docked at a remote terminal.

How to Help


Volunteer to visit ships.

Help by Supporting our Next Event. October 13 Golf Tournament - Online registration available soon. Read more...

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Every year in December, BISC volunteers and staff bring boxes of gifts to seafarers docked in the Port of Baltimore. Read how you can help lift the spirits of crews of all nationalities and faiths during what can be a lonely, stressful time. Read more...


BISC In the Media

In December 2015, Episcopal News Service featured BISC’s Christmas at Sea program.

Port of Baltimore Magazine Sept.-Oct. 2014 describes the work of our volunteers to reunite seafarers with relatives.

In August 2014, a Daily Record article noted Director Mary Davisson’s work with an injured seafarer.The Rev. Mary H.T. Davisson, chaplain for The Baltimore International Seafarers’ Center, was busy when she got the call to go to the hospital to visit an injured Filipino mariner...


The Baltimore International Seafarers' Center is an inter-faith ministry rooted in the tradition of Christian hospitality. We believe in the unconditional love of God for all people, and we demonstrate this love through our commitment to serving the personal and spiritual needs of seafarers in the Port of Baltimore.

We accomplish this purpose by:


Click on any of the following images to hear stories and viewpoints from people who have been touched by or involved with the ministry of the Center.

Click to view video Hear a seafarer express what the Baltimore International Seafarers' Center means to him.
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The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Baltimore, and Allene Taylor, Vice President of the Baltimore International Seafarers' Center Board and an active and long time volunteer, discuss the importance of the ministry of visiting with, and listening to, the seafarers who arrive in the Port of Baltimore.[Download PDF]

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Bishop Wolfgang Herz-Lane Right, the bishop the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Rev. Gerry Rickel, an ELCA pastor, discuss the ministry that Pastor Rickel serves as one of the chaplains in the Port of Baltimore. [Download PDF]

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Ed Munro, the founder of the Center, and Randi Donselar, the first Treasurer, reflect on the Center's beginnings almost 20 years ago. [Download PDF]

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Bud Nixon and Don Carroll, president and member, respectively, of the Center, converse about its role in the lives of seafarers visiting the Port of Baltimore. [Download PDF]

Click to view video Mike Derby, of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, and Mike Flanagan, Chesapeake Bay Pilot, discuss how Center volunteers help visiting crew feel welcomed and appreciated. [Download PDF]

The Baltimore International Seafarers' Center is affiliated with the Mission to Seafarers, welcoming and training qualified volunteers and staff on an equal opportunity basis.
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