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:
- Respecting the values, faiths, and cultural norms of seafarers and their families.
- Coordinating ship visitations and delivery of services.
- Publicizing the contributions of seafarers to our lives and economy.
- Raising awareness in the community about the rights and needs of seafarers.
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.
Hear a seafarer express what the Baltimore International Seafarers' Center means to him.
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]
Bishop Wolfgang Herz-Lane (right), the past bishop of 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]
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]
Bud Nixon and the late 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]
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]