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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.

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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

On July 8, 2013, Sheilah Kast on WYPR's Maryland Morning show, discussed Director Mary Davisson's daily "routine" as chaplain and director of the Seafarers' Center. Listen to the podcast and learn more about the myriad visitors served by the Center.

In her April17, 2012 article in WorkBoat.com, Kathy Bergen Smith describes how the TWIC regulations have intensified the role volunteers serve in escorting seafarers at the Port of Baltimore's terminals.

December 20, 2011, BISC's Christmas at Sea initiative was featured on WJZ-TV Ch. 13 - check out Executive Director Mary Davisson and Volunteer Ship Visitor Bob Garske as they spread some holiday cheer!


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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