The devastation in Ukraine is ripping seafarers and their families apart. Terrified, desperate, displaced. Homes lost. Lives lost.

We urgently call on the maritime and shipping industry to contribute to this Fund and help seafarers and their families, now and through the crisis. BACS donations preferred (see details below). For donations under £1k there's an option to donate online – please click on Donate Now button on the right.

The Seafarers International Relief Fund, a central charitable Fund to respond to emergencies affecting seafarers and their families, is now supporting seafarers and their families impacted by the humanitarian disaster caused by the crisis in Ukraine.

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In March 2022, the SIRF launched SIRF Ukraine Appeal, in response to the humanitarian disaster caused by the conflict in Ukraine, to provide emergency support to seafarers and their families devastated by the crisis. The conflict caused unimaginable human suffering, ripping families apart. The environment continues to be chaotic, extremely dangerous, and fast moving. The size, scale and scope of need is both desperate and growing. Continuing violence and uncertainty caused thousands of people to flee their homes.

Many Ukrainian seafarers continue to be stranded at sea and in ports with scarce supplies. In many areas across the country civilian buildings and critical infrastructure have been destroyed affecting running water, electricity and gas. Phone connectivity is very poor with many people unable to contact their loved ones. The greatest need remains basic human welfare – shelter, food, water, transport, access to medical services, along with practical financial help.

Thanks to an incredible level of support from key industry players and corporate supporters, along with trusts and foundations, SIRF Ukraine raised over £300,000 in donations to-date to support seafarers and their families affected by the crisis.

Since March 2022, funds from SIRF Ukraine have already supported many seafarers and their families through activities delivered by maritime charities, trade unions and other not-for-profit organisations operating on the ground in Ukraine, as well as in other countries, including Romania, Poland, Hungary, Germany, and Moldova. In addition to the Fund’s existing and established delivery partners, we’re also establishing new contacts with operations constantly expanding as more is understood about the need required.

We are responding to need and ensuring we can deliver support through the Seafarers’ International Relief Fund by providing immediate practical help. As need increases and as clarity is gained, we will continue to respond and build a fund for the future – a fund of hope for seafarers and their families.

This devastation will be felt for months and thus the Fund aims to be as responsive as possible to the needs of seafarers and their families impacted by the crisis in Ukraine, wherever they are in the world, in line with the international remits of the charities involved.

This Emergency Appeal is being coordinated by The Seafarers’ Charity and is supported by The Mission to Seafarers, Stella Maris, ISWAN, Sailors’ Society, ICMA and other charities and NGOs, working alongside all key industry players who will make a difference to support seafarers and their families impacted by the crisis in Ukraine. Funds raised will be distributed to - appropriate delivery partners operating within country to support seafarers and their families.

The Fund will be administered and overseen at no cost by The Seafarers’ Charity, a grant funder which has embedded and well-established governance mechanisms and processes for monitoring and evaluation to ensure efficiency and transparency. All donors will receive a copy of the impact report produced at the end of the year to show where the funds have been spent.

The Seafarers International Relief Fund successfully delivered over $1.1M of humanitarian aid during COVID-19. We are using similar skills to get urgent need to seafarers and families affected by the Ukraine Crisis.

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To make a donation

Please see below details on how you could make a donation to support The Seafarers International Relief Fund and provide emergency support for seafarers and their families at this time of crisis.

By Bank Transfer (preferred)

Account Name: The Seafarers' Charity (Formerly Seafarers UK - KGFS)
Reference: Seafarers International Relief Fund (SIRF) Ukraine

City of London Office

Sort Code: 60 00 01
Account No: 00 77 31 23
IBAN: GB41NWBK60000100773123

Donate Online

You can also donate online. Please note that online donations carry platform charges. There is an option to add a % to the platform in addition to your donation – this can be set to zero.

The Seafarers International Relief Fund is being coordinated by The Seafarers’ Charity, a grant funder, and is supported by the maritime charities working alongside industry players. Funds raised will be distributed via the supporting charities listed below.

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'Our number one priority is the safety of our seafarers and their families. Ships and their crews in the conflict area are under threat, while seafarers with families in Ukraine are rightly concerned. We urge the maritime industry to give generously to this important cause and help our seafarers at this time of crisis.' - Guy Platten, Secretary General at the International Chamber of Shipping

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