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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

Financial contributions to BISC are always greatly appreaciated. To use PayPal to donate to BISC online, click here.

Volunteer to visit ships.
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Share your extra 2017 calendars
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Thank you to the many sponsors who made our recent Inner Harbor Cruise a success!

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...


You can donate online using the button below. Thank you!

 

BISC In the Media

BISC volunteer and Associate Chaplain was featured as their "Port Person" in the "Port of Baltimore" magazine in the March/April 2017 issue. Congratulations Allene – and thank you so much for all you do!

The "Port of Baltimore" Jan/Feb 2017 magazine described BISC's executive director's recent experience in a workshop offered by the International Christian Maritime Association in Manila.

Two recent articles reporting on our work with a stranded crew: WMAR article and Episcopal News Service article, January 30, 2017


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

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.
Mission to Seafarers