QVSR Chaplaincy

QVSR has worked in the Port of London since 1843 providing chaplaincy services to seafarers and their families.

In recent times we have been expanding our chaplaincy operation and we now have chaplains based in Bristol, Felixstowe and London Tilbury which also covers DP World London Gateway and the Crew Lounge at the Tilbury Cruise Terminal. We are currently recruiting for a Chaplain at Immingham Seafarers Centre.

Our Chaplaincy at Felixstowe and London Tilbury is provided in partnership with Mission to Seafarers.

What does a Port Chaplain do?

First of all, they welcome seafarers, the handshake or welcoming smile is a vital part of this ministry. There is also an opportunity to offer practical support, a lift to the seafarers centre or local shops, there is the opportunity to purchase Sim cards and top-ups in order that the seafarers can contact their families back home, money exchange is important as seafarers often don’t have the local currency and they need to change their euros or dollars into sterling. The chaplains are also there to listen, it is good to know that someone is there for you and wants to know how you are and how your family is doing. When there are issues on board ship or situations that require intervention, the chaplain can put the seafarer in touch with the ITF 9International Transport Federation or MCA (Maritime Coastguard Agency) or other specialist support. Chaplaincy is a vital part of life in port for a seafarer, often it can seem that they are the only person who is there just for you!

If you would like to know more about our chaplaincy services then please do not hesitate to contact – enquiries@qvsr.org.uk



David Simpson

QVSR / MtS joint Chaplain

Port of Felixstowe

Ruth Campbell

QVSR / MtS joint Chaplain

Based at London Tilbury

Steve Loader

QVSR Chaplain

Port of Bristol


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