Port of New York & New Jersey
Blue water seafarers spend months aboard ship at sea–far from home and removed from family. Once in port, SCI’s chaplains provide pastoral care and social welfare services to seafarers on commercial ships in Port Newark, Port Elizabeth, and Bayonne, as well as to tug and harbor operators on Staten Island.
Annually, the SCI chaplaincy team visits thousands of vessels in the Port of New York & New Jersey. Chaplains offer counseling, fellowship, practical support, and priority response to situations in which pastoral care is needed. Many are certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). SCI affirms a basic precept of faith communities: ministry to the stranger, regardless of faith or background. Ministry is never sold or traded but simply offered, irrespective of financial support from any individual company or sector.
Port Newark International Seafarers’ Center
Port Newark Station was built in the 1960s by the Weny Bros & Storms Co. The original building was opened on July 17, 1961, and the second building was opened at the end of 1965.
In 2010, we opened the doors to our renovated Seafarers’ Center in Port Newark. In addition to housing SCI’s Center for Mariner Advocacy and Christmas at Sea programs, the Center contains a recreation lounge, chapel, business services, phone carrels, free WiFi, and a Health and Wellness Center—all vital services for maritime transportation industry workers.