This is the contact for all visiting seafarers. The number is active from 9:00 am to 9:30 pm on weekdays and 12:00 Noon to 9:00 pm on weekends.
“Samaritans of the Sea”
From far-away lands, ship workers arrive in our Delaware River ports without basic provisions and without the means to advocate for themselves. Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) is an ecumenical ministry called to welcome and befriend these mariners.
As one of the largest, busiest ports in the United States, our service area covers 125 miles of Delaware Riverway in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and accounts for $17 billion in regional commerce. We invite you to explore the links at the left to learn more about what SCI provides for these migrant workers of the sea, for our port community, and the local economy.
OUR Seafarer Ministry Has Changed: Now the Priority is Shipboard Visits
by the Rev. Canon Dr. Peter B. Stube, SCI Executive Director
September 11, 2001 completely altered the way we do our mission. While our mission to be Good Samaritans for seafarers has not changed from the beginning, the way we work out that mission is very different. Click here to read more about how our ministry to seafarers has changed in recent years.
A 61-second introduction to Seamen's Church Institute of Philadelphia & South Jersey.
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