Welcome to the NAMMA website
NAMMA is an ecumenical, Christian association of individuals and organizations involved in maritime ministry throughout North America, including the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Founded in 1932 as the National Group of Seamen’s Agencies, it was renamed NAMMA in 1991. Its mission is to provide a framework to support and assist port chaplains and others in their ministry to the spiritual, moral, human rights, and physical concerns of mariners and all others in the maritime community.
NAMMA helps equip port chaplains with the resources needed to carry on their ministry. It acts as a consultant and coordinator for services and training, as well as providing standards for these services.
NAMMA includes many ministries from a wide variety of denominations, as well as the maritime ministries of North America: Apostleship of the Sea (Roman Catholic), The Mission to Seafarers (Episcopal and Anglican). NAMMA's members include 41 major maritime ministry agencies and approximately 150 member chaplains.
Video: Keynote addess from our last convention
"Safety of Souls at Sea" was the keynote speech at the 2013 NAMMA Convention. The speech was given by Fr. John Crossin, Executive Director of the Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Video by Lana Angel. To watch it, click the triangle above. Move your cursor over the video above to see options, including watching it full screen. Or click here to see this keynote address on YouTube.
And, a fun video:
Click here to see the crew of the Bourbon Peridot miming Toto's "Africa". This video was put together on their boat while in Equatorial Guinea in West Africa.
Help for seafarers.
Template for the ICMA Online Directory
Click here to see the ICMA Online Directory template. (Please fill it out ONLY for agencies, not individual chaplains.) Send it to Rev. Hennie La Grange after filling it out. Click here for his contact information.
Seafarer Shore Leave Access Implementation Issues under TWIC
Click here to read "Seafarer Shore Leave Access Implementation Issue under TWIC" by Jim Von Dreele and Mary Davisson, written in March 2011.
Report on Port-Based Welfare Workers
This report was funded by the ITF and has important implications and information about how seafarer welfare chaplains and agencies work world-wide.
The Evolving Role of Port Ministry
On the Waterfront: the Evolving Role of Port Ministry by the Rev. Canon James D. Von Dreele. History and evolution of maritime ministry for port chaplains and others serving seafarers, dock workers, ship owners, and port authorities.
Houston Maritime Ministry Training Program, February 9-21, 2014. Application deadline is December 1.
The experience and knowledge of the Houston Center’s Chaplain Staff and many local, government, and national experts has resulted in the Houston Maritime Ministry Training Program. This international training school for Maritime Ministry Chaplains, Pastoral Team Members, Ship Visitors, and Managers is offered annually. Click here to see the online registration application.
Communications Grant Application Form
Due to generous funding of a total of $7,500 facilitated by the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), NAMMA is proud to offer grants of up to $500USD to its members to reimburse costs of giving free communication services (telephone or internet) to seafarers with families in the Philippines or the surrounding area affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
NAMMA Members Respond to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda
We have heard from our worldwide partners on international cooperation to assist in relief efforts after Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. READ MORE...
Check out the blog of Michelle Otero Valdés, Esq, one of the speakers at August's NAMMA conference in Ft. Lauderdale. In her latest post she references NAMMA and continues important conversations on Whistleblower law she talked about at the conference.
Seafarer Ministry Has Changed: Now the Priority is Shipboard Visits.
Reflections on our mission as I begin my tenure, July, 2013 by the Rev. Canon Dr. Peter B. Stube, Executive Director of the Seamens Church Institute of Philadelphia and South Jersey.
Jason Zuidema, NAMMA's new Executive Director
NAMMA's Board of Directors selected Jason Zuidema as their Executive Director in January, 2013
Mission to Seafarers launches consultation on crew welfare
The Mission to Seafarers has launched a global consultation with the major players in the shipping industry, to better inform welfare service development for seafarers and their families in need around the world for 2014 and beyond. A presentation will be made at the NAMMA Conference. READ MORE...
Publicize Crew Spending
One more way to get local businesses to support visits ashore by ship crews is to publicize the money the seafarers spend while ashore. For example, here's an article in the the Sun-Sentinel.
One Membership Benefit:
In April, 2013, we sent out a NAMMA-Notes email devoted solely to alerting members to fraud attempts.
NAMMA Conference, August 5-8, 2013 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Details of the Annual NAMMA Conference.
PROGRAM: Click here to see the NAMMA 2013 Conference Program.
Psychological Impact of Piracy
The Seamen's Church Institute in New York has released a study on the psychological impacts of piracy on seafarers.
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