Port of Albany

Port of Albany along the Hudson River, background photo by Matt H. Wade

Who We Are

Albany Maritime Ministry is an ecumenical group of volunteers who welcome seafarers that dock in the Capital District of upstate New York. Our hub is located at the Seafarer Center in the Port of Albany. We are a ministry of the Capital Area Council of Churches.

Most of the seafarers we meet have been at sea for many months. They face numerous challenges, including separation from family, isolation, hard labor, piracy, dangerous weather and human rights violations. We attempt to offer relief by:

Albany Maritime Ministry was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity in 1996.

We are available to speak about the plight of the seafarer and positive impact of our ministry at churches and organizations in the Capital District.

See a YouTube video about our ministry:

Christmas at Sea

During the Christmas season, we join a worldwide Christmas at Sea program that collects gifts from area churches and distributes them to seafarers. The picture below shows a volunteer delivering gifts to those who were unable to leave their ship.

Christmas at Sea photo
Christmas at Sea 2014 Aboard the MV Century Royal