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Danish Seamen’s Church

Visits all ships under Danish flag coming to Rotterdam. Delivers fresh newspapers. Provides transportation for seafarers. The Church in Coolhaven provides a cosy home with free wifi, pool table and Danish TV.


Coolhaven 1
3015 GC  Rotterdam
Tel. +31 10 476 4016

Sea Health & Welfare

FREE Welfare for all Seafarers onboard Danish Flagged ships during portstays in Port of Rotterdam and Brielle!

The Danish organization Sea Health & Welfare is represented in and around the Port of Rotterdam/Brielle.
Our Welfare Consultant Belinda Hoff is visiting the Seafarers onboard the Danish Flagged vessels and delivers newspapers in various languages as well as books for the library onboard upon request.
She also welcomes the Seafarers in their beautiful Seafarers Home in Brielle. This cosy ‘Home away from Home’ is located at a 20 minutes’ drive from most terminals in Maasvlakte, Europoort and Botlek. Here you can enjoy the time ashore with a feshly brewed cup of coffee or tea, sizzling softdrinks and delicious homemade cakes. There are free newspapers, magazines and also books in Danish, English and Polish. And of course the free WIFI is handy to get in touch with family and friends.
We are located in the heart of the scenic, picturesque city of Brielle; the centre offers various supermarkets, restaurants, churches, museum, windmill, cafés and shops. Taking a refreshing walk across this historical city is worth every minute and also four bicycles are available to explore the city and surrounding nature.  Maybe you have even time to take a swim in our beautiful lake on a warm Summer day!
Free transport is provided by us, so please do call, mail or WhatsApp and enjoy our welfare services and facilities. We look forward to meeting you! “Welcome/Velkommen/Welkom to Welfare in the Port of Rotterdam and Brielle!”


Belinda Hoff
Vischstraat 19
3231 AV Brielle
Mobile: +31 (0) 6 20406860
General email:
Website: (available in Danish and English)

Finnish Seamen´s Mission

Continuously visiting all the ships under Finnish flag coming to the port of Rotterdam


´s-Gravendijkwal 64
3014 EG Rotterdam
tel. +31 6 130 209 77

Elina Viisanen;
Jussi Savolainen;

International Seafarers’ Center The Bridge

The new international seamen’s Drop-in center The Bridge is seated in the village of Oostvoorne, close to Rotterdam (Europoort). You can go there to be away from the ship for a short time. During our opening hours from 1600 till 2200 is our host ready to receive you in our fine location. In our seamen’s house you can use our free WIFI/internet, skype, reading table, visiting the village, church or shops. You can also have a personal meeting with a minister. We sell telephonecards, candy, and soft drinks.

We are open on tuesdays, wednesdays and thursdays. When we have more volunteers, we will be open on extra days, beginning with the fridays. Check our facebooksite for opening hours. In January 2020 we welcomed our 10.000th visitor!


Bernt Koning, Chairman
Cultureel centrum De Man
Burgemeester Letteweg 30
3233 AG Oostvoorne
Mobile: +31 


the Bridge

ITF the Netherlands

International Transportworkers Federation


Debbie Klein

Mission to Seafarers Rotterdam / Zeemanshuis “Flying Angel” Schiedam

The Mission to Seafarers cares for and promotes the spiritual, moral and physical wellbeing of al seafarers and their families worldwide.
The Flying Angel Club is the missions’ Zeemanshuis in the Port of Rotterdam; we provide a much needed rest ashore, a chance to get away from the ship, contact relatives, play games, have a drink and relax. We provide computers and wifi to seafarers free of charge. We have billiards and table tennis, books, a chapel and many other amenities for seafarers to enjoy.


Admiraal Trompstraat 1

3115 HK Schiedam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)10 426 09 33

bbq flying angel club

BBQ at the Flying Angel Club, August 2015

Nautilus International

International labor union for seafarers.


Hylke Hylkema

Schorpioenstraat 266
Postbus 8575
3009 AN Rotterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)10 477 11 88


Protestants Koopvaardij Werk Rijnmond

The organization brings ship and hospital visits to crews of all nationalities, but most of all to Dutch and Filipino crews. PKWR also supports activities in seafarers centers and organizes church services and commemorative events.


Helene Perfors
Ds Th. Rijckewaerdstraat 6
3232 AK Brielle
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)181 416 751
Mobile: +31 (0)6 53 67 92 65

Sjomannskirken Rotterdam / Noorse Kerk

The Norwegian Seaman’s Church has been located in Rotterdam for a hundred years (1914) and has since 1876 visited Norwegian sailors in de Hollandse havens. “We visit Norwegian sailors under any flag every day. In cooperation with the Norwegian Welfare we deliver fresh newspapers for Norwegian, Swedish and Phillipins/Russians -in Europoort, den Helder, Moerdijk and Dordrecht-. We support them with contact with families, social problems and emergencies. Over the year there are not less than 11.000 visits to the Norwegian Church in Rotterdam”.


Westzeekijk 300
3016 AP Rotterdam
Per Christian Østeby;
Liv-Helga Hammaren Fure;
Tel. +31 6 4783 5312, +47 90654286

Stichting de Beer

Hylke Hylkema

Stichting Diaconaal Havenwerk

The organization visits crews on ships and in hospitals and carries out diaconal work that focuses on the needs of seafarers. Particular attention is paid to seafarers in difficult circumstances.

Stichting Garantiefonds voor Zeevarenden


Westerkade 25
3016 CM Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0)10 241 75 22
Mobile: +31 (0)6 226 94 588

Stichting Kerstfeest op Zee

Delivers Christmas presents to crews of seagoing vessels of Dutch shipping lines and on board of ships calling around Christmas at the port of Rotterdam.


Gerard de Goede

Stichting Nederlandse Zeemanscentrale

Foundation in which a number of welfare organisations cooperate nationwide.


Marianne Kloosterboer

Stichting Pastoraat Werkers Overzee

Foundation Providing Pastoral Care to Workers in Dredging and Marine Construction.
Stefan Francke
Phone: +31 6 3700 8432:

Stichting Seamen’s Christian Friend
Society Rotterdam

Provides practical and spiritual aid on board with the aim of being a friend to the crew and to show the love of Christ in all areas.
Felix Henrichs
Mobile: +31 (0)6 16 07 78 68

Stichting Seafarers' Welfare Rotterdam