Since 2002, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) has conducted annual surveys of seafarers’ shore leave detentions and restrictions on seafarers’ and chaplains’ access through terminals in United States ports. Published results from the Institute’s Seafarer Shore Leave Survey paint a picture of some of the obstacles to shore leave that merchant mariners encounter on American shores.
SCI asks U.S. port ministries to keep records of observations and experiences during a one-week period of work with seafarers—usually in May. SCI compiles the results of the survey and produces a report, which it shares with members of industry and government and publishes on its website. In the past, data from these reports have provided important information, helping to improve shore leave opportunities for seafarers and chaplains’ access through terminals.
Seafarer Shore Leave Survey Reports