Many seafarers spend Christmas Day thousands of miles away from home as they guide massive, laden ships across vast oceans, but they are not forgotten.

Numerous organisations reach out to these far-flung souls during the holidays while they ensure that global trade continues during a time known for togetherness and festivity.

The North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA) helps to coordinate this global effort through 55 seafarers' centers on the continent's shores.

The International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) brings together another 650 centres in 450 ports that are focused on merchant mariners' welfare, especially at Christmastime.