The industry needs to support maritime ministries as they rethink and reshape their work, Mission to Seafarers secretary general Rev Andrew Wright said.

Speaking at the North American Maritime Ministry Association conference outside Baltimore this week, Wright said the faith-based charities provide an important service to the industry in caring for the men and women who crew the world's fleet.

“We’re the people who stand alongside seafarers, we’re in the Seafarers Happiness Index, and that is every bit as important if not more so than the people who bring the water and the oil and the food on board,” Wright said.