Address (present) : Seafarers' Welfare Fund Society, Commerce House, 1st Floor,
                           Currimbhoy Road, Ballard Estate, Mumbai-400 001.

Telephone Nos.    : 022-22611625 and 022-22626980

Office bearers :

 Chairperson           : Shri Satish B. Agnihotri, IAS, Director General of Shipping & Ex-Officio 
                                Additional Secretary to Government of India.

 Vice Chairman       : Capt. Harish Khatri, Dy. Director General of Shipping,
                                Directorate General of Shipping, Jahaz Bhavan, W.H. Marg, 
                                Mumbai-400 001.

 Member Secretary  : Sri Subhash Barguzer, Shipping Master, Govt. Shipping Office,
                                Nau Bhavan, R.K. Marg, Ballard Estate, Mumbai-400 001.

 Member Treasurer  : Sri T.K. Krishna Kumar, Executive Officer,
                                Directorate General of Shipping, Jahaz Bhavan, W.H. Marg, 
                                Mumbai-400 001

The Officers of the Seafarers' Welfare Fund Society:

Chief Administrative cum Accounts Officer : Sri C.C. Babu   -  Tel.No.022-22626980

Assistant Administrative Officer : Sri A.H. Nambiar  -  Tel.No.022-22611625

  • The Seafarer's Welfare Fund Society is a Central Organization for Welfare of Indian seafarers and their families. it is registered under the societies Registration Act 1860 and as a Trust under the Bombay Public Trust Act 1950.

  • The main objects of the Society are as under:-

    • To provide and maintain a fund by the name of the Seafarers' Welfare Fund;

    • To provide welfare facilities in general to seamen at ports in India and to seamen engaged as per provisions of section 101 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958, while at ports abroad;

    • To sanction expenditure from the Fund as necessary subject to such limitations as the Central Government may from time to time impose;

    • To prepare the annual budget of income and expenditure in respect of the Fund.

    • To acquire any movable or immovable property by purchase, lease, hire, exchange, gift, or otherwise subject to such limitations as the Central Government may from time to time impose;

    • To sell, all or any part of the movable or immovable property belonging to the Society by lease, mortgage, surrender, exchange, dispose or otherwise deal with subject to such limitations as the Central Government may from time to time impose;

    • To borrow or raise money with or without security with the previous approval of the Central Government.

    • To invest in any security or keep in deposit with any bank and otherwise deal with any monies of the Society in such manner as may, from time to time, be prescribed by the Central Government.

    • To appoint, remove or suspend such manager, officers, clerks, agents and servants of the Society, from time to time as may be considered necessary.

    • To give pensions, gratuities or charitable aid to employees or ex-employees of the society & their next of kin.

    • To draw, make, accept, endorse and discount cheques, Notes or other negotiable instruments;

    • For the purposes of aforesaid, to sign execute and deliver such assurances and deeds as may be necessary.

  • The Society represents various interests connected with Indian shipping, which includes representative of Indian and foreign shipowners, representatives of Seafarers' Unions separately for officers and Seamen and the Government nominees. As per the Memorandum of the Association of the Society there are 16 members of the Committee of Management of the Society appointed by the Government including the Director General of Shipping as Chairman, one Dy. Director General of Shipping. As Vice Chairman, two Government nominees, two persons representing Indian shipowners, two persons representing Foreign Shipowners, one person representing Indian Public Sector Shipping Co., four persons representing Indian Seamen, one person representing Merchant Navy Officers, one Secretary and one Treasurer of the Committee.

  • The initial corpus of the Society's funds was formed by way of wage differential received from foreign shipowners between the international wage and Indian wage for seafarers. This initial corpus together with other income received by the society by way of transfer of fines imposed on seamen and other voluntary donations, viz. levy, fees from Government, welfare contributions/Unemployment Relief Contributions received from shipowners by virtue of the Agreement under the National Maritime Board etc. has substantially increased the funds of the society. These funds are invested and the interest earnings thereon are utilized for meeting the commitments of various welfare schemes operated by the Society.

  • The Society at present runs the following welfare scheme:-


    • Grant of monthly Ex gratia Monetary Assistance (MEMA) of Rs. 200/- to nearly 17,000 registered seamen who have superannuated, have been declared medically unfit and to the widows/dependants of deceased seamen. Every year there is an increase of about 1200 persons under this scheme.


    • Adhoc Exgratia one time financial assistance of Rs. 5000/- in respect of foreign-going seamen and Rs. 3000/- in respect of Home Trade seamen in the event of their death while in service.


    • Educational scholarships to children of seamen.

    • Grants to various Seafarers Clubs/hostels/Homes for recreational and other welfare facilities.


    • Financial assistance to distressed seamen affected by natural calamities like cyclone/floods/riots, etc.


    • Advance of wages to seamen including to the vessels of ex-shipping companies who could not meet their liabilities due to financial strain or who have gone into liquidation or otherwise closed down.


    • Exgratia assistance on death to the windows/dependents of deceased seamen. A sum of Rs.40,000/- is paid to each window/dependent of deceased seamen.


  • The Society has been engaging itself in purely charitable and welfare activities devoted to seamen and their families spread all over the country.

 Citizen's Charter 



Name of Nodal Officer


Tel. No.


Location IFC/ Address of Nodal Officer


Citizen Charter

Shri C.C. Babu

Chief Administrative cum Accounts Officer



Commerce House, 1st floor, Ballard Estate, Mumbai-400001.


Information Facilitation Counter.





 *Sl. No. 2 & 3 - The queries on various claims under the welfare schemes are mostly through post/courier/phone and in person on a few occasions. Such queries are promptly attended to and replies prepared by concerned staff working in the sections and the same are dispatched. On account of limitations of this office, separate counter/system have not been opened/evolved for Sl. No. 2 & 3. 

I.       Welfare Schemes 


Monthly Exgratia Monetary Assistance (MEMA) amounting to Rs.1,200/- on half yearly basis to the foreign going registered seamen and/or to eligible dependents.

25 days required to clear the applications. However, payment is made on half yearly basis after the approval for such payment is made by the Committee of Management depending upon the availability of funds.


Adhoc Exgratia Financial Assistance to widows of Foreign going seamen @ Rs. 5,000/- and Rs. 3,000/- to a widow of Home Trade seaman.

20 days are required subject to submission of requisite documents along with the application.


Educational Scholarship to children dependent brother/sister of the serving seamen and to children/dependent of the beneficiary under Monthly Exgratia Assistance.

30 days are required subject to submission of requisite documents along with the application.


Exgratia Assistance @ Rs.40,000/- on death to the widows/dependents of deceased foreign going registered  seamen while off articled period.

45 days are required subject to submission of requisite documents along with the application.


Gratuity payments to seamen/ dependents after retirement.

45 days are required subject to submission of requisite documents along with the application.

 II.      Misc. Services 


Issue of receipts against cheque payments received by SWFS.

15 days


Issue of replies to the general queries.

20 days


Calling further details on applications if required.

20 days


FSUI has travelled a long way during last 52 years
Today, FSUI is the biggest union of seamen in the shipping industry
With more than 27,000 members With branches at Mumbai, Chennai, Tuticorin, Vizag, Kochi, Port Blair, Lakshadweep