Port of Bremerhaven, Germany
With free transport provided to the Welfare Centre and the city centre by both shuttle and bike, and immigration inspections carried out quickly and professionally, the Port tries to ensure all seafarers get some fulfilling time on shore.
The port promotes modern seafaring life to the public through cultural projects such as theatre shows and photography exhibitions, as well as promoting Captain's Day in September every year. The local shipyards all provide free WLAN, and if ships are stuck in port for lengthy repairs they organize barbeques and other social activities.
The Port works in close cooperation with Bremerhaven Seafarers' Centre (winner of the 2015 Seafarer Centre of the Year Award). In 2015 the IM Day of the Seafarer was celebrated for the first time in Bremerhaven.
A 24 hour supermarket is located at the port entrance, as well as a range of smaller specialist shops. The Port Seaman's Mission works closely with the German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies, offering support before and after emergency operations not only in the port but all along the German coastline.
The Port also works with the Sail Training Association Germany, to support and educate the next generation of seafarers.