Port Arthur International Seafarers Center


Offering welcome and hospitality in the day or two that seafarers are in port.


Our  Story

Come On In

Port Arthur International Seafarers’ Center offers hospitality to the men and women of the sea, serving as a home away from home for visiting seafarers.

When they arrive in Port Arthur, crews have been at sea for several days or maybe even a few weeks with no news from home.

Webcams and other technology now mak­e it possible for seafarers to see as well as hear their loved ones. These resources in our center provide a vital connection for separated families.

 one of the Best Seafarers’ Center in the World

Take a break from the ship and from the sea.

The Port Arthur Seafarers’ Center was the recipient of 2014 North American Lloyd’s List Awards for Seafarer Advocacy, It was one of the top six Seafarers’ Center in the world in the 2016 ISWAN International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards and our Seafarers’ Center is the recipient of the Diocese of Beaumont Stewardship Award.

The PAISC, has a fleet of vehicles to pick seafar­ers up from local docks and drive them to the center so they can use its many resources. Transportation also is provided to stores or area restaurants, providing many opportunities during shore leave.


What People are Saying

“A Home Very Far Away From Home” 


After our 6-12 shift, with my mates we went home to “A Home Very Far Away From Home” we were greeted with warm smiles of the volunteers there and a hot coffee!! Wow! It’s been awhile since I’ve left home (Bacolod City, Negroc Occidental) but I felt as if am really home especially for this yuletide season. Unexpectedly we went back to our ship carrying bags of Christmas gifts for all of the crew!  WOW! The accommodation and generosity of those people we won’t forget!! They even told us to empty the tables from all the foods they’ve prepared. Lastly we weren’t allowed to go back to our ship by just walking but by their service van and ask not even a penny from us. Bravo!! And thanks very much Port Arthur International Seafarer’s Center and to those kind hearted gorgeous ladies! Merry Christmas from the Officers and Crew of MT Sea Helios!!!

Eric G.R.

“I really feel like home”

Port Arthur is the place that I really feel like home. Volunteers are very kind, hospitable. And I enjoy staying for couple of hours after my day work is done.

Aries P.

“friendly,supportive and beautiful”

Very friendly,supportive and beautiful place,nice to be there again.

Rolando V

“Great service to seafarers”

Great service to seafarers.
Provide excellent service in the areas of transportation, recommended places to shop and eat and provide a nice atmosphere to just relax there if need be.

Jason H.

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Hours of Operation

9:00am – 10:00pm

Call for service

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Phone & fax

Phone: +001 409.982.4504
FAX:     +001 409.982.6117




401 Houston Avenue
PO Box 1646
Port Arthur TX 77641-1646

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