Because of the technical progress seafaring has changed in the last decades.
Layover times of several days or even for weeks have been decreased to only a few hours.
Beside of that the time is characterized by anti-terror acts. Since the introduction of the "International Security Port System" (ISPS) seafarers have more and more problems to leave the vessel and the port.
The Seamen's Mission Cuxhaven supports seafarers in realizing shore leaves. We help making an ordinary life, e.g. grocery shopping, possible.