The Banks Peninsula Community Board is looking into setting up a Port Welfare Committee for seafarers in Lyttelton.
The International Labour Organisation recommends every port should have such a committee as part of its governmental responsibilities.
The committee would meet twice a year to discuss the welfare of seafarers.
Community board member John McLister said the time was right for Lyttelton to establish the committee after "so much discussion".
Deputy board chairperson Tyrone Fields described the initiative was ''a real grassroots movement. The community are so supportive''.
Gladstone Port in Australia was the first place to have a Port Welfare Committee.