A team from Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) the world’s leading maritime services provider based in Chafford Hundred, has raised £3,642 for the Sailors’ Society in a special dragon boat race at Olympic rowing venue, Dorney Lake, near Windsor. Supported by colleagues and family, the ten-strong team, entered the Sailors’ Society Dragon Boat Challenge to raise funds to support the vital work carried out by the charity. As Shipping Agents, ISS deals with merchant seafarers on a daily basis and knows just how important the Sailors’ Society is in enriching and enhancing the wellbeing of the 1.3 million seafarers throughout the world.


The self-titled ‘InSane Sailors’ team for ISS failed to win a prize, but as Simon Peters, Team Manager, commented: “The saying ‘it is the taking part’ aptly describes our performance on the day, but everyone had a fantastic time.”

“Thanks also to our families and colleagues who came along to support us on the day. The Sailors’ Society fulfils a vital role in supporting the welfare of seafarers worldwide, a mission ISS supports whole heartedly.”

One of the largest international and most comprehensive seafarers’ support charities, the Sailors’ Society offers practical, emotional and spiritual support, through its network of Port Chaplains and Seafarers’ Centres.

ISS has been a loyal supporter of the Sailors’ Society, having previously participated in events such as the Three Peaks Challenge and contributing towards a port  minibus which provided transport for seafarers to onshore contact centres.