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Sailors’ Society Reaches out to Comfort Seafarers

The East London branch of the Sailors’ Society recently had the privilege of sharing God’s love in a practical way, with the crew of the Al Messilah. A member, Sharnae Hopewell shares this lovely outreach story with us and how she and two colleagues packed the care packages over a weekend. The vessel had been in the Port of East London for some time.  Owing to Covid-19 protocols, no visitors were allowed aboard, neither were  seafarers permitted to come ashore.…

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Seafarers Weekly – News and Views in the Time of the Coronavirus

Coronavirus is leaving seafarer stranded far from their families and many are struggling. The pandemic has caused lockdowns, delays in flights, shift chaos and contract insecurities. Sailors’ Society has launched a 24 hour helpline as well as a host of mental health resources to support struggling seafarers. Covid-19 Help and Support If you’re a seafarer and you’re worried about coronavirus, Sailors’ Society is here for you. You can find our resources to help you understand and respond to the virus…

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ISWAN welcomes release of Iranian hostages by Somali pirates after years in captivity

The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) welcomes the release of three Iranian hostages by Somali pirates after nearly five and half years in captivity. The three Iranian hostages, who were held for 1,975 days by Somali pirates, have been released and arrived safely at Tehran. They are the last three crew members of FV Siraj, an Iranian fishing vessel with 19 crew, which was hijacked by Somali pirates on 25 March 2015. Last year, one other crew member…

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