18 YEARS OF SERVICE TO SEAFARERS

Congratulations to Rev Boet van Schalkwyk [Crisis Response Network Co-ordinator and Principal Chaplain of the Sailors’ Society] and his wife Linda who is Secretary They have been with the Sailors’ Society  for 18 years on 1st July. We thank them for their dedication and the energy with which they work tirelessly for the Society in Southern Africa. Much has been achieved during their term of office, one of the most important being the establishment of the Crisis Response Network.  May God bless you…

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Sailors’ Society SA continues virtual seafarer support in response to lockdown.

In response to the article in The Guardian of 14 May 2020, “Deaths and hunger strikes point to mental health crises on stranded cruise ships”  Sailors Society SA has stepped up its virtual support which the organisation has been offering since the lockdown situation. The Crisis Response Network of the Society still has ongoing contact with seafarers on board vessels using Skype, telephone and social media to provide advice, support and arrange practical help for crews. We are in contact…

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Helpline cases Triple as Seafarers Seek Help during COVID-19 Pandemic

International 24-hour helpline SeafarerHelp, operated by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), has experienced a surge in demand as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affects seafarers worldwide. In April 2020 alone, ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp handled over 600 new cases – more than triple the number in the same month last year. Many of these cases involve seafarers experiencing issues as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. In fact, up to 1 May 2020, the helpline has recorded over 470…

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