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What we Do

Caring for Seafarers

Seafarers make huge sacrifices to bring us the things we rely on every day. Whatever their background, seafarers can all face huge dangers in the course of doing their jobs. Sailors’ Society is here for them when disaster strikes or when they feel they need a helping hand. See how the Sailors’ Society provides a personal lifeline for seafarers on board ship and when they step ashore. Read more Here

Crisis Response Network

Sailors’ Society’s Durban based Crisis Response Network provides a rapid response trauma care and counselling service for survivors of piracy attacks as well as various disasters at sea. Contact our team on our 24hr emergency response number +27 (0) 83 301 8022 or for general enquiries on +27 (0) 31 266 0695. For more information.

Coronavirus Advice 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  and contact our chaplains.  A special corona virus section of the Sailors’ Society website can be accessed at here with health information, advice for seafarers on how to manage their mental health in light of the pandemic. Read more here.

How you can Help us

During the course of various events to bring the work of the Sailors’ Society’s to the attention of members of the public and organisations, a plea for help often goes out. However, so many ask “what do you need” – so here is a list of items and ideas. As you will see, nothing is very expensive and complicated.  Above all, some of the suggested items involve group activities which will bring about a better understanding of the vital work…

Share your Christmas with a Seafarer

Once again the International Sailors’ Society (ISSSA) is preparing for the annual Share your Christmas with a Seafarer, which has been operating for just over 30 years in our ports. “We are in the midst of a health crisis of monumental proportions with the Covid-19 Virus.  New and distressing accounts reach us each day. Yet, there are encouraging reports as well; stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary work. Small acts of kindness and selflessness are evident – and you too…

APPEAL FOR FUNDS – Banking Details

The contents of this website represent just a small amount of the Sailors’ Society’s good work.  Like many other non-profit organisations, obtaining funds always presents  a challenge. So we make an appeal to you for donations – remember, no donation is too small. To give you an idea of what we need, please have a look at our 12 Point Plan. You can also use Zapper. Every donation will be acknowledged. SAILOR’S SOCIETY – South Africa Standard Bank Account no.…

The Sailors’ Society provides a personal lifeline for seafarers on board ship and when they step ashore.

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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COVID-19 and Seafarers Latest News

Deaths and hunger strikes point to mental health crisis on stranded cruise ships As tensions rise over failure to repatriate workers, plight of crews highlighted by the apparent suicide of a Ukrainian woman in Rotterdam. Several deaths, a hunger strike and disturbances on board cruise ships have raised fresh concern about what crew members say is the deteriorating mental health of staff stranded aboard cruise ships still floating at sea. A worldwide standoff between cruise companies and health authorities has…

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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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More info Linda van Schalkwyk
031 266 0695
office@saiss.co.za

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