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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 our Twelve Point Plan. 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 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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