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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.

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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Dedicated Helpline for Seafarers

Just a reminder of the details for our dedicated helpline for seafarers and their families. Call: +1 938 222 8181 Chat: www.wellnessatsea.org/covid-19 This is a 24 hour, confidential helpline. Seafarers can call in and the team will endeavour to put them through to an advisor who can speak in their first language if they wish to. The team can offer advice, guidance, and potentially grants for financial support. Seafarers can call the line and then have their call returned so…

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031 266 0695
office@saiss.co.za

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