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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 April 2020 Newsletter

Seafarers are often forgotten but they play a major role in trade between nations. They are far from home and loved ones, and can feel isolated resulting in depression. There have been distressing accounts of tourists having to remain on ships in ports, in hotels, in temporary shelters etc for long periods with no certainty  as to when they can return home. Imagine how this situation affects the seafarer Populations are in lockdown, but piracy attacks are not in lockdown.…

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Sailors’ Society SA introduces virtual seafarer support in response to Corona virus

The Sailors Society, South Africa is offering virtual chaplaincy to seafarers as it suspends its ships’ visits as a result of the Corona virus.   Based on the declaration of the pandemic as a National State of  Disaster in South Africa by the State President, and the  additional measures taken by the Transnet National Ports Authority in South Africa regarding restriction on vessels and their crews calling on South African ports, Sailors’ Society SA is offering virtual chaplaincy to seafarers…

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Contact Details

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

Sailors’ Society

Don’t hesitate to contact our UK based offices.