Sailor’s Society Rev Boet van Schalkwyk played an important role when he carried out the blessing of NSRI’s new rescue craft, which was unveiled in Durban on Friday 7 June 2019 in the Port of Durban.
The rescue craft, named the Alick Rennie, was sponsored by the Alick Rennie family trust. It was an auspicious occasion attended by the Rennie family and amongst others Dr Cleeve Robertson – NSRI CEO and, as the rescue craft was built in France, Christophe Farnaud, Ambassador of France to South Africa.
“The NSRI is currently the only maritime rescue service operating in South African territorial waters and, although most rescues are coastal and inshore, an increasing number of these operations require search and rescue vessels with advanced capability in technology, and the ability to safely increase the endurance of the crew further out to sea,” “The rescue craft has the latest electronic navigation and communication equipment and is self-righting, which will give increased safety for crew and those who we rescue” said Craig Lambinon, spokesperson for the NSRI.
Sailors’ Society has a good partnership with the NSRI, particularly during Crisis Response situations when seafarers who have been involved in disasters at sea have been brought to safety. Once they are safe, the Sailors’ Society attends to their humanitarian needs.
Rev Van Schalkwyk and Sailors’ Society is proud to have been requested to bless the Alick Rennie and wishes continued success for the NSRI.
“Lord God Almighty, let Your blessing be upon this ship and upon all who serve and sail in her. May good success and Your protection always be with them. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.