The Sailors’ Society has helped seafarers for 200 years

Sailors’ Society was founded 200 years ago in London to minister to the needs of destitute seafarers who had returned home from the Napoleonic Wars.Sailors’ Society celebrates its bicentenary on 18 March 2018, Innovation has always played an important role in the charity’s welfare work and in May of 1818, the then Port of London Society moored Speedy, a former sloop of war, on the Thames, repurposing it as a chapel where seafarers could congregate and pray. Take a walk…

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Taking care of the Survivors and families of the Maredon

You may remember the account of the fishing vessel, the MAREDON which capsized near St Francis Bay with a loss of life of a number of crew members. Rev Boet and Mrs Linda van Schalkwyk visited East London [Sailors’ Society Branch] and Port Elizabeth as well as Humansdorp in October as a follow up visit after the tragedy. Rev Van Schalkwyk met families of the deceased crew members who reported that families have still not been paid the insurance claim…

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Good Practice Guide for Shipping Companies and Manning Agents

Humanitarian support of seafarers and their families in cases of armed robbery and piracy attack. “Piracy and armed robbery continue to threaten the international shipping community. Despite diplomatic, military and other initiatives by governments and their agencies, and protective measures and other actions adopted by shipping companies, ships are still attacked and seafarers put at risk as they go about their legitimate business. While acknowledging the actions of governments, the United Nations, the International Maritime Organization, and the Contact Group…

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