Port Visits to the Island of Reunion and Toamasina, Madagascar – September 2015

Cape Town Port Chaplain Steve van Schalkwyk visits the Sailor’s Society Chaplains in Reunion and Madagascar. Chaplain Alain Djeutang  in Reunion During the week of 20th to 26th September I was privileged to visit our Chaplains Alain Djeutang and Lucie Ranoromala  in Reunion and Toamasina respectively. Our man in St Denis, Reunion “runs a tight ship” (pun intended). Alain, in his typical military management style, impressed me in the way he runs the Mission and operates in his neck of…

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Report: Crisis Repsonse Centre – MT Maro Imprisoned Crew – Yenagoa Prison, Nigeria

Report by The Rev. J. D. van Schalkwyk and Fr. T. H. Thembi CRC Response Cluster. September 2015. Exercise ‘MT Maro’. 1. INTRODUCTION A. Acting on a report requesting assistance from vessel MT MARO’ Chief Engineer’s daughter, Sailors’ Society Project Director, MPHRP UK, the Nigerian Seafarers Welfare Board, ITF Nigeria and MPHRP London and INDIA agreed that the Crisis Response Centre send a Response Cluster of 2 or 3 Port Chaplains to render humanitarian/welfare counselling and support to 11 imprisoned…

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Crew of the MT Bonita Rescue Migrants

Over the past couple of weeks there have been two acts of extraordinary kindness and humanity by seafarers serving on the high seas. The lives of seafarers are hidden from the world’s general public who largely are ignorant of the fact that seafarers are responsible for carrying 90% of the world’s trade. These two selfless deeds need to brought to the attention of a wider audience by the worldwide maritime community. The first act was the rescuing of 540 people…

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