Southern Africa

Africa Ports Evolution at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre

On 19 October 2006 Rev Johan (Boet) van Schalkwyk, CEO of the Sailors’ Society SA presented a talk on The Role of the Sailors’ Society in Modern day Seafaring. He spoke of: Making the wellbeing of seafarers our prime concern Crisis Response : Hope beyond crisis Turning isolation into belonging African Ports Evolution summit and expo…

More News from the Crisis Response Centre – Spring Bay; Fit Chaplains

  The Sailors’ Society Crisis Response Centre, under the leadership of Rev. Van Schalkwyk, CEO, stepped into the breach when he received information in June regarding the plight of the crew of the vessel, the SPRING BAY berthed in the Port of Maputo. The Russian and Ukrainian crew had not received wages for 6 months,…

News from the Crisis Response Centre – Nigerial Prisoner Release; Bereavement Onboard
MT Maro Crew released from prison in Nigeria

The CRC has been operating since July 2015 and has been able to help so many.  Although the situations are often traumatic, the CRC team has come away from these situations having given hope to those desperate for help. Prisoners Released in Nigeria You may recall our report of the crew of the vessel the…

Farewell to Reverend John Kunst

It was with sadness that we learnt of the passing of Rev John Kunst, erstwhile chaplain for the Sailors’ Society, on Friday, 12 August 2016, one day before his 84th birthday. John had a wonderful and rich career which took him to several countries, from the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, Germany and finally South Africa.…