Here are some photos taken at the Sea Sunday Service in the Port of Durban. Just click on an images to open one of the three galleries.
A Taiwanese vessel, the Fuh No. 6 caught fire off the Madagascan coast and on 11 July the crew of 30 were rescued by two vessels, the SBI Antares and the Ever Diadem after the crew abandoned ship on two liferafts. They were brought to Durban.
Two crew members were airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital. One suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns and the other a knee injury. The rest of the crew were taken to various hotels in Durban.
It was certainly a team effort by the Durban Port Chaplains – Paul Richardson and Jessie John from Sailors’ Society, Fr German Giraldo from the Apostleship of the Sea, John Appalasmy from Mission to Seamen and Rev Chris Viljoen representing the Christelike Seemans organisasie when they stepped in and provided clothing, toilet necessities and other items as the seafarers were rescued with just the clothes they were wearing.
Chaplains Paul Richardson and Jessie John visited the crew members in hospital and Paul also called at a hotel to visit crew members there, and met the Indonesian Ambassador.
Paul said “I could give him a briefing on what the chaplains had done and he was thankful for the work they did to help the seafarers. I also handed out much needed toiletries at the time.”
It is so gratifying to hear how chaplains just step in to help when seafarers are in trouble. They receive the news and take action – no one instructs them to do so.
Despite modern developments on ships, dangers still assail those who work on board vessels to carry out the vital transportation of goods across the seas of the world.
It is important that we honour this group of people, hence the holding of the Sea Sunday Service each year for seafarers and those working in ports.
The Durban Port Chaplains have organised the service on 23 July.
Date 23 July 2017 at 11h00.
Venue : N Shed passenger terminal, Ocean Terminal, Port of Durban.
The service will be conducted by Rev Wimpie van Schoor from CSO and music will be provided by the SA Army band.
All are invited to attend this worthwhile service, sing well-kn.own hymns and afterwards join us for refreshments.
Let us not forget seafarers, they need our care and support and also give thanks to those who selflessly help in times of need
Rev J.D. [Boet] van Schalkwyk, CEO and Principal of the Sailors’ Society of South Africa, was recently awarded the South African Gold Medal of Merit of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem at a ceremony in Cape Town.
Awarded for meritorious service to the Grand Bailiwick of South Africa, Rev Van Schalkwyk is one of only two persons in South Africa who hold this honour.
Rev Van Schalkwyk has been a member of the Order of St Lazarus for over thirty years, having been admitted to the Order as Assistant Chaplain in February 1983 and promoted to full Chaplain in March 1988.
He has had a long and distinguished career as the Air Force Chaplain, a Port chaplain and as a Presbyterian Church minister in the then Northern Transvaal, East London and Pretoria. This has included stints as the Moderator of these Presbyteries..
Since 2002, he has held the position of Principal Chaplain, National Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the International Sailors’ Society, Southern Africa. On many occasions he has been called upon to take a lead in assisting those without the privileges so many take for granted. A few of these initiatives – amongst others – have seen Rev Van Schalkwyk working with the SACC amongst the refugees of East Mpumalanga informal settlements [1984-88], the peace initiative in the former Ciskei, or assisting the trauma victims of pirates off the East African coast.
He also established and co-ordinated the Sub-Saharan Crisis Network, and has worked, more recently, in Nigeria, Mozambique and Algeria.
At the award ceremony, the Grand Bailiff said “It is clear that you are a deeply caring, compassionate and organised leader who cares deeply for his fellow man. Our warm congratulations to you on this award. “
[The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem was founded as a Hospitaller Order in 370AD and as a Military Order in 1098. The military order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem originated in a leper hospital. Now the Order focuses upon serving and on people who have served humanity in meritorious ways.]
Sailors’ Society Chaplain, Jessie John also did ship visiting having called on the MSC CLAUDIA and MSC REGULUS where she met Melanie [right] who is a steward from Madagascar who has been working on ships for 22 years and enjoys her work very much.
Jessie gave Melanie a ‘wife’s present” and before she left, prayed with her. Melanie was especially delighted to talk to Jessie as she had previously met Fify Ravaoharisoa the Sailors’ Society Chaplain in Madagscar and has been blessed by the chaplain’s services to seafarers
Paul and Jessie boarded the vessel MAERSK SELETAR and met Dutch Captain Douwe and his wife Lucy who also received a ‘wife’s present” courtesy Sailors’ Society. [left]
Chaplains, your visits are so appreciated as you bring joy and comfort to seafarers who are far away from home and family.
Rev Paul Richardson, a Sailors’ Society chaplain reached an important milestone in his career when, on 8 February 2017 he boarded his 1000th ship, the MAERSK Kampala during the course of his chaplaincy duties.
Rev Richardson is a former Baptist Pastor now working in the ‘Inner City’ of Durban as a missionary. He joined the Sailors Society SA in Durban in 2011 and has been serving as a chaplain in the Port of Durban ever since.
He is a ship visitor visiting ships once and sometimes twice a week at the Durban container terminal. He also takes monthly Sunday services at the Seafarers’ Mission and visits seafarers in hospital. Each year Paul participates in the Share your Christmas with a Seafarer project and assists with the distribution of Christmas gifts to seafarers on vessels in port and at outer anchorage before Christmas day and on Christmas day.
He has also visited ships in port to comfort crew who have suffered the loss of a crew member.
When asked if he had ever calculated how many steps he had climbed, Paul said:
“I didn’t count! But out of interest, today I boarded “MSC Benedetta” and climbed 106 steps, 76 steps to board the ship and then another 30 to enter the crew mess room!”