Bühler GmbHTelestackSailors SocietyPort of South LouisianaTOC EventsCimbria
  • Vigan
  • TMS Awards 2021
  • Coaltrans Asia 2021
  • Port of South Louisiana
  • The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • Van Aalst

Sailors' Society launches helpline

Sailors' Society launches helpline

(Posted on 12/05/20)

International maritime welfare charity Sailors' Society has launched a dedicated helpline for seafarers and their families.

The confidential, 24 hour service is there to offer support and welfare to those worried or adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Sandra Welch, the charity's COO and director of programme, said: “We’ve seen an increase in calls for help and advice of late and there’s a lot of uncertainty, so our new dedicated Covid-19 helpline is a welcome addition to our services.

“Many seafarers don’t know when they will sign-off and return home, others haven’t been able to start contracts due to lockdowns. They are worried about losing their income and anxious about loved ones - the toll on their mental health is apparent.

“We are also offering grants to help seafarers and their families whose incomes have been decimated through loss of work and would encourage those in need to get in touch.”

The helpline is a result of the charity's Covid-19 emergency appeal, which has seen donations pour in from hundreds of individual supporters and shipping companies alike, including generous contributions from North P&I, Trinity House and West P&I.

Sandra continued: “We’ve had an incredible response to our ongoing Covid-19 emergency appeal and are so grateful for everyone’s support, but there is still so much to be done and the strain seafarers are under is ever increasing."

With lockdowns ongoing in many countries, the charity has ensured a continued service by offering virtual chaplaincy and welfare support, with physical ship visiting only taking place where regulations allow.

Seafarers can access a suite of practical resources produced by Sailors’ Society including an advice hub, Facebook support group and podcasts to help seafarers during the coronavirus crisis.

Shipping companies have also contacted Sailors' Society, known globally for its award-winning wellness at sea programme, asking for help in supporting crews through the pandemic.

Seafarers and their family members can contact Sailors’ Society’s dedicated helpline by calling +1-938-222-8181 or instant chat via www.wellnessatsea.org/covid-19

To access Sailors' Society's resources visit www.sailors-society.org/coronavirus or to donate to the charity's appeal visit www.sailors-society.org/coronavirusgive

To talk about partnering with Sailors' Society to help your crews email partnerships@sailors-society.org

Latest News

Costamare diversifies into dry bulk

(Posted on 18/06/21)

Costamare Inc. has announced the acquisition of 16 dry bulk vessels of between 33,000 and 85,000 DWT... Read more


Inmarsat helps Diamond Bulk Carriers reap big data rewards

(Posted on 18/06/21)

Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has been pivotal in connecting... Read more


ClassNK grants AiP to Tsuneishi Shipbuilding

(Posted on 18/06/21)

Leading Classification Society ClassNK granted an Approval in Principle (AiP) based on its Rule Part... Read more


“Game changer” in Gulf of Guinea piracy fight

(Posted on 14/06/21)

Nigeria has announced a significant investment in military and law enforcement infrastructure to secure... Read more


23 industry players kick off ammonia study

(Posted on 14/06/21)

Industry players have set up a “Joint Study” framework for studying common issues on ammonia... Read more


Trafigura and Yara sign clean ammonia MoU

(Posted on 09/06/21)

Trafigura Pte Ltd, one of the world’s leading independent commodity trading companies, and Yara... Read more


New head for Swedish Club in Piraeus

(Posted on 09/06/21)

As the world slowly recovers from the restrictions of the Coronavirus pandemic and begins to look ahead... Read more


Algoma to build new Equinox self-unloading vessel

(Posted on 07/06/21)

Algoma Central Corporation, a leading supplier of marine transportation services, has announced that... Read more


Yara agreement for ammonia-fuelled Gas Carrier study

(Posted on 07/06/21)

NYK Line, Nihon Shipyard Co. Ltd. (Nihon Shipyard), and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) have signed an... Read more


Norden raises full-year result expectations

(Posted on 07/06/21)

Following continued strong performance in the Dry Operator business unit, NORDEN has raised its expectations... Read more


Port of StocktonVan AalstTBA GroupTMS Awards 2021Cleveland Cascades LtdThe Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • Sailors Society
  • TOC Events
  • Cimbria
  • Cleveland Cascades Ltd

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping