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Our Work Supporting Seafarers

Recognising and responding to the needs of seafarers is part of the Apostleship of the Sea's pastoral care. Many seafarers suffer loneliness, far from home and cut off from their own culture, family and friends.

We direct our support to where it is most needed.
The Apostleship of the Sea deploys its chaplains in South Africa's largest ports, including Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, where thousands of seafarers visit each year. We also use our network of volunteer ship visitors who work in port teams with their local port chaplain.
Each day that our chaplains and ship visitors climb a gangway they can meet any number of different situations.
AoS port chaplains work in main ports in South Africa