A new Port Welfare Committee has been established in Durban, South Africa to develop a more collaborative and holistic approach to providing assistance and support to seafarers visiting Durban.
Durban is strategically located on major international shipping routes and is one of the busiest ports in the Southern Hemisphere, with about 2900 ocean going vessels visiting the Port per annum. It is estimated that approximately 60,000 seafarers visit the Port of Durban every year. These seafarers serve on a variety of vessels including container, general cargo, bulk, tanker, fishing and passenger vessels. Aside from addressing the day to day needs of these seafarers while in Port, there is also demand for a coordinated response in situations where seafarers are experiencing difficulty in the Port and at sea.