The Mission to Seafarers, Durban Station.



The Mission to Seafarers has a focus of taking care of the spiritual, physical and justice needs of all seafarer's regardless of race, gender or religious affiliation. This is done by visiting each and every ship entering a harbour where there is an MtS Chaplain. They also endeavour to visit ill or injured seafarers in hospital. In most ports, there is a Centre where the men and women of the sea can go and relax, and find a home away from home.

The Durban Branch of this organisation consists of an energetic Committee that assists with all local matters pertaining to Seafarers welfare and is headed by Revd Des Vaubell, Chaplain- Revd Paul Noel, and Aurora Marais, Branch Secretary.

Besides visiting ships, the Station contributes toward the day-to-day running of the Durban Seafarers Mission (Club) together with other organizations including the International Sailors’ Society, the Apostleship of the Sea, the Christian Seaman’s Organization, Biblia, Chinese Mission, German Seaman's Mission and KISMA- Korean.

Special annual projects undertaken by the Ecumenical Chaplains team include the now well-known “SHARE YOUR CHRISTMAS WITH A SEAFARER”, whereby every seafarer in port during the week before Christmas receives a gift. Russian Orthodox seafarers are also given gifts on 7th January when they celebrate their Christmas.



David Hughes is the Public Relations Officer for the Durban Station and can be contacted directly at: +27 (031) 304 9390 Telephone & Fax. For further information on the Mission to Seafarers in Southern Africa, please contact the Executive Secretary, Mr Sid Colam by email or Telephone +27 (044) 874 3518, fax +27 (044) 874 3528

Durban Seafarer's Mission (Club),
Seafarer Road, Bayhead
Postal address: PO Box 21094 Bluff,
4036 South Africa
Tel: +27 31 466 1326, Fax: +27 31 466 5042


The Mission to Seafarer's office:
22 Levenhall Road, Glenmore. 4001
Postal address: PO Box 59180
Umbilo 4071, South Africa
Tel +27-31-205 6508. Fax: +27 31 205 5704