“The purpose of the Kandla Seafarers Welfare Association is to understand the problems faced by the seafarers and reach out to them with love and give them solace by being with them.  We also provide them with all the help they need to communicate with their family and loved once.”The Mission of Kandla Seafarers Welfare Association is to meet the needs of the seafarers who visit the Port of Kandla also to provide an environment for meeting the physical, social, practical and spiritual needs of seafarers and others who use the facilities of the Port of Kandla. A warm welcome is extended to the Seafarer’s ease the pain of loneliness and isolation and to offer a respite from the hazards of the sea.

Introduction Kandla Seafarers Home

The birth of Kandla Seafarers Welfare Association started with the meeting of Dr. Suresh Idnani, Regional Coordinator International Committee on Seafarers’ Welfare (ICSW) with Mr. Joseph Chacko at Mumbai. At the meeting, the need for a center at the Port of Kandla was discussed.

The Center for Seafarers began at the Office offered by Mr. Pritam Kewalramani in room no 201, Sewa Sadan, Kandla on 1st April, 2009 located outside the Port of Kandla.

The Third meeting of PWC Kandla was held to finalize the type of Vehicle and other Equipments and Staff Selection on 18th April, 2009.

  • The Welfare Activity for Seafarers started in the Port of Kandla from 2nd May, 2009 including Ship Visiting, Free Internet at Center and on Board, Free Transportation for Seafarers from the Ship to the Center and Back
  • The formal inauguration of the Welfare Activity for Seafarers began at the Port of Kandla today on 16th May, 2009 at Marine Club Kandla with Shri. M.A. Bhaskarachar, Deputy Chairman, Kandla Port Trust as the Chief Guest and Dr. Suresh Idnani, Regional Coordinator International Committee on Seafarers’ Welfare (ICSW) as the Guest of Honour.

Activities conducted at KSWA and Facilities provided for Seafarers.

A Fully Furnished Center outside the Port of Kandla with Two Computers, Web Camera, Multimedia Speakers, Headphone with mike and a Laser Printer (One Computer and the Center belongs to Mr. Pritam Kewalramani, Secretary of KSWA, Kandla).

The Center has Wi-Fi System open to the Seafarers who can bring their laptop and enjoy internet facility.

Tea and coffee provided to the Seafarers visiting the center.

An Air conditioned Bus for Transportation for Seafarers from the Ship to Center and Back.

Two Laptops with USB Wireless Internet Connections for Seafarers on Board provided by Ship Visitor, Trainee Ship Visitor and the Driver.

Daily Ship Visiting.

Legal structure of the organisation

Kandla Seafarers Welfare Association has been Registered under Public Trust No F/1908/Kutch and the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 Registration No. GUJ/1734/Kutch.

Tax status

We have already received Income tax exemption from the Income Tax Department under Section 10(A) and all donations to KSWA are exempted under 80 G of Income Tax Act.

Appreciation & Achievement

Since May 2009 – 106, in the year 2010 – 162 and year 2011 – 160 Appreciation Letters were received from the Masters of Various ships who visited the Port of Kandla

Received Email appreciating the good work of seafarers welfare at the Port of Kandla by the members of INSA (Indian National Ship Owners Association).

Received Email appreciating the good work of seafarers welfare at the Port of Kandla by the members of Kandla Steamship Agents Association.

In the ICSW three day assessment seminar was held at Cochin, India from 6th to 8th May, 2010, the Welfare Activities at the Port of Kandla was declared as a ROLE MODEL for all other Ports to follow. And also Mr. Joseph Chacko who is the Administrator cum treasurer of Kandla Seafarers Welfare Association was nominated as ADMINISTRATOR OF regional welfare committee of South Asia.

Because of the activities of Kandla Seafarers Welfare Association, Kandla Port Trust, received the Plaque and Certificate from ICSW International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards, London for being nominated as the PORT OF THE YEAR among the top five ports of the world for two consecutive year 2010 and 2011 and the Seafarers Center at Kandla was nominated for the SEAFARERS CENTER OF THE YEAR among the top six centers of the World for the year 2011.

The photos of the ship visits and the appreciation letters, which are uploaded on daily basis can be seen on the Facebook Page”seafarershomekandla

Seafarers Home at Kandla

This is how the proposal for setting up a much needed drop-in-center for the seafarers calling in the Port of Kandla came up . Among the Seafarers coming to Kandla 70% of the seafarers are from China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh as they do not get the shore pass due to security reasons. Even though we provide the seafarers with some facilities like free Wi-Fi, free tea & coffee, free haircut & shaving, free basic medical check-up, free  steam bath, free transport from ship to ship, shopping and many more and etc for the Seafarers coming to Kandla.

Self Sustenance of the Project

The KSWA had requested the Kandla Steamship Agents Association to start a voluntary contribution of Rs 1500.00 per ship for sustenance of the welfare activities and the salary of ship visitors and staff of the center and the Kandla Steamship Agents Association has agreed to the above proposal and submitted a Letter to Kandla Port Trust for deducting the same.

 

JOSEPH CHACKO,

ADMINISTRATOR CUM TREASURER,

KANDLA SEAFARERS WELFARE ASSOCIATION