Judges Special Award 2016

Judges Special Award 2016


DUCKDALBEN International Seamen's Club

This year the judges of the Seafarer Centre of the Year have decided to award DUCKDALBEN International Seamen's Club with a 2016 Judges' Special Award for Outstanding Services to Seafarers. Shortlisted on four previous occasions, and winning in 2011, they are a leading centre which has consistently provided a high calibre of welfare to seafarers. Based in the Port of Hamburg, the centre has always prided itself on being a home from home for seafarers. Their deep understanding of the unique difficulties and needs of seafarers has been gained over 30 years of experience. With a large team of well trained staff and volunteers, they have 30,000 visitors a year using their facilities. Opening 364 days a year, they provide a range of services essential to support seafarers on and off shore.

The centre is a cosy and welcoming building, decorated with objects of curiosity from the maritime world. Offering comforts such as free WiFi, computers, telephones, a well-stocked shop, game, karaoke, a library, and a popular bar, the centre provides a place where a seafarer can enjoy shore leave, and relax off-ship in a safe and social environment.

The centre also provides support to any seafarer in difficulty. They offer a friendly ear in times of emotional need, a free medical service if a seafarer has a health issue, and work with the ITF to provide practical support in those times where a seafarer may need support in a legal matter. The team provides ship visits for those who cannot get to shore, and also visits seafarers in hospital or even in prison. There is a multi-denominational chapel that is available for anyone to sit peacefully inside and engage with their own beliefs.

DUCKDALBEN International Seamen's Club continues to offer a human warmth and hospitality which, alongside the outstanding facilities on offer, has more than earned the centre this award.