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On 16 September this year, NSRI honoured Saldanha Foods – part of the Terrasan Group – by naming the JetRib earmarked for Station 24 (Lambert’s Bay) Spirit of Saldanha. The certificate handover and naming ceremony was part of an annual event where Saldanha Foods recognises long-service awards and commits to donations to local schools.

Station 24’s (Lambert’s Bay) new JetRib has been named in honour of Saldanha Foods, and is the NSRI’s way of saying thank you to the Platinum Partner that has supported them for many years. Spirit of Saldanha will assist the crew greatly in surf rescues, as JetRibs have been specifically designed to hold more casualties and crew and is steadier and safer in rough surf. The addition is welcomed by Lambert’s Bay volunteers.

NSRI’s Corporate Relationship and Retail Manager Stuart Moerdyk says: “The Terrasan Group has been a fantastic supporter of the NSRI. The naming rights of the JetRib for Lambert’s Bay was our way of saying thank you.” The name was chosen by Junita Vermeulen, a staff member of the fishing company, after an internal competition was held to find a name for the rescue vessel.

The Terrasan Group’s annual contribution to the NSRI is split between Saldanha Sales and Marketing, West Point Processors and West Point Fishing Corporation. “Support from the commercial fishing industry is incredibly important to us,” Stuart says, “and although we respond to many a call for assistance from the industry itself, we continue to engage and improve not only our reactive rescue service, but also our drowning prevention activities, which the industry supports, ultimately making the communities safer in and around the water.”

NSRI CEO Dr Cleeve Robertson adds: “The NSRI is a safety net for many industries including the fishing sector whose workers are exposed to the harshest environment at the southern tip of Africa. We are proud of being able to stand ready to preserve their lives and livelihoods. We can only do this with their express moral and financial support as partners. Terrasan is a long-standing partner of the NSRI and the recent launch of the Spirit of Saldanha is yet another visible expression of this wonderful bond."

Thank you, Saldanha Foods, for your support, allowing us to continue to “Save lives, change lives and create futures”.

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