On 2 July, Odfjell’s Deepsea Stavanger started its long journey from Norway to spud the Luiperd-1 on Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa. The rig, operated by French oil major Total, was used for drilling in Brulpadda well in South Africa, which resulted in a discovery, in 2019.
Oiltanking MOGS Saldanha, a joint venture between Oiltanking GmbH, MOGS Ltd and Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd has commissioned a new crude oil terminal in the Port of Saldanha Bay.
Following official consultations, South Africa’s Department of Transport has announced relaxation of some of the strict restrictions on maritime sector activities brought in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly around the country’s ports.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the crewmember onboard MV Corona, which was suspected of having the coronavirus, was eventually tested negative. At the same time, AIDAmira cruise ship which was also quarantined at the Port of Cape Town in South Africa, amid COVID-19 suspicion, found to be uninfected.
According to Reuters, the US Department of State identified seven companies that has blacklisted, due to their involvement in Iranian petrochemincals’ transport, marketing and sale. In fact, three of the seven companies are Chinese-based, while another three are in Hong Kong and one in South Africa.
South Africa is holding the cruise liner MV AidAmira, along with a cargo vessel off Cape Town after a crew member on board one of the ships presented signs of COVID-19, national ports operator Transnet reported on March, 17, Tuesday.
The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) issued a Marine Notice concerning the ships’ compliance with IMO Sulphur Cap 2020. SAMSA requires that all ships must provide information over their compliance with the environmental regulations through a revised MRCC Pre-Arrival Notification (PAN) report.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) are collaborating with the Southern Africa and Islands Hydrographic Commission, in order to give a boost to the region’s ocean economy, by establishing new regulations and legislation.
South Africa’s National Council of SPCAs has launched an urgent application to the High Court aiming to interdict an impending shipping export of live sheep to Kuwait. This comes in light of another live export in October 2019, where sheep were transported to the Middle East in horrendous conditions.
South African government should put a short term focus on tracking down a set of earlier announced stimulus packages, as well as on the revival of an inter-ministerial committee focused on South Africa’s maritime economic sector, said recently Deputy Minister in the Presidency.
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