South Africa

South Africa: Ports remain open despite lockdown

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.

South Africa releases cruise liner after COVID-19 negative results

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.

US blacklists Chinese, South African companies for Iran oil trade

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’s approach to 2020 sulphur cap

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.

UK and Southern Africa to enhance ocean economy

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.

NSPCA applies to court over live export to Kuwait

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.

Stimulus packages come under focus for South African maritime sector

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.

1 dead, 5 injured onboard a heavy lift vessel off Durban

According to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) of Durban, a Brazilian crewman lost his life onboard a heavy lift vessel at South Africa while five of the vessel’s personnel reported to have been injured as well. Further information about the type of the incident and the name of the vessel are not revealed yet.

SAMSA disappointed on lack of rapid development

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) expressed its disappointment concerning the slow development of the South African Ship Registry, commenting that it is due to partly lack of common vision and understanding among state entities.

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