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.
The Port of Cape Town, the Department of Economic Development and Tourism and additional parties that attended a meeting on December 5, agreed on the implementation of a task team to handle the congestion taking place at the port, affecting the operations.
A Nigerian man suspected of kidnapping the crew of a Dutch cargo ship last year was arrested upon arrival at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands at around 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 5, after being extradited from South Africa.
DNG Energy, a South African LNG infrastructure provider, will start LNG bunkering in South Africa’s largest bunkering port, Algoa Bay. The initiative aims to improve access to LNG bunkers for commercial vessels on a trading route, that sees 56,000 vessels transit the region every year. Bunkering operations are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2020.
Although intense oil spills are limited and oil tanker accidents have been significantly reduced, the coastal nations still need to be prepared in case of urgency. During the 8th Regional Conference of the Global Initiative for West, in Cape Town, the Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF), noted that bi-lateral and multi-lateral need to cooperate, in order to act immediate when an oil spillage shows up.
The Namibian Ports Authority reports a remarkable improvement in the numbers of containers handled, since the beginning of operations at the new container terminal at the port of Walvis Bay, almost one month ago.
Enabling legislation in South Africa for the implementation of the IMO 2020, should be ready by year end, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has confirmed. Namely, Mr. Mbalula finally settled down the fears, stating categorically that the necessary legislation will be in place by the end of 2019.
The reduction and prevention of deaths of fishermen along South Africa’s coastal area is among key priorities of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). Now, efforts towards this goal are beginning to pay off, due to strategic partnerships domestically and abroad.
Discussions between South Africa and Colombia to expand relationships between the two countries, as well as strengthen co-operation and collaboration on safety and security of their seafarers will continue, as the two governments announced in Colombia on September 17.
South Africa’s Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula, during his stay in Colombia for this year’s World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2019, highlighted the high potential for job creation in the country’s maritime sector. In South Africa, part of the reason for the country’s delegation’s attendance of the IMO event is because next year, South Africa will for the first time be the host of the conference.
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