South Africa

NIMASA calls for support to developing countries

Dr Dakuku Peterside, Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administration (AAMA), called developed nations and corporate bodies to support Africa and other developing countries, with the goal of building capacity and regulatory enforcement needed to maximize benefits of the ocean economy.

South Africa: Warnings over illegal fishing

While South African authorities used ‘to turn a blind eye to fishing’, the Department of Fisheries and Forestry has now appointed inspectors who attend on vessels to check whether there is any illegal fish onboard, the West Club informed citing information by the South Africa P&I Associates (Pty) Ltd.

TNPA stops South African transport workers’ strike action

South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) announced it has managed to stop the strike action planned by South African Transport and Allied Workers Union, Tuesday. This was realised through a court interdict obtained by Transnet on 29 May.

Port of Cape Town to introduce helicopters for pilot transfers

South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority announced that it decided, after a successful trial in October, to introduce a service to transfer pilots to and from vessels through helicopter. The helicopter service is expected to be introduced in Cape Town in 2021.

Port of Cape Town congratulates its first female marine pilot with open licence

Sanette Robinson became the first female marine pilot to receive an open licence at the Port of Cape Town. Robinson began her career in 1995 in the South African Navy, serving as a combat officer. Ms. Robinson is trained and certified to guide anything from the very smallest vessels to tankers, as well as container ships into port.

Maersk offers digital trade finance to boost S. Africa’s SMEs

Maersk announced its plans on offering digital trade finance in South Africa, in light of further boosting small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Although they contribute to S. Africa’s economy, SMEs often face challenges in accessing finance. 

NSRI rescues medivacs seafarer with dislocated shoulder

The South African National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) reported of a Filipino seafarer that was medivaced off a bulk carrier suffering a dislocated shoulder. The rescue operation took place on Saturday, May 4 in Table Bay, off Cape Town. The patient was brought to its sea rescue station before being transported to hospital for further care.

Port of Ngqura is the first to have fixed sand bypass system

Port of Ngqura in South Africa is the first port, globally, to have constructed a jet pump sand bypass system, enabling it to be in line with its dredging targets of 240,000 tons of sand per year. It’s the only port in South Africa to have a record of decision – environmental legislation – for its construction and operation.

Port of Durban container volumes boost in 2018

Port of Durban in South Africa, experienced an increase in its container, liquid bulk and dry bulk volumes during 2018, according to Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) data. The volumes achieved are the highest volumes in the last seven years.

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