South Africa

Port of Cape Town explores use of helicopters for pilot transfers

Transnet National Ports Authority is considering to introduce a helicopter service at the Port of Cape Town to boost efficiency of operations in heavy weather conditions. The move comes on the aftermath of the recent serious weather-related disruptions in Cape Town that affected port operations and pilots transfers.

Poachers put South African Abalone in danger

TRAFFIC, the international wildlife trade monitoring network, released the report ‘Empty Shells: An assessment of abalone poaching and trade from southern Africa’. In this report, TRAFFIC says that over the past 18 years, poachers have stripped South African coastal waters of at least 96 million abalone.

Injured stowaway rescued from cargo ship off Table Bay

In the evening hours of Monday, the Sea Rescue South Africa rescued an injured man from the cargo ship ‘UAL Lobito’, while off the Port of Table Bay at anchorage. The injured person was one of two unathorized passengers found on the ship and was reportedly injured from a fall onboard.

Ship detained in Port Elizabeth for carrying dangerous cargo

South Africa has detained the Russian-flagged freighter ‘Lada’, after being informed that it was allegedly carrying illegal cargo of weaponry onboard. Namely, local media report that the ship was carrying explosives and arms worth about $3.5 million.

African partners meet to boost fight against illegal fishing

Members of the FISH-i Africa Task Force, comprising eight Southeast African coastal states, met in Mozambique on 26-28 June 2018, to discuss ongoing investigations and to develop plans to strengthen this regional cooperation against illegal fishing in the Western Indian Ocean Region.

South Africa signs up to IMO treaty on fishing vessel personnel

South Africa has become the 25th State to sign up to the IMO treaty on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F). The Convention sets the certification and minimum training requirements for crews of seagoing fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and above.

Stowaway discovered onboard ship at Port Elizabeth

The National Sea Rescue Institute helped in the rescue of a suspected stowaway on Friday, June 8. The stowaway was injured onboard the ship MI Harmony that had docked into the Port of Port Elizabeth. The man was transported to a hospital for further treatment. His condition is currently stable.

Gallery: Tanker and tug near grounding after towing fails

On the evening hours of 4 May, the tug ‘AHT Carrier’ was towing the tanker ‘Order’ off South Africa, when her tow line parted and fouled her propeller. The tugboat was unable to recover the tow rope to reattach a towline to the tanker and both vessels began to drift towards shore, according to NSRI.

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