“Curiouser and curiouser”

One cannot help but feel a certain affiliation to poor Alice (in Wonderland) when one reads the latest statement from the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) regarding the beaching of the MT Phoenix off Durban. With hints at a deliberate beaching; the possibility of a mystery stowaway still hiding onboard; uncertainty as to the … Continue reading “Curiouser and curiouser”


Is Durban getting her own Seli 1?

With no P&I Club cover and very little hull insurance, the MT Phoenix is currently resident at Salt Rock north of Durban. Are we looking at another Seli 1 scenario? The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has issued a statement saying that the owners of the tanker (which was on its way to the … Continue reading Is Durban getting her own Seli 1?

Ranking safety at sea

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell is a fascinating read and the section on aviation safety must surely have some bearing on the marine industry too. In discussing a spurt of incidents attributed to one specific airline, Gladwell highlights a concept called the "Power Distance Index" (PDI). "Power Distance is concerned with attitudes towards hierarchy, specifically with … Continue reading Ranking safety at sea

It’s a dry – dock!

One of the attractions of the V&A Waterfront is that it is a working harbour. It's the perfect way for the maritime industry to showcase itself to the general public. Usually, however, when I visit the waterfront I am struck more by the ability of the general public to ignore the "maritimeness" than by their … Continue reading It’s a dry – dock!

It’s time to nominate a seafarer

Now in their second year the SAMSA Seafarer of the Year Awards celebrate the role of South African Seafarers in the country’s economy as well as their contribution to safe seas, prevention of pollution at sea and job creation. Understanding that over 90 percent of our local trade is carried by the shipping industry; that … Continue reading It’s time to nominate a seafarer