Last week's media coverage of abalone busts highlights that poaching is an ongoing problem in our waters. There was another small victory for the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries along with the South African police department who raided a home in South Beach yesterday and discovered almost five tons of abalone with an estimated … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 30 July 2012
Yesterday I joined a room full of delegates at Smit Amandla Marine's Emergency Response Seminar at the Protea President Hotel in Sea Point and was struck by the innovative and challenging nature of the marine salvage industry. Our local saying "'n Boer maak 'n plan" (a farmer knows how to make a plan) shall forthwith … Continue reading ‘n Salvor maak ‘n plan
The big news affecting the marine industry this week related to the MSC certification. Amid concerns that certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) would be lost, negotiations between the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the MSC seemed to have been resolved - at least for the following year - ensuring South African … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 20 July 2012
Last night I had to go to the Waterfront to attend a function at the V&A Hotel. With my mind on autopilot, I found myself on the far side of the Waterfront heading towards the Table Bay Hotel. Nonplussed, I was lured to park by the sight of the MSC Barbara being accompanied into the … Continue reading Ship spotting is still possible!
Professor John Hare, Professor of Shipping Law at the University of Cape Town has been extremely vocal in the press this week. Firstly expressing his displeasure at what he regards as various ministers snubbing the 'sleeping giant' that is the South African maritime industry and then publishing an open letter to the Hon Minister of … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 13 July 2012
There are conferences aplenty in South Africa and Africa that plug into the maritime domain, but this week's South African Maritime Industry Conference (SAMIC) hosted by SAMSA can truly be heralded as one that should repower the engines of the maritime industry in the country. I sat there for the entire conference. I did not … Continue reading Conference Call rocks maritime sector
Greeted by a flotilla of yachts and showered by sea spray by two tugboats, the Mediterranean Shipping Company's MSC Sola docked in Durban's harbour yesterday. She made news headlines as the largest container ship to ever visit a South African port with a gross tonnage of 131 771 tons and carrying capacity of up to … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 6 July 2012