Weekly Press Review – 31 August 2012

It has been quite a busy week in the maritime industry and various stories have made it into the press. The Cubal, a 285 metre long LNG tanker, is at anchor in False Bay for repairs to its engine. The ship, designed to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG), is one of the most valuable visitors … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 31 August 2012

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Weekly Press Review – 24 August 2012

The hate-hate relationship between Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and DA fisheries spokesman Pieter van Dalen has once again be covered in the press this week; with the names of Duncan Hindle, the Minister's special adviser and Shaheen Moolla of Feike also being thrown into the mix. All the name calling … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 24 August 2012

Weekly Press Review – 17 August 2012

The ever controversial tender for the operation of patrol boats to protect South Africa's marine resources is back in the press this week. With only a week to go before the release of the Public Protector's report into alleged corruption relating to the tender, there is more mud being slung around in the public domain. … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 17 August 2012

Weekly Press Review – 10 August 2012

John Hare has once again raised some interesting questions this week with an article published in the Cape Times entitled: 'Cape should be Africa's corner cafe.' In it he raises the question of why up to 80% of ships that pass the Cape each year do not stop? This despite the fact that maritime South … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 10 August 2012

Leaving PE on the SA Agulhas II

Nelize Ernst and I joined the SA Agulhas II at the end of her "shakedown cruise" to experience first-hand how the new vessel is handling and accommodating her research crew. Leaving Port Elizabeth harbour last night under the guidance of the (almost) full moon was nothing less than spectacular as the vessel was guided through … Continue reading Leaving PE on the SA Agulhas II

Weekly Press Review – 3 August 2012

Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Petersson is back in the news this week, accusing officials within her department of being corrupted by poaching syndicates. She stated that attempts were being made to 'destabilise' her department both internally and externally and also that 'an overall cleaning-up operation of the department' was taking place. The investigation which led to … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 3 August 2012