I recently had the opportunity to lend a hand. I joined a group of volunteers on board the Lord Nelson in the port of Cape Town where all hands on deck was literally the mantra of the day. It all started when I received a number of press releases from Norton Rose that highlighted their … Continue reading All hands on deck!
The Fisheries Department has made the headlines several times this week; finally admitting to Parliament that the navy has been unable to run its research and patrol vessels and that, at present, all eight are docked at the navy yard. Greta Apelgren-Narkedien, Deputy Director-General said that "the navy does not have the capacity to meet … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 22 February 2013
The media welcomed the returning research vessel SA Agulhas this week. She arrived back in Cape Town on Wednesday after safely delivering British adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his team to an ice shelf in the Antarctica, where he is attempting the first crossing of the Antarctic in winter. DA fisheries spokesman, Pieter van Dalen … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 15 February 2013
CSI, which incidentally has nothing to do with investigating crime scenes, has become an integral part of doing business and many maritime companies have well-entrenched strategies for identifying as well as supporting social upliftment. From education to supporting orphans or places of refuge and even environmental projects - there are no shortages of Corporate Social … Continue reading CSI Maritime
The big maritime news of the week is Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), being taken to court by Judith Sole, leader of the Green Party of South Africa. The minister is being taken to court in a bid by Sole to have the fishing of West Coast lobster halted immediately … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 8 February 2013
Since I started knocking about in the maritime industry some 17 years ago I have come across a few very extraordinary people. Sadly some of these have passed on, but fortunately a number still remain in the industry and continue to inspire us. They are passionate about all things maritime and unashamedly promote aspects of … Continue reading What is a Maritime Maestro?
In a follow up to last week's news regarding fishing in the Betty's Bay Marine Protected Area; four fishermen were arrested this week for failing to heed warnings issued by fisheries control officers and appeared in the Caledon Magistrates Court on Monday. In an operation conducted by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 1 February 2013