Some say it will never happen - what do you think?
The MV Smart is still in the press this week as efforts to transfer oil from the bulk carrier, which ran aground off Richard's Bay, are underway. According to the Department of Environmental Affairs: "At the moment, no oil spill from the vessel has been reported. As part of a contingency plan, containment booms have … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 30 August 2013
It has been a rough week on the maritime front as the press has covered the sinking of the Kiani Satu and the breaking up of the MV Smart in much detail. After many, many man hours and much individual and agency co-operation, the Kiani Satu was refloated only to ultimately sink after being pulled … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 23 August 2013
MY EDITOR'S COMMENT FROM THE LATEST ISSUE OF MARITIME REVIEW: The recent grounding of the Kiani Satu grabbed media headlines towards the beginning of August. Many of the news reports were to be expected: highlighting details of leaking oil; initial unsuccessful refloating attempts; lack of availability of the patrol vessels as well as comments from … Continue reading July/August Editorial Comment
The Fisheries Department is back in the hot seat this week (again) with officials again being criticised for still not getting the country's research and patrol vessels back in the water. Acting Fisheries Department deputy director-general, Desmond Stevens had the rather unenviable task of updating parliament on the status of the vessels and assured those … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 16 August 2013
As I prepare to put my feet up for Women's Day tomorrow and scroll through the many newsfeeds I follow on social networks, I am suddenly reminded that the "thing to do" in media is to couple content planning to calendar events such as this. So let's take a moment to reflect on the feminine … Continue reading WARNING: Women at Work!
The major news within the maritime industry this week is the announcement by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) that they would release the names of the companies that have tendered for the management of South Africa's marine and research fleet: three fisheries research vessels and four patrol vessels. This is a situation … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 8 August 2013