The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has made headlines this week with the announcement that Commander Tsietsi Mokhele has resigned as CEO with immediate effect. The press have reported that no further information has been provided by SAMSA regarding the resignation of Mokhele or his future plans. Operational head, Sobantu Tilayi will be stepping … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 27 May 2016
There seems to be an unhappy buzz in the maritime industry this week regarding the “escape” of eight Chinese fishing trawlers illegally navigating South African fishing waters over the weekend. A ninth vessel was arrested. According to the press the vessels were first spotted around Durban, Port St Johns and Cape Recife, where they were … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 20 May 2016
One of the many challenges that the highly mobile people of the maritime industry face is that of accessibility to jurisdictions within Africa. This is particularly frustrating for Africans aiming to work on the African continent and may even hamper emergency response to potential maritime incidents. Discussions at the recent World Economic Forum meetings in … Continue reading An African passport by 2018?
The big maritime news this week was the announcement that after several years of being based in Copenhagen, Safmarine will be moving its head-office back to Cape Town. Safmarine was founded in South Africa in 1946, taken over by Maersk Line in 1999 and in 2012 the head-offices were moved to Copenhagen. Vincent Clerc of … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 13 May 2016
The Cape Town Port Festival took place at the Cape Town harbour last weekend, hosted by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). According to the press hundreds of locals flocked to the free event, which boasted craft stands, food stalls and performances by top DJs as well as South African favourites Freshly Ground. The festival aimed … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 6 May 2016