Crowdfunding as a tool for the boat building sector

One of the most common moans made by delegates at many of the maritime conferences is the lack of access to capital for start-up projects in the maritime sectors. By its nature, the maritime sector is a capital intensive space to play in and many entrepreneurs’ dreams are dashed sitting in a chair at their … Continue reading Crowdfunding as a tool for the boat building sector

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New DoT Minister misses maritime 

It is disheartening to note that the first briefing given by the new Minister of Transport, Joe Maswanganyi, yesterday outlining the immediate tasks for his department made no mention of the maritime industry. This, despite the recent revealing of the DoT's Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy as well as the central role that the DoT's agency, the … Continue reading New DoT Minister misses maritime 

An African passport by 2018?

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?

Coastline confusion

Can anyone tell me exactly how long South Africa's coastline is? I am talking about our coastline - excluding any islands that we may have jurisdiction over. Situated at the southern tip of Africa and surrounded by sea on "three sides," we like to assume that we have access to a generous coastline, but the … Continue reading Coastline confusion

Access denied: flirting with the maritime economy?

There's a general movement that is gaining traction in the maritime sectors that aims to boost the industry's contribution to job creation and the GDP. The Blue Economy is on everyone's lips and national, regional, continental and even international strategies are being developed to see our oceans contribute meaningfully to our human desire to produce and … Continue reading Access denied: flirting with the maritime economy?

Have you read the Minister’s speech?

Have you read the Minister’s speech? That’s the question being most asked this month at maritime functions and it refers to Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters’ discourse at the South African Maritime Safety Authority’s (SAMSA) AGM at the end of September where she called for “immediate action from the (SAMSA) Board in order to resolve … Continue reading Have you read the Minister’s speech?

New entrants should be accommodated in blue economy

Respondents to our Operation Phakisa survey were unanimous in their view that the maritime industry has the capacity to cater for new entrants with 71 percent deeming it "realistic" and a further 29 percent seeing it as "very realistic".  Just under 30 percent, however, believe that it is unrealistic to expect the maritime industry to create … Continue reading New entrants should be accommodated in blue economy