Ditch the important wife!

Towards the end of last year there were many vessels entering the water for the first time. As a maritime journalist I generally get invited to these events and I am always fascinated by the choice of lady sponsor on these occasions. The tradition of breaking a bottle of champagne across the bow of the vessel before … Continue reading Ditch the important wife!

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#BringBackOurSeafarers

Over the last few weeks the Bring Back Our Girls (#bringbackourgirls) campaign has ignited quite a following across the globe. Initially fueled by many people's outrage that the media had all but ignored the story, this grew to a lambasting of international super-powers for not stepping in to assist Nigeria find the girls. Mostly the … Continue reading #BringBackOurSeafarers

The Safmarine Way

Today I received a press release that compels a comment. Apparently Safmarine was recognised at an awards ceremony yesterday. To quote the title of the press release: "Safmarine wins coveted Containerisation International Investment in People of the Year' award". Surely I am not alone in finding this just a little ironic? This award comes exactly … Continue reading The Safmarine Way

In memory of those at sea

On the 24th June 2010 a string of events culminated in the death of a young South African cadet serving on board the Safmarine Kariba. The discovery that Akhona Geveza had allegedly jumped overboard disturbed the maritime industry deeply and sent the media into a frenzy of headlines that spoke of rampant sexual abuse of … Continue reading In memory of those at sea

Shipping will show the ripple effect of quake

Japan may be showing the very real physical and traumatic effects of last week's earthquake, but the shipping industry will demonstrate the ripple effect of globalisation as the economic impact of damaged port infrastructure on the island takes hold. With some 1020 ports in Japan, it may not seem significant that Reuters is reporting damage … Continue reading Shipping will show the ripple effect of quake