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Fishing vessel ablaze in Cape Town harbour
18 February 2017

SOUTH AFRICA: A Korean fishing vessel, the No 101 Geumjeong, caught fire at the repair quay in the port of Cape Town today. The Cape Town Fire Department was called to the scene and supported Transnet National Ports Authority. The South African Maritime Safety Authority is due to complete a casualty investigation. 

Fifth tug launched in TNPA newbuild project
13 February 2017

SOUTH AFRICA: The fifth of nine tugs currently being built at Southern African Shipyards in Durban was launched today. The project is now over 80 percent complete with the final tug due to be launched in early 2018. The new tug, the Ukhozi, will serve the Port of Richards Bay. 

Container vessel on fire off South African coast
13 February 2017

SOUTH AFRICA: A fire in hold No4 of the APL Austria forced the Liberian flagged vessel into the port of Ngqura. The vessel was granted permission to enter the port once the blaze had been bought under control. Three Transnet National Ports Authority tugs assisted with the fire fighting operation. 

Sea Harvest to list on JSE
08 February 2017

SOUTH AFRICA: Sea Harvest Group has confirmed its plan to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) by the end of March 2017. The Group was established in 1964 and has operations in South Africa and Australia with aspirations of becoming a diversified global seafood business. 

Skipper dies when TNPA vessel capsizes
05 February 2017

SOUTH AFRICA: The South African Maritime Safety Authority has begun an investigation into the incident that lead to the death of the skipper on a Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) launch, the Troupant, that capsized some 300 metres off Cape Town over the weekend. Two crewmembers were rescued by another TNPA vessel, the Blue Jay, and treated for shock and non-fatal drowning symptoms. The Blue Jay towed the capsized vessel back into the Port of Cape Town and secured her alongside where she was refloated.  

Namport signs MOU with Lawhill
24 January 2017

SOUTH AFRICA: The Namibian Port Authority (Namport) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Simon’s Town School’s Lawhill Maritime Centre in a commitment to investing in the future maritime generation.

Milestone in Maydon Wharf project
16 January 2017

SOUTH AFRICA: Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) six-berth reconstruction project at the Maydon Wharf Precinct in the Port of Durban has reached another milestone with Berth 13 and 14 now deeper and safer for bigger ships calling at the port. On Friday 13 January the Port of Durban serviced Bright Sky, the first vessel to use the common-user berth 14 after reconstruction of both the berths and a handover to port’s operations. Both berth 13 and 14 are now fully operational. 

Court order suspends fishing in the inshore trawl fishery
06 January 2017

SOUTH AFRICA: 27 fishing companies have been temporarily suspended from putting to sea in the inshore trawl fishery for hake and sole by an interdict granted by the Cape High Court this week. 

TNPA to issue tender to deepen DCT
14 December 2016

SOUTH AFRICA:  Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has announced that it will issue a tender to deepen and lengthen berths at Durban Container Terminal (DCT).  Pier 2 has reached a key milestone and the multi-billion rand Main Marine Construction Works package will go out to tender in December 2016.  This follows the two environmental approvals secured from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) last year for marine and landside works.  The tender process for the landside works will follow at a later stage.

South Africa offers electronic certificates
09 December 2016

SOUTH AFRICA:  The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has confirmed that they are now able to offer electronic verification of Seafarer Certificates.  According to SAMSA's Centre for Seafarers, the shift towards electronic verification of seafarers' certificates is in compliance with Regulation 1/2 of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).

Bulk carrier crew safe in Cape Town
07 December 2016

SOUTH AFRICA:  After sending out a distress call while in international waters on Sunday, the bulk carrier, Antaios, was towed by Smit Amandla and the crew evacuated to Cape Town.  The vessel reportedly experienced a fire in the engine room while sailing from Argentina to Saudi Arabia.

Caisson breach in Sturrock Dry Dock
07 December 2016

SOUTH AFRICA:  A caisson breach at Sturrock Dry Dock resulted in some damage as two of the three vessels in the facility collided. The situation was bought under control with emergency services arriving on the scene quickly.

Consortium acquires Smit Amandla Marine business
01 December 2016

SOUTH AFRICA:  Smit Amandla Marine has been acquired by African Marine Solutions Group (AMSOL), owned by a consortium including Smit Amandla Marine management and employees, the Mineworkers Investment Company, Pan-African Capital Holdings and RMB Ventures.  The company is now effectively 100 percent South African owned.

Agency to develop content in Nigeria
01 December 2016

NIGERIA:  The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has inaugurated an inter-agency committee on local content development to transform the oil and gas as well as maritime industry and develop in-country capacity.




OFFSHORE 2016: supporting oil and gas

Facilities and infrastructure, Game changers, Interview with Niall Kramer, South Africa as an offshore training hub.


OFFSHORE: supporting the oil and gas sectors

Rig repair and maintenance in Africa, Operation Phakisa, Conferences and Exhibitions, E&P update, Company news and events. 



New degrees for seafarers, World Maritime Day Theme, Lawhill Maritime Centre




Piracy, stowaways, armed guards, vessel security, African naval capacity.



OFFSHORE: supporting the oil and gas sectors 

Rig refits, FLNG terminals, shipbuilding, advocacy programmes, local content.


Piracy News & Figures

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UPDATED 05 February 2015

Worldwide Incidents 2015: 
Total Incidents Worldwide: 14 reported incidents 

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Togo accedes to treaties covering unlawful acts at sea and anti-fouling
06/02/2017  Togo has acceded to two IMO treaties dealing with unlawful acts against the safety of maritime navigation and the control of harmful anti-fouling systems on ships.  The SUA Protocol covers acts including the seizure of ships by force, acts of violence against persons on board ships and the placing of devices on board a ship which are likely to destroy or damage it.

Workshop promotes maritime security cooperation in Kenya
02/02/2017  Kenyan officials involved in maritime law enforcement took part in a workshop and scenario-based simulation exercise in Mombassa, Kenya in late January.  The IMO-led event was aimed at enhancing inter-agency cooperation in the country and promoting a whole of government approach in dealing with maritime security challenges.  

New World Maritime Day video launched
01/02/2017  Connecting ships, ports and people, this year's theme for World Maritime Day highlights the importance of coherent and connected development across all maritime sectors.  

Microplastics found in supermarket shellfish - report
25/01/2017  Microplastics - tiny pieces of plastic and fibres increasingly found in the oceans - have been found in a variety of commercial fish and shellfish, including samples purchased from retail outlets, according to a new study.  Further research is needed to determine how and if microplastics pose a risk for food safety and potentailly food security.

Mining wastes report identifies research gaps
20/01/2017  A new report shows that more scientific research needs to be done to understand and assess the environmental impacts of wastes from mining operations which have been disposed into the marine environment.

Africa and Asia join efforts for anti-piracy
17/01/2017  A meeting in Singapore in early January has seen African and Asian countries joining efforts to promote greater networking and communications across ant-piracy contact points in two continents.