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World turtle day
24 May 2017

SOUTH AFRICA:  Today the Department of Environmental Affairs joins the world in celebrating World Turtle Day.  There are seven species of marine turtles in the world, of which five have been recorded in South Africa.

SA Agulhas II returns from Marion Island
11 May 2017

SOUTH AFRICA:  The Department of Environmental Affairs' (DEA) SA Agulhas II has returned from its logistical and scientific voyage from Marion Island.  Aboard the vessel are the Marion 73 expedition team, as well as a host of researchers and scientists from the DEA.

Five-year ETV contract awarded
2 May 2017

SOUTH AFRICA:  African Marine Solutions (AMSOL) has been awarded a five-year contract by the South African Department of Transport to operate the standby tug utilised as part of State driven proactive marine pollution prevention measures.  The standby tug is available 24/7/365 on the South African coast to respond to marine emergencies and has the ability and inherent power to deal with the biggest sea going vessels.  

Department of Environmental Affairs commemorates World Penguin Day
25 April 2017

SOUTH AFRICA:  The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) today joins the rest of the world in commemorating World Penguin Day.

Sea Harvest lists on JSE
23 March 2017

SOUTH AFRICA:  The Sea Harvest Group (SHG) listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on March 23, 2017 with 42 percent of the company floated at a trading price of R12,50 per share raising R1,33 billion, resulting in a group market capitalisation of 3,14 billion.  The money raised will be used to pay down debt and fund growth both locally and internationally allowing it to fulfil its vision of becoming a diversified global seafood company.

South Africa seeks retribution against K-Line
06 March 2017

SOUTH AFRICA: The Competition Commission of South Africa has referred for prosecution to the Competition Tribunal, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (K-Line), a Japanese company operating in South Africa, for price fixing, market division and collusive tendering involving the transportation of Toyota vehicles from South Africa to various regions. This follows an investigation that K-Line, Mitsui O.S.K Lines, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha and Wallenius Wilhemsen Logistics behaved collusively in this regard. 

Marine Spatial Planning Bill to be introduced to Parliament
28 February 2017

SOUTH AFRICA:  Cabinet has approved the submission to Parliament in 2017 of the Draft Marine Spatial Planning Bill.  The Bill seeks to provide a legal framework for the development of a marine spatial planning system that promotes economic growth; and is facilitated by coordinating planning across multiple sectors.  

Interest in Gabon field
22 February 2017

GABON:  Panoro Energy ASA subsidiary Pan-Petroleum Gabon BV will sell 25 percent working interest in the Dussafu Production Sharing Contract in Gabon to BW Energy Gabon Pte Ltd (a subsidiary of BW Offshore Limited) for a total cash consideration of US$12 million.  At closing of the transaction, Panoro will receive US$ 11 million in cash.  The remaining US$1 million in cash will be paid no later than December 2017.

Dredging in Maputo channel completed
22 February 2017

MOZAMBIQUE:  A ceremony to mark the completion of dredging of the access channel to the port of Maputo from 11 to 14.4 metres was held in February.  The port can now receive capesize ships, helping to position it as a port of choice in the southern Africa region.  Jan de Nul undertook the dredging project over a period of eight months from May to December 2016.

South Africa to honour SS Mendi soldiers
21 February 2017

SOUTH AFRICA:  South Africa will today honour and remember members of the South African Native Labour Corps (SANLC) who lost their lives during the sinking of the SS Mendi 100 years ago.  On the fateful morning of 21 February, in the icey water off Southampton, another ship, the SS Darro, collided with the SS Mendi, which went down within 20 minutes.  About 616 South Africans, of which 607 were black troops, plus 30 crew members, mostly from Britain, died in the tragedy.  About 139 of the soldiers who died - in what has been described as one of the 20th century's worst maritime disasters in UK waters - were from the Eastern Cape.  

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. 





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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Worldwide Incidents 2015: 
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Oil spills:  prevent, prepare, respond, restore
18/05/2017  International experts have shared experiences, new technologies and scientific advancements relating to oil spill response at the International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) in Long Beach, USA.

Addressing the future
10/05/2017  IMO Secretary-General Lim was in attendance as UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres addressed the future of internal co-operation to an audience of students, diplomats, and the general public in London in early May.  Climate change, terrorism, human rights, UN system reform and technological advances were some of the subjects addressed.  

Seafarers matter
06/05/2017  In less than two months the Day of the Seafarer 2017 will be celebrated across the globe with a special focus on ports and seafarer centres.  Under this year's theme, Seafarers Matter, the campaign aims to engage the people working in ports and seafarer centres to demonstrate how much seafarers matter to them.  

UN agencies join to support Senegal's maritime and port security
30/03/2017  IMO joined other United Nations agencies supporting Senegal's maritime and port security, in an assessment visit to Dakar in late March.  IMO acted as the lead agency during the assessment of Senegal's implementation of important Security Council resolutions addressing counter-terrorism.  

Working for Africa
28/03/2017  IMO has contributed to the latest meeting of United Nations bodies working in Africa - the RCM-Africa forum.  The forum provides a platform for all UN programmes and agencies to share information about their work in the continent and coordinate strategies to support African Union programmes.  

Nigeria training course to boost port security
27/03/2017  Nigerian officials responsible for the security of port facilities have undergone training at a week-long course in Lagos, Nigeria.  Participants were trained in the necessay skills to plan and conduct effective self-assessments and audits of port facilities - in line with IMO's International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and other guidance.

IMO helps African leaders seek collaboration in Malaysia
16/03/2017  Twenty-one African IMO Member States took part in a three-day Malaysia Maritime Leaders Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 15 - 17 March, aimed at assisting participating countries to build leadership capacities in the maritime sector.  

Port security and facilitation training in Djibouti
 IMO is conducting a national port security and facilitation workshop at the Djibouti Regional Training Centre (DRTC).  The workshop highlighted IMO's maritime security and facilitation requirements and showcased the range of IMO and other training courses, guidance and tools available, including new port-focused training packages developed in line with the World Maritime Day theme:  connecting ships, ports and people.

GMDSS modernisation continues
06/03/2017  The review of modernisation of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) continues this week at the 4th session of the sub-committee on Navigation, Communication, Search and Rescue.  The meeting is expected to develop a draft modernisation plan for the GMDSS and prepare amendments to SOLAS to accomodate additional, global or regional, mobile satellite systems.