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Abalone and Lobster rights holders receive exemption
07 October 2016

SOUTH AFRICA: The Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has announced that current long term rights holders in the Abalone and West Coast Rock Lobster will be exempt and will be able to reapply for their respective permits once the Total Allowable Catch for the 2016/2017 season has been announced.

MoU for marine research signed
04 October 2016

SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa has signed a declaration with the European Union to cooperate on marine research and innovation. The declaration aims to further develop a common understanding and deepen scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems and the link between oceans and climate; encourage and support research collaboration and the development of relevant technologies; facilitate human capital development and scientific exchange, and explore regional opportunities for sustainable marine cooperation.

Competition Commission raids shipping companies
28 September 2016

SOUTH AFRICA: The Competition Commission (Commission) is conducting a search and seizure operation at the premises of six cargo shipping companies operating in the Western Cape and Kwazulu-Natal provinces. The Commission has reasonable grounds to suspect that Hamburg Sud South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Maersk South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Safmarine (Pty) Ltd, Mediterranean Shipping Company (Pty) Ltd, Pacific International Line South Africa (Pty) Ltd and CMA CGM Shipping Agencies South Africa (Pty) Ltd have engaged in collusive practices to, inter alia, fix the incremental rates for the shipment of cargo from Asia to South Africa in contravention of the Competition Act.

NPA partners with UK government
20 September 2016

NIGERIA:  Following a visit by the British Council, the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority aims to work together with the United Kingdom to develop more trade routes within the Gulf of Guinea, in aid of improved revenue generation accruable to the Nigerian economy through the exportation of the agricultural produce and solid mineral resources.  

Two helicopters for Ghanian port
19 September 2016

GHANA:  The Port of Takoradi in Ghana has taken delivery of two S92 Sikorsky helicopters from Tullow Oil Ghana Ltd.  The helicopters, which have a capacity for 19 passengers and two pilots will be assembled in the port and will be used for emergency evacuations and crew changes at the Jubilee oil fields.

SAMSA calls for funding model
16 September 2016

SOUTH AFRICA:  The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has issued a tender for a service provider to develop a new funding model for the Authority which falls under the auspices of the Department of Transport.  The tender closed in October.

Chokka vessel runs aground
12 September 2016

SOUTH AFRICA: The 48 ft Chokka fishing vessel, the Barcelona, ran aground with 12 crew onboard off St Francis. All 12 crew members were found unharmed on shore.

Taiwanese vessel escored to Cape Town
09 September 2016

SOUTH AFRICA: A Taiwanese vessel has been instructed to sail to Cape Town Port after entering South Africa’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) without a permit from the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries.

Floating dock commissioned 
02 September 2016

SOUTH AFRICA: The arrival and commissioning of the Dormac 1 floating dock in the Port of Durban at a difficult time for the ship repair industry will hopefully signify to the market that South Africa, and indeed Dormac Marine and Engineering, is committed to developing the potential of this sector for the future.  

Dredger training given a boost
02 September 2016

SOUTH AFRICA: As part of an offset programme attached to the building of the Ilembe dredger by Royal IHC in the Netherlands, Transnet National Ports Authority were able to install and commission a dredging simulator at the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence in Durban.






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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IMO supports African maritime summit
12/10/2016  IMO is continuing its work to support sustainable maritime development in Africa by participating in the opening of the African Union Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development in Africa, held in Lome, Togo.

Togo ratifies high seas intervention treaty
10/10/2016  Togo has become the 89th State to ratify IMO's International Convention Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in cases of Oil Pollution Casualties of 1969.  The Convention affirms the right of a coastal State to take necessary measures on the high seas to prevent, mitigate or eliminate danger to its coastline or related interests from pollution by oil following a maritime casualty.

Supporting port security training in Tunisia
23/09/2016  A train-the-trainer workshop on IMO maritime security is taking place in Tunis, Tunisia.  Tunisian officials are being trained to provide the knowledge required for port facility security officers to carry out their duties in line with relevant IMO regulations and guidelines to shipping and ports.  

IMO joins Kenya's World Maritime Day
21/09/2016  Kenya has marked this year's World Maritime Day with celebrations held in Mombasa, Kenya.  IMO's Juvenal Shiundu delivered a goodwill message on behlaf of IMO Secretary-General Kitak Lim , reiterating this year's World Maritime Day theme:  Shipping:  indispensable to the world.  

Understanding fouling
16/09/2016  A national workshop on the impacts of anti-fouling systems and of ships' biofouling has been held in Mauritius.  The workshop raised awareness issues and developing capacity for the ratification and implementation of the Anti-Fouling Systems (AFS) Connvention and the implementation of the Biofouling Guidelines.  

Boosting maritime security in Cameroon
08/09/2016  An IMO-led maritime security table-top exercise took place in Yaounde, Cameroon in early September for participants from a range of government departments and national agencies, including the Maritime Authority.  The exercise encouraged a multi-agency, whole of government, approach to marine security and maritime law enforcemnet issues.