Two Nautic Africa vessels, powered by Cat engines are operating in Nigerian waters with more to follow.













TECHNOLOGY: Editor, Colleen Jacka, sat down with members of the shipping industry and communication technology specialists to discuss the impact of technology on the lives of those who steer our trade around the globe. From communication to improved efficiencies, information technology ensures smooth sailing for the shipping industry.

FISHING SAFETY: In their annual release of safety indicators in the fishing industry, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) report that seven fishers lost their lives in five separate operational incidents in 2011.


Shaheen Moolla looks ahead to 2012 and describes what the fishing industry is likely to expect this year.


AFRICAN PORTS: The rallying call at the recent African Ports and Maritime Conference in Swakopmund, was the need to improve on the infrastructure within Africa as a means of boosting its ports' productivity and trade in general for the continent. 


  • Cadet programme continues to expand
  • Preparing South African youth for a career at sea
  • Bursary programme continues to provide opportunities
  • German companies support apprentice training
  • Trained to deliver powerful engines


With the postponement of the bi-annual Fish and Marine exhibition, we give some of the usual exhibitors an opportunity to showcase their products and services in the magazine and our website in the online expo.


  • New giant gas discovery offshore Mozambique
  • Exploration right awarded in the Orange Basin offshore South Africa
  • Nigerian field enters second phase of development
  • Oil and Gas Africa 2012
  • Rising crude theft activities threaten Nigerian oil exports


  • Panama canal modernisation project
  • Reducing insurance claims
  • Six new patrol craft for Singapore
  • Challenging year forecast for shipping industry


  • Navigate with caution
  • Whale to find last resting place in great White House
  • DA questions DAFF appointment
  • Beefing up container handling capacity in Durban
  • Maritime heritage trail planned for the Waterfront
  • African fag states flying at half mast
  • Investigations begin to determine cause fo sunken dredger
  • Euro 6 million grant goes towards grwth in fishery sector
  • Protecting squid fishermen
  • Marine engineers rebrand
  • Tool to combat IUU fishing


Brian Ingpen looks back at the legacy of the training institution, The General Botha.


  • On the Quayside with new Safmarine CEO, Grant Daly
  • Appointments at Transnet, Maersk and Safmarine
  • Dance casts light on SAS Mendi memorial


  • Committing to environmentaly friendly policies
  • Towards a Greener Coastal economy
  • COP17 reinforces existing maritime environmental discussions
  • Mozambique strengthens resolve to monitor fishing
  • The carbon trading market
  • Implementing the greening process
  • Green procurement makes business sense.




EDITOR: Colleen Jacka

Read Colleen's maritime blog at www.maritimematters.net

As the head of DAFF, the Minister is (once again) being keelhauled. By the end of January she had still not met with the fishing industry and had been called to taks by the DA (again) for the appointment of her sister to a high-level position in the department.


We applaud the procee to develop a Maritime Heritage Trail for the V&A Waterfront which has found support from the owners and the Ship Society of South Africa.