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Bunkering services oil spill in Port Elizabeth under investigation: SAMSA

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) says an investigation is underway to establish the cause of the oil spillage incident during a bunkering service off the port of Ngqhura near Port Elizabeth on Saturday morning, This follows confirmed reports of an oil spillage at sea while a trade vessel was being refuelled. It was reported that as much 200-400 litters of fuel spilt into the ocean. However, the bunkering services company involved, SA Marine Fuels, soon activated an oil spillage control exercise to contain its spread on water.

When is a sailor on a ‘high’ at sea – SA seafarers’ ask!

As South Africa joined the rest of the maritime world to mark and celebrate the international Day of the Seafarer as guided by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and organised locally by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) jointly with the Department of Transport (DoT), seafarer’s general welfare was on the menu and there were few surprises about the issues raised or discussed. After all, the IMO suggested theme for 2019 was #IamOnBoardwith Gender Equality.

South Africa is open for business’: Vuka Marine – owner of now three SA registered cargo ships

South Africa’s ship registry has been given a boost with the registration of yet another vessel operated by Vuka Marine, bringing to close on half a dozen the number of operational ships now carrying the South African flag in world oceans.

The Vuka Marine cargo vessel known as the Windsor Adventure: Port Elizabeth, was formally welcomed into the country’s ship registry at a ceremony held in the city of its registry and home, the port of Port Elizabeth this past week.

Two SAMSA MYPD candidates tragically lose their lives in car accident

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has extended its deepest condolences to the families and friends of two Maritime Youth Development Programme (MYPD) candidates who tragically lost their lives in a car crash this past long weekend. According to SAMSA in a statement in Pretoria on Wednesday, the two candidates, Musawenkosi Qayiso and Fika Sibatoboto died on Friday (14 June 2019) while a third MYPD candidate survived without injury.

Ports Consultative Council a key cog in South Africa’s ports management: SAMSA

Democratization of South Africa’s ports space is among key goals of the establishment of the country’s Ports Consultative Committee (PCC). The PCC is a statutory structure set up by Government with a view to ensuring that all economic participants at the country’s major ports have equal access and contribution to management of the ports infrastructure and associated resources. This is according to the PCC Secretariat, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) during the holding of the first ever meeting of Gauteng based ports stakeholders in Johannesburg recently.

South Africa readies for IMO Marpol new ship fuel requirements effective January 2020 (SAMSA to meet maritime transport sector stakeholders in an indaba in July 2019)

South Africa will be ready to implement new global regulations governing the prevention of air pollution by ships at sea, in terms of the International Maritime organization (IMO) MARPOL Convention (Annexture VI), so says the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). In a statement on Thursday SAMSA said it was confident that South Africa would both be able to offer sailing ships the required new low sulphur fuel in terms of the Marpol Convention (Annex 6), as well as render such other services as necessary under the new regulations.

South Africa to remain on IMO STCW Convention ‘White List’: SAMSA

Widespread fears and concerns over South Africa possibly being delisted from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) STCW Convention’s ‘White List’ this year have been allayed after the IMO agreed to re-approach its listing process, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) announced on Friday. According to SAMSA acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr Sobantu Tilayi, the withdrawal of the threat occurred following to discussions between SAMSA, other Member States of the IMO and the organization during a meeting in London, a week ago.

SAMSA head of corporate social investment scoops CMO Asia Africa female leadership award.

On 4 April 2019, South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) Head of Corporate Social Investment (CSI), Ms Mapitso Dlepu received the CMO Asia 2019 Africa’s Women Leaders Award at a ceremony held at the Hilton Sandton Hotel in Johannesburg. According to CMO Asia, this was in recognition of her personal work and professional contribution in the social investment sector, in which, it said, she’s shown excellent leadership and insight.

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Taiwanese crewmen rescued from stricken vessel off South African ocean

Quick action and a well coordinated response by the South African Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) saw about 16 crewmen of a Taiwanese vessel rescued successfully from the stricken vessel off the Indian Ocean on Tuesday morning.

The MRCC also confirmed that the vessel that first experienced difficulties sailing had soon caught fire and was slowly sinking, some 1100 nautical miles south east of Durban.

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