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.
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.