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Nigeria to get tough on cabotage laws
21 July 2016

NIGERIA:  Dr Dakuku Peterside, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has said that the Agency will no longer tolerate the disregard for Cabotage and environmental laws by the International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in Nigeria. 

Two mobile harbour cranes inaugurated at Cotonou
15 July 2016

BENIN:  Coman SA, operated by APM Terminals Cotonou in Benin's primary port, has commissioned two new Mobile Harbour Cranes at a ceremony presided over by the Benin Minister of Transport, Herve Hehomey.  The new cranes will bring the terminal's operating total to five, after the decommissioning of an older crane.  The cranes have a lifting capacity of 144 tons, making them the largest is the port area.  

New vessel onto SA's Flag
14 July 2016

SOUTH AFRICA:  Yesterday oil tanker MT Lefkas docked in Port Elizabeth where a ceremonial plaque exchange ceremony was officiated as the vessel was welcomed to the SA Ships' Registry.  The merchant vessel was previously registered under the flag of Liberia but will be using the Port of Port Elizabeth to provide a new offshore bunkering operation in Algoa Bay.

Transnet to be investigated by Competition Commission
07 July 2016 

SOUTH AFRICA: The Competition Commission has confirmed that it has initiated an investigation against Transnet SOC Ltd (Transnet) for excessive pricing and exclusionary practices in the provision of port services. It is alleged that Transnet gives preferential treatment to certain customers to the exclusion of others. 

Norway injects R50 million into fighting illegal fishing 
06 July 2016

SOUTH AFRICA: An agreement of cooperation by the Norwegian Government will see the injection of R50 million over three years towards establishing  a new Fisheries Crime Law Enforcement Academy that will tackle fish crime in South African waters, said the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ Monitoring Control and Surveillance (MCS) unit.

SA Navy undertakes exercises in False Bay
06 July 2016

SOUTH AFRICA: Ten SA Navy vessels will participate in Operation Red Lion, an annual naval force preparation initiative that takes place under the broader SANDF Exercise Ndlovu to focus on the maritime component of inter-service training. The exercise is taking place in Simon's Town and False Bay until the 29 July. 

SAMSA aims to address certificate backlog by end of July
04 July 2016

SOUTH AFRICA: With reports of seafarers, who are sitting without Seafarer Certificates despite having applied for them more than two months ago, being placed on unpaid leave, the South African Maritime Safety Authority has pledged to attend to the backlog by the end of July.

Buoy tender vessel reflagged to SA registry
01 July 2016

SOUTH AFRICA: Smit Amandla Marine's buoy tender vessel, Pentow Malgas has been renamed and officially flagged onto the South African ships' register. Now named Sisonke, the vessel is under contract to PetroSA.

Partnering with the USA for capacity building in Nigeria
01 July 2016

NIGERIA: The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has called on the United States Government to partner the Agency in the area of capacity building. The Director General of the Agency, Dr Dakuku Peterside acknowledged the long standing relationship between the two countries and other existing bilateral agreements, said that the Nigerian government will surely need the assistance of the United States government in the area of technology driven security surveillance as well as human capacity building.

Exemption granted to netfish rights holders
01 July 2016 

SOUTH AFRICA: Due to delays in the completion of the Netfish application forms, no new rights have been allocated to this sector and the Department of Agriculture, Forestries and Fisheries (DAFF) has announced that the current rights holders will be able to continue fishing under an exemption until 31 July or until the new rights are allocated - whichever comes first. 






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




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Piracy News & Figures

The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre PRC) is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation funded purely on voluntary contributions. The PRC forms an essential part in the response process of dealing with worldwide piracy and armed robbery.

UPDATED 05 February 2015

Worldwide Incidents 2015: 
Total Incidents Worldwide: 14 reported incidents 

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IMO workshop in Morocco promotes energy efficiency measures
21/07/2016  An IMO workshop is raising awareness of the organisations regulatory regime dealing with improving energy efficiency and the control of GHG emissions from ships.  Participants from Moroccan governmental departments, port authorities and maritime training institutes are attending the three-day workshop.  

Somalia stakeholders forum reviews maritime code
15/07/2016  The revised Somalia Maritime Code is being finalised at a four-day Stakeholders Forum, sponsored by IMO in Kigali, Rwanda.  The workshop is part of IMO's ongoing technical assistance to the Federal Government of Somalia and regional authorities in establishing a Maritime Administration for Somalia capable of undertaking flag, port and coastal states duties in line with IMO instruments.  

Germany accedes to treaty covering fishing vessel safety
05/07/2016  IMO's work to enhance fishing vessel safety received a boost last week when Germany became the sixth state to accede to the 2012 Cape Town Agreement.

Global celebration of Day of the Seafarer
27/06/2016  Millions of people around the world celebrated the Day of the Seafarer on 25 June, under the campaign theme #AtSeaForAll.

Learning about the legal framework of wreck removal
20/06/2016  The legal and operational aspects of wreck removal incidents are on the agenda at the "Wreck Removal Contracts and Operations Seminar" in London, UK.

Co-operation to enhance maritime security in west and central Africa
20/06/2016  Maritime security experts have met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to share expertise on how cooperation on maritime surveillance mornitoring and communication in the South Atlantic can benefit countries in west and central Africa.  

Together towards cleaner oceans
14/06/2016  IMO is contributing to a United Nations meeting covering marine debris, plastics and microplastics in New York.  Discussions are focused on information exchange between key players involved in the protection of the marine environment - in the context of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) which establishes rules governing all uses of the ocean and their resources.  

Peru becomes 51st State to accede to Ballast Water Management Convention
10/06/2016  Peru has acceded to the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM Convention), the IMO treaty designed to counter the threat of marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships' ballast water.

Promoting maritime security in west and central Africa
07/06/2016  Prevention of piracy, armed robbery against ships and illicit maritime activity in west and central Africa is on the agenda at a meeting of the G7 Group of Friends of the Gulf of Guinea in Lisbon, Portugal (6-7 June).  The meeting is focusing on implementation of the Code of Conduct, which was signed by governments in the region in 2013 to enhance cooperation to counter piracy and armed robbery at sea.