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Becoming a commercial diver may not be at the top of career options for many learners - in fact it may not even make the list at all. Reasons for this range from lack of awareness and lack of learnerships to the cost of initial training courses. The Subtech Group is working towards addressing these issues and has been actively involved in creating awareness of commercial diving as a potential career at career expo's and at secondary schools

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IN DEPTH:

A MARITIME DECADE: With the formal adoption of the 2050 AIM strategy at the 22nd African Union Assembly at the end of January, as well as the declaration of the "Decade of African Seas and Oceans" from 2015 and 2025, can the continent finally look forward to cashing in on the maritime opportunities for improved economic development for all Africans?


COLUMNS: 

FISHY BUSINESS:  Shaheen Moolla looks at FRAP 2013 - is it a national crisis?

MARITIME MEMORIES:  Brian Ingpen highlights the contributions of Bill Dernier.


FEATURES

TRAINING

  • Training made simple
  • Norwegian shipowner pledges to recruit South African maritime talent
  • In-house training for Namibian ship repairer
  • Degree of learning
  • A decade of simulator training for South Africa
  • Personal safety
  • Judges seminar scheduled for mid 2014 in Nigeria
  • South African dredging cadets trained in Netherlands
  • Developing commercial divers through training and career awareness
  • Subsea training for Mozambicans
  • Affordable offshore training viable in South Africa
  • Bursaries prepare new generation of skills for transport industry

HYDROGRAPHY & UNDERWATER SURVEY 

  • Rental equipment capacitates African survey work
  • Somalia survey could open up countries offshore industry
  • Coupling new and old technology for deep sea survey
  • AFRICA UNDER SURVEY
  • Real-time-sea-level from dGNSS observations
  • Exploring new depths
  • Facilitating data standardisation
  • Keep up to date with international hydrographic news
  • Offshore oil and gas industry drives survey company's activity in Africa

INDUSTRY NEWS:

AFRICAN NEWS

  • New generation video/data-link radio
  • Embargo on bunkering lifted in Nigeria
  • Upgraded quay for private port facility
  • Smart contract awarded to international salvors
  • New port development for West Africa
  • Armoured patrol vessel for high value assets
  • B-BBBEE companies benefit from massive fuel contract
  • DRC investment sees development of container terminal
  • Fire extinguishing systems
  • 1,000,000 milestone
  • Nigerian port terminal deal to establish transshipment hub

OFFSHORE NEWS

  • Saldanha Bay IDZ draws strong investor interest
  • Nigerian field licencing process kicks off
  • Complex underwater lift operation completed
  • Upgraded air surveillance
  • Contract to remove platform offshore Angola awarded
  • Namibia's national petroleum company signs offshore agreements
  • Moroccan well developments
  • Agreement allows exploration activities

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • Ten vessels tracking trends for 2014
  • Reflecting on future shipping markets
  • Korea to survey and certify Danish ships
  • Welding research launched to improve ship construction
  • Mammoth order upgraded to create largest container vessels
  • Major job reductions announced for global player

PEOPLE & EVENTS:

NEWS

  • Appointments
  • African Shipowners Association endorses Cape Maritime Show
  • Handing over the flag
  • Celebrating carrier success
  • Supporting communities through strong CSI initiatives
  • Upcoming events

GREEN MARINE

NEWS & DEBATE

  • Rethinking marine pollution
  • Responsible fisheries alliance given wings
  • Use of military sonar may lead to whale strandings
  • SAEFO further mandates conservation measures
  • Affluence drives unsustainable use of land and sea
  • Funding available for ocean management projects
  • Turning the tide on trash
  • Predicting fish species' decline before it's too late
  • Australia institutes shark killing to protect beach-goers
  • Sunken subs may threaten fisheries
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EDITOR: Colleen Jacka


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


KEELHAULED:
News that AUSTRALIA has instituted a policy to kill sharks in a bid to counter what is adeemed to be an umacceptably high incidence of shark attacks along some of their beaches. We keelhaul them for this decision when so many less drastic options are available.

APPLAUD:
We applaud all MARITIME COMPANIES involved in providing learnerships, inhouse training and bursaries that will help develop the maritime sector.