A new multi million rand composite floating dock is distined to enhance the ship repair and maintenance facilities in the Port of Durban. Named Dormac Dock 1, the floating dock left Pallada Shipyard in the Ukraine at the end of April under tow of the tug Fairplay 33
















IN DEPTH:  Is South Africa ready to combat illegal fishing along its coast. Recent incidents of a scourge of foreign vessels allegedly operating illegally in the country's waters have highlighted that the patrol capacity may not be what it should


FISHY BUSINESS: Shaheen Moolla wraps up the 2013 Fishing Rights Allocation Process which has taken them months to finalise after the disastrous application process that resulted on over 1000 appeals that had to be adjudicated by the Minister of Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana and his advisory team.

THROUGH THE LENS:  Claire Attwood takes a closer look at the give and take involved in the designation of South Africa's marine protected areas (MPAs) following the publication for comment by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) of 21 new MPAs along the coast.

SCIENTIFICALLY SPEAKING:   Claire Attwood investigates the new collaboration between South African Deep Sea Trawling Industry Association (SADSTIA) and WWF South Africa (WWWF-SA) that is providing an opportuinity for scientists to assess stocks of non-target species, like angelfish, panga and horse mackerel, that are caught alongside hake in trawl nets.

MARITIME MEMORIES:  Peter Murray traces his roots to a busy railway junction town some four hundred kilometres from the sea, but his long and illustrious career at sea later inspired his eldest son to venture into the industry and follow in his footsteps.



  • Reducing risk using frequent and proper drills, despite inherent risk
  • Seafarers need to manage diabetes in order to remain at sea
  • An over-reliance on GPS endangers ships
  • Shipping line gears maternity leave around mother's needs 
  • Balistic patrol vessels delivered to Nigeria 
  • Checklist app for life-saving appliances
  • Trained to respond to an emergency
  • Maritime Industry must coordinate search and rescue capacity
  • Product News
  • New radar system for SA Navy's fleet replenishment ship
  • Container terminal recognised for safety standards
  • Kitted out for first aid and medical emergencies at sea
  • Understanding the dangers of mooring rope failure 
  • Maritime crime scene workshop held in Madagascar 
  • Major acquisition likely in livesaving sector 
  • IMO interacts with Africa for added security 
  • Celebrating Global Safety Day 
  • Long-term decline in shipping losses continues but economic pressures, cyber risk and super-storms challenge safety progress 



  • Fishing vessel gets makeover after fire damage
  • Marine service company expands into Namibia to meet needs
  • Partnership brings international expertise to African market
  • Product News
  • Highlighting the benefits of tracking fishing grounds for added efficiency
  • Fishing Company sets up high-end retail outlet
  • New transshipment service to Africa via Europe
  • Training centre receives accreditation
  • Massive investment for container transshipment hub
  • New Kenyan container terminal welcomes first vessel
  • Second shoalbuster launched in Cape Town
  • Briefs
  • New floating dock destined for Durban
  • Developing a maritime strategy for coastal district
  • Nigeria targets strategic growth in maritime industry to benefit local businesses
  • Training Academy expands its profile through acquisition 
  • Two more tugs completed
  • South African shipping brand returns to its roots



  • Maritime conservation fellowship awarded to South African
  • Changes at the helm of South African's maritime authority
  • Celebrating a South African maritime icon
  • Dai Davies
  • New PE office for marine electronics company
  • Training opportunities develop fishing skills
  • More bursaries for maritime learners
  • Appointments
  • South Africa launches its own Propeller Club
  • Donation to Red Cross Hospital
  • First three black female masters for South Africa
  • Maritime Newsmaker of the Year
  • SAICE launches Marine Division
  • Recruits from South Durban Basin join TNPA Training Course
  • Raising awareness of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in Saldanha Bay community



  • Strengthening the resilience of West Africa's coasts
  • New digital platform for fish management
  • Whale mass-stranding training session held
  • Congress aims to highlight alternative green power options
  • GREEN WARRIOR: Mentored to make a difference
  • Ocean Council promotes sustainability at Summit
  • African journalists support sustainable fisheries
  • Sculpture highlights environmental damage done by Thames rubbish
  • IMO environment projects win international award
  • IMO adopts fuel reporting rule



EDITOR: Colleen Jacka

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


Our safety feature highlights that the maritime incidents continue to occur as a result of lack of training and/or a lack of emphasis on maintaining safety procedures on board. Vessel owners and crew that do not take responsibility for their safety at sea deserve to be keelhauled.


  We applaud Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) for  taking the decisisn to implement a voluntary use of low sulphur fuel at all ports they call at globally - regardless of whether they fall in a EAC zone. We also applaud Safmarine for taking a decision to relocate their head office back to South Africa.