South Africa’s first registered cargo vessel lends hand to skills development on first day at work

SALDANHA BAY: September 27, 2015

Three South Africa youths made history in South Africa’s maritime economy sector here at the weekend when they boarded the country’s first registered cargo ship since the dawn of democracy.

MAKING HISTORY: (From Left) Samkelo Ndongeni (25) a deck cadet from Ngqushwa near King Williams Town, Thembani Mazingi (24) an engine cadet from Cofimvaba, and Gordon Sekatang (26), also an engine cadet from Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, with the Cape Orchid skipper, Captain Edgardo De Asis prior to departure Friday with a trade cargo destined for Asian markets. The trio will remain with the ship for at least six months.
MAKING HISTORY: (From Left) Samkelo Ndongeni (25) a deck cadet from Ngqushwa near King Williams Town, Thembani Mazingi (24) an engine cadet from Cofimvaba, and Gordon Sekatang (26), also an engine cadet from Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, with the Cape Orchid skipper, Captain Edgardo De Asis prior to departure Friday with a trade cargo destined for Asian markets. The trio will remain with the ship for at least six months.

Similarly, the city of Nelson Mandela Bay also marked its name in the country’s maritime sector’s history books when it was confirmed as the home of the country’s first registered vessel since 1985. The city is already home to the country’s first higher education and research institute, the SA International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) based at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

The youths, two from the Eastern Cape – Samkelo Ndongeni (25) a deck cadet from Ngqushwa near King Williams Town, and Thembani Mazingi (24) an engine cadet from Cofimvaba, and the third from Nelspruit, Mpumalanga; Gordon Sekatang (26), also an engine cadet – were taken on board the newly registered vessel at Saldanha Bay Friday for a hands-on ship management practical training scheduled to last six months.

The trio’s first travel aboard the Cape Orchid – a 32 day one way journey went underway at the weekend to China where the 279m long cargo vessel will off-load some 170,000 tonnes of iron ore – the vessel’s first trade cargo from South Africa since its registration under the country’s flag.

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Ship registration gathers speed in South Africa

PRETORIA:  Sunday, September 27, 2015

The South African government efforts to redevelop and grow the country’s maritime economic sector have been given yet another with boost with the formal registration of the first shipping vessel under the country’s flag.

The Cape Orchid, a Vuka Marine cargo vessel that has made history by becoming the first to be registered under the South African flag since 1985. It is the first of two expected to lead in the campaign by the SA government, assisted by SAMSA to have as many trade vessels as possible registered in the country.
The Cape Orchid, a Vuka Marine cargo vessel that has made history by becoming the first to be registered under the South African flag since 1985. It is the first of two expected to lead in the campaign by the SA government, assisted by SAMSA to have as many trade vessels as possible registered in the country.

The historical event that took place in China earlier this month and celebrated in Saldanha Bay on Thursday afternoon last week, marked the first time any commercial shipping vessel has been formally registered to carry a South African flag since about three decades ago.

The vessel named Cape Orchard is privately owned by Vuka Marine, a South African joint venture company between Via Maritime Holdings (South Africa) and Hong Kong based Japanese firm, K-Line.

The registered vessel, named the Cape Orchard; was officially unveiled at a ceremony in Saldanha Bay on Thursday afternoon (September 24, 2015) and during which event, the first three South African cadets onboard a South Africa registered vessel were placed– also a historical first.

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The SA Agulhas: South Africa’s midwife for historical training of seafarers

THIS MONTH'S FEATURE:

Pretoria: September 18, 2015

By Sicelo Fayo

If there is a sea going vessel in South Africa currently that does more than its fair share of sailing, it is the SA Agulhas vessel moored almost unceremoniously on Quay 500 at the Cape Town harbor.

The SA Augulhas docked at the Cape Town harbour in August.
The SA Augulhas docked at the Cape Town harbour in August.

Not that in its gait – even almost majestic at a length of 112-meters – nor the outlook of its surroundings; had any vile secret to share under a surprising sunny and tranquil late winter day in August 2015, at the other end of a week of weather-induced turmoil that hit the area, characterized by skin puncturing winds (called the “Cape Doctor” in the local lingo) and which wreaked havoc across the province days earlier. For the full feature, click here

SHIPWRECK FINALLY REMOVED SUCCESSFULLY OFF SOUTH AFRICAN COAST

Pretoria: 16 Sptember, 2015

Exemplary cooperation among various Government agencies including the SA Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and ship wreck salvage company, Titan Salvage and its insurers, has been cited as a major contributor to the successful removal of a massive coal carrier off South Africa’s coast this month.

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SUCCESSFULLY RETRIEVED AND REMOVED: The wreck of coal cargo vessel, the MV Smart, owned by Alpha Marine shortly after its break up in the Indian Ocean off Richards Bay in August 2013
SUCCESSFULLY RETRIEVED AND REMOVED: The wreck of coal cargo vessel, the MV Smart, owned by Alpha Marine shortly after its break up in the Indian Ocean off Richards Bay in August 2013

FOUR SA YOUTHS HEAD FOR VIETNAM FOR MARITIME ECONOMY STUDIES

Pretoria: 15 September 2015

Four South African youths pursuing maritime sector academic studies will jet off to Vietnam today where they will be enrolled at the Vietnam Maritime University for the duration of their studies.

CALLING ON HANOI: Four South African youths jetting off from O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg Wednesday (September 16, 2015) headed for the Vietnam Maritime University in Hanoi are (From Left) Kentse Matshira (21), Mpumelelo Ndebele (27), Mandisa Mthembu (18) and Mthunzi Makupula (20).
CALLING ON HANOI: Four South African youths jetting off from O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg Wednesday (September 16, 2015) headed for the Vietnam Maritime University in Hanoi are (From Left) Kentse Matshira (21), Mthunzi Makupula (20), Mandisa Mthembu (18) and Mpumelelo Ndebele (27).

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CENTRE FOR MARITIME EXCELLENCE KEEPS TABS WITH SAMSA SPONSORED STUDENTS

Staying constantly in touch with SA Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) financially sponsored students at the country’s various education institutions is among key priorities for Ms Sindiswa Nhlumayo, the executive head of the organization’s Centre for Maritime Excellence and to which SAMSA’s maritime economic sector education, training and skills development program is entrusted.

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SAMSA Centre for Maritime Excellence executive manager Sindiswa Nhlumayo (Seated, Front Left) with SAMSA sponsored Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) students (Standing: From Left to Right) Thando Jobela, Zamanuba Phandle,Sesona Matiso, Bulelwa Maseti, Vuyisani Mvakendlwu and Sabelo Hadebe. Standing with them (Standing: Third from Right) is Ms Charity Bodipa, executive personal assistant to Ms Nhlumayo, who (Seated far left) is with SAMSA HR executive manager Lesego Mashishi and next to whom is student Nosisikelelo Maseti
SAMSA Centre for Maritime Excellence executive manager Sindiswa Nhlumayo (Seated, Front Left) with SAMSA sponsored Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) students (Standing: From Left to Right) Thando Jobela, Zamanuba Phandle,Sesona Matiso, Bulelwa Maseti, Vuyisani Mvakendlwu and Sabelo Hadebe. Standing with them (Standing: Third from Right) is Ms Charity Bodipa, executive personal assistant to Ms Nhlumayo, who (Seated far left) is with SAMSA HR executive manager Lesego Mashishi and next to whom is student Nosisikelelo Maseti

MORE HIGH SCHOOL BURSARIES FOR MARITIME STUDIES

South Africa’s renewed drive to formally incorporate the country’s marine economic sector into the mainstream economy is gaining steady yet significant momentum, with education and training at both school and tertiary levels, inclusive of technical and vocational education and training; leading the initiative.

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READING MARITIME! A group of Lahwill Maritime Centre foundational (high school) students some of whom are supported by SAMSA
READING MARITIME! A group of Lahwill Maritime Centre foundational (high school) students some of whom are supported by SAMSA

TEACHER EDUCATION GOING MARITIME!

Maritime economic sector education, training and skills development is set to expand from student orientation to include actual teacher training, and engaged yet again in the endeavor is Simonstown-based Lawhill Maritime Centre, the country’s only formal high school that’s been offering maritime economy sector education subjects, such as nautical sciences and maritime economy among others.

CHARTING EDUCATION PROGRESS; (From Left: Lawhill Maritime Centre head Brian Ingpen in discussion with SA Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) Centre for Maritime Excellence executive head, Ms Sindiswa Nhlumayo.
CHARTING EDUCATION PROGRESS; (From Left: Lawhill Maritime Centre head Brian Ingpen in discussion with SA Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) Centre for Maritime Excellence executive head, Ms Sindiswa Nhlumayo.

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