An Oceans’ Global View

2017

INDIAN OCEAN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (IOMOU) PORT STATE CONTROL LAUNCHES A THREE MONTH COMPLIANCE INSPECTION CAMPAIGN BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 2017

The Indian Ocean Memorandum of Understanding (IOMOU) Port State Control, based in India has announced that member States of the structure would be embarking on a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Safety of Navigation for a three months period beginning on Friday, September 1, 2017 through to November 30, 2017.

South Africa is a member State of the structure.

The campaign would conducted simultaneously with the Paris MoU, Tokyo MoU and other MoUs, said the committee. It said the purpose of the exercise would be to verify that compliance by industry role players with applicable requirements of SOLAS Conventions, the overall status of vessels’ navigation safety and the competency of crews involve in navigation operations.” To read the Statement, Click Here.

(June)

The world has finally noticed that the ocean is a finite resource,” note The Conversation online publication with respect to the United Nations’ first conference on Oceans currently on (from June 5-9) in New York.

According to the UN, the conference co-hosted by Fiji and Sweden is held to support the implementation of ‘Sustainable Development Goal 14’ – which is about the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources and coincides with an observation of World Oceans Day on June 8.

For more: https://oceanconference.un.org/documents

 

(March)

South Africa to take up chairmanship of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) for two years from March 2017.

The South African government confirmed on Tuesday, March 01, 2017 that it would be formally assuming the chairmanship of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) from this month for a period of two years.

A cabinet briefing statement said:

“On 8 March President Jacob Zuma will undertake an official State Visit to Indonesia. Both South Africa and Indonesia are one of the largest economies in their respective regions, and endowed with rich natural and maritime resources.

This will be preceded by the Leaders’ Summit of the Indian Ocean RIM Association (IORA) from 6 to 7 March 2017, which will also commemorate IORA’s 20th anniversary. At that Summit, President Widodo will hand over the chairship of IORA to South Africa.

South Africa and Indonesia are both founding members of IORA, which comprises 21 coastal states of the Indian Ocean. South Africa served as Vice Chair from 2015 to early 2017 and will serve as Chair from 2017 to 2019.” 

For more, follow the link below.

http://www.gcis.gov.za/newsroom/media-releases/statement-cabinet-meeting-1-march-2017

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(February)

Draft Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy 2016 Bill approved and out for public comments.

A South Africa government Cabinet statement on 15 February 2017 confirmed that a draft Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy 2016 was approved, for public comments.

“This provides a national framework to guide the integrated governance, growth, development and transformation of the maritime sector, with a view to unlock the maritime sectors’ full potential and enhance its contribution to the socio-economic development objectives of the country, while contributing to international trade.

“This is in line with Government priorities relating to Operation Phakisa on growing the Oceans Economy and broader goals from the National Development Plan 2030 and the National Infrastructure Plan to promote economic growth and to boost job creation,” said the statement.

Cabinet also confirmed that a Draft Marine Spatial Planning Bill, 2016 had been submitted to Parliament.

“The Bill provides a legal framework for the development of a marine spatial planning system that promotes economic growth; and is facilitated by coordinating planning across multiple sectors.

“It will promote good ocean governance by ensuring involvement of all sectors in joint management and planning in the ocean space. It will also facilitate: conflict resolution (amongst the users of space and regulatory authorities); enhancement of information; knowledge and management in South African ocean space.

The Bill will work towards sustainable development, rather than only conservation or environmental protection, with a view to contribute to more general social and economic objectives. It is also a key initiative of the first Operation Phakisa (Ocean Economy) to unlock our economic potential.” said the statement.  For more, follow the link below.

http://www.gcis.gov.za/newsroom/media-releases/statement-cabinet-meeting-15-february-2017

The Bill is available here:

http://www.transport.gov.za/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=tSb_a6K0Z60%3d&tabid=40&mid=1609

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Connecting ships, ports and people theme launched by IMO Secretary-General

http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/07-WMD-2017-launch.aspx

Deep sea mining gets a second look

http://www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/2017/02/20/Deep-sea-mining-gets-a-second-look1

Vietnamese sailor killed, 7 abducted in Philippine pirate attack

http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2017/02/20/Vietnamese-sailor-killed-7-abducted-in-Philippine-pirate-attack

Turf squabbles in the neigbhorhood and other things seaward!

http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/tribunal-hears-maritime-dispute-between-ghana-and-i-coast-20170206

2016

07 November 2016

Horse mackerel saga resolved.

The Department of Agriculture, Foresty and Fisheries (DAFF) announces on Sunday (06 November 2016) that it has reached a settlement in a litigation case brought by the South African Deep Sea Trawling Industry Association (SADSTIA) and others.

To read more: Click Here

04 November 2016

South Africa and Namibia agree to collaborate on fisheries: to sign an MOU by end November 2016

To read more on development: Click Here

14 October 2016

South Africa’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries welcomes increase in tuna qoutas for South Africa.

“As Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, I welcome the increase of the Southern Bluefin Tuna allocation for South Africa by the Commission for Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) during its 23rd annual Extended Commission meeting in Kaohsiung, Taiwan”…..To read more: Click Here

10 October

SAMSA’s Annual Report is out.

To access it, please Click Here

10 July

There’s a crisis in our oceans, illegal fishing dwarfs ivory and rhino horn poaching

http://a.msn.com/r/2/BButtCz?a=1&m=EN-ZA

Greek shipping group Aegean makes a R1.6-billion landing in SA!

https://www.enca.com/money/pe-port-gets-new-r200m-fueling-vessel

http://en.portnews.ru/news/222862/

http://www.heraldlive.co.za/flag-flies-high-pe-port-boost/

12 July

China’s claims to South China Sea rejected by international tribunal

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/beijing-remains-angry-defiant-and-defensive-as-key-south-china-sea-tribunal-ruling-looms/2016/07/12/11100f48-4771-11e6-8dac-0c6e4accc5b1_story.html?wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-world%252Bnation

10 July

Can you farm fish in a cargo vessel?

http://www.iol.co.za/business/international/can-you-farm-fish-inside-a-cargo-ship-2042774

Brothel? Not in this habour!

http://m.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/?articleId=17110415

Jul 01

Wars and Seas…

http://www.iol.co.za/the-star/containment-of-china-underlies-scs-arbitration-2040703

Chinese fishing vessels released from detention in South Africa

http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/sa-authorities-release-chinese-vessels-2040508

June 15

Former SAMSA CEO expanding own maritime interest horizons

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May 30

World Café brings new life to earth observation innovation

BizCommunity: http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/379/145555.html

May 23/24/25

More Chinese fishing vessels arrestedIMG_2179

BDLive: http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/agriculture/2016/05/25/chinese-skippers-appear-in-court-for-illegal-fishing-in-sa-waters

China.org.cn: http://china.org.cn/world/2016-05/25/content_38530699.htm

The Standard (Hong Kong): http://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news.php?id=169698

BDLive: http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/agriculture/2016/05/24/chokka-catch-on-captured-vessels-valued-at-r70m

http://www.thesouthafrican.com/navy-captures-3-illegal-foreign-trawlers-off-e-cape-coast/

Independent OnLine http://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/chinese-vessels-held-after-sea-chase-2025293

DefenceWeb: http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=43634:navy-plays-major-role-in-impounding-600-tons-of-squid-and-other-fish-as-well-as-foreign-trawlers&catid=108:maritime-security&Itemid=233

11 May 2016

Tank farm and ore dump must move, PE Mayor Danny Jordan demands!

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http://m.algoafm.co.za/article.aspx?id=15618

09 May 2016

The Rise of the Oceans!

An imaginary movie on “The Rise of the Oceans” would not be any different to one many people have seen about “The Rise of the Machines”!

The Scientist Magazine reports on exactly that, except that it is not imagination but a scary reality facing the planet. It reports that 5 of the Solomon Islands have vanished with more similar low lying islands across the world facing a similar fate in the not too distant future!

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2087356-five-pacific-islands-vanish-from-sight-as-sea-levels-rise/?utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=ILC&utm_campaign=webpush&cmpid=ILC%257CNSNS%257C2016-GLOBAL-webpush-SOLOMONS

26 April 2016

They are now rigging the berths for the oily and gaseous at the deep water Ngqurha habour near Port Elizabeth, a sign that some are beginning to see more than fish in the sea!

http://www.heraldlive.co.za/oil-rig-bonus-ngqura-port/

23 April 2016

Got a taste for parties with a maritime theme? If so, you may want to diarise this one.

http://m.traveller24.news24.com/Traveller/TravelPlanning/Events/long-weekend-fun-free-festival-to-showcase-cape-towns-port-life-20160423

03 April:

Mvezo makes a splash at Durban harbour

IOL: http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/kwazulu-natal/mvezo-makes-a-splash-at-durban-harbour-2004404

Cape Town learner to taste life at sea

SAIMI: http://www.saimi.co.za/maritime-summit.html#aclassafloat

2015

SA set to surf the global economic wave

News24: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Local/Peoples-Post/SA-set-to-surf-global-economic-wave-20151109

From New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/09/world/asia/philippines-fishing-ships-illegal-manning-agencies.html?mwrsm=Email

Renewed impetus to promote a policy of cargo reservation to South African registered ships

Lexology: http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=15762e8d-5a59-4951-9982-a2008f8cb485

 Finally, SA gets a merchant ship

Independent Online News: http://www.iol.co.za/business/companies/finally-sa-gets-a-merchant-ship-1.1922578#.VgvRd_mqqko

 “First SA cargo ship registered”

Cape Business News: http://www.cbn.co.za/news/packaging-transportation/transport-fleet-management-finance/first-sa-ship-cargo-ship-registered

From Splash24/7:  “South Africa’s ship registry receives first two vessels”

http://splash247.com/south-africas-ship-registry-receives-first-two-vessels/

From Marine Link: “First SA cargo vessel registered”

http://www.marinelink.com/news/registered-cargo-first398584.aspx

SA, Japanese partnership boosts maritime sector

SABC News: http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/308fed8049f93345a9b9eba53d9712f0/SA,-Japanese-partnership-boosts-maritime-sector-20152509

 “Marine Resources Central in Economy”

CEO Global Magazine: http://www.ceomag.co.za/#!142-cpsamsa/cmll