NEWS / SAIMI NEWS

Dec

2017: Full Speed Ahead

It was full speed ahead for SAIMI this year, with many landmark achievements along the way.

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Dec

Fact-Finding in the Philippines

In November, SAIMI team members Yvette de Klerk and Nwabisa Matoti spent five fruitful days in the Philippines, gathering knowledge of local education and training and furthering international maritime relations for South Africa.

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Dec

SA Youth Poised to Ride New Wave of Shipping

South African youth may be better poised to ride the new wave of technology than their predecessors but they must be adequately prepared for the changing demands of the global fleet.

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Dec

Digital Disruption an Opportunity for SA Maritime Sector

With significant digital disruption on the horizon, all South African maritime industry players must work together to navigate uncharted waters – and maximise the new opportunities – that lie ahead.

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Dec

Trainee sea-farers on SA Agulhas heading for Antarctica

A group of 20 young trainee sea-farers on board South Africa’s dedicated training vessel the SA Agulhas I are en route to the Antarctic together with a group of Indian scientists.

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Dec

South Africa, Norway announce new oceans research programme

The Norwegian Embassy in South Africa, together with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), has signed a declaration of intent to develop a new bilateral research programme focused on the oceans economy.

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Dec

Trainee sea-farers on SA Agulhas arrive in Port Louis

A group of 20 young trainee sea-farers on board South Africa’s dedicated training vessel the SA Agulhas I are experiencing working in a foreign port for the first time this week.

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Nov

Bright Future for SA Maritime Industry

Technological advances and digitalisation are changing the face of the maritime industry – but rather than this being a threat to South African jobs, it opens up a myriad of opportunities, especially among the youth.

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Nov

Serious Challenges – and Opportunities – for SA’s Maritime Economy

A predicted global shortage of 150,000 seafarers by 2025 and the exponential pace of technological development will produce serious skills development challenges, and opportunities, for the South African maritime economy, experts have warned.

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Oct

SAIMI research to support expansion of maritime sector

The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) is building up its research team to support implementation of the Research, Innovation and Knowledge Management Road Map for the South African maritime sector.

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Oct

Implementing the Maritime Labour Convention

THE South African maritime industry needs a better understanding of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC), and guidelines to its implementation, to ensure the safety, employee rights and working conditions of seafarers.

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Oct

Local research needed into marine cyber security

There needs to be more local research into marine cybersecurity, says South African International Maritime Institute chief executive officer Prof Malek Pourzanjani.

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Sep

Conference to explore maritime training for “Generation Alpha”

The next generation of mariners has to be as fluent in using technology as they are at reading the wind, weather and waves, says Professor Malek Pourzanjani, chief executive officer of the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI).

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Sep

Shipping losses down, but new threats surface

Losses of large vessels dropped by 16% during 2016, to 85 from 101 in 2015, according to the newly released annual Allianz Global Safety and Shipping Review 2017.

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Sep

Autonomous shipping could revolutionise sector

Autonomous vessels could “improve maritime safety and revolutionize movement of cargo on a scale not seen since containerization,” according to the newly released annual Allianz Global Safety and Shipping Review 2017.

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Sep

Nelson Mandela University launches dedicated ocean sciences centre of excellence

With five of its seven campuses located a few hundred metres from the sea and within 25km of two major ports, Nelson Mandela University’s involvement in the blue economy is inescapable.

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Aug

Bold Maritime Sector road map to position SA as a globally recognised maritime nation by 2030

The implementation of the Research, Innovation and Knowledge Management Road Map for the South African Maritime Sector is currently underway.

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Aug

First woman pilot for Saldanha Bay

Saldanha Bay has its first qualified female pilot with an Open Licence certification. Salmaa Vincent piloted her first vessel into the port in July 2017.

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Aug

Introducing Tanaka Mugabe

Callers to the SAIMI head office in Port Elizabeth are often greeted by the cheery voice of Tanaka Mugabe, a doctoral student whose enthusiasm for the maritime sector has seen her taking on multiple roles for the institute, from event organising to marketing to office administrator.

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Aug

“Waste is a human problem. There is no waste in nature.”

With these words Dr Sylvia Earle gave the keynote address at the inaugural African Marine Waste Conference hosted in Port Elizabeth during July 2017.

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Jun

New generation of black divers

A new generation of black commercial divers is busy qualifying through training provided by the Subtech Group in partnership with the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA).

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Jun

SAIMI and MSC training partnership launches 20 maritime careers

A partnership between the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has launched the shore-based maritime careers of 20 matriculants.

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Jun

Day of the Seafarer

The international Day of the Seafarer is celebrated annually on 25 June to recognize the unique contribution made by seafarers to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole.

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Jun

Investment opportunities identified

he Department of Trade and Industry has published an illustrated guide to investing in South Africa’s oceans economy.

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Jun

Founding of African chapter of World Aquaculture Society

AQUACULTURE development in Africa gained significant momentum with the launch of a US$15-million African aquaculture investment fund and the African Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) at World Aquaculture 2017 in Cape Town earlier this week, Tuesday 27 June.

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Jun

Environmental “superstar” for marine waste conference

Sylvia Earle, described as an “environmental superstar,” has joined the speaker line-up for the inaugural African Marine Waste Conference to be held in Port Elizabeth from July 9-13.

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Jun

Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy for South Africa 2017

The Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy for South Africa 2017 has been approved by Cabinet.

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Jun

UN bodies commit to supporting sustainable fisheries

A drive towards sustainable management of global fishing resources has been given a boost by the joint commitment of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 of the 2030 Agenda.

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Jun

Nor-Shipping 2017 conference highlights need for partnerships

New technologies and ever-changing trade flows discussed at Nor-Shipping 2017 highlighted the need for more collaboration in the maritime sector, according to Nor-Shipping Director Birgit Liodden.

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Jun

Strengthening maritime research at SAIMI

SAIMI has appointed its first Research Associate in a move to establishing its capacity to support maritime economic growth through research, knowledge management and advisory services.

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May

South African Maritime Industry Conference #SAMIC2017

Some 40 speakers from as far afield as Norway, Morocco, Madagascar and Nigeria addressed around 320 delegates at the second South African Maritime Industry Conference, which was hosted in Port Elizabeth during the first week of April 2017.

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May

Fishing will give better returns

Fishing less, and better, could generate an additional US$83 billion a year for the fisheries sector, creating a much-needed revenue stream in developing countries and improving global food security, according to a new World Bank Group report.

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May

Research & innovation “Road Map” to guide the future of the maritime sector

The Research, Innovation and Knowledge Management Road Map for the SA maritime sector will be taken on the road in May and June for a series of stakeholder workshops to kick-start its implementation.

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Apr

Prospectus for Implementation: The Research, Innovation and Knowledge Management Road Map for the South African Maritime Sector

The Research, Innovation and Knowledge Management Road Map for the South African Maritime Sector, was developed by the CSIR in partnership with SAIMI.

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Apr

Breakthrough for maritime cadet training

More training berths are expected to be made available to South African graduates needing to spend a year at sea as part of the qualifying criteria to become professional mariners through the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) and Global Onboard Training Centre (AGOBTC).

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Apr

Developing the skills needed to be a leading maritime nation

There is a renewed focus on education and training in the maritime sector in order to ensure that the marine economy makes a much greater contribution to South Africa.

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Mar

Vanessa Davidson appointed deputy CEO of SAIMI

The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) has appointed Vanessa Davidson, the outgoing chief executive of the Maritime Industry Association of South Africa (MIASA) as deputy chief executive officer (CEO) in charge of strategic projects.

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Mar

Maritime Industry Conference will explore opportunities in the sector

Over 250 delegates from industry, the government and academia will be meeting for two days to identify opportunities in the maritime sector and to plot a future growth path at the second South African Maritime Industry Conference.

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Mar

Nurturing the skills needed for Operation Phakisa

Update from the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI)

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Mar

SA Agulhas I berths in PE after three-month voyage

South Africa’s first dedicated training vessel, the SA Agulhas I, docked in Port Elizabeth today after a three-month voyage which took 30 sea-farer cadets to Antarctica and back.

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Feb

South African Maritime Industry Conference - SAMIC 2017

The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) is bringing the second South African Maritime Industry Conference (SAMIC) to the maritime hub of Nelson Mandela Bay.

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Feb

Cadet training on training ship SA Agulhas

30 cadets from SAMTRA and MCS joined the training ship, (TS) SA Agulhas in Cape Town for a training/scientific voyage.

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Jan

Greater coordination needed to harvest fruits of ocean economy

South Africa will only begin harvesting the full benefits of a renewed focus on the ocean economy when private and public sector stakeholders start communicating with each other more effectively, according to Prof Malek Pourzanjani, the first chief executive officer of the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI).

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Jan

Navigating a maritime future for SA cadets

SAIMI has appointed experienced maritime training professional Yvette de Klerk as manager of the National Cadet Programme (NCP). “The appointment of a dedicated manager will enable SAIMI to strengthen the cadet programme, raise awareness of the programme amongst learners and stakeholders, and, ultimately grow its reach and size to support growth of the South African sea-faring skills base,” SAIMI CEO Prof Malek Pourzanjani said.

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Jan

Partnerships sought with Chinese institutions

SAIMI is exploring partnership agreements between South African Universities and Chinese maritime institutions following an educational visit to China by a delegation which included SAIMI project coordinator Odwa Mtati.

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Jan

Denmark helping Kenya to refloat shipping sector

Kenya and Denmark have signed a five-year agreement which will see Danish shipping company Det Forenede Dampskibs-Selskab (DFDS) training Kenyan maritime cadets for the next five years.

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Jan

Maritime “Road Map” published

A Maritime Road Map compiled by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for the South African Maritime Safety Authority has been published.

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Dec

Future captains and ships engineers to spend Christmas at sea

A group of 30 future ships’ officers will be spending Christmas in the South Atlantic Ocean during their four-month training voyage on board South Africa’s dedicated training vessel, the SA Agulhas I.

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Oct

Nurturing the skills needed for Operation Phakisa

A common thread running through all Operation Phakisa initiatives is the need to develop the skills to operate the engine room, as well as to navigate the way forward. The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI), is at the helm for skills development, capacity building and empowerment of people to support the goals of Operation Phakisa and growth of the maritime economy.

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Oct

The South African International Maritime Institute

The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) is helping South Africa to steer the right course in the development of the maritime sector as envisaged in Operation Phakisa.

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Jun

Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Buti Manamela, visits SAIMI

The deputy minister in the Presidency for planning, Buti Manamela is pleased with the progress achieved with operation Phakisa in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. He paid a visit to the South African International Maritime Institute to evaluate the progress made by stakeholders.

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Apr

President Zuma says SAIMI will help develop skills

President Jacob Zuma has welcomed the establishment of the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI), saying it will help develop the skills needed in the maritime and related sectors.

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Apr

First 2016 maritime cadets take to the ocean

The first 2016 intake of the National Cadet Programme will be heading out to sea in the next few weeks, the next step in their career path towards becoming global seafarers and growing South Africa’s maritime skills base.

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