January 13, 2023

SAIMI pays tribute in honour of a trailblazing Maritime leader

It is with great sadness and an immense sense of loss that we as SAIMI have learnt of the passing of Mr Ian Calvert. Ian was one of the influential and experienced leaders within the South African maritime industry. Calvert has been servicing the maritime sector for more than 30 years, with a proven track record as a champion of change wherever he worked. His service was driven by the commitment and determination in addressing poverty, unemployment, and inequality in South Africa– from his stint as a Business Unit Manager at SMIT Amandla Marine now known as AMSOL to his tenure as an Executive Head of SAMSA Maritime Special Services. He was an embodiment of servant leadership whose work efforts were to help the Maritime industry move forward.

His untimely passing caught him while he was serving as an Executive Head of SAMSA's Marine Special Services in shipping and vessel crewing management. His work ethic, immeasurable experience and commitment to the maritime sector earned him an opportunity to be appointed to serve in the SAIMI steering. His passing is not only a great loss to SAIMI but to the South African Maritime industry at large. As a pioneer maritime specialist, he had extensive experience in working with key stakeholders in the maritime industry with strategic management experience in ship and commercial vessel management. Ian was committed to fostering projects that were aimed at enhancing the contribution of women as key maritime stakeholders.

Calvert’s contribution can be honoured by pursuing his passion for the development of the South African Seafaring capacity through the growth of the South African fleet. This being realised through central coordination of the government fleet, the recapitalisation of the Fishing Fleet, and Training Vessel. It is these remarkable credentials and firm passion and commitment for change and transformation for the maritime sector that make his passing a great loss to the South African maritime industry.

SAIMI extends its heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. His trailblazing work and leadership continue to live with us.

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