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Nozipho Mdawe (Photo: TNPA)

Mdawe Takes Over As TNPA COO

aim of the position is to manage, develop, facilitate and sustain effective stakeholder relations, and to create a single point of contact and engagement for all TNPA external stakeholders to ensure the achievement of TNPA objectives. TNPA’s key stakeholders include, but are not limited to, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), Ports Regulator of South Africa (PRSA), South African Association of Ship Operators and Agents (SAASOA) and Government representatives. His responsibilities will include management of the Chief Executive’s office, as well as Corporate Affairs, Public Relations

Kanoo Shipping Acquires Wallem South Africa

Kanoo Shipping, a shipping agencies in the Middle East will acquire Wallem South Africa, a provider of integrated maritime solutions in the cities of Durban and Cape Town. Wallem South Africa, now Kanoo Africa PTY LTD, was part of The Wallem Group, the world’s largest providers of Ship Management, Ship Agency, Ship Broking, Commercial Vessel Management and Freight & Logistics.   The strategic acquisition by the fully owned business division of Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Group (YBA Kanoo) will give it access to all South African ports as well as clients in Mozambique, Namibia and other

 Mr Nicholas Barends  (Photo: AoS)

Seafarers Charity Appoints New South Africa National Director

South Africa National Director Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has appointed Nicholas 'Nicky' Barends as its new National Director for South Africa.Barends was commissioned at the Cape Town Seafarers Center chapel on May 5 by AoS Cape Town Port Chaplain Fr Gerardo Garcia.Barends has worked as a professional printer and has been a ship visitor with AoS Cape Town for more than 10 years.He takes the helm at a time when AoS South Africa is expanding to meet the practical, pastoral and emotional needs of seafarers arriving at its ports.Apart from ensuring the smooth running of

Brian Turnball

Glander Bunkering Hires New Senior Trader

Glander International Bunkering announced that they have hired Brian Turnbull as a Senior Bunker & Lubricant Trader. Brian will begin working with Glander International Bunkering in their Dubai office. Brian comes to Glander International Bunkering with 23 years of experience in the bunker industry. He has previously been one of the driving forces in starting up and managing multiple successful bunkering companies in South Africa. His experience in business development and knowledge of the South African markets is welcomed at Glander International Bunkering.  

Bruno Pollet (Photo: Coldharbour Marine)

Pollet to Lead R&D at Coldharbour Marine

Coldharbour Marine Ltd. has appointed Professor Bruno Pollet to head its R&D department.   Bruno Pollet moves to Linby, Nottinghamshire from the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa where he was Professor of Energy Materials and Systems and Director of the National DST Hydrogen South Africa Systems Competence Centre, an industry led R&D group with an emphasis on prototype development and manufacturing.    Pollet’s first task will be to recruit and build a strong R&D team of senior engineers and scientists with the brief to optimize and improve

Atlas, Amplo Launch Partnership in South Africa and Namibia

Atlas Knowledge and its strategic partner Amplo Development Services have launched a new initiative that will bring internationally certified construction, commercial and oil & gas training to the burgeoning South African and Namibian energy industries. The alliance is in response to the soaring demand for accessible, affordable world-class training for the growing indigenous workforce in the rapidly developing energy regions. With certified training a pre-requisite to enter the industry, it will make specialist e-learning training and qualifications more readily accessible to South African and

Captain Harry Gale (Photo: The Nautical Institute)

Cape Town Hosts Nautical Institute Command Seminar

The second in The Nautical Institute’s 2017 series of Command Seminars continues to focus on Navigation Accidents and their Causes, a topic that is receiving considerable attention in the industry.   The seminar began today in Cape Town, South Africa, with NI President Captain Duke Snider FNI giving the opening address before handing over to South African Maritime Safety Authority CEO Sobantu Tilayi for the keynote address. Independent marine consultant Captain Alan Reid MNI, then introduced the main theme.   Navigation assessments play a key role in helping maintain high standards

Jeremy D. Thigpen, President & CEO

Executive Changes at Transocean

team." Mr. Mey most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Atwood Oceanics ("Atwood"). Including his almost five years at Atwood, he has over 28 years of experience in the energy and financial services industries in both the United States and South Africa.  Prior to Atwood, Mr. Mey was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and a Director of Scorpion Offshore Ltd. He also held positions of increasing responsibility during his 12 years with offshore driller Noble Corporation, including Vice President and Treasurer. Mr. Mey earned

Guillaume Delcourt (Photo: ACR Electronics)

ACR Electronics Names Delcourt Sales Manager

sector to his new role at ACR, including European sales experience with a major emphasis with French OEM boat builders. He joins ACR following three years at marine equipment manufacturer Lewmar and three years as International Sales Manager at Karver Systems, covering Europe, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the U.S. In a previous role, he also managed equipment logistics for the Extreme Sailing Series Europe based on the Isle of Wight

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Empowering Maritime Women in East and Southern Africa

is key, as it provides a platform for women to discuss gender issues and help each other climb the professional ladder. At the end of the conference, WOMESA launched its latest local chapter in the Seychelles, joining others in Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, and the United Republic of Tanzania.     The conference also adopted a resolution, setting out WOMESA's obligations and responsibilities to achieving the SDGs and related targets, to ensure that the purpose of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is realized through the

The multinational crew working aboard tug/supply ship PSD2 had not been paid for as long as 15 months and were in need of food and fresh water (Photo: AoS)

Unpaid Seafarers Stranded in Durban

A group of seafarers are stuck in the port of Durban, South Africa after their vessel was detained for non-payment of wages. The multinational crew working aboard tug/supply ship PSD2 had not been paid for as long as 15 months and were in need of food and fresh water. Two crew members were also in need of immediate medical attention while all of them desperately needed money to send home to their families.  Seafarer’s charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) and chaplains from other organizations in Durban provided assistance to the ship’s crew. AoS Durban port chaplain Fr Herman

IBIA: Bunker Market Opportunities in Africa

of service is improving. However, the increased regulation has in some places reduced competitiveness and as a result, is restricting market growth. This was the conclusion of the speakers and delegates at the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Africa Regional Forum held in Cape Town, South Africa last week. The Forum was chaired by IBIA board member Patrick Holloway of the law firm Webber Wentzel. Captain Peter Hall, IBIA CEO led the discussions which focused on key developments across the region and stressed the importance of establishing good bunkering hubs for economic growth. There

Thoresen Shipping

Thoresen Shipping goes to Middle East

its explansion to the Middle East. The office will be led by Baard Osland, a dry bulk shipping industry veteran. A press statement from Ian Claxton, managing director, Thoresen Shipping says: "This is the fifth market we have expanded into, and follows successful launches into Denmark and South Africa over the last eighteen months or so, both of which, combined with our Singapore presence, have delivered solid business performance improvements."   Thoresen Shipping is an international dry bulk shipping company with offices in Thailand, Singapore and Denmark With a heritage of offering

From left to right: Alastair Pettie, Rune Haukom, Steve Nell, Shaun Ortell, Pierre Marais, Wojtek Kowalczyk  (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Maritime Opens South African Facility

Kongsberg said it has opened its first office and warehouse facility in the Republic of South Africa on Friday, November 4, 2016. Located in Cape Town’s airport zone, the new Kongsberg Maritime South Africa facility joins the company’s global network of first party sites, consisting 64 offices located in 20 countries, employing more than 4,000 people.   Kongberg's expansion in South Africa comes as the Government’s National Development Plan turns toward maritime resources as part of ‘Operation Phakisa’; a program implemented to unlock the economic potential of

Imraan Bux (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime Strengthens Ports & Shipping Department

.  Clients includes governments, port authorities, terminal operators, shipping companies, civil engineering contractors, maritime lawyers and protection & indemnity (P&I) clubs. Professionally, Bux  has many years’ experience working for the National Ports Authority of South Africa within port engineering, as senior maritime engineer at Ove Arup and Partners in London as well as working on major civil and marine engineering projects for oil & gas majors Shell International and ExxonMobil. He has worked on various large scale port and marine infrastructure projects across

Andrew Bonfield (Photo: Caterpillar Inc.)

Caterpillar Names Bonfield CFO

audit committee of British retailer, Kingfisher plc. Bonfield also chairs the 100 Group, which represents finance directors of the top 100 U.K. companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. Bonfield is a chartered accountant who holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa.  Effective immediately, the board of directors has appointed Finance Services Division (FSD) Vice President Joe Creed as interim CFO, a role he will assume in addition to his vice president duties.Creed joined Caterpillar in 1997 and has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility

(Photo: Galileo Maritime Academy)

Thailand Emerges as an International Maritime Training Center

growth as our new IMO, MNTB and ISPS facilities came on line, but what has surprised us is the distance that so many of our students and captains are travelling to attend MCA courses here in Phuket.  Over the last twelve months we have welcomed professional seafarers from USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Norway, France and the UK, in addition to our local  student groups from Thailand, Malaysia, India, Hong Kong and Indonesia.”Now with more than 20 MCA approved courses being delivered each month, Galileo Maritime Academy is expecting similar growth in international students

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