17 JULY 2017

Two 144 ton cranes commissioned at Port of Richards Bay

Both will operate at dual-purpose, import and export berth 701

One of two cranes arriving in Richards Bay from Durban
TWO 144 ton mobile harbour cranes (MHCs) moved from Maydon Wharf in Durban to the Richards Bay’s Dry Bulk Terminal are now officially ready to do a great deal of heavy lifting.

12 July 2017

On 01 August 2017, the National Ports Authority submits its tariff application to the Ports Regulator of South Africa for the 2018/19 financial year. Copies of the application will be available from the offices of the NPA, or their website: or alternatively, the Regulator’s website:

12 July 2017

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) is coordinating a rescue effort in the Indian Ocean after a Taiwanese vessel, the Hsiang Fuh no. 6, with 30 crew on board, caught fire off the Durban coast.

The survivors, some with slight burns, arrived in Durban yesterday.

Thursday, 06 July 2017

The eThekwini Maritime Cluster (EMC) has partnered with the non-profit Dutch company PUM (Programma Uitzending Managers) to develop a new maritime qualification to be introduced at the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) in 2019.

EMC’s managing director, Thato Tsautse, told FTW Online that the curriculum development for the qualification – an advanced diploma in Ports and Harbours Engineering – had been completed in March this year and was currently awaiting approval before its implementation.

Tuesday, 04 July 2017

The big news for maritime historians this week is the discovery of the ship’s bell belonging to the ill-fated SS Mendi, which sank 100 years ago resulting in the deaths of more than 600 sailors.

According to the press, the ship’s bell was left to Steve Humphey, a well-known local television personality with a special interest in the SS Mendi, in the English coastal town of Swanage.

An anonymous tip led Humphrey and a television crew to the Swanage Pier in the early hours of June,15. According to Humphrey, the bell was wrapped in plastic inside a tarpaulin sack and was tied with string and duct tape. There was an envelope attached to the bell with the journalist’s name of it.