The EThekwini Maritime Cluster (EMC) is conducting a technical port tour for the media on Friday 18 October at the Durban Port.

The three objectives of the port tour are to provide awareness of the economic benefits the Port of Durban contributes to the GDP of KZN, to educate media on the technical aspects of the operations of the port and to enhance the quality of maritime reporting by providing the media with the relevant up to date information and contacts.

The Managing Director of the EMC Ms Thato Tsautse says “the media are the ambassadors of the maritime industry promotion. We realize that when we educate a journalist we are in essence training the nation,teachers, principal, parent and future maritime professionals. Through this project the EMC will be building the media capacity of the maritime sector.”

The media port tour is a first of many interactions between the maritime cluster and the media that will ensure the sustainability of knowledge and awareness as the EMC is working on several maritime initiatives on skills development, enterprise development and industry promotion. The EMC continues to get requests from freelance journalist, full time journalist and online writes on a breakdown of the value chain of the sector-basically who is who in maritime, which does what and what are the skills required.

To assist in enriching the knowledge of the journalists,the EMC will be providing bursaries to ten deserving journalist to study Understanding Shipping with the Institute of Charted Shipbrokers with in the 2013 financial year. The journalist will be awarded bursaries after an interview and an assessment process has been conducted