Durban, Tuesday 31 March 2015

South Africa made history in Sweden, Malmo, where 23 young South Africans obtained their Masters of Science Degrees at the prestigious United Nations World Maritime University (WMU) in the fields of Maritime Law and Policy, Maritime Education and Training, Maritime Environment and Ocean Management, Maritime Safety and Environmental Administration, Port Management and Shipping Management and Logistics.

To celebrate the achievements of all students graduating, the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande and the Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga paid tribute to the achievements of the Class of 2014.

Durban, Tuesday 31 March 2015

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has confirmed details of the 2015/16 port tariff increases. In its statement, TNPA says: In terms of Section 72 (1)(a) of National Ports Act, 2005 (Act No.12 of 2005) TNPA submitted its tariff application for the 2015/16 financial year to the Ports Regulator.

Please be advised that notification has been received from the Ports Regulator, having considered the TNPA tariff application, to the effect that it has decided as follows relative to tariff increases for the 2015/16 financial year.

Durban, Tuesday 31 March 2015

President Jacob Zuma during March celebrated the successful completion of the first batch of electric locomotives produced at Transnet’s manufacturing and engineering facility in Koedoespoort, Pretoria, confirming Transnet Engineering’s advance towards its ultimate goal of becoming an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).

Eighty-five of the locomotives were built in Transnet’s engineering and manufacturing facilities in Koedeospoort, with another ten being built at Chinese manufacturer CSR’s facilities in China.

Durban, Tuesday 31 March 2015

MSC OPERA sailed from Durban on Monday, 23 March for the final time on her current 2014/15 summer cruise season in South Africa. She sailed from Cape Town five days later, thus ending the South African local cruise season.

According to MSC Cruises, operator of MSC Opera, a total of 80,000 passengers filled the ship to a record 99.9 percent full occupancy. Unlike other years when two MSC Cruises’ ships were operating out of South Africa, MSC Opera was here on her own while MSC Sinfonia was being lengthened at the Fincantieri shipyards in Genoa.

Durban, Tuesday 31 March 2015

In March, the EThekwini Maritime Cluster hosted a special meeting for educators as part of providing support to curriculum development and assistance to educators, teaching maritime studies in high school.

The meeting was held through the bi-monthly Skills Development and Training Committee meetings, organised by EMC.

The purpose of this meeting was to hold discussions with educators from schools that offer maritime in the province, and explore ways of how to assist these teachers.