South Africa's New Training Ship in London

Press Release
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
S.A. Agulhas Cadet: Photo credit SAMSA

South Africa signalled a major drive to develop its maritime sector as Training Ship 'S.A Agulhas' arrived in London.

The training ship is an ice-classed converted polar research vessel, but carries the same name, S.A. Agulhas as before. ‘It is time for Africa to step forward and take its place among the nations of the world as a supplier of maritime expertise,’ said the chief executive of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), Commander Tsietsi Mokhele.

The converted 6,132 gt polar research and supply vessel came into service in its new role in spring 2012 to spearhead an ambitious plan to boost South African seafarer numbers and to develop the nation’s maritime industries through such measures as a tonnage tax scheme.

Carrying 62 cadets, the ship had left Cape Town in November, making calls to Namibia, Ghana and the Ivory Coast along the way.
Andy MacLennan, chief executive of the South African Maritime Training Academy (SAMTRA) — which manages the cadets’ training programme — said the ship provided an ideal ‘proving ground’ for the trainees.

Although S.A. Agulhas receives government support towards the £4.35m a year running costs, the vessel is intended to operate on a commercial basis as well. The visit to London was linked to a charter for the Trans Antarctic Winter Traverse (TAWT) Trust and while in the port S.A. Agulhas loaded equipment and supplies to support the Coldest Journey on Earth expedition.



 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter May 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

PALFINGER Plans to Acquire Harding Group

The PALFINGER Group announced it intends to acquire 100 percent of the shares in Herkules Harding Holding AS and thus, the globally operating Harding Group, suppliers

Winners of Ferry Design Contest Selected

Winners of International Student Design Competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry to be revealed at the Ferry Safety and Technology Conference   Dr. Roberta Weisbrod,

Maritime Consolidation: Palfinger Aims to Acquire Harding

As maritime markets continue to struggle, merger and acquisition activity should heat up. Today, Austria's Palfinger Group announced that it intends to acquire

Education/Training

Returning to the Scene of the Shipwrecks

A participant in a diving field school last fall, graduate student Tori Kiefer is back to help a new set of students learn the joy of surveying shipwrecks.   Last fall,

Crowley Awards Scholarships to Four Mass. Maritime Students

Four students from Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) have been awarded Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships.   Chosen based on their academic achievement,

Automated Skill Erosion

The increasing automation of vessels is causing some mariners to lose basic maritime skills.   Cruise ship Royal Majesty Grounding During dinner on June 10, 1995,

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0912 sec (11 req/sec)