SA shows maritime mettle through hosting industry peers

Some of the delegates from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines that visited SA. Source: Samsa

South Africa’s maritime expertise and esteem seems to be finding a lot of traction in international circles - but more needs to be done if the country wants to succeed in its “quest and determination to be a global maritime centre of excellence in a few years’ time”.

That’s according to the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) after the organisation received two dozen delegates from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines “who are in the country to learn about South Africa’s pioneering approach to safety and secure work conditions”.

The five-day workshop was held at the behest of the International Labour Organisation and was the “second such international maritime countries meeting in South Africa in two successive weeks”, said Samsa’s acting CEO Sobantu Tilayi.

It comes after the Port State Control Committee of the Indian Ocean Memorandum of Understanding held its 22nd annual meeting in Cape Town recently.

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