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Operation Phakisa Group meets as the Maritime Unity

2016/03/01 02:52:00 PM

The Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies hosted a meeting of the Maritime Transport Skills Working Group of the high-level ‘Operation Phakisa’ on 25 February.


Left to right: Chair of the Maritime Transport Skills Working Group and Head of Maritime Studies at CPUT, Professor Ed Synders, Ms Nwabisa Matoti, from the SA International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) and Professor Trevor Jones.

The Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies hosted a meeting of the Maritime Transport Skills Working Group of the high-level ‘Operation Phakisa’ on 25 February.

Operation Phakisa is an initiative, driven by the Presidency,to extract greater economic potential and value from the broadly-defined ‘blue economy’ that includes commercial maritime transport, the marine environment, aquacultureand marine manufacturing. The Maritime Transport Skills

Working Group is one of five groups driving the various prongs of Phakisa, with its particular focus directed at the training of South African seafarers (both officers and ratings) to service a burgeoning South African-flagmerchant marine as well as the global shipping fleet.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal, through the participation of Professor Trevor Jones, director of the Maritime Unit within the School of Law, is an integral part of this process.Other notable institutions represented at the meeting on the Howard College Campus were the Durban University of Technology, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University,the national Department of Transport, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI), and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). 

This working group is chaired by Professor Ed Snyders, head of Maritime Studies at CPUT.
The Operation Phakisa initiative in general, and the Maritime Transport Skills group within it, will continue to work throughout 2016 to strengthen and broaden the base
of the South African maritime transport industry.

Trevor Jones

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