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2016/03/01 02:53:00 PM

Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies Director, Professor Trevor Jones, delivered a presentation titled ‘The port of Durban: Economic effectiveness of a “full service” smart port & port city’ at the 1st Annual Maritime Summit held at the Durban ICC from 24-26 February.

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eThekwini Maritime Cluster CEO, Ms Thato Tsautse, Professor Trevor Jones and Dr Henrietta van Niekerk from Clarksons Shipbrokers, London. 

Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies Director, Professor Trevor Jones, delivered a presentation titled ‘The port of Durban: Economic effectiveness of a “full service” smart port & port city’ at the 1st Annual Maritime Summit held at the Durban ICC from 24-26 February.

The inaugural summit, which was hosted by the eThekwini Maritime Cluster in partnership with eThekwini Municipality,created a platform for decision makers in business, the maritime sector, government and academia to exchange knowledge and ideas to contribute to the growth of Durban’s
ocean economy.

Jones’ presentation looked at the cost of doing business in the port of Durban; Durban as a bunker supply centre; marine infrastructure and marine services; and Durban as a ship-repair centre. His central proposition was that a ‘smart’ port has to be one that provides facilities and services to its
full array of port users at competitive cost.

The summit also incorporated a trade and careers exhibition which took place at the Durban Exhibition Centre. The exhibition saw more than 400 Grade 10, 11 and 12 pupils being addressed by Human Resources Management senior lecturer Dr Shaun Ruggunan on ‘Thinking outside the box:

 Choosing a career in the maritime industry’. The presentation depicted a holistic view of the career landscape, how the world of work is changing and how qualifications in maritime law and economics offered at UKZN can unleash students’ potential. The pupils also heard about careers in ports and terminals as well as in the cruise industry. UKZN was one of the exhibitors at the event, assisting pupils with vital information for their future career plans.

Thandiwe Jumo

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