4 June 2013 –
June 4, 2013 – Durban, KwaZulu-Natal – One of the key topics on the agenda of the South African Maritime Safety Authority’s “Maritime Careers Expo and Job Summit” to kick off in Durban from June 10-12, 2013 is its acquisition of a marine mining vessel to train students.
Executive head of the Centre for Maritime Excellence, Sindiswa Nhlumayo, speaking at the launch of the Maritime Careers Expo and Job Summit on Friday night, said with 3000km of coastline, the sea held unlimited opportunities. SAMSA was determined to ensure that young people had the necessary skills to ensure that South Africa could benefit from the organisation’s planned acquisition of a mining vessel to train students.
“One of SAMSA’s obligations is to promote the development of an efficient and productive South African maritime industry capable of competing on international markets. By acquiring this vessel we will impart new skills and fulfil our obligation,” Nhlumayo said.
The Maritime Careers Expo and Job Summit will be held from June 10-12, 2013 at Durban’s International Convention Centre.
The maritime sector is multi-disciplinary and offers careers as offshore mining, offshore oil and gas, seagoing officers, maritime lawyers, naval architecture, ship design, ship services; surveyors, ships husbandry, stevedoring and shipbuilding and ship repair. Other areas offering maritime employment are maritime insurance, maritime tourism, maritime financial institutions, government institutions, shipping agents, maritime salvage etc.
The media are cordially invited to the Maritime Careers Expo and Job Summit. The Careers Expo will run from the 10th to the 12th of June attracting thousands of school pupils, and people employed in the maritime industry. The job summit runs concurrently with it on the 12th of June.
Nhlumayo said South Africa sat with a huge unemployment problem although globally and locally there was a huge demand for those employed in the maritime sector. Part of SAMSA’s aim was also to develop skills and create more maritime entrepreneurial opportunities and “dispel the myth that water is for certain people and not for us.”
Nhlumayo said the career expo and job summit would not only show those who attended what opportunities existed but employers in the maritime industry would have a chance to express what skills were needed.
Media are requested to RSVP for the event. Media facilities will be available at the event including a press room with internet facilities, and parking. A separate media programme and Expo and Summit programme will be forwarded to the media before the event.
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