SAMSA hosts Russian Ship STS Pallada in Durban

SAMSA Holds BRICS Forum to Develop South Africa’s Maritime Capacity
SAMSA Boosts South Africa-Russia Relations

SAMSA hosts Russian Ship STS Pallada in Durban

18 March 2013 –

Durban, March 18, 2013 – The South African Maritime Safety Authority will host the Russian sailing vessel STS Pallada which is en route to Durban, South Africa, and is expected to arrive in Port on Saturday, March 23.

STS Pallada is part of the Russia’s entourage for the BRICS summit which kicks off next week. Captain S Tolovikov has confirmed the ship will leave Durban on March 28 for Port Louis, Singapore, Pusan and arrive in Vladivostok, Russia.

STS Pallada is on its “African Odyssey” tour through the Pacific and Indian Ocean, SAMSA will be part of the official tours and meetings on board the vessel while in Durban. The South African government (Department of Transport, Department of International Relations and Cooperation and SAMSA) are organising a Russia/South Africa cultural Day On Board the STS Pallada, a cocktail evening and media tours.

The vessels Africa tour is dedicated to World Water Day, celebrated annually on March 22. The frigate has 70 naval cadets on board and while in Durban is expected to engage in discussion with SAMSA which carries out extensive training for marine cadets on the continent. BRICS is an acronym for a grouping of the world’s leading emerging market economies, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The three-mast Pallada has been listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest sailing vessel in the world, with a speed exceeding 18 knots. It has been a star for Russia, winning many international festivals and races.

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