Media Invite: SA Agulhas Returns, February 16, 2018

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Media Invite: SA Agulhas Returns, February 16, 2018


Dear Media Colleague


Join the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) in welcoming the 20 cadets on board the SA Agulhas which will arrive on Friday (February 16, 2018) at the Port of Port Elizabeth. Please note the enclosed invitation.


Media Invite and Alert

Attention: News Editors/Maritime Reporters

SA Agulhas returns from Antarctica

Port Elizabeth, South Africa, February 12, 2018: Members of the media are invited on Friday, February 16, 2018, to welcome 20 cadets who left for the Antarctica three months ago on board the SA Agulhas.

They will return bringing with them their incredible experience from the earth’s southern- most continent and site of the South Pole.

The vessel will arrive in Port Elizabeth on Friday morning, February 16, 2018, where members of the media can meet the master, Captain Michael Barnes, and the 20 cadets on board the vessel.

The exact location of the ship at the Port of Port Elizabeth will be communicated to the media within a few days. The time will also be confirmed. Members of the media should RSVP to to arrange access to the port.

The vessel, which is the South African Maritime Safety Authority’s (SAMSA) dedicated training vessel, sailed to the Antarctica on November 24, 2017. The vessel was chartered by an Indian science team who boarded the ship at Port Louis, Mauritius. About 40-47 scientists from the Indian National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research joined the cadets on the expedition to carry out oceanographic research.

The ship spent approximately one month in the Antarctica

The cadets on board mostly are maritime studies students from the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). The South African International Maritime Institute are responsible for the Cadet Training Programme on board the vessel.

The SA Agulhas is internationally recognised for assisting international researchers and created a platform for young cadets to receive training and sea-time.

SAMSA Chief Operating Officer Sobantu Tilayi said: “With the Indian scientists chartering the SA Agulhas, it provides a platform for youth to develop their maritime skills, allows SAMSA to take advantage of the immense potential of this untapped resource – the ocean.


“The oceans have the potential to contribute up to 177 billion rand to the gross domestic product (GDP) and create just over one million jobs by 2033.”


Watch the press for more details.


Issued by FBI Communications on behalf of SAMSA

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Notes for Editors

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), is a South African government agency responsible for the implementation of current International & National Regulations regarding the Maritime industry. It advises Government on maritime issues relating to or affecting South Africa, including but not limited to providing a search and rescue capability, and conduct accident investigations and provide emergency casualty response.

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