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Digital Media Kit: SA Agulhas on charter with new maritime recruits

MEDIA ALERT

The SA Agulhas is back in the water and ready to sail.

You are invited to the send-off of the SA Agulhas  on May 31, 2018 at the Port of Port Elizabeth.

The vessel, after having just spent two months undergoing maintenance and major paintwork is scheduled to charter from the Port of Port Elizabeth to the Port of Cape Town from May 31, 2018 to June 16, 2018 with 20 new young rating trainees and two training officers on board.

 

Date: May 31, 2018

Venue: Fleming Street Entrance, Port of Port Elizabeth

Time: 9am -12 noon

 

Please send car registration and ID numbers for those attending

 

For enquiries contact Farhana Ismail on 0827876987

 

Media Invite and Alert

Attention: News Editors/Maritime Reporters

SA Agulhas  on charter with new maritime recruits

Port Elizabeth, South Africa, May 29, 2018: Members of the media are invited on Thursday, May 31, 2018, to join SAMSA to send-off the newly refurbished and spruced up SA Agulhas  on its charter off the East coast of South Africa for the deployment of new buoys- used for scientific research.

On board the vessel which is SAMSA’s dedicated training vessel, will be 20 new maritime cadets, who are part of the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) cadetship programme, and two training officers, captained by Daniel Postman.

The newly spruced up vessel which is now back in the water after having spent two months undergoing major paint work and refurbishment at the East London dry dock, arrived in Port Elizabeth on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

 

Members of the media are invited from 9 am to 12 noon on board the vessel to meet the cadets and take a tour of the SA Agulhas .

 

Members of the media must please forward car registration details and ID numbers to the email provided below or contact Tankiso on 0827876987/0793176850.

 

The vessel’s previous visit refurbishment at the East London dry dock was in 2013.

 

The training vessel returned from a three-month trip to the Antarctica at the end of February. The SA Agulhas  is internationally recognised for assisting international researchers and created a platform for young cadets to receive training and sea-time.

 

Sobantu Tilayi, Chief Operating Officer for the South African Maritime Safety Authority, said: “The vessel has two expeditions to undertake in this financial year. One being the buoy replacement and the other is another charter with an Indian scientific team at the latter part of this year.

 

“We are happy to have on board once again bright young men and women who are looking towards venturing into various careers in the maritime sector.

 

“The SA Agulhas  is a solid vessel that has withstood many ice breaking expeditions. We have hosted many cadets, maritime and scientific experts on board and we are confident that despite her being 41 years of age, she still operates at an optimal level.”

 

The SA Agulhas  was due to bunker on Monday, May 28, 2018 and then commence with the loading of scientific research equipment and personnel for the buoy replacement. It will set sail from Port Elizabeth on the 31st of May 2018 for the charter which finishes up in Cape Town on the 16th June 2018.

 

Follow SAMSA on #SAAgulhas  #SAAgulhas  #SAMSAAntarctica

 

 

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.

Issued by:

Tebogo Ramatjie

Communications Specialist: Corporate Affairs

SAMSA

 

For media queries, RSVPS and requests for interviews, please contact:

Farhana Ismail

Tel: 031 2085525

Cell:  0827876987

farhana@fbicommunications.com

 

 

 

 

New Ratings Trainees

Meet the newly recruited ratings trainees who will board the newly refurbished SA Agulhas that will sail out of Port Elizabeth Harbour on Thursday (May 31, 2018) on a research and training voyage that will pilot a new programme aimed at growing the pool of employable South African seafarers. Here they are:

Tina Mafanya

Tina Mafanya said: “I am going to make the most of this journey and training.”

Thembalihle Hlongwane

Thembalihle Hlongwane, said: “This is a beautiful challenge and has nice opportunities.”

Thabile Mkhize

Thabile Mkhize, said: “This is a unique opportunity, I wish other youngsters could take up opportunities like this one.”

SibonisoMkhonde

Siboniso Mkhonde, said: “I can’t explain how I feel, I’m just excited. ”

Siboniso Phakathi

Sibonelo Phakathi, said: “I’m up for the challenge, I’ll do my best to make a success of it. ”

Sanele Mavundla

Sanele Mavundla, said: “I’m excited, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. ”

Sanele Hlongwane

Sanele Hlongwane, said: “This is an absolutely amazing opportunity, I’m truly excited about it. ”

Onke Matolengwe

Onke Matolengwe, said: “I couldn’t believe it when they told me I made the list, I’ve always loved the navy.”

Okuhle Mpengesi

Okuhle Mpengesi, said: “I’m extremely excited, it’s going to be the most memorable journey of my life.”

Nompendulo Majola

Nompendulo Majola , said: “This is the beginning of many better things to come. ”

Nokulunga Sabela

Nokulunga Sabela, said: “I’m looking forward to this journey, though I’m very nervous. ”

Ndumiso Ncube

Ndumiso Ncube, said: “I’m very glad that I got this opportunity, I plan to make it work for me. ”

Mthobisi Hlongwane

Mthobisi Hlongwane, said: “I’m really excited about this journey, it’s the first of many to come in the” future. ”

Luwanda Memela

Luwanda Memela , said: “ I’m very excited, and I know I have solid support from my colleagues. ”

Lungani Mngadi

Lungani Mngadi, said: “I have been given a lifetime opportunity and I don’t take it for granted. ”

 

Lelethu Mtuzula

 

Khanyisa Sentwa

Khanyisa Sentwa, said: “ I want to make the best of this opportunity. ”

Delisile Makhanye

Delisile Makhaye , said: “ I’m looking forward to this training, I know I’ll get a lot out of this experience.”

Chad Brad

Chad Brad, said: “This is a dream come true for me, I’m excited about it ”

Amanda Mngenelwa

Amanda Mngenelwa, said: “I’m not sure how I feel, I’m nervous and excited at the same time. ”

  Mogamad   Abrahams

Abraham Muhammad, said: “I’m humbled by this opportunity, I will make it worthwhile.”

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MEDIA RELEASE  

Dear Media Colleague

 

In a new pilot program, 20 rating trainees, mostly school leavers and unemployed youth joined the SA Agulhas today as they headed out on a charter on the east coast of South Africa. This is the first experience of the sea for the trainees, and a unique way to address the growing unemployment in South Africa. The trainees have no university or technical training and will serve in various categories on board the vessel, as part of their training.

 

For media interviews and pictures, please contact

 

Farhana Ismail on 0827876987 and farhana@fbicommunications.com

 

Thursday, 31 May 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Attention: News Editors/Transport Reporters

 

SA AGULHAS SETS SAIL WITH PILOT SEAFARER TRAINING TO CREATE JOBS

Port Elizabeth, South Africa, May 31, 2018: Fresh from its recent dry-docking in East London, the newly refurbished SA Agulhas sailed out of Port Elizabeth Harbour on Thursday on a research and training voyage that will pilot a new programme aimed at growing the pool of employable South African seafarers.

 

This new chapter in South African maritime history sees a first group of 20 deck and engine rating trainees, and three cadets, gaining practical sea-time towards their international seafaring qualifications aboard the dedicated training vessel owned by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).

 

The vessel has previously carried maritime cadets from Cape Town to Antarctica, to London. But this new pilot project is a first and takes on board rating trainees who are able to climb the ranks from Deck- or Engine Rating, up to Able Seafarer level through further on board training, which will enable them to eventually achieve a Certificate of Proficiency.

 

The ratings trainees are part of a group of 45 candidates in a pilot project facilitated by the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) and funded by the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA).

 

Sobantu Tilayi, Chief Operating Officer for SAMSA, said: “As part of our commitment to address the high unemployment rate, this rating training provides a wider scope of maritime training and skills development.

 

“It addresses the gap for career opportunities. Young people would be able to find jobs in areas such as maintenance of the vessels, its equipment and gear, in rigging and deploying equipment, and handling and securing cargo.”

 

“The vessel is well suited for its training role, and its recent refurbishments at the dry dock, is testimony of its strength and calibre,” Tilayi said.

 

By supporting the hands-on aspects of maritime training, the project partners are contributing to skills development as outlined in the South African government’s Operation Phakisa plan to fast-track the growth and development of the oceans economy.

 

SAIMI chief executive officer Professor Malek Pourzanjani said getting a project of this nature off the ground was the result of strong partnerships and collaboration, involving both public and private sector role-players and training providers.

 

“Special mention should be made of TETA as the funder and SAMSA as the owner of the vessel for providing this valuable opportunity for the trainees to gain sea-time,” he said.

 

Malcolm Alexander, TETA’s maritime education training and development practitioner, said: “We are pleased to see this pilot training project taking shape with the trainees being able to gain practical experience at sea aboard the SA Agulhas.

 

“The project expands TETA’s involvement in maritime sector education and training at a practical skill level and is a positive for the maritime sector and oceans economy growth.

 

“It also grows the pool of South African seafarers available for local and global employment.”

 

The next phase of the project will entail building the capacity of TVET (Technical Vocational Education & Training) Colleges to offer the training.  The current group of trainees are being managed by the South African Maritime Training Academy (SAMTRA) and the Sea Safety Training Group. Marine Crew Services is also a partner to the project, having agreed to place trainees in their managed fleets for further training.

 

The SA Agulhas will be sailing along the coast to Cape Town, on charter to the SA Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF), to retrieve data from a number of scientific buoys deployed in coastal waters to monitor the Agulhas current and its role in climate change.

 

ENDS

 

Follow SAMSA on #SAAgulhas   #SAMSAYouthBoost  #SASeafarer #SAIMI #SAMSA20

 

 

Notes for Editors

About SAMSA:

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.

About SAIMI:

SAIMI is a direct outcome of national government’s Operation Phakisa, with a core focus on the oceans economy. The institute’s mandate is to coordinate maritime skills development, education, research and innovation to support Operation Phakisa initiatives aimed at growing South Africa’s participation in the maritime economy. SAIMI has its headquarters in Port Elizabeth, and works nationally with stakeholders in maritime education, industry and government.

More info: www.saimi.co.za

Issued by:

Tebogo Ramatjie

Communications Specialist: Corporate Affairs

SAMSA

 

For media queries, RSVPS and requests for interviews, please contact:

Farhana Ismail

Tel: 031 2085525

Cell:  0827876987

farhana@fbicommunications.com

 

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