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A great opportunity for these two Lawhill Maritime Centre students to meet members of the AOW team in London! As the proud Sponsor of the AOW 2019 Student Programme, Seatrain is delighted to be part of the Africa Oil Week sponsors team giving maritime students the opportunity to attend this important industry event in November 2019. Be sure to meet the students at AOW 2019!We had a great visit to AOW HQ today from Kyla and Lerato, students at Lawhill Maritime Centre. They schooled us on issues faced by women in the maritime industry and suggested how we could do more to engage youth! Thank you to Debbie Owen, their teacher, for bringing them along. ... See MoreSee Less

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Incase you missed it...Industry News: SAMSA confident of White List standing....
SOUTH AFRICA, Cape Town (11/9/2019): We caught up with Sobantu Tilayi, acting CEO of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), ahead of his presentation to the South African Institute of Marine Engineers and Naval Architects (SAIMENA) lunch in Cape Town where he discussed progress on keeping South Africa’s place on the IMO STCW White List.
In May we reported on the threat that 75 countries faced of being culled from the International Maritime Organisation’s so-called White List. At the time Tilayi offered the South African industry the assurance that everything was being done to ensure that the country would not face this eventuality.
On Friday, he confirmed that significant progress had been made and that SAMSA had employed the services of an international consultant to ensure that the process met with success.
He added that the road ahead has been planned to ensure that a final assessment by IMO will be scheduled in February 2020. A review of the legislation to give effect to STCW has already been completed. “We will now undertake quality management to support these regulations and implementation plan,” he said adding that once this has been completed.
“The regulations will be in place by the end of October and we will run the system and undertake self-assessment during December with the view to solving any findings and putting in place corrective measures before the final IMO assessment in February,” he assured the industry.
Tilayi is confident that the auditors will find in favour of South Africa’s ability to give full effect to STCW and that the country will remain on the list which is due to be released for 2021.
He adds that he has been humbled by the industry’s engagement and asks that the maritime sectors continue to partner with the Authority and to hold them accountable. “We do not want to let down the industry and we do not want to hide from our responsibilities,” he says.
According to Tilayi, the reason South Africa’s previous submissions were rejected relate to the administration’s desire to integrate prior learning from the fishing and naval sectors into the framework.
“Our aim was to create a continuous process of development for South African seafarers for those that started out in the fishing industry and ended up on merchant navy vessels,” he said. “But they (IMO) did not like this and told us not to contaminate the rules,” he added.
Although still intent on working to develop this type of career progression locally, Tilayi nevertheless realises that the current priority is to comply with the IMO requirements and not jeopardise South African seafarers.
“We intend to follow this process (of recognition of prior learning) at IMO, but will de-link it now so that we do not create a problem. We have not given up on the fight,” he said adding that South Africa intends to lead the discussion at IMO level.
“There are other countries that are interested in this approach – particularly our friends in South East Asia. We will continue to lobby for this, but understand that it will take time – probably the better part of ten years,” stresses Tilayi who believes that it will be of benefit to the next generation of seafarers.
SOURCE: Maritime Review Africa.
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