Africa Oil Week 2021 “Take Outs”.. by Zola Sampson, Seatrain/SAMTRA Bursary Student

Seatrain CEO, Pieter Coetzer, accompanied our Grade 11 maritime bursary student, Zola Sampson, to Dubai for Africa Oil Week 2021, held at the beginning of November.

As Africa Oil Week’s 2021 Student Ambassador, Zola was asked to share his is top 5 ‘take-outs’ from the AOW event each day ..

Here they are…

Day 1. Monday 8 November – Opening session with Simon Flowers &  Nicolas Terraz

  1. It was great to learn that Oil & Gas Producers have a conscience and care about our future. 2050 is is an important date with regards to ‘Zero Emissions’. Most companies have strategies in place to reduce  emissions. Improve output and  productivity but not increase emissions.
  2. Gas production to increase 6% per annum for now.
  3. Focus is on low cost and low carbon emitting fuels. Oil production remains part of our immediate future.
  4. Downstream activity is an  important operation to take energy to the people.
  5. Digital solutions will play a big role in the future, to better use “big data” volumes in the exploration and production processes and improve energy efficiency.

Day 2  Tuesday 

  1. Referring to take out 1 from yesterday – I learned today that many IOC’s have green ambitions but some NOC’s could be more proactive towards investing in the energy transition mission.
  2. Master Class with Mr Simone Santi – thank you sir for spending time with me to mentor me and crack a few jokes about your surfing ambitions!
  3. Regional energy cooperation is key to putting African oil and gas resources to their best use. Eg. South Africa and Mozambique regional gas master plan.
  4. The African Continental Free Trade Agreement is a good thing for Africa, which will enable better trade conditions, stimulate investment and create employment.
  5. Even though only 5% of future global upstream spend is earmarked for Africa, it seems like there are still many opportunities on the African continent.

Day 3 / Wednesday 

  1. FID stands for “Final Investment Decision”. It can take years to reach (in Africa) and depends on the size of the investment,  project scale and complexity, geographic location, availability of skills and infrastructure, political stability, tax and legal frameworks etc.  Tks Mr Henry Menkiti for the short lesson.
  2. Diversity Breakfast – Women’s ideas will play an important role in the transition and its important that everyone is involved in making their voices heard. Feminine leadership is an effective way to deal with conflict ,which uses empathy and kindness to find solutions.
  3. Robotics, data sciences, remote operation and mobility are part of the offshore future.
  4. I learned how a FPSO works,  from the seabed / ‘Christmas Tree’, risers and onboard plant.
  5. If you are looking for a job, be VISIBLE. Get a LinkedIn account and stay connected to the labour grid!

Day 4/Thursday

1. ” Flare Off” is the controlled disposal of unused production bi-products/gas and causes huge energy wastage, estimated at up to 10% in losses globally.

2. The new Brulpadda gas condensate discovery off South Africa (6 tcf) has huge potential to add to the local energy mix, expected to start delivering in 2025.

3. Advantage Barrels are high profit low input cost barrels  eg. Where a new well simply taps into existing infrastructure.

4. Governments and oil producers have many different methodologies for production sharing (cost oil and profit oil), and it typically includes royalties (10%), corporate Tax (25%), levies and rentals etc.

5. The Oil Price is forecasted to rise, expected to be USD 100+  per barrel in 2022.

Thanks for all your time AOW delegates!

Supporting the Wellness@Sea Campaign

Seatrain is honoured to be supporting the 2021 Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea Awareness Campaign. This important, 27-week campaign aims to make a real difference in the lives of seafarers, their families and shore staff and is set to play an important part in an industry-wide conversation about wellbeing and mental health.

The campaign aims to:
empower seafarers by explaining basic principles of wellbeing,
exploring some of the most common challenges
seafarers face and giving seafarers the tools to navigate these
in a positive way.
support seafarers, because we know that life at sea can get
tough, and having someone to turn to for support can make
all the difference. There is a wealth of resources out there
that seafarers can turn to in difficult times – for example Sailors’
Society’s helplines and chaplaincy service, which offer free
support and advice to seafarers.
support and build the seafarer community, because no seafarer is
an island. Seafarers are connected to other people who influence
them in their work and personal life. Seafarers depend on them and
they depend on our seafarers. For us, supporting and investing in the seafarer family and the shore staff taking care of seafarers is important,
because we are confident that it can give seafarers peace of mind
while being at sea.

Read/listen more on the links below:

WEEKS 1 -3:


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WEEKS 4-6:

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WAS_Cycle 3- Material List


Peer Support group – how to join: WAS_Join_Peer_Support_Group_




Reading List_weeks 13 – 15

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Starting with the most recent …

SAMSA Services Resume Post-Lockdown

As per the SAMSA Marine Notice no 41, the full range of SAMSA services are available once again.  

Please note the following:

  • The availability of SAMSA services is subject to change at short notice.
  • Application must still be made to the nearest SAMSA office in terms of Marine Notice 28 of 2020, specifically, at least 72 hours prior to SAMSA attendance being required. In addition, Annex 1 & 2 of Marine Notice 28 of 2020 must be submitted at time of application.
  • Seafarer applications will be accepted for assessment.
  • Level 3 assessments (oral examinations) are being conducted. Please contact your nearest SAMSA office for details.
  • Eyesight Examinations are available, subject to specific office restrictions. Please contact your nearest SAMSA office for details.
  • Seafarers are strongly encouraged to download and complete application forms prior to applying at and visiting a SAMSA office.
  • Electronic submission of documentation is encouraged in all instances of application for service.

Read the full Marine Notice on the link below:

September 2020