CAPE PORTS

Maritime author and educationist Brian Ingpen has a life-long interest in shipping, stimulated originally by boyhood dockland adventures in Cape Town, South Africa. At that time, no razor wire or rottweilers impeded his wanderings around dockland, boarding ships or riding on harbour tugs while they assisted ships into or out of the port. His interest was enlivened by service in the South African Navy and in Safmarine while the two closures of the Suez Canal (1956-1957 and 1967-1975) brought armadas of ships to Cape Town, widening his shipping interests. He has enjoyed a forty-two-year career in education, including heading up the Lawhill Maritime Centre in Simon’s Town, South Africa, for nineteen years. (See www.lawhill.org ) He holds a Master’s degree in maritime transportation geography, and has published eight books on maritime history, including six commissioned shipping company histories.

His next book, Cape Town’s Dockland, will be a pictorial glimpse at the ships that passed this way, and the book will be deeply flavoured by the atmosphere of an era in dockland that will never return. He is also a regular contributor to several maritime journals and writes a weekly shipping column for a Cape Town newspaper.

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CAPE PORTS

Welcome to the Cape Ports blog where you will find recent news on the Cape Town and Saldanha ports. In addition, there is a wealth of information on maritime-related services and many photos, both historical and recent relating to all matters shipping. Also, have a look at our articles on the Port News page.

GRAND LADY CELEBRATES MILESTONE

The recent towing operation by the salvage tug Smit Amandla showed that the old lady still has several years of service in her after 40 winters in service. She sailed from Cape Town in mid-January for Limbe, Cameroon, to tow the 28343-deadweight Panamanian bulker Zenith Explorer to Cape Town for propeller repairs. The tow arrived back on 3 [...]

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South African Shipping (Part 2)

PART TWO – 1961 TO THE PRESENT 4. 1961-1976 4.1 Continued local shipping operations This period was characterised by extensive restructuring of the South African shipping industry, and saw the industry at its zenith. Salient milestones of this period include : In 1959, the Industrial Development Corporation purchased a significant shareholding [...]

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South African Shipping (Part 1)

PART ONE – TO 1960 1. Early Years During the Dutch and early British settlement at the Cape, local sailing vessels went up the west coast on fishing, sealing and guano-collecting expeditions, and as settlements grew along the southern African coast (especially in the later years of the British governing the Cape), they also moved small volumes [...]

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