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 [...]admin
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.
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 [...]admin
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 [...]admin
Hopeful signs amidst government lethargy At the time of writing, the recently-flagged South African Capesize ore carrier Cape Orchid was bunkering at Singapore. On bareboat charter to Vuka Marine (a new South African shipping venture) the K Line vessel is carrying about 170000 tons of iron ore, loaded at Saldanha Bay, on South Africa’s west [...]Brian Ingpen