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DAFF research and patrol vessel operations under new management

South African shipbuilding and maritime solutions company Nautic South Africa has confirmed it will transfer the operation of the six Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) research and patrol vessels currently under its management to the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA’s) Special Marine Projects Division at the end of October 2014. SAMSA’s current mandate is to ensure safety of life and property at sea, prevent and combat pollution from ships in the marine environment, and to promote the Republic’s maritime interests.

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Optimised patrol vessels add punch to the fight against maritime crime

Piracy, drug smuggling and human trafficking have been going on right under our noses for a while, including illegal and unregulated fishing; and oil pollution. But there’s a spark of hope in the form of six Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ (DAFF) vessels, which have been restored to their former sea-going glory and are patrolling South African waters.

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Who will take the can?

WHILE the market awaits approval of fishing conglomerate Oceana’s takeover of the fishing segment of FoodCorp, lines are already being cast for who the buyer of the Glenryck pilchard canning business will be. 

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