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South Africa fast becoming the preferred destination for major ship arrests

At the recent annual Maritime Law Conference (MLA) held at Arabella in the Western Cape, various prominent government and international speakers took to the floor to debate and discuss national global maritime phenomena including inter alia; the progress in handling international oil spillages, port congestion, salvage and vessel arrests. Progress and unity was evident amongst the highly respected panel of speakers including Captain Rufus Lekala (TNPA Chief Harbour Master), Captain Alan Reid, representing P&I interests, Sobantu Tilayi (South African Maritime Safety Authority) and Dumisani Ntuli (Department of Transport) who spoke of enhanced engagement amongst each department and coordinated efforts to increase efficiencies.

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What the load ....?

“From the amount of print and communication I’m seeing, it’s a safe bet to say that SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) has the Maritime Logistics industry in a right froth, and rightly so considering the additional costs implied,” says John Valentine, Director at Real Telematics. “In context however, it’s also fair to say that the industry was warned several years ago that the legislation was coming.”

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GAC for global support

Established since 1956, GAC Laser International Logistics (Pty) Ltd. is a global provider of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services. The company believes that with emphasising world-class performance, a long-term approach, innovation, ethics and a strong human touch, it can deliver a flexible and value-adding portfolio to help customers achieve their strategic goals.  GAC has over 10,000 employees in more than 300 offices worldwide.

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