DUT is looking to fill four lecturing posts.  Full details in the links below.

RE-ADVERT Maritime Studies Lecturer M314

RE-ADVERT- Maritime Studies Lecturer post M312

RE-ADVERT- Maritime Studies Lecturer post M313

RE-ADVERT- Maritime Studies Senior Lecturer M309

General Manager

Operations Manager

Training Manager

TRU4 is looking for new talent…

Please click on the links above for more details on three exciting new career opportunities available.  Please apply before 31 May 2022.

Marine Bursary Durban 2022 Golf Day flyer

Calling on all SOMMSA membersplease support this wonderful initiative to raise funds for maritime education.

All the details about the marine bursary fundraiser are in the link above … your support will be greatly appreciated!

Please don’t miss this opportunity to ”p(l)ay it forward” and invest in a future maritime generation!

SOMMSA and a number of its members remain active supporters of high school maritime education via their involvement in the STS Lawhill Maritime Centre (www.lawhill.org), which provides three maritime subjects at Grade 10 to Grade 12 level.

Please take a moment to read Lawhill’s latest newsletter on the link posted below.

The Lawhill programme is currently calling for applications for high potential Grade 9 students from across South Africa to join the programme next year.   Please help them spread the word by making schools and youth organisations in your area aware of this life-changing opportunity.

Lawhill is also looking for additional bursary sponsors for a number of its current Grade 10s and will  welcome support from SOMMSA members who can help it invest in a future maritime generation.  18A Tax Certificates will be provided in return for sponsorships.

Read the newsletter here:


Note:  Copies of previous newsletters are available on www.lawhill.org.

SOMMSA members may also use the above newsletter link to subscribe to receive the termly Lawhill newsletter.

Please find below the link to the SAMSA Marine Information Notice No 06 of 2022 with regards to the CATAGORISATION OF LANGEBAAN LAGOON AND SALDANHA BAY.

MIN 06-22

On Wednesday 9  March 2022, the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust announced that the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship ‘Endurance, lost in 1915, has been located successfully in the Weddell Sea.

A multinational team of experts aboard the South African Antarctic Supply Vessel ‘SA Agulhas II’ departed Cape Town on 5th February on the Endurance22 Expedition. Onboard the vessel, 43 local seafarers under Captain Knowledge Bengu would provide critical support to the expedition team.

Donald Lamont, Chairperson of the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust, in a letter to Captain Bengu highlighted the essential role played by the South African ship:

“As we began planning this expedition, we looked no further than South Africa for the ship we needed and for the Master, Ice Pilot and crew who could get us to where we are today. You have ensured that our expedition team had the right platform in the right place and at the right time. This is your success and that of those who serve under you.”

This sentiment was echoed by Expedition Leader Dr John Shears who noted that the Officers and Crew of the ‘SA Agulhas II’ had been “simply outstanding”; going on to thank all partners especially in South Africa who played a vital role in the success of the expedition.

The ’SA Agulhas II’ is owned by the South African Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) and the vessel is managed on their behalf by local marine services company AMSOL.

As the leading employer of South Africa seafarers, AMSOL ensured that client requirements were met over months of pre-voyage planning that included the implementation of stringent COVID19 prevention protocols, a seafarer vaccination programme, as well as local procurement to supply the vessel and specific Endurance22 Expedition requirements. The company was also able to provide training berths for five South African Cadets during the voyage; exposing these young women and men beginning their career at sea to a once in a lifetime experience.

AMSOL’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Maclons:

“Since 2019, we have been proud to be part of the team involved in the quest to locate the wreck; a unique project that drew on expertise from across our company. On the occasion of this historic milestone I would like to congratulate the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust and the Endurance22 Expedition team. I extend my thanks to Captain Knowledge Bengu, Officers, Crew and AMSOL support personnel for their professionalism and commitment to the objectives of this voyage.”

Please find the press release issued  by Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust on the link below. Photographs from the expedition and a short video of the wreck of ‘Endurance’ are  available for download at https://collect.wetransfer.com/board/sowc348bfrvti58ge20220307165300

Endurance is found

Master Mariner Okke Grapow’s unique legacy to the South African maritime industry makes for fascinating reading.  Click on the link below for more details on where and how to order his latest book, More Tugs at My Heart – a must read.



Please find below the link to the SAMSA Marine Notice No 1 of 22, as it relates to the abovementioned topic.

MN 1-22

Please find details of the THE REVIEW OF 2021 INCIDENTS RESULTING IN COMMERCIAL FISHING FATALITIES in the link below – SAMSA Marine Information Notice 01-22.

MIN 01-22