NEWEST MERCHANT SHIP TO FLY SA FLAG
A third ship has been registered on the South African Ships Register.
On Wednesday, 13 July 2016, oil tanker MT Lefkas docked at berth 100 in the port of Port Elizabeth where a ceremonial plaque exchange ceremony was officiated.
The merchant vessel was previously registered under the flag of Liberia but will be using the port of Port Elizabeth to provide a new offshore bunkering operation in Algoa Bay. In December 2012 the concept of attracting vessels to the Algoa Bay region was identified as an opportunity to grow the maritime industry in the region. In bringing this initiative to fruition, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and Aegean Bunkering Marine Services worked together to formalise the concept.
Aegean subsequently embarked on a rigorous process of securing approvals from the necessary authorities. The company has also obtained bunkering licenses from Transnet National Ports Authority to conduct bunkering operations in the Ports of Port Elizabeth and Port of Ngqura.
Aegean is the first company able to offer fuels outside port limits (OPL) in South Africa and expects to attract passing ships with bunkers at anchorage in South Africa’s Algoa Bay.
In September 2015 the bulk carrier Cape Orchid became the first ship to be registered on South Africa’s merchant ship registry since 1985, followed by sister ship Cape Enterprise.
The development of a locally owned commercial shipping fleet in South Africa is among the intended outcomes of South Africa’s involvement in BRICS to increase trade and co-operation.