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Research highlights potential for SA to develop offshore wind

By: Schalk Burger     2nd April 2021 A study of South Africa's offshore wind energy resources by researchers from the Stellenbosch University Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering indicates that wind turbines installed off the KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape coasts could potentially supply between 15% and 800% of South... 

Massive ships now heading towards South Africa as Suez Canal remains blocked

By: News24Wire      26th March 2021 Some of the world’s biggest container ships have changed course in recent hours, and are now heading towards the coast of South Africa as the Suez Canal remains blocked. Among them is the "mega ship" Ever Greet, which is operated by the same Taiwan-based company (Evergreen) as the Ever Given,... 

Western Cape establishes coastal management line 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th March 2021 Western Cape Provincial Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell has established the first coastal management line (CML) in South Africa. In the face of a changing global climate and the presence of naturally dynamic coastal processes, the safety... 

Namibian Marine Phosphate advises of postponement in High Court ruling

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th March 2021 A judgment by the Namibian High Court on an application launched by the Confederation of Namibian Fishing Association and three other parties against the legitimacy of Namibian Marine Phosphate’s (NMP’s) Sandpiper mining licence has been postponed to April 12. The judgment had initially been... 

Cova Carbon Credits Webinar

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th March 2021 Under South African carbon tax regulations, companies are able to use carbon credits either from their own registered projects or from third parties to offset a portion of their carbon tax liability. This creates opportunities to develop carbon projects, as well as prospects on both the buy-side... 

Successful marine mining vessel repair leads to two more ship repair projects

By: Schalk Burger     26th February 2021 The successful repair of the Gariep mining vessel, operated by  De Beers Marine, in November has led to two further ship repair projects being booked for 2021 at the Port of Cape Town, the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) said on February 25. The Gariep mining... 

Rolls-Royce marine AI technology project receives UK funding

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th February 2021 The British Ministry of Defence (MOD) has granted funding to UK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce to further develop the company’s Artificial Chief Engineer technology. This is an autonomous ship machinery control system, intended to permit naval vessels to carry out... 

SAPPMA signs operation clean sweep ocs pledge

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th February 2021 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufactures Association   (SAPPMA) has become the latest plastics industry association in South Africa to sign the Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS) pledge – an international stewardship programme designed to prevent the loss of plastic resin (pellets, flakes, and... 

WEF recognises local SharkSafe tech innovation

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2021 The SharkSafe Barrier, developed by Stellenbosch University (SU) research commercialisation company Innovus, was recognised by the World Economic Forum (WEF) digital platform UpLink as one of the top ocean innovators and was chosen as one of eleven innovations that have the potential to address... 

Tight supply and hydrogen hopes drive iridium up 160%

By: Reuters     12th February 2021 Iridium has become the latest precious metal to undergo a spectacular price rally, after supply shortages and expectations it will be used to produce hydrogen to power a greener economy lifted its value by 160% in two months. The difficulty of raising output means prices could rise further,... 

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