International maritime institute launched at NMMU

NOVEMBER 13, 2014

The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) was launched in Nelson Mandela Bay last night, a joint initiative between the SA Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan University (NMMU).

The institute “will promote and coordinate maritime education, skills development and research to support South Africa in harnessing the potential of its mostly untapped maritime resource”.

SAMSA CEO Commander Tsietsi Mokhele said the Eastern Cape had been selected for the institute because it was “well positioned” and had maritime and transport infrastructure and was “very strong” in the field of marine science.

An indication of the Institute’s international partnership and industry support, was that Vice-President of Finish global ship power company Aaron Bresnahan handed over a R6.2 million ship engine at the launch.

The engine will be housed at NMMU’s Engineering Faculty and is supported by training material and 3D “walk-through technology to give maritime engineering students “the opportunity to gain theoretical and practical knowledge of the latest in ship engine design and technology”.

Tsietsi said that the areas with the most potential for maritime economic development were marine transport and ship-ping, oil and gas, fisheries and aquaculture and maintenance.

He said the establishment of the institute formed part of SAMSA’s strategy “to unlock the potential of South Africa’s oceans and position the country as a leader in all things maritime,” adding that it remained focused on initiatives that were geared to benefit the South African economy. - metrominutes