Maritime careers in spotlight at Eastern Cape Maritime Summit in East London

OCTOBER 12, 2016

The Eastern Cape Maritime Summit in East London will present school pupils with comprehensive information around study and rapidly developing career options in the sea-related economy.

Organised school groups are being invited to attend the Maritime Careers Exhibition, attached to the summit at Hemingways on October 27 and 28.

Maritime related careers are expected to boom over the next decade, as not only South Africa but the continent initiates a deliberate programme to optimise is marine resources.

South Africa's oceans, it is estimated, have the potential to contribute up to R177-billion to the country's gross domestic product (GDP), and create up to 1-million new jobs, by 2033. This is the key aim of national government's Operation Phakisa.

On a continental level, the years 2015-2025 were declared the "Decade of African Seas and Oceans”, at the Twenty-Second Ordinary Session of the African Union held in Addis Ababa in January 2014. 

Thirty-eight (38) African countries are either coastal or island states while 52 of its over 100 port facilities handle containers and various forms of cargo.

South Africa, strategically situated on trade routes, on the Southern tip is uniquely bordered by the ocean on three sides with a coastline of 3 924 kilometres long, including Prince Edward and Marion Islands in the southern ocean.

Summit organiser Andrew Binning said the focussed drive on marine related business and the consequent jobs created in the sector, by the South African government, "represented a significant opportunity" to school-leavers.

"There is a need to develop the skills required by this growth and to also accelerate growth, the potential of which is enormous,'' Binning said.

Among the exhibitors that will be present at the Maritime Careers Expo are South Africa's leading maritime educational institutions including The Maritime School of Excellence, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, NMMU, East Cape Midlands College and the South African International Maritime Institute.

Corporate exhibitors include The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, Fab Manufacturing, East London IDZ, Rohlig Grindrod, Transnet Port Terminals, Transnet Port Operations and the Industrial Development Corporation.     

The Maritime industry is associated with activities on all vessels used at sea and associated land-based services, including marine protection, pollution, repairs, tourism, transport et al.

The Summit, which also features world-class speakers and site tours, is run under the auspices of the Border Kei Chamber of Business with the support of Buffalo City Municipality and DEDEAT.

Schools groups are invited to attend the Careers exhibition at specific times on October 27 and 28. Booking is essential.  These can be made by contacting the organisers at 0861 101 475 or email :  [email protected]    More information at