World Maritime Day 2016
South Africa will celebrate World Maritime Day through a series of events with the theme “Shipping: Indispensable to the World” as its main focus.
Dipuo Peters, National Minister of Transport will celebrate World Maritime Day at the Gariep Dam in the Northern Cape on 29 September this year. Previous events were held in Saldanha Bay (2014) and Richards Bay (2015).
- Press release: South Africa celebrates 2016 World Maritime Day.
- Read more about South Africa’s celebrations on South African Maritime Safety Authority's (SAMSA) website.
Interesting facts about shipping
- The economy relies on ships to transport commodities, fuel, goods and products.
- It’s the least environmentally polluting form of commercial transport.
- Seaborne trade brings benefits through competitive freight costs.
- Almost everyone in the world relies on shipping to some extent.
Read more facts about shipping.
Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ)
The Port of Saldanha Bay is the largest and deepest natural port in the Southern Hemisphere accommodating vessels and offshore mobile drilling units. The Western Cape Government, the Department of Trade and industry, Saldanha Bay Municipality and Transnet National Ports Authority envisions that the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) will be a world-class, internationally recognised and respected South African marine engineering hub.
South African (SA) IDZ legislation allows the operator to establish a customs-controlled and duty-free area to move goods freely into, and out of the area. These goods are not subject to Value-Added Tax (VAT) or duties.
The Saldanha Bay IDZ is unique because:
- It's the first IDZ in SA to apply for a full customs control area (CCA) licence,
- IDZ activities are sector-specific, focusing on the oil and gas sector, and
- It’s the first IDZ in SA to include port land in the designation.
Read more about the Saldanha Bay IDZ.
About the International Maritime Organisation’s World Maritime Day
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) recognises that shipping is the leading facilitator of world trade.
According to the IMO, shipping is the most fuel-efficient and carbon-friendly form of commercial transport, and can therefore be considered to be a driver of “green-growth”.
World Maritime Day will be celebrated at the IMO Headquarters on 29 September 2016, but other events and activities focusing on the theme will be held throughout the year.
The IMO develops and maintains a comprehensive regulatory framework for international shipping and has already established a comprehensive body of international conventions.
- Read more about IMO World Maritime Day 2016.
Watch: Official video message by Kitack Lim, IMO Secretary-General, for World Maritime Day 2016
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