Port of Port Elizabeth is the proud home port of the fourth ship to be registered on the South African Ship Register. This marks a further step in South Africa’s drive to be recognised as a maritime nation in line with the South African government’s Operation Phakisa, whose main aim is to unlock the potential of the ocean’s economy.
On Tuesday, 18 June 2019, the port welcomed the Windsor Adventure, which docked at around 06:30, at berth 13. The vessel is capable of transporting 56 000 metric tons of cargo.
The Windsor Adventure was fittingly welcomed with a ceremony by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) who has been leading the concerted efforts to rebuild the country’s ship register to make it more competitive. The TNPA commemorated the arrival of the vessel by a ceremonial plaque handover.
Port of Port Elizabeth Manager, Mr. Rajesh Dana added: “The Port of Port Elizabeth is proud and honoured to be the registered home port for the Windsor Adventure. We congratulate Vuka Marine on the registration of the Windsor Adventure.
“We celebrate this historic event and note its significance, not only to the Port of Port Elizabeth, but the country at large as it marks the catalytic growth in the South African Ship Registry and once again solidifies the attractiveness of the ports in Nelson Mandela Bay as a strategic maritime node and its potential to exploit the Blue Oceans Economy”.
The Windsor Adventure is owned by Vuka Marine, a South African Bulk Shipping Company, a joint venture between Via Maritime Holdings of South Africa and K-Line of Japan. Vuka Marine has shown great commitment to the South African Ship Register as a catalyst for the promotion of job creation and maritime skills development amongst others.