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Geared up for a festive season at sea

WHILE most businesses gear down for a well-deserved year-end break, the MV Zemora, operated by Crux Maritime Solutions (CMS), is ready to provide offshore services to vessels anchoring at Gqeberha’s two ports over the December period.

That’s according to Operations Manager Tommy Muller, who said the company offers off port limit (OPL) services to shipping agents, crew members, technicians, chandlers and captains in the Algoa Bay area.

“The crew/cargo transfer service enables shipping agents to deliver on their commitments to ships offshore, at anchorage and calling in to the Port of Ngqura and the Port of Port Elizabeth. The MV Zemora vessel provides a 24/7 service 365 days a year, hereby enabling the advancement of the South African maritime transport sector,” Muller said.

MV Zemora Skipper, Stephen de Lange said the vessel can safely and comfortably seat 12 passengers for transfer and carry six tons of cargo on her 27-square-metre load deck. Services include, amongst others, diving support, salvage and repairs, oil rig supply, search and rescue support, and delivery of spare parts.

“This is quite a busy time of the year for us, but our focus is on ensuring the smooth and safe operations of the ships and crews at our ports,” De Lange added

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) believes the growth of the maritime industry in the Eastern Cape will diversify the economy of this region and contribute to the much-needed economic growth, maritime skills development, and local jobs, if managed correctly.

“Scope to enhance the sector’s contribution to the growth and transformation of the South African economy exists and lies within the context of the mandate of the Coega Special Economic Zone,” the CDC said in a statement.

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