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Ngqura harbour master takes on continental role

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CAPTAIN Thulani Dubeko, harbour master at the Port of Ngqura has been elected as the new president of the African Harbour Masters’ Committee (AHMC). The AHMC brings together African harbour masters to share ideas on the management of all aspects of maritime port operations.

AHMC announced Dubeko’s election during the 14th International Harbour Masters’ Congress held recently in Tangier, Morocco. AHMC is a chapter of the International Harbour Masters’ Association. It is responsible for ensuring the safe, secure, efficient, and environmentally sound conduct of marine operations in port waters.

Dubeko’s recognition by his peers attests to the abundance of a skilled and highly motivated workforce to drive productivity for Transnet’s business sustainability and success, according to Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).

As the president of the AHMC, Captain Dubeko will be responsible for developing Harbour Masters across the continent through the exchange of knowledge and training to help improve safety and customer service. The role includes advancing the African Integrated Maritime Strategy 2050, which aims to improve maritime conditions related to environmental and economic development within African countries.

Growing up in Lusikisiki, Dubeko had always dreamed of working in the military. He had no exposure to the maritime sector until his interest was stimulated while working at the South African Navy. After his time in the Navy, he pursued a qualification in maritime studies at the Durban University of Technology. In his second year of studies in 1998, he was awarded a Transnet Bursary.

Upon acquiring his qualification, he joined TNPA as a trainee in marine operations and received marine pilot training in Rotterdam. Dubeko progressed through various positions within the South African port system including tug master, marine pilot, marine operations manager and deputy harbour master before assuming his current position.
Dubeko had served as vice president of the Committee since October 2022.

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