Conference time

Aug 2, 2003
Author: P&S

Durban is getting ready to host another maritime conference – this time one with a difference.

The Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), a non-profit umbrella organisation for women operating in a predominantly male-oriented industry, has planned a maritime conference to be held in Durban during October.

WISTA, which started in the UK in 1974 and has since expanded throughout Europe and to South African five years ago, provides opportunities for members to develop professionally, providing information, training and networking.

The conference is expected to attract 250 delegates between 9 and 10 October, with Cape Town hosting a final day on Saturday 11 October all preceded by a reception in Durban on 8 October. Speakers will cover issues such as port privatisation, the economic benefits and obstacles of international trade agreements, as well as more localised topics such as casualties along South Africa’s notorious and at times treacherous coastline.

Delegates will have the opportunity to visit the ports of Durban and Richards Bay, as well as examples of operations in the oil industry, breweries, motor and sugar industries and the paper terminal. An optional final day in Cape Town is available.

For further details and reservations contact WISTA at

The two days of conference programme is as follows:
Please note conference (and speaker) subject to change as per conference organisers requirements

The importance of Southern Africa within a Global Perspective
Paper presented by: Alan Jones, African Regional Executive, Safmarine (Pty) Ltd

AGOA & EU-SA agreement: why do we need them?
Both the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which relates to exports to the United States of America, and the European Union/South Africa Agreement on Trade, Development and Co-operation promise economic benefits to the countries concerned. Do they deliver on these promises, and what are the obstacles to free trade between countries?
Paper presented by: Manana Nhlanhla, Chairperson of Trade Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIK)

Cracking the ISPS Code
The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code has recently been introduced by the International Maritime Organisation. Why is it needed, and who should be paying for the costs of implementing it?
Paper presented by: Tony Norton, Director, Garlicke & Bousfield Inc.

Port privatisation
This is currently a very topical issue in a number of emerging economies, as well as amongst the customers who use these facilities. Is there a downside to the implementation of privatisation policies, and if so, how is it dealt with? What impact does privatisation have on the port's customers and service providers? What lessons can be learnt from well-established private port operators?
Paper presented by: Nozipho Sithole, General Manager, Ports and Corporate Affairs, National Port Authority (NPA)

Shipping Sector Opportunities
Shipping sector opportunities in Durban and the impact on the region of the Dube Trade Port as an Industrial Development Zone.
Paper presented by: Thina Siwendu, Director, Durban Investment Promotion Agency.

Panel Discussions
The panel discussions will all involve panels of presenters who will explore in depth the topics at hand through interaction and debate with the delegates

1] Trading in Southern Africa
Chaired by Sylvia Johnson, General Manager of Bridge Marine.
South Africa is the gateway to countries such as Namibia, Zambia and Mozambique. Topics such as the commodities traded, conditions of trade and the trading environment will be discussed. This panel discussion will also give delegates a brief insight into the different cultures of African countries and how these impact on the manner in which trade is conducted.
Panel : David Williams, General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Maersk SA; Andrew Wallace, Director, Bridge Shipping; Ian Bird, Director, BOSS Logistics

2] Bunkering
Chaired by Karin Voster, Director of Transtec
This exciting workshop will cover the International Bunkering Industry Association’s (IBIA) continued programme of providing updated information and best practice methodology on the international bunkering industry. The panel will discuss commercial aspects of bunkering, some legal issues relevant to the industry, barging in Southern Africa and an overview of the Southern African market. Participants will enjoy an interactive game aimed at driving home some important messages about this global industry.
Panel : Kgomotso Mashishi, Commercial Manager, Smit Dudula; Peter Syrris, Director, Amoil Ltd

3] Ship Registration
Chaired by Jenny McIntosh, Director, Garlicke & Bousfield Inc.
The place where a ship is registered has wide implications for a ship owner. Issues of dual registration, secondary registers, taxation, access to capital markets, and political considerations will be examined.
Panel : Dumisani Ntuli, Manager, Marine Transport, Department of Transport; Nosipo Sobekwa, Policy Specialist, South African Maritime Safety Authority

4] Casualties : General Average and Salvage
Chaired by Anisa Govender, Attorney of Shepstone & Wylie
South Africa’s high-energy coastline has contributed to several wrecks and numerous casualties over the years. The workshop will present a case study of a casualty, dealing with issues such as salvage and general average. Reference will be made to some of the more famous South African casualties.
Panel : David Maine, Head of Casualties, Smit Pentow Marine (Pty) Ltd; Captain Bill Dernier, Ports Manager, South African Maritime and Safety Authority (SAMSA); Johan Swart, a maritime lawyer and partner at Shepstone & Wylie

5] Shipping economics in non-containerised traffic
Chaired by Dusty–Lee Weatherhead, Attorney of Adams & Adams
The three-way effect of port efficiency, commodities’ prices, and freight rates in the bulk and breakbulk industries will be debated and discussed.
Panel : Professor Trevor Jones, Programme Director, School of Economics and Acting Head of the School of Maritime Studies, University of Natal, Durban; Ronnie Holtshausen, academic and Commercial Manager, SA Port Operations (SAPO); Bianca Knight, operations, Seaboard Trading and Shipping (Pty) Ltd; Michael Govender, Technical Manager, Tiger Brands Limited and Iain McAlpine, Procurement Manager, Tiger Brands Limited

6] United States’ African Growth and Opportunity Act
Chaired by Janine Lee, Partner, De Villiers, Evans & Petit
The implementation of AGDA and its accessibility for stakeholders in various sectors of the shipping industry will be examined.
Panel : Johnnie Brown, Commercial Consul, Embassy of the United States of America; Dr Jeya Wilson, CEO, Durban Chamber of Commerce; Walter Simeoni, Group Managing Director, Frame Group Limited; Mike Renard, General Manager, Africa, Lykes Lines

7] European Union/South Africa Agreement on Trade, Development and Co-operation
Chaired by Victoria Hobson, Garlicke & Bousfield Inc.
The implementation of the EU/SA Agreement on Trade, Development and Co-operation, and its accessibility for stakeholders in various sectors of the shipping industry will be examined.
Panel : Jonathan Naidoo, Durban Chamber of Commerce; Wilhelm Molberger, Department of Trade and Industry; Aubrey Veeran, Manager of Durban branch of Sebenza Forwarding & Shipping Consultancy (Pty) Ltd; Garth Whaits, Stellenbosch Farmer's Winery; Jurgen Lovasz, Head of Political, Economic and Trade Section of European Commisison

8] Professional Development within the Shipping Industry
Chaired by Siiri Duddington, attorney of Deneys Reitz
This workshop will present an overview of the opportunities available to women from various sectors of the shipping community to develop themselves on a professional level. To what extent are women encouraged and assisted, by way of education programmes, training and courses, to build long term careers within the shipping industry?
Panel : Lameesah St Clair Marks, Chamber Practitioner, Education Training and Development; Dumile Cele, Manager, Port Academy; Prushanta Motilal, Personnel Officer, Grindrod Group; Alison Sibbald, Chairman, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers South Africa


Report back: WISTA yesterday, today, and tomorrow

All the excursions will include one or more presentations by persons within the relevant industry sector. Planned visits to vessels will depend upon schedules. Lunch will be provided on all the excursions

1] Port of Durban
Known as the “Gateway to Southern Africa”, Durban’s geographical location at the convergence of the world’s major shipping routes makes it ideal for serving both domestic and major international markets. As South Africa’s main general cargo and container port, the Port of Durban handles, on average, 30 million tons of cargo a year with a value of more than R100bn, which equates to 65 percent of all revenue earned by South African ports. An absolute must see for the first time visitor.
Hosted by NPA, Led by Yvonne de Kock, Manager, Corporate Affairs, National Port Authority

2] Port of Richards Bay
Delegates have an opportunity to visit one of South Africa's most dynamic and exciting ports, Richards Bay. Situated some 160 km north of Durban, it is a relatively young port, having opened on 1 April 1976, with the purpose of exporting 26 million tons of coal per annum over the first ten years. It is currently South Africa's leading port in terms of cargo volumes and handles in excess of 80 million tons per annum, representing about 55 % of South Africa's seaborne cargo trade. Approximately 1644 commercial ocean going vessels call at the port's five terminals annually. It is the leading bulk cargo port as a result of its infrastructure, extensive bulk cargo handling facilities, and the demands of surrounding industry (Billiton, Hillside Aluminium Smelters, Indian Ocean Fertilizers, and Richard Bay Minerals, to name but a few). Delegates will be welcomed by the Port Manager, and General Manager Mdu Nene will give a presentation on Women in Operations, followed by a tour of the port, the container terminal, Richards Bay Minerals and Mondi.
Hosted by NPA, Led by Marlene Hilton, Legal and Contracts Offices, South African Port Operations

3] The Oil Industry
An exciting tour for all who are involved or interested in the importation and processing of crude oil, which will provide a first hand look at the oil industry. Delegates will be given a guided tour of the Sapref refinery and will view the single buoy mooring facilities, followed by a lunch kindly hosted by Sapref (Shell and BP Petroleum). In the afternoon delegates will return to the port of Durban for a tour of the berthing and discharge facilities at Island View, kindly hosted by Total.
Led by Thandeka Cele, Senior Chemist, Engen Petroleum, and Dusty – Leo Weatherhead, Attorney, Adams & Adams

4] Paper Terminal
Knowledgeable speakers will guide delegates through this tour, which will provide an overview of the export logistics chain in this industry. Firstly delegates will be shown around one of the world's largest individual paper mills, situated south of the city. Thereafter delegates will visit the dedicated paper export terminal at the port of Durban, and will finish off this fascinating tour on a specialised paper product-carrying vessel berthed in the port of Durban.
Hosted by Mondi Paper, Led by Kim Tabori, Accounts Manager, Paper and Specialist Products, Unifeeder (Pty) Ltd

5] South African Breweries
South African Breweries are brewers of some of the world’s finest beers. Delegates will trace this South African legend from its humble beginnings through to a visit to the brewery. They will also board and inspect a vessel bringing in the malt used in the brewing process. The tour will culminate in the terminal operation where the discharge of the malt from the vessel into the silos will be observed.
Hosted by South African Breweries. Led by Candice Gabriel, Attorney, Deneys Reitz

6] Motor Industry in Southern Africa
Tour the Toyota SA Motors’ manufacturing plant, the Durban Port Car Terminal and a ro-ro car carrier (schedule permitting) followed by a presentation on the MIDP (Motor Industry Development Program), and a discussion on the challenges and business opportunities generated by this government incentive programme that extends through to 2012.
Hosted by Toyota SA. Led by Terry Leeson, Manager, Toyota Automotive Division UT

7] Sugar Industry Tour
Sugar cane is known as the “green gold” of the province of KwaZulu Natal. Experience a guided tour of the Tongaat-Huletts Sugar Mill in Maidstone, 20 minutes north of Durban, followed by a light luncheon at a restaurant on the Durban waterfront. The afternoon will see delegates taking an in-depth look at the Sugar Terminal on Maydon Wharf.
Hosted by Tongaat-Hulett. Led by Megan Harris, Ship Operator, Phoenix Shipping

Gala Dinner
The WISTA South Africa Extravaganza : The Grand Finale to the time spent in this wonderful city will be enjoyed by all the delegates and local shipping fraternity.
Speaker : Tau Morwe, CEO, South African Port Operations


This additional day is hosted by Local Cape Town Industry, please be advised delegates will be responsible for cost of flights and accommodation. Delegates fly to Cape Town to meet with WISTA Cape Town Chapter at the Cape Town International Airport.

Township Tour
Delegates will visit community development projects in Langa, Cape Town’s oldest township. A delectable African traditional lunch will be served at Eziko, the only “container” restaurant in Cape Town.
Speaker : Mandi Motha, Corporate Affairs manager, National Ports Authority

Tour of Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate

Visit to the South African Maritime Academy
Delegates will steer a ship into Cape Town harbour on a brand-new ship simulator
Speaker : Deanna Collins, Marketing and Services Executive, SAMTRA

In true maritime style, dinner will be served in the officers’ mess at the Naval Base in Simonstown.


Experience Cape Town at leisure Table Mountain, Signal Hill, the Waterfront, Century City, wine farms, and world-class shops and restaurants.

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