New Southern Tanker naming

Sep 24, 2003
Author: P&S

A new tanker being built in South Korea for Black Economic Empowerment shipping line Southern Tankers has had a name selected following a competition held among students at South Africa’s three maritime schools – Durban’s New Forest High School, Richards Bay’s Tisand Technical High School, and Simon’s Town High School, in addition to Fezeka High School at Gugulethu.

The winning name – Southern Unity - came from a Grade 11 student of maritime studies at Simon’s Town High School.

Nkululeko Tshali came up with the name that received the nods of approval from Southern Tankers’ board of directors, who agreed it was the most appropriate entry for the company’s first ship. Director Robert Young said the ‘Southern’ prefix was advantageous to a new emerging ship owner like Southern Tankers because it helped reinforce the company’s brand name and image in the market place.

“It was also pleasing to have the ship carry a name with special relevance in the new South Africa, especially a name conceived by one of the country’s youth,” he said.

Tshali said he selected the name “because South Africa is a country with many cultures and different languages.”

“These cultures are united to form one fully functional country. This country was plagued by many problems in the past; its people overcame these obstacles and forgave each other. We can teach the world it does not matter where you are from – our home is yours.”

The student will receive a personal computer and a coastal passage on the ship as his reward.

Southern Unity was laid down at the Shina shipyard in South Korea on 3 September, 2003 and will be launched on 25 November. The 37 000-dwt ship is due for completion in February 2004 after which she will work her way to South Africa.

Southern Unity will take over the duties currently being handled by Unicorn Tankers’ charter vessel Hambisa, carrying petroleum products for Shell and BP along the Southern African coast.

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