Durban harbourmaster resigns
May 28, 2004
Reports that the harbourmaster of the port of Durban, Captain Sanjiv Tandon, had resigned were confirmed this afternoon. A spokesperson for the National Ports Authority (NPA) told Ports & Ships that they were not aware of the reason for Captain Tandonís unexpected decision.
It is believed that Captain Tandon will be returning to his native India, where he has family.
Tandon held the office of harbourmaster at Africaís busiest port for just one year, after having been transferred from Port Elizabeth where he was also harbourmaster. Prior to that he served as a marine pilot with the then Portnet at the port of Richards Bay from 1995.
When Tandon arrived in Durban it was to fill a position that had remained vacant for 18 months, following the sudden departure of the former port captain/harbourmaster, Derick Cooke.
The vacant office of the most senior marine person in the port comes a little more than one month ahead of the deadline for the ISPS Code compliance, in which the harbourmaster is perceived as holding ultimate responsibility.
An announcement of his replacement is expected.