The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) on Tuesday (1 February) said it is planning to lift its moratorium on applications for bunkering operating licences at Algoa Bay effective 1 April 2022.
“The moratorium was placed on 22 August 2019 pending the finalisation of a Holding Capacity and Risk Assessment Study,” it stated.
“The lifting follows the last seating of the Bunkering Stakeholder session held in December 2021 that resolved that the moratorium should be lifted. The lifting means that new potential entrants can now submit their applications with effect from 1 February 2022.”
SAMSA has issued Marine Notice MN 01-22 (C+F+P) “The interim application process and requirements to Conduct STS ship to ship transfers and bunkering operations outside of a port” on its website for interested applicants.
“Only online applications will be accepted via the firstname.lastname@example.org email address. All stakeholders that sent their applications in the past should reapply via the online system,” it explains.
“The online application process is a transitional arrangement pending the finalisation of the Bunker/ Ship to Ship (STS) codes.”
SAMSA is organising a special bunkering stakeholders’ session on 7 February 2022 at 1000hrs to provide further details.
Editor’s note: The recently issued Marine Notice MN 01-22 (C+F+P) can be downloaded here.
Photo credit: South African Maritime Safety Authority
Published: 4 February, 2022
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