SAS SPIOENKOP in East London for the World
Article and photos by Chief Petty Officer
20 – 25 June 2017
hydrography Day is an international day that is
celebrated and was established in 1921 for the purpose
of providing a mechanism for consultation between
government on such matters as technical standards, safe
navigation and the protection of the marine environment.
SAS SPIOENKOP entering the East London harbour
The SA Navy
celebrates World Hydrography Day annually within
different ports in South Africa. This year the SA Navy
deployed the SAS SPIOENKOP to the port of East London to
celebrate the annual event with its community. SAS
SPIOENKOP entered the East London harbour on 20 June
On 21 June,
the Officer Commanding of SAS SPOIENKOP, Captain (SAN)
Charl Maritz had an interview with the Daily Dispatch, a
local newspaper about the capability of the vessel and
what it means for his ship’s company to take part in the
World Hydrography Day celebrations. A courtesy call to
the Port Captain, Capt Gugu Dube and Acting Port Manager
followed on the 22 June where SAS SPIOENKOP was
officially welcomed to the harbour of East London.
The SA Navy
together with TNPA paid a visit to Nyameko High School
in Mdantsane on 23 June, where the two departments
embarked in a community outreach project in 2015 to do
maintenance work at the school and provided them with a
mobile container kitchen for their feeding scheme. This
year a delegation led by Rear Admiral (Junior Grade) N.S.
Gogi together with TNPA delegates went to hand over a
R10 000 cheque to the school as a donation.
evening Flag Officer Fleet (FOF), Rear Admiral B. K.
Mhlana hosted the TNPA and Buffalo City Metropolitan
Municipality officials to a cocktail function where FOF
expressed his gratitude to the Deputy Mayor of Buffalo
City Metropolitan Municipality, Cllr Zoliswa Matana for
having the SA Navy in their city.
People of the East London community eager to go on-board
SAS SPIOENKOP for tours
The SA Navy
also supported the bi-annual East London port festival
where SAS SPIOENKOP opened for public tours. The
community was much excited to be taken on tours on board
the vessel despite the long queues. On 25 June the
festival closed with a celebration of the International
Seafarer’s Day at the main square where Chaplain M.G.
Dukwana, with the ship’s company present, officiated a
prayer service as a celebration of Seafarers throughout
the world to acknowledge and appreciate the valuable
work of Seafarers both in commercial and government
LS Zainodean Simmers conducting tours on-board SAS