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Stop cowboy boat operators, DA urges

2012-10-25 22:38

Johannesburg - The SA Maritime Safety Authority's report on the recent Hout Bay boat accident serves as a warning to illegal operators, the DA said on Thursday.

"This should be a warning to those cowboys who think the sea is a fun place where one can do as one wants," Democratic Alliance spokesperson Mark Wiley said.

"They can't, and one hopes that the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) will step up efforts to ensure that those using the ocean, either for business or pleasure, are fully compliant to safety standards and will not put others at risk."

The charter boat Miroshga overturned in Hout Bay two weeks ago with 39 people on board. British tourist Peter Hyett, 64, and crew member John Roberts, 37, drowned.

In an accident report released on Wednesday, Samsa said flooding caused the boat to capsize. The skipper did not have the relevant certificate to operate the boat and the vessel was unseaworthy.

Wiley praised Samsa and said within an hour of the accident officials were on the scene to interview survivors and gather evidence.

"Their report is testimony to their commitment and expertise, and also a reassurance to the public that at least some level of authority was being exerted over tour boat operators.

"Most of them go to great lengths to ensure the safety of passengers and crew. Some boat operators in the Hout Bay harbour have a proud record of years of accident-free operation and the bona fide operators need support... not the risk takers who care more for money than service."

Earlier, Western Cape MEC for Transport Robin Carlisle accused the country's harbours of negligence, saying this contributed to boat accidents.

"When harbours are neglected in this disgraceful way, we should not be surprised that such horrific incidents occur, nor should we expect that the Miroshga disaster would be the last," Carlisle said.

"There has been virtually no management, regulation, inspection, security or investment."

Comments
  • lunga.swelindawo.9 - 2012-10-26 03:23

    The DA do not want to say MEC Robin is out of order,they just correct him.clever party NE?

  • AMNewman - 2012-10-26 04:30

    Carlise. Yes the man with an IQ of more than, um 2! The man that promised to sort out the Chapmans Peak debacle - and, um didn't. How about not introducing new legislation and ensuring that existing legislation is adhered to! How about engaging potential boat operators, rather than taxing the existing few with STUPID regulation that doesn't deal with the issues that SAMSA are tasked to deal with. Like safety! SAMSA's first objective is to collect as much money to justify it's existence. After that, they deal with safety! There is not ONE initiative by SAMSA promoting marine safety except plastering dumb posters on walls! But Carlisle wouldn't understand that. He's too busy ensuring sufficient legislation to guarentee a small amount of large operators and therefore large enough financial contributors to his political asperations!

  • AMNewman - 2012-10-26 04:34

    Ho Carlise! SAMSA passed that vessel as fit for purpose. The only check they conducted was to make sure their payment was in the bank. I've dealt with SAMSA people and most of their surveyors don't know one end of a vessel from another! None of them are acceptable to the insurance industry as marine surveyors. Indeed, the insurance industry cannot rely on that single organisation for any guidance on risk assessment!

      Chris - 2012-10-26 05:48

      That is a very sad observation.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-26 08:16

      @AMNewman. As a "yachtie" I've been following this investigation. "All power driven vessels must be surveyed annually and a Certificate of Fitness is then issued after the inspection." Not once did SAMSA mention that they inspected The Miroshga nor when last. If in fact they did inspect it, what are/were the qualifications of the "inspector". As far as the payment is concerned I agree with you. SAMSA is supposed to keep a record of all inspected vessels as well as when the next inspection is/was due. They then send you a reminder to make an appointment for the inspection. Wasn't the wiring of the bildge pump checked ?? If I take my car/bike for a roadworthy they do not check my tyre pressure, but check if the brakes work.

      AMNewman - 2012-10-26 11:10

      Andrez I'm also a yachtie and am completely disillusioned with SAMSA. They inspected my vessel some years back and I was so appalled by the inspectors complete lack of knowledge tht I raised the issue with SAMSA management. No reply. And my incident has been repeated with other yachties to the point that most yachtsman are now registering their yachts offshore! My beef is that as a safety organisation you have to engage the public. SAMSA's method of engagement has been a bunch of ambulance chasers. You only hear about them when there is a disaster! For engagement, they will point their fingers SA Yachting (falls under SAMSA) - another useless organ who simply sit and tax every competitive yachtsman by setting up a desk at every regatta and do absolutely nothing else! I'm pretty sure the Miroshga inspector was the same bloke who wanted to know from me during a hull inspection 'What's this oil?' - 'You have too many holes in your boat (regarding my thru-hull fittings)' If SAMSA are going to blow their trumpet they need to be scrutinised as well!

  • christi.roestorff - 2012-10-26 05:58

    Replace boat with taxi and sea with road and we get a all to familiar story? Why doesn't the much bigger problem get tackled, or is this one getting more media coverage at the moment?

  • raymond.billson - 2012-10-26 06:31

    have a look at the regulations concerning small boat operators: http://www.samsa.org.za/sites/samsa.org.za/files/national_small_vessel_safety_regulations_2007.pdf

  • peter.francois.33 - 2012-10-26 07:08

    @lindani.zulu Are you saying all whites are the same ergo all blacks are the same. So that means all whites can create wealth and all blacks can steal it. When are the people of this country going to give up racial comments.The problem is that blacks see any critiscm of incompetence as racial and of course only whites are racists,COME ON

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-26 07:28

      Peter : Ignore this Child : It seeks Attention as is unloved .

      lindani.zulu2 - 2012-10-26 10:21

      Peter I think u should respond to all racist comments posted by ur fellow white combrades against black people. Do nt just respond to mine coz its against white..

  • fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-10-26 07:47

    There used regulations to be until cANCer took over and then all was ignored - you used to even need a skippers license to operate a dingy on a inland waterway

  • Andre Kritzinger - 2012-10-26 07:51

    Daar is nie groot verskil tussen lig, see en land nie. In alle gevalle moet iemand seker maak tuie wat gebruik word is see, lug of padwaardig. Ongelukking is die iemand gebrekkig. Lug is seker die beste. Hoe baie motors is onpadwaardig?

      Msika - 2012-10-26 08:06

      Hheyi wena, akusiyo i Beeld lena.

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-26 09:42

    Ooh, eh-eh *slap* One capsize is enough!

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