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International shipping company shows confidence in Durban
THE City of Durban received a vote of confidence from one of the world’s largest shipping companies, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), when it announced a new training facility to be based in Durban and christened a new cargo carrier.

This is apart from the new cruise passenger terminal that the company will begin constructing in November. The red carpet was rolled out at Durban’s dockside on 16 August to welcome high-level
dignitaries at the event, which was the first time a container vessel had been named in the Port of Durban.

The company’s owners said the investment demonstrated their commitment to the City and the country and was aimed at stimulating the creation of more jobs and opportunities in the maritime sector. One of the largest cargo carriers, MSC Aino was christened at Durban port and the company announced the launch of the new training facility, named the Shosholoza Ocean Academy, to be based at the new cruise passenger terminal which they are also building.

Head of International and Governance Relations Unit, Eric Apelgren, said this was a significant investment and partnership. “This is a reliable international partner aimed at growing the oceans economy. The project will improve trade between the port of Durban and other global ports. It will also make a significant contribution to creating local jobs in the maritime sector in both cargo handling, ship repair and hospitality for ocean tourism,” said Apelgren. Captain Salvatore Sarno, chairman of MSC South Africa said the naming of the ship in Durban was the confirmation of their commitment to participate in the growth of the country.

He also announced that in November, MSC Cruises will begin construction of the new passenger terminal, which is expected to employ 100 people. The Shosholoza Ocean Academy will train MSC cruise staff for free in the hospitality sector. “It is intended that within five years this initiative will create 5000 new jobs with an approximate $1bn in salary being brought back into the South African economy,” said Sarno.
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