oa South African Journal of Science - A new era for marine forecasting in South Africa - news and views

Volume 115 Number 5-6
  • ISSN : 0038-2353
  • E-ISSN: 1996-7489



The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) was established in 1914 as a consequence of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, one of the deadliest peacetime marine disasters and which resulted in the loss of more than 1500 lives. However, the International Meteorological Organisation, born as a direct result of an international maritime conference in 1853, had already initiated weather information for shipping safety, but this was information that the RMS Titanic did not believe it needed to heed. In 1950, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) took on the role of the International Meteorological Organisation, enhancing SOLAS, and establishing METAREAs (geographical oceanic regions in which meteorological information is transmitted to ships) with global responsibilities.

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