n Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine - Ensuring safe oceans for passengers and goods

Volume 113 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1015-2385


Going on a cruise is no longer a holiday only meant for the wealthy since luxury cruise liners are sailing regularly from Durban and Cape Town even for short breakaways to accommodate couples and families. And yet our oceans are not "highways" for holiday makers - since oceans cover 71% of the earth's surface and are interconnected, it makes sense that the vast majority of the world's trade happens via our oceans. In fact, the International Chamber of Shipping (Nd) claims that the international shipping industry is responsible for the carriage of around 90% of world trade which makes shipping the life blood of the global economy. Without shipping, the intercontinental trade, the bulk transport of raw materials, and the import and export of affordable food and manufactured goods would simply not be possible. Any disruption to the safe movement of ships is one area which would have global repercussions.

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