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Admiralty & Maritime
Admiralty law or maritime law is a distinct body of law that governs maritime questions and offenses. It is a body of both domestic law governing maritime activities, and private international law governing the relationships between private entities that operate vessels on the oceans. It deals with matters including marine commerce, marine navigation, marine salvaging, shipping, sailors, and the transportation of passengers and goods by sea. Admiralty law also covers many commercial activities, although land based or occurring wholly on land, that are maritime in character.
The National Ports Authority has been running the country’s eight commercial ports unlawfully for 15 years and every contract it has signed since 2006 is open to challenge, the Ports Regulator has found. According to Rapport, the regulator and government actively tried to hide the ruling made in 2016, but were forced to reveal it during a court challenge.
A preliminary report into the partial sinking of a chartered Robben Island ferry in September, has revealed several shortcomings in the operation of the vessel. News24, quoting from the report by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa), said the allegations included none of the operators of the ferry, Thandi, considered the weather conditions of the day, or holding a safety briefing before leaving the island.