Bid for freedom: rescuing trafficked fishermen as they dock in Cape Town by Kyle G Brown

Bid for freedom: rescuing trafficked fishermen as they dock in Cape Town In the South African port, charity worker Dane Duplessis is part of a team helping migrant fishermen escape from slave-like working conditions Less than a mile from Cape Town’s picturesque waterfront shops and cafes, dozens of fishermen work on docked vessels on the other side of the port, unseen by tourists strolling down the boardwalk. This is one of Africa’s largest ports, on a major sea route between east and wes...
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Arrest of the MV Kenanga

The MV Kenanga a Panamanian registered ship was arrested as it lay in anchorage off the Port of Cape Town. Alan worked closely with the Philippine crew under the ship's Master, Captain Silab and the Sheriff of Cape Town East to ensure that the crew were provisioned, their rights were not violated and that they were receiving that which was due to them while the lengthy judicial proceedings were underway. The MV Kenanga in anchorage off Cape Town The first visit to the ship, boardin...
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AG & A in the press

On this page you will find an assortment of press articles dealing with cases handled by Alan Goldberg & Associates including issues around the MV Panos Earth and the MV Boundary. Some of the articles deal with the crews of these ships and the hardships they face in these particular circumstances.   MV Panos Earth MV Panos Earth MV Boundary MV Cape Santa Milagria MV Cape Santa Milagria MV Cape Santa Milagria MV Panos Earth MV Pa...
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Arrest of the MV E Whale

The ship was arrested in the Port of Cape Town in early May 2012 to serve as security for arbitration proceedings in London. Due to the size of the ship, coupled with the fact that the harbour master did not want an arrested vessel along the quayside, the vessel was sent to anchorage in Table Bay and her papers were confiscated by the sheriff of the court. The vessel has remained in the roadstead, barring her occasional forays into port to take on bunkers and provisions, and to effect crew ch...
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Investigating the Death of Cadet Akhona Geveza

We advised the family of Cadet Akhona Geveza on legal issues following the tragic death of their daughter in June 2010 whilst undergoing her experiential cadet training on the container ship, the MV “Safmarine Kariba.” We assisted in the procuring of evidence relevant to the cause and circumstances of Akhona's death and advising the family on their rights of recourse against third parties. The case raised very important issues relating to the training of cadets in South Africa, generally, as ...
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Fresh Produce Reefer Container Inspection Claims

We have represented shippers - including their underwriters- of fresh produce stowed in reefer containers relating to claims for damages arising out of the failure of the reefers' refrigeration systems, as well as where the temperature settings of the reefers are not properly adjusted. Where necessary, we arrange for an inspection of the depot from which containers are drawn to assess whether "good practise" is in place and to determine at what stage of transit the damage to the cargo in ques...
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Fire on the MV Boundary

A fire on the container ship, the MV "Boundary" occurred whilst the ship was approximately 25 nautical miles off the South African west coast. The fire occurred in the engine room of the vessel. The crew managed to extinguish the fire but the vessel was completely disabled and had to be towed by a tug to the Port of Cape Town. The High Court, Cape Town handed down an order that the crew to give evidence at a commission of inquiry as to the circumstances of the fire, as well for the own...
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Forced Sale of the MV Sea Buffalo

In early 2011, a longstanding dispute between the co-owners of the MV "Sea Buffalo regarding the operation of the vessel and liability for creditors' claim spilled over into the admiralty court in Cape Town and an order was granted for the vessel to be auctioned. The vessel traded between ports in South Africa, Namibia and Angola. Initially, we acted for one of the co-owners advising it on admiralty jurisdiction generally and the "forced" sale of the vessel by the court. With the cons...
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Robben Island Bunker Installation and Supply Tender

Under the apartheid regime, Robben Island housed a prison in which political prisoners and other criminals were incarcerated. Nelson Mandela was previously imprisoned on the island, which after the change in the political landscape in the mid- 1990s, became an international icon of the "new" South Africa. The facilities and infrastructure on the island were abandoned by the Department of Correctional Services and subsequently have fallen under the aegis of the Department of Arts and Cultu...
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Sale of the Panos Earth

The bulk carrier "Panos Earth" laden with a cargo of 75 000 metric tonnes of iron ore shipped on the vessel at Boca Grande, Venezuela, for carriage and discharge at Shanghai, China. During the course of the voyage, the vessel broke down and was taken in tow by a local salvage operator and permission was then granted for the vessel to anchor in South African territorial waters (False Bay) to effect repairs and thereafter to recommence the voyage to China. Once at anchorage, it transpired t...
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