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Working in any port at night can be daunting, especially in Africa, and especially for a lady, but Natasha Moloi, Alpha Shipping’s first female vessel operator is well up to the task.

From a young age, after watching vessels entering and departing Durban harbour, Natasha knew that she wanted to pursue a shipping career. She took up Maritime Studies at school, and is now a student with the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, having already passed the Foundation Diploma.

When asked whether working in a male dominated industry was challenging, Natasha replied: “unfortunately we are still living in the world where people do not think females let alone a black woman belongs on the wharf side, where people think we are not capable of being decision makers or to take on a role of operations superintendent. Over the years, I’ve had to work as twice as hard to prove my worth. I’ve learnt that you can do anything you want to do if you believe in yourself. Sounds like a cliché but it’s true, you just have to believe in yourself.”

Recently Natasha handled the port call of Laetitia V which loaded a project cargo destined for West Africa. She said” I enjoyed being at the port, interacting with the Captain and crew onboard the vessel, problem solving and overseeing the loading of cargo. There is so much that goes into that one moment where you see the cargo being loaded onboard. That was the most exciting experience of my Maritime career thus far.”

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This week South African National Blood Service ran critically short of blood and urgently requested donors. To assist the crisis, staff members took time off to assist this worthy cause.

Less than 1% of South Africans regularly donate blood:

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Since inception Alpha Shipping has been a sponsor of the South African Branch of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Annual Prize Giving. It is has always been a company policy to place all staff members through the Institute Courses.  The benefits and rewards of this strategy are incalculable resulting in highly skilled staff aligned with a strict code of ethics and integrity.

Some of Alpha Shipping Staff Members attended the prize giving luncheon in September this year. 

Left to to Right seated: Gift Matekane, Popie Maseko, standing: Luyanda Ndlela, Richard Brook-Hart FICS (past International Chairman) and Natasha Moloi.


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At the recent Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers South Africa Branch Prize Giving Ceremony, Ms Gift Matekane received her diploma for passing Understanding Shipping.
Gift joined Alpha Shipping two years ago and works in the Johannesburg office of Alpha Shipping, specialising in container sales and leasing. She is fluent in five languages and is presently studying Mandarin.

Gift flew down to Durban to receive the award and stated: “I was overwhelmed: it was the first time that I had been on a plane and the first time that I had seen the Indian Ocean”

Pictured above: Gift receives the Understanding Shipping Certificate from Past International Chairman of the Institute, Captain Richard Brook-Hart FICS.

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New Memorandum for CQR Durban

The directors of Creedence Global Shipping Pte Ltd, a Singapore based NVOCC, recently visited the Durban office of Alpha Shipping and committed to further develop the Far East to South Africa trade lane and reaffirm the appointment of Alpha Shipping as their agents in Southern Africa.

"We have worked with Creedence for several years," stated National Freight Manager, Colin Moonsamy, "and the visit of our Principals further emphasised the opportunities for growth not just in the South Africa market, but also the possibilities of growth in the bordering African countries"

Managing Director of Creedence, Tim Law was impressed with the professionalism and friendly attitude of Alpha Shipping staff, who have given Creedence confidence to continue with their expansion in South Africa.


CONQUEROR would like to congratulate the Alpha Shipping team and invite members with shipments in South Africa to get in touch with the team.


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We are delighted to announce that Shirley has passed the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Understanding Shipping Course. In doing so, she scored some of the highest marks ever in the nine assignments, averaging over 81%.

For two assignments she attained 94%, which at the time was reported as remarkable by the South Africa Branch committee. Shirley started out at our Johannesburg office as a part time cleaner in 2011, but was recognised by our Branch Manager at the time (Malcolm Drysdale) as having potential to do more than the vacuuming and dusting.

She has gone from receptionist to internal sales in the last three years, and is proof of what can be achieved with determination and positive attitude, despite humble origins.

Shirley you are an absolute star. We are really proud of you.

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Integrated Port Management System (IPMS) has been live in the Port of Durban since 26 July 2015. IPMS is a web-based end-to end integrated system that will automate the Port Operations of its eight commercial ports and in addition provide near real-time access to the full range of operational information which can be accessed centrally in order to deliver improved service to there customers and ultimately drive efficiency through improving port performance.

The IPMS is designed to integrate the logistics around the Vessel Traffic Services, Marine and Terminal Operations, Rail logistics and provide real time reporting capability across the port system.

The benefits of the system will include the following:

  • Provide 24/7 access to the system
  • Online submission of arrival notifications
  • Online dry dock applications
  • Online marine service requests
  • Online supplementary service requests
  • Visibility of the vessel slot system
  • Visibility of vessel status
  • System notifications via e-mail and short message system (SMS)
  • Access to Operational reports
  • Sharing of general port information

About Alpha Shipping

At Alpha Shipping, we believe that ethical practices are essential in our industry. We believe in training and the pursuit of shipping knowledge for all our staff and we are committed to providing equal and fair opportunities to progress their careers. We are committed to assuring good corporate governance in the conduct of our business and we believe respect and courtesy.

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Office hours:
07:30-18:30 (LC) Mon - Fri

Time zone:
+2 GMT Central African Time (CAT)


Alpha Shipping Agency (PTY) LTD
Suite 203 Cowey Park
P. Mkhize Road (Cowey Road)
Berea, Durban, 4001

TEL: +27 (0)31 207 1662
FAX: +27 (0)31 207 1639

Postal address:
Postnet Suite 334,
Private Bag X10,
Musgrave 4062
South Africa


Alpha Shipping Agency (PTY) LTD
4th Floor, Helvetia House
Greenvale Road, Wilbart,
Germiston 1410

TEL: +27 (0)11 450 2576
FAX: +27 (0)11 450 3044

Postal address:
P.O Box 1379, Johannesburg, 2008

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