Inaugural Maritime Heritage Conference

Inaugural Maritime Heritage

Conference and Maritime Careers and Jobs Expo

25th - 27th September 2019

Quest Conference Estate, Curie Blvd, Vanderbijlpark C.W.5,

Vanderbijlpark, 1911, South Africa

The Maritime Heritage Conference aims to situate and advance the knowledge and engagement of our maritime heritage and future in popular, scholarly, ordinary folk, interest-specific and communities’ consciousness and everyday practice.  

Preserving African Maritime History

Our aim is to create awareness around the historical significance of African Maritime records whilst preserving, interpreting and advancing our maritime heritage.

Devoted To Propagation, Education & Training and Awareness Creation – Dedicated To African Maritime Heritage

Contextualising the Geographical Setting

South Africa is the only country on the African continent that has access and control over sea waters covering an area equivalent to 1.6 million km² with a coastline of 3924 km – from the Atlantic Ocean in the west, Southern Ocean to the Antarctic and Indian Ocean in the east.


It has been a major player in African maritime archaeology for many years and its history is much intertwined with maritime and underwater heritage elsewhere in the world. The South African maritime resources are vast, including almost 3,000 shipwrecks, land-based maritime sites as well as a myriad of living heritage resources connected to the maritime landscape.

“It can be the platform for political recognition, a medium for intercultural dialogue, a means of ethical reflection, and the potential basis for local economic development. It is simultaneously local and particularly, global and shared. 


Maritime heritage is a way to connect all of us to the ocean and inland waterways, not just those living along the coast and river/lake/dam banks.”

- Maritime Heritage Institute

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