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