Parliamentary Question: How many vessels are utilised by the department for patrolling the coastline


Mr D A Worth (DA-FS) to ask the Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

(1) How many (a) maritime vessels are being used by her department’s Marine and Coastal Management Branch to patrol South Africa’s coastline and (b) days were each of the vessels on active patrol in the (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10 financial years;
(2) Whether the two high-powered vessels purchased approximately two years ago are in active use; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? CW152E
(1)(a)The Branch: Fisheries has 4 fishery patrol vessels used to patrol South Africa’s coastline, namely the SarahBaartman; the Lilain Ngoyi; the Ruth First and the Victoria Mxenge.
(1)(b) 2008-2009 Hours at Sea

Sarah Baartman -    1368 hrs (171 days)

Lilian Ngoyi -         2412 hrs (302 days)

Victoria Mxenge -   2557 hrs (320 days)

Ruth First -             1520 hrs (190 days).
2009-2010 Hours at Sea

Sarah Baartman – 384 hrs (48 days)

Lilian Ngoyi – 990 hrs (124 days)

Victoria Mxenge – 1157 hrs (145 days)

Ruth First – 1311 hrs (164 days).
(2) As the question is non-specific the Department would like to advise that it has purchased a number of high powered rubber ducks during the period 2008-2010 as part of the plan to increase its capacity to patrol the coast. Five of these rubber ducks will be stationed on the four Fishery Patrol Vessels while the remaining two will be deployed as required.