Merchant Shipping Regulations

National Small Vessel Safety

SAMSA advises all stakeholders of small vessels of the coming into force of the Merchant Shipping (National Small Vessel Safety) Regulations, 2007, as amended.

These regulations have consequential amendments, Declaration under section 3(9) of the Merchant Shipping Act (57/1951) and Ship Registration Act. SAMSA will inform in due course regarding amendments (if any) to SAMSA Marine No. 13 of 2007  (SAMSA’s policy regarding small vessels).

Furthermore, SAMSA accredited various small vessel training institutions and approved examiners, published as Marine Notice No. 22 of 2008.

Various small vessel safety pamphlets  have also been published and distributed for public interest and information.

  • Safety Pamphlet - National Small Vessel Examination System v3
  • Safety Pamphlet - Approved Markings or Vessel Numbering v3
  • Safety Pamphlet - Buoyancy of Small Vessels v3
  • Safety Pamphlet - General Principles v3
  • Safety Pamphlet - General Requirements for Pleasure Vessels v3

Safety checklists are also available for Category B, C, D, E and R vessels for preparation of safety surveys.

Category B

Category C

Category D

Category R

Queries should be submitted to one of our offices – listed on this site or send us an e-mail info@samsa.org.za

Maritime Emergency Number: 021-938-3300