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Shipping Safety Overview

The Centre adheres to various national and international standards (IMO Standards) by conducting Surveys of Ships (all South African Registered Convention Ships and Non- Convention Ships. The surveys are conducted by SAMSA Surveyors, SAMSA Approved Surveyors.

The Centre for Ships is responsible for the Administration of the; 

  • Merchant Shipping Act, 
  • Marine Traffic Act, 
  • Marine Pollution (Control and Civil Liability) Act,
  • Marine Pollution (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act, 
  • Marine Pollution (Intervention) Act, 
  • Maritime Zones Act, 
  • Wreck and Salvage Act, 
  • SAMSA Act and the 
  • SAMSA Levies Act. 

In addition to the surveys these two Centres are also involved with:

  • Marine pollution combating: Lead Agency during an incident.
  • Accident investigation: All ships in South African waters.
  • Cargo surveys: Grain, Selected Bulk Ores, Dangerous Goods, Bulk Chemicals.
  • Port State Control: inspection of foreign flagged ships in South African ports.
  • Accreditation of Industry Service Providers: Life raft service stations. Fire appliances service stations and Medical doctors

< For guidance on SAMSA's survey requirements see Related Information links on the right or contact a SAMSA office >

Maritime Emergency Number: 021-938-3300