The Merchant Shipping Act 57 of 1951(sections 68 to 72) requires some vessels to be Licensed. The Act requires that vessels that are not registered must have a license. This applies to both Inland and Sea-going vessels. It is a requirement to hold a valid LGSC before a license is issued. The Ship Registration Act excludes foreign vessels from holding a license.
Vessels used solely for pleasure are exempted from licensing, but are generally (except for exempted vessels) required to be inspected, have an approved identification number issued, have Certificates of Fitness issued, and skippers of certain types of vessel are to be certificated, the authority may designate any or all of these functions to an “Authorised Agency”.
For documents relating to Licensing forms and checksheets below or refer to the section “Related Information”