Services on behalf of Government:

  • Advice to the Minister of Transport on maritime issues affecting South Africa
  • Maintenance and proposals on legislation and policy
  • Liaison with other governments and international institutions on behalf of Government
  • Liaison with other state departments and South African institutions on behalf of the Minister of Transport
  • Flag State Implementation
  • Providing a maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) capability in the South African area of responsibility through the management, on behalf of the DOT, of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC)
  • Port State control
  • Accident investigations and Emergency Casualty Response
  • Administration of government maritime contracts
  • Management of the DOT contracted pollution prevention and response capability
  • Representation at international forums

Technical services to the maritime Industry, locally and abroad:

  • Statutory surveys and Safety certification of ships
  • Certification of Seafarers
  • Assistance and advice on maritime legislation
  • Advice and approval for the construction and refitting of vessels
  • Evaluation and approval of fittings and equipment used in the construction and fitting out of vessels
  • Consultancy to industry on technical matters, safety and qualifications

Services to stakeholders:

  • Safety equipment approval
  • Port State Control Inspections
  • Inspections of ships and cargoes of timber, grain and hazardous goods
  • Accreditation of maritime training institutions and maritime training programmes
  • Examination of Seafarers
  • Monitoring of South African seafarers’ welfare and conditions of service
  • Registration of Ships
  • Provision of maritime safety information to shipping
  • Ensuring a reliable radio service to shipping in respect of maritime safety information
  • Casualty investigation and management
  • Oil pollution incident response and investigations
  • Ensuring that navigational aids are in place around the South African coastline
  • Maintenance of a maritime Search and Rescue organisation in co-operation with the Department of Transport
  • Promoting seafarer training in South Africa
  • Collection and maintenance of shipping information and statistics
  • Pro-active development and promotion of maritime safety in South Africa’s territorial waters
Maritime Emergency Number: 021-938-3300