South African Maritime Safety Authority
The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) is a South African government agency established on 1 April 1998 as a result of the 1998 South African Maritime Safety Authority Act 5. as such it is responsible for the implementation of current International & National Regulations regarding the Maritime Industry as well as upon all recreational marine vessels within its jurisdiction.
SAMSA via the administration and/or management of all things marine related is in effect the governing authority and as such is required to investigate maritime accidents/incidents & to provide various marine related services both on behalf of Government as well as to Government.
To & on behalf of Government:
- Advise Government on maritime issues relating to or affecting South Africa
- Administer current legislation & policies, submit additional proposals thereon as & when required so as to flag State Implementation
- Represent South Africa at international forums, liaise with foreign governments & other International institutions on behalf of South African Government
- On behalf of the Minister of Transport liaise with other South African institutions & various State Departments
- Administration of government maritime contracts
- Provide a maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) capability within the South African area of responsibility - via the management (on behalf of DOT) of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC)
- Conduct Accident investigations and provide Emergency Casualty Response
- Control of State Ports, including management of the DOT contracted pollution prevention and response capability
To Maritime Industry (local & International):
- Conduct Statutory surveys and issue Safety certification of vessels
- Certification of Seafarers
- Provide Assistance and advice on maritime legislation
- Provide advice & grant approval in construction and refitting of vessels, including the evaluation & approval of fittings & equipment used.
- Consultancy to industry on technical matters, safety and qualifications
- 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
- Monitoring of South African seafarers’ welfare and conditions of service
- Provision of maritime safety information to shipping & ensuring a reliable radio service
- Ensuring that navigational aids are in place around the South African coastline
- Assimilation and maintenance of shipping information and statistics
SAMSA administers the South African ship register.
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