The Centres for Shipping & Boating are entrusted with critical responsibilities for the safe use of the country’s waters both at sea as well as inland areas.
The Centre for Ships is responsible for the administration of a basket of laws that include 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.
With regards Boating, the Centre is responsible for ensuring safety of small vessels and the safe use of water areas, with key focus placed on the implementation of the Merchant Shipping (National Small Vessel Safety) Regulations 2007, and its responsibility extending to inland vessels.
Responsibility for management is broken down into SAMSA regions as follows
- All dams contained within the North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and Gauteng Provinces.
Western Region: Port Nolloth: Saldanha Bay: Cape Town:
- Orange River to Cape Agulhas and adjacent tidal inland areas; and All dams contained in the Western Cape and Northern Cape Provinces.
Southern Region: Mossel Bay: Port Elizabeth: East London:
- Cape Agulhas to Port Edward and adjacent tidal inland areas; and All dams contained in the Eastern Cape and Orange Free State Provinces.
Eastern Region: Durban: Richards Bay
- Port Edward to Ponte do Oura and adjacent tidal inland areas; and All dams contained in Kwa-Zulu Natal.