Welcome to Maritime Branch

South Africa has three thousand (3000) kilometers coastline, correctly positioned along the sea trading route. We have the world’s largest bulk coal terminal port in Richard Bay

Durban Port is the busiest in Africa and the largest container facility in the Southern Africa. The Port of Ngqura is the deepest container terminal in Africa. The Port of Cape Town is the biggest refrigerated container facility in Africa. Saldhana Bay is the largest port in Africa by water footprint. South Africa is among the top fifteen (15) countries that trade by sea

South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) is spearheading a cadetship programme with higher education institutions, resulting in 124 cadets being placed on 18 partner vessels

In volume terms, more than 96 percent of the country’s imports and exports move by sea transportation. From the 1st January 2014, we have introduced a new shipping tax regime for international shipping which exempts the qualifying ship owners from paying Income taxCapital gains taxDividend tax and Withholding tax on interest for years of assessment

We believe this tax exemption will undoubtedly encourage the South African Ship Register to be sought-after internationally. We have also increased the mortgage ranking for financial institutions supporting the maritime sector – particularly, those that finance ship purchasers. the Port Regulator has also brought great certainty and predictability within our Ports Regulator framework by publishing a multi-year Tariff Methodology and manual on which, for instance, the 2015/16 tariff is to be based. SAMSA has rolled out the Maritime Safety Programme with specific focus on ship safety inspection programmes which have resulted to NO reported ship losses in our waters

  • Research, analyse and develop Maritime Transport Policies and strategies that promote Maritime safety, Maritime security, Environmental protection, Maritime infrastructure planning and Maritime industry development;
  • Audit effectiveness and amend related legislative framework;
  • Ensure compliance of current policies and legislation with international standards and IMO conventions;
  • Evaluate and adopt conventions, multilateral and bilateral agreements;
  • Facilitate implementation of the policies and legislation;
  • Ensure that the policies and legislative framework promote the economic growth of the Maritime transport industry and create jobs

Cell Phone
Port of Durban
Mr Mdu Ndlovu
031 361 3771
031 361 8393
078 582 3030
Port of Saldanha Bay
Sonwabo Gaika
022 703 5478
022 703 5484
083 418 3484
Port of Cape Town
Arshaad Ferster
021 449 5326
021 449 2274
071 889 6370
Port of Richard's Bay
Dering Joyce
035 905 3146
086 648 7739
072 708 4378
Port of East London
Graham KingsleWilkins
043 700 2421
043 700 2070
083 417 3920
Port of Mossel Bay
Zanele Biyela
044 604 6205
086 674 1355
076 178 1842
Port of Port Elizabeth
Nelson Masophi
041 507 1773
086 500 7478
038 301 2659
Port of Ngqura
Sicelo Tiyo
041 507 8234
041 507 1729
041 507 8232
083 293 1474