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 tax, Capital gains tax, Dividend 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

National Maritime Security Strategy Basic Documents

Maritime Service offerings

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

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