Government Departments

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South Africa and International Organizations in United Kingdom

Office of Department of Transport (Maritime Affairs)

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

The Office of Department of Transport (Maritime Affairs) in the United Kingdom of Great of Britain and Northern Ireland is responsible for the promotion of South Africa’s maritime interest and coordinating representation of South Africa at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)

Within the structures of the IMO South Africa is a member of Council under Category C.

As IMO member State, South Africa has ratified and/or acceded to a number of its international regulations. Those regulations have been enacted to national legislation to ensure that South African marine environment is protected against pollution from ships, and that ships, cargo, crew and passengers on board are safe and secured.

South Africa's 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

If you have interest in maritime and shipping governance systems in South African, you can contact the following offices for assistance, Department of Transport: Maritime Branch, or the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)



Alternate Permanent Representative of South Africa to IMO

Minister: Transport

Mr Sipho J Mbatha


South African High Commission

South Africa House

Trafalgar Square

London WC2N 5DP

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 451 7264

E-mail address:


South African Maritime Safety Authority

South African Port Authority

South African Ports Terminals



South African Association of Ship Operators and Agents

Maritime Law Association of South Africa

South African Association of Freight Forwarders

South African Association of Shipbuilders and Repairers

UPDATED: 27/04/2018