South Africa - Immobilisation or Lay-up of Vessels, or Stopping or Anchoring for Repairs

12th February 2016

Club correspondents P&I Associates (Pty) Ltd., Durban have advised that the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has published a new Marine Notice concerning the immobilisation or lay-up of vessels within South Africa’s territorial or inland waters including those which stop or anchor for repairs.

The requirements of Marine Notice No. 10 of 2016, “Ships Requiring Immobilisation, Lay-Up, Stopping or Anchoring for Repairs, etc. Within South Africa’s Territorial Waters or Internal Waters, Outside Harbours or Fishing Harbours”, are summarised as follows:

“Owners and Masters of ships navigating around the coast of South Africa, who may require the ship to stop and/or anchor for immobilization, repairs or lay-up within the Territorial Waters or Internal Waters, must apply through a local Shipping Agent to the nearest Principal Officer (PO), or through Cape Town Radio to MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordinating Centre) at the Centre for Sea-Watch and Response, for the Authority’s permission to do so. Permission may be granted with certain conditions to be adhered to.”

Members requiring further guidance should contact the Loss Prevention department.

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