South African Maritime Safety Authority
The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) is a South Africa n government agency established on 1 April 1998 as a result of the 1998 South African Maritime Safety Authority Act 5. as such it is responsible for the implementation of current International & National Regulations regarding the Maritime Industry as well as upon all recreational marine vessels within its jurisdiction.
SAMSA via the administration and/or management of all things marine related is in effect the governing authority and as such is required to investigate maritime accidents/incidents & to provide various marine related services both on behalf of Government as well as to Government.
Overview of services 
To & on behalf of Government:
- Advise Government on maritime issues relating to or affecting South Africa
- Administer current legislation & policies, submit additional proposals thereon as & when required so as to flag State Implementation
- Represent South Africa at international forums, liaise with foreign governments & other International institutions on behalf of South African Government
- On behalf of the Minister of Transport liaise with other South African institutions & various State Departments
- Administration of government maritime contracts
- Provide a maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) capability within the South African area of responsibility - via the management (on behalf of DOT) of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC)
- Conduct Accident investigations and provide Emergency Casualty Response
- Control of State Ports, including management of the DOT contracted pollution prevention and response capability
To Maritime Industry (local & International):
- Conduct Statutory surveys and issue Safety certification of vessels
- Certification of Seafarers
- Provide Assistance and advice on maritime legislation
- Provide advice & grant approval in construction and refitting of vessels, including the evaluation & approval of fittings & equipment used.
- Consultancy to industry on technical matters, safety and qualifications
- Safety equipment approval
- Port State Control Inspections
- Inspections of ships and cargoes of timber, grain and hazardous goods
- Accreditation of maritime training institutions and maritime training programmes
- Monitoring of South African seafarers’ welfare and conditions of service
- Provision of maritime safety information to shipping & ensuring a reliable radio service
- Ensuring that navigational aids are in place around the South African coastline
- Assimilation and maintenance of shipping information and statistics
It is subordinate to the Minister of Transport (South Africa)|Minister of Transport, who heads the Department of Transport. Despite it being a marine authority its head office is over 500 km away from the nearest ocean in Pretoria.
In July 2012 the authority acquired the former Antarctic supply vessel S. A. Agulhas as a training ship.
- "About Us". SAMSA. 1998-04-01. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
- "Overview of Services". SAMSA. 1998-04-01. Retrieved 2014-01-15.
- "Contact Us". SAMSA. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
- "Only foreign ships transport SA's exports". Mail & Guardian. SAPA. 1 October 2013. Archived from the original on 22 January 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
- "SA Agulhas now a training vessel". DefenceWeb. 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-17.