Accountable to the Minister of Transport, SAMSA was established on 1 April 1998 in terms of the South African Maritime Safety Authority Act. The organisation's objective is to lead and champion South Africa's maritime interests as custodians and stewards of maritime policy, vigorous promoters of the maritime sector and giving full and complete effect to our obligations for the benefit of all stakeholders.  

SAMSA delivers four main outputs consistent with its mandate and responsibilities:  

Safety and environment protection standards for responsible maritime transport operations; An infrastructure for monitoring and enforcing compliance with safety and environment protection standards; The capability to respond to marine pollution incidents and other maritime emergencies; and The capability to detect, locate and rescue people in maritime distress situations. 

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