The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has, through a recent marine notice, updated the reporting requirements that currently exist as adopted through the MARPOL convention.
The marine notice reinforces the application of the existing provisions of the MARPOL convention and outlines the relevant reporting obligations to enhance South Africa’s anti pollution measures. A brief summary of the notice is given below.
REPORTING OF OIL SPILLS
Organizations to be informed as soon as possible whenever there is an oil spill or a threat of an oil spill:
1. SAMSA, DEA (Department of Environmental Affairs)
2. Smit Amandla Marine (the managers of the standby tug "Smit Amandla")
Oil spills and threatened spills should be reported immediately to the nearest SAMSA Principal Officer, failing whom, in the following order, to:
1. SAMSA's Regional Managers
2. SAMSA's Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
3. Any of the other listed SAMSA officials
4. The listed DEA officials
5. The listed managers of Smit Amandla Marine.
For vessels at sea:
For ships at sea, the South African coastal maritime radio stations will connect the responsible ship's officer to the South African Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), which will alert the appropriate Principal Officer.
For vessels in port:
The Club advises any Members whose vessels regularly call South African ports to familiarise themselves with these changes and to seek the full text of the marine notice which can be found at the following address:
Questions relating to details of the marine notice should be made direct to SAMSA at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Source of Information:
Cape Town, South Africa