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  • The Maritime Law Association of South Africa was established in February 1974 as a result of concern among maritime lawyers and the shipping industry that legislation in South Africa regulating maritime affairs did not appear to be keeping pace with developments elsewhere in the world.



The Members’ Section below provides exclusive access for members to view minutes of meetings and other association documents uploaded from time to time. The Maritime Legislation section below lists certain of the main legislative enactments under South African law pertaining to maritime matters.

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Maritime Legislation

ADMIRALITY JURISDICTION REGULATION ACT 105 OF 1983

CARRIAGE OF GOODS BY SEA ACT 1 OF 1986

MARINE POLLUTION (CONTROL AND CIVIL LIABILITY) ACT 6 OF 1981

MERCHANT SHIPPING ACT 57 OF 1951

– MERCHANT SHIPPING AMEND BILL 2009

NATIONAL PORTS ACT 12 OF 2005

– PORT REGULATOR REGULATORY PRINCIPALS

SEA TRANSPORT DOCUMENTS ACT 65 OF 2000

SHIP REGISTRATION ACT 58 OF 1998

SOUTH AFRICAN MARITIME SAFETY  AUTHORITY ACT 5 OF 1998

WRECK AND SALVAGE ACT 94 OF 1996