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Merchant Shipping Regulations In Place

April 28, 2021

Department of Transport

Merchant Shipping (Safe Manning, Training and Certification) Regulations have been drawn up.

The transport department published the Regulations in Government Gazette 44469 in terms of the Merchant Shipping Act.

The Regulations focus on assessment, certification requirements, training, medical and eyesight examination for seafarers; manning requirements; general manning levels and employment of seafarers in accordance with occupational safety, security and medical requirements.

Certificates need to be renewed every five years.

The Regulations of 2013 and the Merchant Shipping (Eyesight and Medical Examinations) Regulations of 2004 are repealed.

Certificates may continue to be issued, recognised and endorsed in accordance with the repealed Regulations in respect of those seafarers who commenced approved seagoing service, an approved education and training programme or an approved training course before 1 July 2013 until 1 July 2022.

The Regulations came into effect on the date of publication.

In Gazette 44484, the department called for comment on draft amendments to the National Road Traffic Regulations.

The Regulations were drawn up in terms of the National Road Traffic Act.

A new Regulation 116A on authority of a professional Driving Permit issued in a foreign country is proposed.

It stipulates that the “authority provided by a professional driving permit issued in a foreign country shall apply in respect of a vehicle registered in the country that issued any such permit”.

Such a permit will not apply to a vehicle registered in South Africa.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, the deputy minister of transport, Dikeledi Magadzi, speaking at the launch of the Aviation Personnel Card Licence in Midrand last week, declared that “efforts are ongoing to ultimately implement an integrated ticketing system in the public transport environment, through which we aim to efficiently and more effectively cater for passenger needs and promote public transport”.

The department is also striving to find appropriate technologies to be used by persons with disabilities to safely navigate complex public transport environments.

The improvement of universally accessible infrastructure design in all public transport environments is also on the radar.

The card licences for aviation personnel will replace the current booklets used for identification.

The card licence contains security features designed to enhance the safety of air transport.