Applying for a Vessel Agent Registration
The Transnet National Ports Authority considers proper vessel agent conduct as vital to the safe, orderly and efficient functioning of the ports.
In terms of Port Rule 148, issued in terms of section 80(2) of the National Ports Act 12 of 2005, Transnet National Ports Authority requires persons carrying out vessel agent activities in the port and at off-shore cargo handling facilities to apply for registration.
In terms of Port Rule 149, no person may carry out the activity of vessel agent in a port or at an off-shore cargo handling facility without being registered. Following the initial advertisements, during 2010, for applications, the initial vessel agent registration application assessments have been completed.
Without any further advertisements, vessel agent registration applications can be made at any time and will be assessed on a continuous basis, in the manner set out in the Guidelines for Agreements, Licences and Permits.
Application forms for vessel agent registration can be downloaded from this site, and may also be obtained between 08:30 and 16:00 from the Customer Service Centres (CSC) in the Port Administration Building in the ports of Richards Bay, Durban, East London, Ngqura, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Saldanha Bay and the Revenue Office in the Port Control Building at the port of Mossel Bay.
Applicants can submit applications, on a per port basis, to the Authority, for the attention of the Port Licence Manager of the respective port either by hand, fax or email. Contact details of the Port Licence Managers are listed on the application forms.
Steps to apply for a Vessel Agent Registration:
1) Following the invitation, click on the link supplied to download Vessel Agent registration application form.
2) Following the invitation,click on the link supplied to download standard terms and conditions of Vessel Agent Registration Certificate.
3) Following the invitation, click on the link supplied to download the Vessel Agent Registration criteria.
4) Sign the vessel agent registration certificate. (See item 2 above).
5) The applications must be submitted on a per port basis.
6) No payment is required with the application.
7) In order to finalise your application per port, the following documents and information are required:
8) In order to finalise your application per port, the following documents and information are required:
a) Completed and signed application form per port;
b) Documents and information, indicated by the clipboard icon on the application form, as needed; and
c) Signed vessel agent registration certificate.(See item 2 above).
The above mentioned documents need to be delivered between 08h30 and 16h00 to the Customers Services Centre (CSC) in the Port Admin Building in the ports of Richards Bay, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Saldanha Bay, and the Revenue Office in the Port Control Building at the port of Mossel Bay, for the attention of the Authority's Port Licence Manager for the applicable port, click here to download the list.
Payment of registration fee
Upon written notification of the successful outcome of an application, Transnet National Ports Authority requires a once-off payment per port for the full duration of the 3 year term of the registration, before issuing the registration. The registration fee is payable for each port you want to conduct your vessel agent business in.
For more information
To view the criteria for the evaluation of the vessel agent registration applications, click to download.
If you have any vessel agent registration questions, please call the relevant Port Licence Manager.
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