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Vessel Agent Registration

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.  The initial vessel agent registration application process was advertised and rolled out during 2010, following which, it was resolved that subsequent Vessel Agent Registration applications will be entertained on an ongoing basis without any further advertisements being necessary, and will be processed accordingly upon lodgment.

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 Buildings 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 must submit formal applications, on a per port basis, to the Authority, for the attention of the Port Manager (or designated Port Licence representative) at the respective port.​

Steps to apply for a Vessel Agent Registration:

​​​·         Click on the link supplied to download the application form for a Vessel Agent Registration.​

·         Click on the link supplied to download the standard terms and conditions of the Vessel Agent Registration.​

·         Complete and sign the Vessel Agent Registration application form.

·         Sign the Vessel Agent Registration certificate.

·         The applications must be submitted on a per port basis.

·         No payment is required with the application.

·         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 on the application form, as needed; and

c.       Signed Vessel Agent Registration certificate.

The abovementioned documents, if hand delivered, need to be delivered between 08:30 and 16:00 to the Customer Service Centres (CSC) in the Port Administration Buildings 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, for the attention of the Authority's Port Manager (or designated Port Licence representative) for the applicable port.

Payment of registration fee

Only upon written notification of the successful outcome of an application, will Transnet National Ports Authority requires a once-off payment per port for the full duration of the three (3) year term of the registration, before issuing the registration certificate.  The registration fee is payable for each port where a vessel agent conducts its business, and the fee payable will be the applicable fee as published in the current Port Tariff Book at the time when payment is made.

For more information

Should ​​​​​you have any further questions regarding the Vessel Agent Registration application process, please call the relevant Customer Service Centre/s (or designated Port Licence representative/s) at the applicable port/s.​

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