REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE USE
OF PLEASURE CRAFT ON INLAND WATERS
The South African Maritime
Safety Authority has put in place regulations for the use of pleasure
craft on inland waters in their Notice to Mariners 13 of 2007. This
document can be viewed at
www.samsa.org.za and the relevant procedures for category R vessels
can be studied.
In short these regulations are
only binding on sailing vessels over 9 meters in length and power driven
vessels with a motor larger than 15 hp. They require that the skipper
has a skipperís ticket, called a Certificate of Competence ( CoC) and
that the vessel is registered with a recognised Authority, a Certificate
of Listing which is a one time registration and that the vessel has a
Certificate of Fitness which is renewed every year. These requirements
were due on 8 August 2008 but have now been extended to 1 March 2009 as
very little has been done so far.
The CoC can be arranged through
South African Sailing, (SAS) for sailing vessels or by contacting Allan
Stokes at 0721836832, who will assist you. Power vessel COCís must be
done through SADSAA and Vicky Raynard at 0834103314 will be able to
assist all power boat skippers.
The Certificate of Listing can
be done through SAS for all affected vessels and Daphne Kasselman at
0118242402 will be able to assist all boaters concerned. Sailing Vessels
will be allocated SA numbers and power boats will be allocated ZA
Thereafter these vessels will be
liable for a safety check annually and these can be done by various SAS
appointed Safety Officers on the dam. In fact just about every club on
the dam has at least one Safety Officer appointed by SAS for this task.
Owners of vessels that ignore
these regulations by the cut off date of 1 March 2009 will be liable for
a hefty fine from the SAPS Water Wing based at Vaal Marina. The amount
seems to be a maximum of R 10 000.00 or 6 months goal time. But this can
change due to circumstances.
Please keep in mind that a jet
ski is included in these regulations due to the power of its motor.