Marine Safety Officer

A Marine Safety Officer is responsible for ensuring that marine operations are conducted in a safe and efficient manner. They are responsible for identifying and mitigating potential safety hazards, conducting safety inspections, and implementing safety protocols.


  • Conduct regular safety inspections of marine equipment, vessels, and facilities.
  • Develop and implement safety policies and procedures.
  • Investigate accidents and incidents and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Provide safety training to employees and contractors.
  • Ensure compliance with local and international safety regulations.
  • Monitor weather conditions and advise on safe operations.
  • Liaise with other marine safety authorities and organisations.


  • Strong knowledge of maritime safety regulations and practices.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Attention to detail and ability to identify potential hazards.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Strong leadership and management skills.
  • Proficient in computer software and data analysis.

Personal Requirements

A Marine Safety Officer should be proactive, diligent, and safety conscious. They should be able to remain calm in high-pressure situations and have strong leadership skills. They should also be approachable and able to communicate effectively with both employees and external stakeholders.

A Marine Safety Officer plays a critical role in ensuring the safety and efficiency of marine operations. This requires a strong understanding of safety regulations, and the ability to identify and mitigate potential hazards. With the right qualifications and experience, a Marine Safety Officer can contribute significantly to the safety and success of marine operations.

How to Enter

  • A degree or diploma in marine safety or a related field.
  • Relevant maritime safety certification, such as an International Safety Management (ISM) Code qualification.
  • Familiarity with local and international safety regulations.

Further Information

South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)
Tel: +27 (0) 12 366 2600

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