Any vessel that have firearms on-board and intend entering a South African port, irrespective of the period of stay must have a regulated firearm rifle safe installed against the bulkhead of the vessel.
Secured meaning; – bolted or welded against the bulkhead.
The MARSEC company on-board the vessel must arrange with the SA responsible person/company to have a rifle safe embarked and secured as a matter of urgency – this is in accordance of SA Police and SA Port regulations.
The rifle safe is to be installed ASAP on berthing alongside and prior SA police and SA customs inspection.
The SA police have the jurisdiction to confiscate/remove the weapons/ammunition from the vessel if there is a failure to comply.
When and why must an armed security vessel have access denial security on-board during an SA port stay?
When a vessel enters an SA port, in particular Durban port access denial guards arranged by your SA responsible company must be embarked to control access onto the vessel – these guards will not interfere in any manner with the vessel cargo operations.
As South African ports are legislated “gun free zones” it is a requirement by Durban port authorities and the South African police that access denial be on-board the vessels 24/7 during a port stay.
Must the vessel have an authorised South African firearm permit on-board the vessel prior entry of an SA port?
The vessel may wait at outer anchorage till such time as the authorised firearm permit has been released and then forwarded either by the responsible company (person) in South Africa or the vessel agent if one has been appointed.
The armed vessel may not enter any SA port without an authorised firearm permit on-board, failure to comply may result in punitive action being taken against the vessel.