The Forming Of SAASOA

(SAASOA) South African Association of Ship Operators and Agents was formed in 2007 out of a merger between (ASABOSA) the Association of Ships Agents and Brokers of Southern Africa founded in 1970, and (ASL) the Association of Shipping Lines founded in 1975 and (CLOF) the Container Liner Operators Forum founded in 1998, after it had become increasingly apparent that these three organisations had been interacting with the same parties with common goals. The opportunity existed therefore to become one voice for the Maritime and Shipping Industry and to concentrate their efforts to become more effective.

SAASOA is a full Member of the Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers and Agents (FONASBA). FONASBA is the only organisation representing the global ship agency and ship broking professions to “promote and protect the professions of Ship Agency and Ship Broking worldwide”, a task which it undertakes through dialogue with its member associations and its consultative status with (IMO) International Maritime Organisation (the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the World Customs Organisation (WCO).

Our Mission

To be recognised by all stakeholders as the voice of shipping representing maritime interest in South Africa on behalf of its membership which will includes all Ship Owners, Operators & vessel Agents.

Our Objectives

  • To promote and protect the interest of our members
  • To be an active participant in the development and maintenance of a world class Maritime & Shipping Industry in South Africa
  • Tocollaborate in efforts towards the continuous improvement of shipping standards for the mutual benefit of all stakeholders
  • To ensure that the Maritime & Shipping Industry is recognised by all Government departments as an important & integral part of the South African economy
  • To ensure that vessel and cargo interests enjoy maximum throughput, productivity levels and quick turnaround of vessels at all Terminals in South African Ports


Malte Kersten

Chairman Of The Board - Director

Peter Besnard

CEO - Director

Jonathan Whittington


Rosario Sarno


Fred Jacobs


Mike Van Rooyen


Selvin Pillay


Rob Dean


Felix Scheder-Bieschin

Honorary Director

Athol Emerton

Honorary Director