Βunkering services providers that want to obtain an operating licence in Algoa Bay, South Africa may now go ahead and apply, as the moratorium on applications will be lifted from 01 April 2022.
ccording to the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), while the lifting of the moratorium on bunkering licences application would be effective only on 01 April 2022, the filing of applications is open from 01 February 2022.
The moratorium was placed on 22 August 2019 pending the finalisation of a Holding Capacity and Risk Assessment Study.
The lifting follows the last seating of the Bunkering Stakeholder session held in December 2021 that decided for the the moratorium to be lifted.
The lifting means that new potential entrants can now submit their applications with effect from 1 February 2022.
Only online applications will be accepted via the [email protected] email address. All stakeholders that sent their applications in the past should reapply via the online system.
The online application process is a transitional arrangement pending the finalisation of the Bunker/ Ship to Ship (STS) codes.
In addition, a special Bunkering Stakeholders session will be convened on the 7th of February 2022 to address the application package and any clarity seeking questions.