The Association of African Maritime Administration (AAMA), is the
coordinating body for Maritime Administrations in Africa, established
pursuant to Article 5 of the African Maritime Transport Charter (AMTC). The Association is
made up of five (5) African stakeholders' group namely:
1. The Association of African Maritime Administrations
2. Africa Ship Registrars' Forum
3. African Ship Owners' Associations
4. Africa Shippers' Council and all Cargo Interest
5. Seafarers' Forum
Responding to Africa's insignificant share of global investments in the maritime sector
despite her significant contribution to global maritime traffic and the revived aspiration for
a strategic take-off as noted in the African Maritime Transport Charter, it became
necessary to facilitate a forum to bring together like minded Agencies and
Associations to discuss Africa's maritime governance amongst other pertinent issues.
The first formal Heads of Maritime Administrations and Ship Registers
Conference took place in Mombasa, Kenya from October 3 to 5 , 2012. The Conference rd th
was attended by 16 African countries with representatives from the African Maritime
Policy Advisory Centre (AMPAC), Inter-Governmental Standing Committee on
Shipping (ISCOS), Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA), African
Ship-Owners Association (ASOS), Kenya Shippers Council (KSC), Port Management
Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA), Container Freight Station (CFS)
and Northern Corridor Transit Transport Coordination Authority (NCTTCA).
The second Conference of Heads of African Maritime Administrations took place in Sandton, South Africa from October 22 to nd 23 , 2013. Much like the first Conference, it
was attended by various African countries alongside Shipowners Associations and
On October 15 2016, in Lomé, Togo, an,extraordinary session of the Assembly of
African Heads of State and Government,adopted a Charter on Maritime Security,
Safety and Developemnt in Africa.
The adoption of the Lomé Charter provides a means for signatories to commit to taking
specific, measurable actions to promote the Africa-wide development of a sustainable
blue economy, underpinned by good maritime security and efficient maritime law
enforcement. Both the Revised African Maritime Transport Charter (Revised AMTC) of
2010 and the 2050 African Union's Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIM Stratgey), give
broad-brush outlines of where African States should be heading.
The vision, mission and values of the organisation will be agreed at the next AAMA meeting to be held in 2014.
At the same meeting the strategic objectives will be finalised along with the adoption of the Association’s constitution
In line with the resolutions taken at the 2nd meeting of the Head of African Maritime Administrators South Africa was appointed as interim chair of the newly established AAMA. Therefore for the two years ending in 2015 the organisation will be located in Pretoria, South Africa at the Head Offices of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).
At the establishment of AAMA in November 2014 three countries were elected to act as interim secretariat for two years to ensure the proper establishment of the function. The three countries chosen were:
• Mozambique; and
• South Africa