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The Ocean Sailing Association of Southern Africa (OSASA) was formed by a group of seasoned ocean cruising yachtsmen during the severe restrictions imposed worldwide during the covid-19 pandemic  in 2020. specifically to represent the interests of recreational cruisers sailing around the oceans of Southern Africa and in its coastal waters.

Through active negotiations and discussions with the South African Government through the Department of Transport (Maritime) the OSASA team was successful in negotiating entry for foreign cruisers previously denied access into South Africa.

The South African Department of Transport (DoT) introduced a requirement for Pre-Arrival Notification from ALL vessels both local and foreign coming in from international waters, which is now mandatory. By creating an online portal at, OSASA became instrumental in facilitating the documentary requirements for DoT. This strong relationship with the South African Government and this is being maintained on an ongoing basis. 

Our services to cruisers are to:

  • Manage the online portal, initially for entry registration.

  • Manage pre-arrival notification documentation for incoming small vessels with the  South African Department of Transport.

  • Encourage local cruising in small vessels along the Southern African coast and further afield.

  • Encourage foreign small vessels to visit South Africa and to cruise in its waters

  • Encourage and motivate development of better facilities for coastal cruisers

  • Popularise Southern Africa (Indian and Atlantic Ocean shores) as a cruising destination of choice, especially with the myriad of choices for land travel combined with cruising.



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