All About the SAASR

We are a non-profit organisation within the SA ship building and repair industry
whose vision is to
help members capitalise on local and global opportunities so as to grow their business both nationally and internationally
and improve the industry we work in as a whole.

Protection of the health and safety of all staff and the preservation of the environment is paramount in our approach.
Implementing the SAASR Code of Practice is for YOUR benefit, and the benefit of ALL!

Below are some of the Challenges we face in South Africa and some of the Key Objectives laid out by the SAASR...

SA Challenges

Firstly, the ship-repairer has no control over working conditions or equipment provided by the Ship-owner on-board – he must rely on the statutory authorities control to ensure that internationally acceptable standards are maintained.

Secondly, it is assumed that there will be a competent Master, Chief Engineer Officer and Crew on-board. The ship may occasionally be unmanned and the repairer must take all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of his staff.

Thirdly, few ship repairers have repair berths close to their administration offices and the chain of responsibility for safety becomes extended. So Supervisors must be correctly trained and given the authority to ensure regulations are observed.

And last but not least, repair teams vary in number from 50 staff working on major steelwork renewal in dry-dock, to a mechanical job afloat involving one artisan and a helper. This diversity places heavy reliance on the ship-owner for assistance and requires a sensible and flexible attitude from the repairer.

SAASR Objectives

  1. Regulate relations between members, employees or trade unions
  2. Promote, encourage and protect the best interests of its members
  3. Plan and organise administration relating to lawful activities
  4. Promote, encourage, support, or oppose any legislation that might affect members
  5. Collect and disseminate any information deemed valuable to members
  6. Issue regulations that ensure equal conditions for all contractors within the industry
  7. Encourage, promote, aid and effect the settlement of disputes between members
  8. Participate with federated bodies sharing similar objectives
  9. Provide legal assistance on matters affecting members, employers or trade unions
  10. Establish and administer funds for the benefit of members and their dependants