The Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration (SMSA) was created in 2004 with the separation of the Ports and Marine Division. The Administration became a legal entity with the enactment of the Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2014 and transformed into the Seychelles Maritime Safety Authority on the 01st April 2020.
SMSA is a regulatory and supervisory body within the Ministry of Transport with its primary objective being to ensure that all mariners without exception, use and enjoy the seas of Seychelles and other water bodies, in a safe and lawful manner. SMSA is also responsible for ensuring maritime security and pollution prevention.
Furthermore, the Authority is the focal point of contact for Seychelles with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), hence SMSA has an international obligation to implement all the provisions of the IMO instruments that Seychelles has ratified, acceded or is a party to.