Maritime trade and industry contributed over R130 billion to the national economy in 2019. Along its 3000kms of coastline, many communities derive livelihoods from fishing practices, either for subsistence or for market. These domestic and economic activities could however pose a significant threat to marine ecosystems and resources. Laws and regulations in the marine environment encourage sustainable maritime practices that mitigate against pollution, overfishing and the loss of marine ecosystems.
Compliance officers frequently interact with staff of an organisation as well as fisheries and marine safety officers to ensure compliance. They work mainly in an office environment but can travel to harbour sites to interact with maritime personnel and inspect fishing and other marine vessels.
Compliance officers need an excellent knowledge of standards, laws and regulations that govern the marine industry. They will also benefit from:
Facilitate the development and maintenance of compliance risk management processes
Examine facilities to ensure accessibility and safety
Lead internal audits of procedures and updating policies when needed
Advise and train staff and crew on how best to ensure compliance
B.Com., B.Com. (Hons), M.Com. in Law at all universities
LLB., LLM. specialising in Legal Compliance at all universities
National, provincial and local government.
NGOs and private consultancies.
Commercial and private shipping companies.