The Nautical Institute: Southern Africa Branch

The Southern Africa Branch was formally established on the 9th September 2011 at a meeting held at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town. Present at the meeting was the Nautical Institute President Capt. James Robinson and Chief Executive Mr. Phillip Wake as well as more than 20 RSA-resident Nautical Institute members.

The meeting elected Rob Whitehead MNI as Branch Chairman, Capt. Allen Brink FNI as Branch Treasurer and Simon Pearson MNI as Honorary Secretary.

The meeting further agreed that the branch should represent all Southern African countries and adjacent islands in the region.

Aims and Objectives

To provide the strongest possible professional focus, dedicated to improving standards of those involved in control of seagoing craft, while maintaining the Institute as an international centre of nautical excellence.

  • To represent the professional views of its members to and within the international, national and local bodies considering the safety and efficiency of shipping operations.
  • To promote and co-ordinate in the public interest the development of nautical studies in all its branches by:
    • Encouraging and promoting a high standard of qualification, competence and knowledge among those in control of seagoing craft including non-displacement craft.
    • Facilitating the exchange and publication of information and ideas on nautical science, encourage research and publish its results.
    • Establishing and maintaining appropriate educational and professional standards of membership.
    • Co-operating with Government Departments and other bodies concerned with statutory and other qualifications, and with universities and other educational institutes and authorities in the furtherance of education and training in nautical science and practice.
    • Encouraging the formation of Branches and professional groups in different areas worldwide.

A Representative Body for Maritime Professionals

The Nautical Institute is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with consultative status at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Our aim is to represent seafarers’ and practical maritime professionals’ views at the highest level.

As a representative body, the Institute fulfils its role in many different ways. Membership by proven qualifications and experience helps to set standards. The technical committees ensure that professional opinion and advice is fed back to the industry’s decision making bodies.

Publications written by practitioners for practitioners provide the best operational guidance available and the branches encourage professional development in local areas.

The Southern Africa Branch Committee

John Abercrombie
Vice ChairmanDavid Wolfaardt
TreasurerAllen Brink
Branch SecretaryYvette De Klerk
Committee MemberRob Whitehead

Committee MemberLloyd Merriman
Committee MemberChris Smith