L- R  Minister Joël Morgan, Minister for Home Affairs and Transport with Director General SMSA, Captain Valmont.

The Seychelles Maritime Safety Authority (SMSA) was created when the Seychelles Port Authority (SPA), was enacted and which came into force in October 2004.  Both entities originated from the Port and Marine Services Division which was later itself dissolved.

“On 1st April 2020, the Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration transformed into the Seychelles Maritime Safety Authority through the commencement of the Seychelles Maritime Safety Authority Act,2019. This Act provides the Authority with all its legal mandates as a regulatory body in order to discharge both its local and international obligations.”

The roles and functions of the Seychelles Maritime Safety Authority (SMSA) is now governed by the Merchant Shipping Act, 1995.  Another important Act which of concern to the SMSA is the Hire Craft Act which came into force in 1978 and was revised in 1991.

The Island History

Seychelles is a comparatively young nation which can trace its first settlement back to 1770 when the islands were first settled by the French, leading a small party of whites, Indians and Africans. The islands remained in French hands until the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, evolving from humble beginnings to attain a population of 3,500 by the time Seychelles was ceded to Britain under the treaty of Paris in 1814.

During this period Seychelles came to know the enlightened policies of administrators such as Pierre Poivre, the brilliant politicking of Governor Queau de Quincy and, of course, the terrible repercussions of the French Revolution.

Under the British, Seychelles achieved a population of some 7,000 by the year 1825. Important estates were established during this time producing coconut, food crops, cotton and sugar cane. During this period Seychelles also saw the establishment of Victoria as her capital, the exile of numerous and colorful troublemakers from the Empire, the devastation caused by the famous Avalanche of 1862 and the economic repercussions of the abolition of slavery.

Seychelles achieved independence from Britain in 1976 and became a republic within the commonwealth.


Prior to 1978, before the joining the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as a member state, Seychelles had been very active in the maritime sector with ships flying the Seychelles Port Victoria.


Seychelles become an IMO member state on 18-June-1978


In the late 1970’s the Port and Marine Services was created to take charge of the Port Operation Activities and the Maritime Authority duties.


In 2004 the formation of the Seychelles Maritime Safety Authority occurred.