The Zanzibar Maritime Authority (ZMA)

Was established under Act No. 3 of 2009 and charged with the responsibility of monitoring,

regulating and coordinating activities in the maritime industry. The ZMA Authority is headed by a Director-General with Chairman of the Board of Director heading six directors of governing body.

ZMA discharge flag state and port state responsibilities in an effective and efficient manner in line with IMO conventions, instruments and codes.

We regulate activities on shipping in sea waterways to ensure safety of navigation.

As part of our safety and environmental responsibilities, we promptly investigate maritime casualties such as loss of lives resulting from overloading on boats, collision etc and take the appropriate actions. In partnership with other public agencies and institutions, we ensure the prevention of marine source pollution and protection of the marine environment.

In addition to general maritime duties, we coordinate all activities relating to seafarers’ registration, certification and welfare.

We pursue the ratification or accession and implementation of international maritime conventions such as IMO and ILO Conventions in collaboration with other stakeholders.

We regulate the activities of Maritime services providers such as Freight Forwarders, Shipping Agents, Ship Operators and other services providers.

We also deal with matters pertaining to maritime search and rescue operations in collaboration with the Anti-Smuggling Unit, Zanzibar Ports Corporation and Surface and Maritime Transport Authority of Tanzania and other relevant agencies.

Zanzibar Maritime Authority

P.O.BOX 401,



Fax: +255 24 223 6796

Tel: +255 24 223 6795
E-mail: info@zma.go.tz

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