African Shipowners Association

African Shipowners Association

The Continental Platform for all Shipowners and operators in the African Continent. Recognised by the African Union Commission & Association of Maritime Administration Africa (AAMA). The Association is a member of the Norwegian-African Business Association.

Our History

The idea of an Association of African Shipowners was muted a private meeting of some ship owners in Nigeria in 2012. There was a growing concerns that the continent like other continents should bring together its ship owners and other stakeholders. The basis for the formation of the Association was and still remains the African Maritime Transport Charter.

The idea for an African Shipowners Association was subject of discussion at the 1st African Shipowners Conference in Accra Ghana. This was held in collaboration with MOWCA and in attendance were a few Shipowners, Maritime Administrations of Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. The African Ship Owners Association was birthed at that Conference. It was incorporated as an NGO in South Africa in with the South African Government support through its Maritime Administration.

The Association has held regular Conferences and has co-organised many more. Today the Association has a Consultative Status with the African Union; and is a member of:

  • Association of African Maritime Administrations
  • Norwegian-African Business Association

Has MOU’s with:

  • The Arab Federation of Shipping.
  • Port and Management Association of Eastern & Southern Africa.
  • African Women in Maritime.
  • Women in Maritime Sector in Eastern & Southern Africa.

Our Alliances & Memberships

African Union Association of African Maritime Administration Norwegian-African Business Association African Women in Maritime The Arab Federation of Shipping Port and Management Association of Eastern & Southern Africa Commonwealth Security Group Women in Maritime Sector in Eastern & Southern Africa The Intergovernmental Standing Committee on Shipping (ISCOS) Worldwide Industrial and Marine Association Athena Research and Innovation Center

Our National Branches


Membership is open to Africans who owns vessels, operates vessels, whilst the Association will also consider applications from other organizations or establishments critical to the Shipping Industry on a case by case basis.