Marine Surveyors & Consultants

Bona Fide Marine surveyors complete, over the last several years, various marine inspections/surveys on more than 100 ships each month, mostly in Durban and Richards Bay Harbours, but also in other Southern African Ports and wider.
  • Flag State Inspector : Panama, Bahamas, Barbardos, Togo, Jamaica, Sierra Leone, St. Kitts & Nevis.
  • Class Surveyor: Panama Shipping Registrar Inc., ICS Class (Panama), China Corporation Registrar Shipping (Taiwan), International Ship Classification Pte Ltd (Singapore), Guardian Bureau of Shipping (Syria), Conarina (USA) , Royal Bureau of Shipping (Ukraine)
  • Other Clients : Höegh Autoliners, Mitsui OSK Lines, Saipem Luxemburg S.A, Anadarko Petroleum, SMB Offshore, KCA Duetag, Bureau Veritas, etc.
  • 1982 - 1993 : At sea, deck officer.
  • 1993 - 1994 : Keeley Stevedoring, Richards Bay.
  • 1994 - 1999 : Marine Surveyor at Captain G.A. Chettle (Durban)
  • 1999 - present : Owner / Director of Bona Fide Marine (Marine Surveying & Consulting - Durban & Southern Africa)
  • 2005 - 2016 : Shareholder & Managing Director of Bureau Veritas Marine Surveying (Pty) Ltd. (Durban & Southern Africa)
  • 2016 - present : Owner / Director of Thor Marine Independent Marine Services cc (Richard Bay & Southern Africa)
  • 2017 - present : Indian Ocean Ship Agency (Southern African Ports)

Current Personnel

  • Terrance Govender (Marine Surveyor) - 18 years experience in all aspects of Marine Surveying
  •  Turfin Appana (Marine Surveyor) - 7 years experience in all aspects of Marine Surveying
  • Pragalathan Naidoo (Marine Surveyor) - 14 years experience in all aspects of Motor Vehicle Inspections
  • Adrian Roskruge (Marine Surveyor) - 14 years experience in all aspects of Motor Vehicle Inspections
  • Capt. Dave King (Marine Surveyor - Consultant) - 19 years experience in General Marine Surveying - Further 19 years experience in Bureau Veritas Ship’s Classification Surveying
  • Netisha Mijan (Secretary - Administrator) - 19 years experience in Marine Industry
In addition to the above full time employees, a network of Approved Sub-Contractors is used from time to time in all South African Ports (names are available on request).

Additional Information:

  • Bona Fide Marine is a long-standing member of Durban Chamber of Trade Industry.
  • Bona Fide Marine is a long-standing contributor to National Sea Rescue Institute.


The extensive list of other regular Clients in Southern Africa includes:
  • Ship’s Agents: Wilhelmsen Ships Services, Panargo Shipping, LBH Group, Rennies Ships Agency, Mentor Shipping, etc.
  • Ship Owners/Managers: Hoegh Autoliners, MOL, etc.
  • Other international and local Marine Surveying companies (P & I Associates, Bureau Veritas, SGS, Control Union and others).
In addition, Company's Managing Director Vido Cavor is appointed Inspector/Surveyor for a number of Flag State and Classification administrations, such as:

  • The Bahamas Maritime Authority
  • Barbados Ships Registry
  • China Corporation Register of Shipping (Taiwan)
  • Maritime Authority of Jamaica
  • International Classification Registry (Singapore) Pty Ltd
  • Panama Maritime Authority
  • Panama Shipping Registrar Inc.
  • Guardian Bureau of Shipping (Syria)
  • Sierra Leone International Shipping Registry
  • St. Kitts & Nevis International Ships Registry
  • ICS Class (Panama)
  • Royal Bureau of Shipping (Ukraine)