Circulars are issued by ADOMS  to give guidance and information  on key regulatory requirements.


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Local Circ 2014- 001 SCV Code (rev1)


The Small Commercial Vessel Code (SCV Code) which applies to Vessels operating commercially, trading in the Caribbean Trading Area, which are 5 metres or more in length overall and less than 24 metres in length (L) and which, if carrying more than 12 passengers, operate within 20 miles of the nearest harbour or safe refuge, carry not more than 150 passengers and where overnight accommodation is provided, not more than 50 passengers overnight was adopted by the Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda in 2008 through the Merchant Shipping (Small Commercial Vessels) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008 No. 31). This Code sets a standard for construction and equipment for the vessels it applies to. As well as construction and equipment the Code specifies qualifications for Masters and Engineers in charge of these vessels.

The latest version of the code is dated July 2017.

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Local Circ 2013 -001 Boatmaster Licenses (Rev 1)

This Circular is intended for operators of small commercial vessels operating in Antigua and Barbuda waters.  It sets out the requirements and processes for obtaining a Boatmaster’s License and includes the syllabus and other information on courses and training.

It is updated to August 2017 to show the full list of approved training providers.

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Local Circ 2012- 010 MLC for small local vessels

This Circular sets out the Antigua and Barbuda policy on the application of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 to vessels of under 200 GT operating in domestic waters.  The Convention allows some relaxations for these vessels and the Circular details them.