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Visiting Vessels

For visiting vessels, the same level of safety equipment equally applies as for the respective category of craft subject to ADOMS licensing.

This includes any tenders operated from mega yachts and cruise ships, but also any visiting small craft (mainly yachts) that require a cruising permit on their own.

Cruising permits are issued with an information notice, requesting compliance of the vessel with the local standards for small craft.

Note: Any operation of foreign vessels in Antigua and Barbuda waters is considered as mutual self-declaration of compliance with all local regulations – e.g. environmental and fisheries law – and therefore including also the safety standards for small craft. Compliance can be checked by ADOMS or other competent authorities on any occasion.

Non-compliant vessels may be denied a cruising permit, or – when underway – may be required to return to port or leave Antigua and Barbuda waters immediately.

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Information for visiting Ships

This provides details of the required information under the Small Craft (Control) Regulations 2017 relevant to visiting ships

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Safety Standards for Pleasure Yacht issued with cruising permit

This document provides details of the required information under the Small Craft (Control) Regulations 2017 relevant to vessels issued a cruising permit.

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Advisory Notice to Pleasure Yacht cruising permit

This is an advisory note issued with the cruising permit. It is required to be signed by the Master/Owner/Operator to confirm compliance with the small craft safety standards