Information Notices

Information Notices are issued to draw attention to relevant information as it is published.

It is not necessary for copies of these notices to be retained on board vessels.

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Information Notice 2017- 001 Information on the upsurge of pirate attacks and hijacking in the Gulf of Guinea region

The incidents of piracy activities and attacks to shipping in the Gulf of Guinea region continue to increase with tactics changing from hijacking with the intent to steal cargo, to attacks with the intent to kidnap senior officers and crew for ransom. This means all types of commercial vessels are potential targets.

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Information Notice 2016-006 Regulatory amendments entering into force during January 2017

Information regarding the most significant regulatory amendments which will enter into force during January 2017

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Information Notice 2016-005 The 2014 Amendments to Maritime Labour Convention (2006)

Further to information notice 2015-008

The 2014 amendments to MLC (2006) come into force on 18th January, 2017 with the most significant changes being to Standard A2.5.2 – Financial security in event of abandonment of a seafarer and Standard A.4.2 – Financial security in case of “contractual claim” which relates to death or long-term disability of seafarers due to an occupational injury, illness or hazard. For ease of reference the text of these changes is contained in Annex 1 to this notice.

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Information Notice 2016-003 (rev 2): Ballast Water Management

Information with respect to implementing the requirements of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM).  This revision outlines Antigua and Barbuda’s position on the issues and provides a list of relevant guidelines.

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Information Notice 2016-004: Port State Control Concentrated Inspection Campaigns 2016

Information regarding the upcoming Port State Control Concentrated Inspection Campaigns 2016, usually during the months of September, October and November. This notice gives additional information with respect to the Cargo Securing CIC and also the Riyhdah MOU CIC on Pilot Transfer arrangements.