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Accident Reporting

Circular 2012-002 (Ver 2) Reporting of Accidents

This Circular was previously published as Circular 02-001-2012. It is republished with minor amendments in this numbering format. It sets out the steps and actions that should be taken in Antigua and Barbuda ships in so far as defining reportable incidents and making reports

Accident Reporting

Circular 2013-004 Out of hours contact information (revised may 2013)

This Circular contains the details and numbers for reaching ADOMS outside office hours in cases where it is essential that contact is established with the administration. It is amended in May 2013 to include the new email addresses for the St. John's office.  Telephone numbers remain unchanged.

Accident Reporting

Directive 001-2012 : Accident reporting

This Directive sets out the requirements for reporting of accidents and other incidents occurring in Antigua and Barbuda ships.

Air Pollution

Circular 2012-008 MARPOL Annex VI Records

This Circular was previously published as  03-003-12. It is reissued without change in the new numbering scheme.  It sets out the 2010 changes to Annex VI of MARPOL and clarifies the recording and record keeping requirements in the Annex as far as fuel changeover records  and Ozone Depleting Substances logs are concerned where the Convention says “as required by the administration”.

Alcohol Limits

Directive 004-2012 Fitness for Duty and Watchkeeping

This Directive makes mandatory the 2010 amendments to STCW on alcohol limits  for Antigua and Barbuda ships and sets out the requirements for watchkeeping and lookout arrangements in accordance with STCW.

Antifouling

Directive 01-2003 Anti Fouling Systems Directive

This Directive implements the AFS Convention (Anti-Fouling Systems) for Antigua and Barbuda ships.

Antigua and Barbuda

The Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2014

This ACT amends the Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping Act, 2006, in order to update the primary Merchant Shipping Legislation in line with developments at an International level. The main areas covered are;

  • The removal of the restrictions on the registration of passenger ships and high speed craft so that these vessels types can now be registered;
  • An increased choice of ports of registry for commercial and pleasure yachts plus small commercial vessels;
  • Formalization of the issuance of temporary permissions where breakdowns have occurred on board ships;
  • Implementation of Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims Convention;
  • Implementation of Ballast Water Management Convention;
  • Implementation of Anti-fouling systems Convention;
  • Implementation of Bunker Oil Civil Liability Convention;
  • Shipboard personnel definitions with special training and security training requirements as a result of the Manila amendments to the STCW Convention; and
  • Removal of ships from the register in given circumstances.

Antigua and Barbuda

Circular 2013-004 Out of hours contact information (revised may 2013)

This Circular contains the details and numbers for reaching ADOMS outside office hours in cases where it is essential that contact is established with the administration. It is amended in May 2013 to include the new email addresses for the St. John's office.  Telephone numbers remain unchanged.

BNWAS

Circular 2011-001(rev1) Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm Systems (BNWAS)

This Circular sets out the position of ADOMS in so far as any delay in fitting of BNWAS may be considered.

Boatmaster

Local Circ 2013-001 Boatmaster licenses.

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 July 2013 to show the full list of approved training providers.

Bunkers

Circular 2013-002(rev 3) International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage 2001

This Circular is aimed at providing all those involved with the necessary information on the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 and the position of the Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping, with respect to its implementation. This revision 3 amends annex 3 to an application form that can be used for multiple applications and for all types of civil liability cover requiring Flag Sate certification. It also incorporates a declaration regarding MLC financial liability cover compliance which has been introduced in preparation for upcoming changes in those requirements from 18 January 2017.

Cargo

Circular 2014-002 CARRIAGE AND TESTING OF IRON ORE FINES

The Maritime Administration of Antigua and Barbuda has decided to follow the recommendation of the Maritime Safety Committee of IMO to adopt early implementation of draft amendments to the IMSBC Code related to the carriage and testing of Iron Ore Fines. Full information on this recommendation is contained in DSC.1/Circ.71 which was issued on 15 November 2013 and for easy reference is annexed to this circular.

Crew Accommodation

Directive 002-2013 Crew Accommodation

This Directive replaces the previous Directive on this subject.  It applies the requirements of the ILO conventions 92 and 133 to Antigua and Barbuda ships in the same way as the previous Directive, but it adds in a requirement to carry certification to show that the accommodation complies and it includes a general exemption from the multiple messrooms requirement in ILO 92.

Drinking Water

Directive 02-2005 Drinking Water Standards (amended)

This Directive was first issued in 2005 and sets out the requirements for annual testing of ship's drinking water.  It is amended in 2013 to include more clarity on standards, methods of sampling, and an allowance for self-testing provided the testing regime is more frequent.

ECDIS

Circular 2012-006 ECDIS and Electronic publications (revised)

This Circular was previously published as  02-003-12.  It was re-published in December 2012 under this numbering scheme with minor editorial changes and clarifications.  It sets out the IMO requirements for mandatory fitting of ECDIS and it explains the Antigua and Barbuda policy on training for ECDIS and on carriage of electronic publications.

Energy Efficieny

Circular 2012-003 SEEMP and IEEC requirements (Rev 1)

This Circular was previously issued as 03-001-12.  It announces the amended requirements for MARPOL Annex VI and the introduction of the Ships Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP)  and explains the Antigua and Barbuda policy on this as well as including the text of the IMO guidelines on preparing SEEMPs. The Circular is re-issued in May 2013 with a minor correction to take account of a clarifying interpretation on the timing of SEEMP verifications  issued by the IMO in October 2012.

EPIRB

Circular 2012-012 EPIRB maintenance and registry

This Circular was previously published as 02-006-12.  It is reissued without change under the new numbering scheme.  It sets out the IMO requirements for inspection and testing of EPIRBS and it also explains the Antigua and Barbuda policy on EPIRB registry and the system that has been introduced for registration of EPIRBS fitted in A&B ships and contains instructions on how owners and managers may register their EPIRBS directly in the international system.

Familiarization

Form FO-C13 Declaration of Familiarisation for Senior Officers

This is the current version of the Declaration that requires to be signed by all senior officers as a part of their application for an Antigua and Barbuda endorsement.  The Declaration confirms that the applicant is familiar with the Senior Officer's Handbook which sets out the essential aspects of Antigua and Barbuda law and practice that senior officers need to be familiar with.

Familiarization

Senior Officer’s Handbook

This is the essential guide to Antigua and Barbuda requirements for Senior Officers serving in Antigua and Barbuda ships.  It contains the key information needed to meet the requirements of Regulation I/10.2 of STCW for officers at the management level under II/2, III/2 III/3 or VII/1  who must  "have an appropriate knowledge of the marine legislation of the administration..."    Senior officers applying for  Antigua and Barbuda endorsements are required to read this guide, and to sign a declaration that they have done so as a part of their application for an endorsement.   It is also recommended that senior officers keep this guide as a ready reference when serving in an Antigua and Barbuda ship.

Familiarization

Directive 003-2012 : Familiarisation Information for Officers

This Directive establishes the Senior Officer's handbook (See other Information) as the source document for senior officers to become familiar with essential administrative requirements for Antigua and Barbuda ships.

Fire Fighting

Circular 2013-009 SOLAS Amendments Affecting Fireman’s Outfits.

This Circular deals with the amendments to Chapter II-2; regulations 10 and 15 of SOLAS which were adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee in November 2012.  Some of the requirements come into force on 1st July 2014. The changes require two two-way radiotelephone apparatus to be supplied with fireman's outfits in new ships from 1st July 2014 and in existing ships from 1st July 2018, and for provision to be made for extra breathing apparatus cylinders to be provided for drills or for a re-charging facility to be provided.  This requirement applies from 1st July 2014.

Fire Fighting

Circular 2012-011 Maintenance of Fire Fighting Equipment

This Circular sets out the content of the IMO guidance on inspection, servicing and maintenance of fire fighting equipment and systems in ships.  The guidance supersedes that issued previously and takes effect from 1st May 2013.   The text of the IMO guidance is attached to the Circular.

Garbage

Circular 2014-001 MARPOL ANNEX V Update – Garbage

This Circular replaces Circular 2012-005 which highlighted the major changes that took effect to MARPOL Annex V (Garbage) from 1st January 2013 and it contains further outlines of those changes as well as the further ammendments to the guidelines which took place in 2013, and also includes the text of the IMO Guidelines on preparing Garbage Management Plans.

ISM Code

Circular 2014-006 : 2015 Amendments to the ISM Code

The purpose of this Circular is to provide information and guidance to the owners, managers, Company Designated Persons Ashore and Masters of Antigua and Barbuda flagged ships, concerning amendments of the International Safety Management Code (ISM). Which come into force on 1 January 2015. These amendments are essentially clarifications of what has been best practice for many years. It is important that companies ensure that their vessels operate effective safety management systems as doing so ultimately benefits both their shareholders and seafarers in many ways.

ISM Code

Directive 03-2002 ISM Code

This Directive implements the requirements of the ISM Code as mandatory for Antigua and Barbuda ships.

Liability

Circular 2015-001 (rev 3) Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007

This Circular is aimed at providing all those involved with the necessary information on the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007 and the position of ADOMS, with respect to its implementation. This revision 3 amends section 3 now that the previously mentioned interim measures are no longer in place. Annex 3 includes an application form that can be used for multiple applications and for all types of civil liability cover requiring Flag Sate certification. It also incorporates a declaration regarding MLC financial liability cover compliance which has been introduced in preparation for upcoming changes in those requirements from 18 January 2017.

Liability

Directive 001-2015 Removal of Wrecks Directive

This Directive is to apply the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007, which was adopted on the 18th May, 2007 and will enter into force on the 14th April, 2015 to Antigua and Barbuda.

Liability

Circular 2014-005 (rev 2): International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC) 1992

This Circular is aimed at providing all those involved with the necessary information on the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1992 and the position of the Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping, with respect to its implementation. This revision 2 amends annex 2 to include an application form that can be used for multiple applications and for all types of civil liability cover requiring Flag Sate certification. It also incorporates a declaration regarding MLC financial liability cover compliance which has been introduced in preparation for upcoming changes in those requirements from 18 January 2017

Liability

Circular 2013-002(rev 3) International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage 2001

This Circular is aimed at providing all those involved with the necessary information on the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 and the position of the Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping, with respect to its implementation. This revision 3 amends annex 3 to an application form that can be used for multiple applications and for all types of civil liability cover requiring Flag Sate certification. It also incorporates a declaration regarding MLC financial liability cover compliance which has been introduced in preparation for upcoming changes in those requirements from 18 January 2017.

Life jackets

Circular 2011-002 Lifejacket standards

This Circular sets out the Antigua policy on the application of LSA Code amendments covering life-jacket standards as far as existing life-jackets are concerned.  It was previously published as 02-002-11 and is reissued under this new numbering scheme with only minor editorial changes.

Lifesaving Appliances

Circular 2012-007 rev.1: Fall protection devices and lifeboat release systems

This Circular was previously published as Circular 02-002-2012 . This revision clarifies applicability to rescue boats and acceptable testing procedures.  The Circular sets out the changes to SOLAS Chapter III affecting lifeboat release systems that took effect from 1st January 2013.  It explains the IMO requirements on assessment of existing release systems and explains the Antigua and Barbuda policy on fitting fall preventer devices.

Lifesaving Appliances

Circular 2012-014 (Rev) Independent LSA Servicing Organisations (updated to April 2014)

This Circular contains the details of the Independent Life-saving Appliances  which have been approved.  It is updated from time to time as additional organisations are added and this version is current at April 2014.

Lifesaving Appliances

Circular 2012-004 Maintenance and Operational Readiness of LSA

This Circular  was previously issued as 02-004-12.  It is reissued without change under this new numbering scheme.  The Circular announces amendments to Chapter II of SOLAS that come into effect in 2014 and explains the Antigua and Barbuda requirements,  It also contains the Antigua and Barbuda policy on test launching free-fall lifeboats and it contains the text of the IMO guidance on maintenance and servicing of life-saving appliances.

Lifting Appliances

Directive 009-2012 Lifting Appliances

This Circular was previously issued as  09-002-12.  It is reissued with minor editorial changes and clarifications.  It announces the Lifting Appliances Directive and sets out guidance on the requirements for inspection and testing of lifting appliances for Antigua and Barbuda ships.      

Lifting Appliances

Directive 002-2012 : Lifting appliances

This Directive sets out the requirements for Antigua and Barbuda ships with respect to the inspection and testing of lifting appliances.

LRIT

Circular 2008-003 LRIT Requirements.

This Circular was first published in 2009 as 01-003-08 to highlight the requirements for the introduction of the LRIT system.  It is republished in this numbering system with minor editorial changes. The Circular explains the application of the LRIT Requirements and the way that they will be implemented in Antigua and Barbuda.  It gives the addresses and contact details for the Authorised Testing Applications Service providers for Antigua and Barbuda ships and updates their addresses.

Maritime Labor Convention

Directive 001-2017 MLC (2006) Financial Security Directive

This Directive is intended to give effect to the Maritime Labour Convention (2006) 2014 amendments until such time as the schedule to the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention, 2006) regulations, 2012 Statutory Instrument 2012, No. 15 has been amended. These amendments are currently under consideration by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.

Maritime Labor Convention

Circular 2016- 002(rev 1) Maritime Labour Convention (2006) Financial Security Requirements

This Circular gives information and guidance to Companies, Ships and Authorised Recognised Organisations (ROs) of Antigua and Barbuda flagged ships on the 2014 amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (2006) (MLC) enter into force on 18th January, 2017 . The most significant changes being to Standard A2.5.2 –financial security in the event of abandonment of a seafarer and Standard A4.2 – financial security in case of a contractual claim which relates to death or long-term disability of seafarers due to an occupational injury, illness or hazard.

Maritime Labor Convention

Circular 2016-001 Maritime Labour Convention 2006 Guidance

This Circular was previously issued as Circular 2014-003. Since that time a number of issues have been clarified so this circular has been issued to include further advice and information on a number of topics as of December, 2016.

Maritime Labor Convention

Antigua and Barbuda Maritime Labour Convention (2006) Report 2015 Introduction

The report takes into consideration the guidance contained in MLC B5.1.4/10 and meets the requirements of the MLC Standard A5.1.4/13. The statistics contained in this report are concerned only with vessels to which the MLC applies. This report covers the calendar year from 1st January 2015 to 31st December 2015.

Antigua and Barbuda ratified the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) on August 8th 2011 and it came into effect on 20th August 2013.

The Website http://www.abregistry.ag  contains useful information with respect to MLC under the seafarers and information center sections.

Antigua and Barbuda Regulations

The most relevant legislation with respect to MLC are as follows:

  • The Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping Act 2006 with amendments of 2006 2007 and 2014
  • The MLC (Maritime Labour Convention 2006) Regulations 2012

The following directives are also relevant:

  • Drinking Water Standards Directive 2005 (amended)
  • The Merchant Shipping (Ships Medical Stores) Directive 2005
  • The Merchant Shipping (Reporting of Accidents) Directive 2012
  • Familiarization Information for Officers at the Management Level Directive 2012
  • Fitness for Duty and Watch-keeping Directive 2012
  • STCW Tribunal Directive 2013
  • Seafarer’s Accommodation in existing ships Directive 2013

Related Circulars have been issued on the following subjects:

  • Maritime Labour Convention 2006 Guidance
  • Reporting of Accidents
  • Seafarer Medical Certificates
  • 2010 Amendments to STCW New Grades of Personnel
  • Interactive Application System for Seafarer Documents (IASS)
  • Application for Seafarer Documents
  • Control of Seafarer Certification by PSC
  • Responsibilities of Companies
  • Authenticity of Seafarer Documents
  •  SCV Code

 

The Antigua and Barbuda MLC Inspection System

For Antigua & Barbuda registered ships to which the MLC applies, the Antigua & Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping (ADOMS) is the “Competent Authority” as defined in Article II(a) of the MLC and is responsible for implementing Antigua & Barbuda’s obligations under the MLC.

In accordance with the MLC Regulations the following inspections are carried out:

  • Those in order to certify Antigua & Barbuda registered ships of 500 gross tonnage or over engaged in international voyages pursuant to the requirement of MLC 5.1.3/6. These are conducted by Recognized Organizations.
  • Those of vessels less than 500 gross tonnage operating commercially.

 

There are presently no recruitment and placement services based in Antigua & Barbuda pursuant to the requirement of MLC A1.4/2.

 

Inspections may also be carried out under the following circumstances:-

  • Antigua & Barbuda registered vessels worldwide to which the MLC applies where a complaint has been made.
  • Foreign Flag vessels to which the MLC applies in Antigua & Barbuda waters subject to a Port State Control (PSC) Inspection (MLC 5.2.1).
  • Foreign Flag vessels to which the MLC applies in Antigua & Barbuda waters where a complaint has been made (MLC 5.2.2).

ADOMS utilizes Inspectors from the following Recognized Organizations (ROs) to conduct inspections:

  • American Bureau of Shipping
  • Bureau Veritas
  • China Classification Society
  • Class NK
  • DNV GL
  • Korean Register
  • Lloyds Register
  • Registro Italiano Navale
  • Russian Maritime Register

 

These organizations utilize exclusive surveyors who have been trained to carry out MLC inspections in accordance with the requirements of MLC A5.1.4 and MLC B5.1.4. The performance of these recognized organizations is monitored by occasional auditing by ADOMS with preliminary audits having been conducted during 2014.

Inspections are conducted for each registered ship to which MLC applies at intervals not exceeding 3 years in compliance with MLC A5.1.4/4.

Inspections conducted in 2015

Antigua & Barbuda registered ships were inspected as follows:

310 Inspections of the following types were conducted by Recognized Organizations on behalf of ADOMS

 

Initial Renewal Additional Interim TOTAL
202 5 16 87 310

 

Deficiency and Observation categorization

MLC Regulation Deficiencies and Observations
1.1 -
1.2 5
1.3 -
1.4 2
2.1 21
2.2 1
2.3 16
2.4 1
2.5 -
2.7 -
3.1 29
3.2 18
4.1 8
4.2 1
4.3 5
4.5 1
5.1.1 1
5,1,3 2
5.1.5 5
TOTAL 116

 

It is encouraging that with more inspections carried out than in the previous year there was a reduction in deficiencies and observations  with 4.3 – Health and Safety and 2.4 Wages being areas with a good reduction. Unfortunately 2.3 Hours of Rest and 3.2 Food and Catering have not seen a corresponding improvement.

Foreign Flag Vessels were inspected as follows:

Port State Control Inspections were conducted in Antigua on 40 foreign flag vessels with 30 MLC related deficiencies being raised; 11 of these deficiencies related to Working and Living conditions. 6 of these deficiencies related to Hours of Rest recording and monitoring.  Whilst this is an improvement over the previous year there were still cases where hours of rest recorded by electronic systems do not calculate compliance correctly. Often the use of any 24 hour period is not fully understood.  The Caribbean MOU conducted a concentrated Inspection Campaign on Hours of Rest from 1st September to 30th November 2015.   SEA’s and DMLC part II’s were also found having an incorrect or missing name and address of the ship-owner in 10 cases. The remaining 3 cases involved expired MLC certificates and medical certificates not signed by the seafarer.

Seafarers

During 2015 flag state endorsement of certification for 5104 Seafarers at the management level and 1815 Seafarers at the operational level was undertaken.

At the end of 2015 there were:

  • 11.480 seafarers holding a valid Antigua & Barbuda endorsement at the management level
  • 3.785 seafarers holding a valid Antigua & Barbuda endorsement at the operational level and
  • 22,245 seafarers without any Antigua & Barbuda endorsement but as holding valid rating certificates at the support level or others (e.g. cook, cadets, OS)
  • 8 fatalities to Antigua & Barbuda Seafarers serving on board Antigua & Barbuda flagged vessels, 28 serious injuries were reported, as were 5 injuries.
  • There were also 2 apparent suicides on board Antigua & Barbuda flagged vessels
  • 9 Crew complaints were received regarding Antigua & Barbuda flagged vessels concerning wages (5), wages and living conditions (1), Contract of employment (2) Seaman’s Documentation (1) these were satisfactorily dealt with although two of the wage disputes did not result in full payment of expected amount and one has still to be finally settled.
  • 4 Tribunal hearings were undertaken for 4 Seafarers related to incidents in 2014 including 2 for intoxication and 2 for failure to maintain a safe navigational watch; which resulted in various restrictions in the issuance of Antigua & Barbuda endorsements to the seafarers concerned.

 

The first comments of the ILO supervisory body on effective implementation of the MLC are being reviewed and acted on with a view to giving a detailed reply as requested in 2016

Maritime Labor Convention

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.

Means of Embarkation

Circular 2010-004 Means of Embarkation and Disembarkation

The content of this Circular was originally contained in Information Letter 004-2010.  It remains important in so far as the requirements for inspection and testing of accommodation ladders and gangways is concerned and it is therefore re-published with minor editorial changes to improve clarity as Circular 2010-004.

Medical Stores

Directive 01-2005 Ships Medical Stores (amended)

This directive has been updated to include German Medical Stores acceptance and remove Small Commercial Vessel requirements

Merchant Shipping Act

The Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2007

This ACT amends the Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping Act, 2006, so as to permit the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping to establish offices outside of Antigua and Barbuda, to allow registration for ships under construction, to establish registration fees and criteria for the refund of fees, to extend to Antigua and Barbuda the provisions of Annex VI of the International Convention to Prevent Pollution from Ships, to revise the provisions relating to births and deaths at sea and for incidental and connected purposes.

Merchant Shipping Act

Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping Act, 2006

This is the primary law of Antigua and Barbuda relating to the registry of ships and the maintenance of safety standards.  As primary legislation it provides the powers for the Minister to make regulations and the Director to make Directives.

Merchant Shipping Act

Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act 2006

Ths is the first amendment to the primary Merchant Shipping Act of 2006.  It makes minor changes to the main Act.

Misconduct

Directive 004-2013 STCW Tribunal Directive

This Directive replaces the previous Directive setting out the composition and rules of operation for a Tribunal set up under the Merchant Shipping Act provisions to deal with alleged cases of misconduct by officers holding Antigua and Barbuda endorsements.  The Directive creates a simpler mechanism for dealing with these matters.

Officers Endorsement

Declaration of Familiarization for Officers Endorsements

Piracy

Circular 2013-003 Piracy and armed robbery

This Circular replaces Circular 02-003-01 with updated information and guidance including the current situation in the Gulf of Guinea.

Port State Control

Directive 001-2014 Port State Control Reporting

This directive sets out actions and reporting requirements in the event of a Port State Control Inspection being conducted on a vessel which raises deficiencies.

Registration

Application for Mortgage Registration Checklist

Registration

Application for Mortgage Registration

Registration

Application for Registration Checklist Ships Documents – vessel 500 gross tonnage and over

Registration

Application for Registration and Licensing – vessels less than 500 gross tonnage

This form may be used to apply for registration and/or licensing of vessels less than 500 Gross tonnage.

Registration

Application for Registration Checklist Newbuilding – vessel 500 gross tonnage and over

Registration

Application for Registration Checklist Vessel in Service – vessel 500 gross tonnage and over

Registration

Application for Registration Checklist Permanent – vessel 500 gross tonnage and over

Registration

Application for Registration Checklist Bareboat – vessel 500 gross tonnage and over

Registration

Application for Registration Checklist – vessels less than 500 gross tonnage

This form provides information on required documentation for registration and/or licensing of vessels less than 500 Gross tonnage

Registration

Company Formation

Registry

Directive 03-2003 Port of Registry

This Directive establishes Saint John’s as the port of registry for Antigua and Barbuda ships.

Rescue

Circular 2013-008 Plans for the Recovery of Persons from the Water

This Circular deals with the amendments to SOLAS Chapter III made in November 2012 which require the carriage of Plans and Procedures for the Recovery of Persons from the Water. It contains guidance on the development of such plans as published by the IMO.

Safe Manning

Application for Minimum Safe Manning Document

Safe Manning

IMO Principles of Safe Manning

This is the current version of the IMO's Principles of Safe Manning.  It contains guidance on the processes required to assess the minimum safe manning for a ship.

scv cODE

Directive 003-2013 SCV Code

This Directive has effect from 1st June 2013.  It establishes the definition of Safe Haven fr vessels operating under the SCV Code and it establishes the limits that are determined for Protected Waters and Coastal Waters by ADOMS.  Additionally the Directive contains a general exemption for certain vessels operating in protected waters in daylight from the requirements for the carriage of liferafts and/or buoyant apparatus subject to certain conditions.

Seafarer Documentation

STCW Circ 2014-001 Seafarers’ Medical Certificates

This circular replaces STCW Circ 2012-004 Medical Certificates for Seafarers to reflect the latest procedures adopted by ADOMS with respect to Seafarers' Medical Certificates and includes a list of Antigua and Barbuda approved Medical Practitioners whose certificates are accepted in addition to those issued world-wide as outlined in the text of this circular.

Seafarer Documentation

Documents Checklist for Seafarer’s Document Application

This is the checklist for documents to be submitted with any application for seafarer's documents including endorsements and seafarer's books.

Seafarer Documentation

Application Form for Seafarer Documents

This is the application form required for any application for an officer's endorsement or a seafarer's book.  It should be filled in as completely as possible and submitteed with the necessary supporting document copies for each application.

Seafarer Documentation

STCW Circ 2002-001 (revised) Control of Seafarer Docs by PSC

This Circular was originally published as 01-001-02 and revised in 2012.  It is republished under this new numbering scheme.  The Circular sets out the requirements for endorsements and other documents required by seafarers in Antigua and Barbuda ships and ensures that the national requirements (which are in line with those in STCW) are clear for Port State Control Officers.

Seafarer Documentation

STCW Circ 2004-001 (Revised) Applications for Seafarer Documents

This Circular was originally published in 2004 and revised in 2012.  It is republished in this new numbering scheme.  The Circular sets out the procedures and requirements for making applications for Seafarer Documents and endorsements.

Seafarer Documentation

STCW Circ 1998-003 (Revised) Authenticity of Seafarer Documents

This Circular was originally published in 1998 as 01-003-98.  It was revised in 2012 and is republished in this new numbering scheme.  It sets out the policy of ADOMS towards verification of the authenticity of seafarer's documents and explains the responsibilities of Companies and others towards ensuring that fraudulent documents are detected and rejected.

Seafarer Documentation

STCW Circ 2007-002 IASS System

This Circular was originally published in 2007 as 01-002-07.  It is republished in this new numbering system.  It explains the introduction and use of the Interactive Application System for Seafarers which is used by authorised Filing Agents to submit applications for various Seafarer's Documents.

Seafarer Documentation

STCW Circ 2012-001 new personnel grades

This Circular was issued previously as 01-001-2012.  It is issued under this numbering scheme with minor editorial changes only.  It sets out the new grades of certificated seafarer created by the 2010 amendments to STCW and the approach of the administration towards them.

Seafarers

Antigua and Barbuda Maritime Labour Convention (2006) Report 2015 Introduction

The report takes into consideration the guidance contained in MLC B5.1.4/10 and meets the requirements of the MLC Standard A5.1.4/13. The statistics contained in this report are concerned only with vessels to which the MLC applies. This report covers the calendar year from 1st January 2015 to 31st December 2015.

Antigua and Barbuda ratified the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) on August 8th 2011 and it came into effect on 20th August 2013.

The Website http://www.abregistry.ag  contains useful information with respect to MLC under the seafarers and information center sections.

Antigua and Barbuda Regulations

The most relevant legislation with respect to MLC are as follows:

  • The Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping Act 2006 with amendments of 2006 2007 and 2014
  • The MLC (Maritime Labour Convention 2006) Regulations 2012

The following directives are also relevant:

  • Drinking Water Standards Directive 2005 (amended)
  • The Merchant Shipping (Ships Medical Stores) Directive 2005
  • The Merchant Shipping (Reporting of Accidents) Directive 2012
  • Familiarization Information for Officers at the Management Level Directive 2012
  • Fitness for Duty and Watch-keeping Directive 2012
  • STCW Tribunal Directive 2013
  • Seafarer’s Accommodation in existing ships Directive 2013

Related Circulars have been issued on the following subjects:

  • Maritime Labour Convention 2006 Guidance
  • Reporting of Accidents
  • Seafarer Medical Certificates
  • 2010 Amendments to STCW New Grades of Personnel
  • Interactive Application System for Seafarer Documents (IASS)
  • Application for Seafarer Documents
  • Control of Seafarer Certification by PSC
  • Responsibilities of Companies
  • Authenticity of Seafarer Documents
  •  SCV Code

 

The Antigua and Barbuda MLC Inspection System

For Antigua & Barbuda registered ships to which the MLC applies, the Antigua & Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping (ADOMS) is the “Competent Authority” as defined in Article II(a) of the MLC and is responsible for implementing Antigua & Barbuda’s obligations under the MLC.

In accordance with the MLC Regulations the following inspections are carried out:

  • Those in order to certify Antigua & Barbuda registered ships of 500 gross tonnage or over engaged in international voyages pursuant to the requirement of MLC 5.1.3/6. These are conducted by Recognized Organizations.
  • Those of vessels less than 500 gross tonnage operating commercially.

 

There are presently no recruitment and placement services based in Antigua & Barbuda pursuant to the requirement of MLC A1.4/2.

 

Inspections may also be carried out under the following circumstances:-

  • Antigua & Barbuda registered vessels worldwide to which the MLC applies where a complaint has been made.
  • Foreign Flag vessels to which the MLC applies in Antigua & Barbuda waters subject to a Port State Control (PSC) Inspection (MLC 5.2.1).
  • Foreign Flag vessels to which the MLC applies in Antigua & Barbuda waters where a complaint has been made (MLC 5.2.2).

ADOMS utilizes Inspectors from the following Recognized Organizations (ROs) to conduct inspections:

  • American Bureau of Shipping
  • Bureau Veritas
  • China Classification Society
  • Class NK
  • DNV GL
  • Korean Register
  • Lloyds Register
  • Registro Italiano Navale
  • Russian Maritime Register

 

These organizations utilize exclusive surveyors who have been trained to carry out MLC inspections in accordance with the requirements of MLC A5.1.4 and MLC B5.1.4. The performance of these recognized organizations is monitored by occasional auditing by ADOMS with preliminary audits having been conducted during 2014.

Inspections are conducted for each registered ship to which MLC applies at intervals not exceeding 3 years in compliance with MLC A5.1.4/4.

Inspections conducted in 2015

Antigua & Barbuda registered ships were inspected as follows:

310 Inspections of the following types were conducted by Recognized Organizations on behalf of ADOMS

 

Initial Renewal Additional Interim TOTAL
202 5 16 87 310

 

Deficiency and Observation categorization

MLC Regulation Deficiencies and Observations
1.1 -
1.2 5
1.3 -
1.4 2
2.1 21
2.2 1
2.3 16
2.4 1
2.5 -
2.7 -
3.1 29
3.2 18
4.1 8
4.2 1
4.3 5
4.5 1
5.1.1 1
5,1,3 2
5.1.5 5
TOTAL 116

 

It is encouraging that with more inspections carried out than in the previous year there was a reduction in deficiencies and observations  with 4.3 – Health and Safety and 2.4 Wages being areas with a good reduction. Unfortunately 2.3 Hours of Rest and 3.2 Food and Catering have not seen a corresponding improvement.

Foreign Flag Vessels were inspected as follows:

Port State Control Inspections were conducted in Antigua on 40 foreign flag vessels with 30 MLC related deficiencies being raised; 11 of these deficiencies related to Working and Living conditions. 6 of these deficiencies related to Hours of Rest recording and monitoring.  Whilst this is an improvement over the previous year there were still cases where hours of rest recorded by electronic systems do not calculate compliance correctly. Often the use of any 24 hour period is not fully understood.  The Caribbean MOU conducted a concentrated Inspection Campaign on Hours of Rest from 1st September to 30th November 2015.   SEA’s and DMLC part II’s were also found having an incorrect or missing name and address of the ship-owner in 10 cases. The remaining 3 cases involved expired MLC certificates and medical certificates not signed by the seafarer.

Seafarers

During 2015 flag state endorsement of certification for 5104 Seafarers at the management level and 1815 Seafarers at the operational level was undertaken.

At the end of 2015 there were:

  • 11.480 seafarers holding a valid Antigua & Barbuda endorsement at the management level
  • 3.785 seafarers holding a valid Antigua & Barbuda endorsement at the operational level and
  • 22,245 seafarers without any Antigua & Barbuda endorsement but as holding valid rating certificates at the support level or others (e.g. cook, cadets, OS)
  • 8 fatalities to Antigua & Barbuda Seafarers serving on board Antigua & Barbuda flagged vessels, 28 serious injuries were reported, as were 5 injuries.
  • There were also 2 apparent suicides on board Antigua & Barbuda flagged vessels
  • 9 Crew complaints were received regarding Antigua & Barbuda flagged vessels concerning wages (5), wages and living conditions (1), Contract of employment (2) Seaman’s Documentation (1) these were satisfactorily dealt with although two of the wage disputes did not result in full payment of expected amount and one has still to be finally settled.
  • 4 Tribunal hearings were undertaken for 4 Seafarers related to incidents in 2014 including 2 for intoxication and 2 for failure to maintain a safe navigational watch; which resulted in various restrictions in the issuance of Antigua & Barbuda endorsements to the seafarers concerned.

 

The first comments of the ILO supervisory body on effective implementation of the MLC are being reviewed and acted on with a view to giving a detailed reply as requested in 2016

Seafarers

Application for Seafarers Documents Checklist

Seafarers

Application for Seafarers Documents

Seafarers

Application for BoatMasters License

Seafarers

Application form for a Boatmaster / Engineer license.

This is the form to use when making application for a Boatmaster's license.  It can be filled in on-screen and printed out or printed out and filled in by hand. This application form is only used for persons wishing to operate vessels certificated under the Caribbean Small Commercial Vessel Code and requiring the qualifications mandated by that Code and has no function outside the area of application of that Code.

Security

Circular 2014-004: Port State Control Defect Reporting

In order to improve the compliance of our vessels with International safety and environmental regulations it has been decided to bring in measures to try to more effectively utilize valuable information obtained from Port State Control Inspections. Directors Directive 001-2014 Port State Control Reporting Directive 2014 has been issued in order to encourage better communication between all involved in safe management of our vessels. In the event of a vessel being detained it is often an indication of a breakdown in the Safety Management of the vessel to a greater or lesser extent.

Security

Circular 2013-004 (revised) ADOMS Emergency Contact Arrangements

ADOMS operates a 24 hours per day emergency contact system for owners, managers and ships in cases where an urgent response is needed from the Administration and the offices in Antigua and Germany are both closed.

Security

STCW Circ 2013-001 (Rev 3) Changes to security training requirements

This circular outlines the changed requirements in the 2010 Manila amendments to the STCW Convention Section A/VI/6 on security training.  There is a new requirement for approval of security familiarisation training applicable to all seafarers and the Circular sets out how approval can be ensured. This is Rev 3 to this Circular which addresses the administration's requirements in answer to information that "approval" of security awareness training and security training for seafarers with designated security duties in some countries is delayed.

Security

CSR Form 2- change of CSR details

This form is to be used when any of the details contained in the ship’s CSR are to be changed.   All the data fields should be completed, but fields which are not changed should be entered as N/C.  One copy of the Form 2 is to be retained on the ship’s CSR file on board, the other is to be sent to ADOMS.  On receipt of the completed Form 2 ADOMS will issue the new CSR and when this is received on board it should be signed and dated by the Master and added to the ship’s CSR file.  The Form 2 should be retained on the file as part of the permanent record.

Security

Circular 2013-006 ISPS Requirements and Guidance.

This Circular replaces three previous Circulars (02-005-03, 02-001-05 and 02-011-05 )  and consolidates the guidance in them into a single updated Circular as well as including the text of the IMO Guidance on providing access to public and other authorities in ISPS ships. (MSC.Circ.1156)

Security

Circular 2013-005 Maintaining the CSR File.

This Circular replaces two previous Circulars (02-001-04 and 02-004-03) on this subject and updates the guidance for Owners, Companies, and ship's staff on keeping the CSR record on board correctly.

Security

CSR Form 3 (Index of changes) blank form

This form is to be used to record changes to the ship's current CSR.  The changes should all be listed and the Form 3 listing them inserted in the CSR file where it is to remain permanently.  On recording changes on this Form, the Company or the Master should also complete a Form 2 setting out the change and place one copy of the form 2 in the CSR file as well.  Another copy of the Form 2 should be sent to ADOMS as quickly as possible for the preparation of the next original CSR.

Security

STCW Circ 2012-003 (Rev2) Transitional provisions for the 2010 amendments

This circular was previously published as 01-003-2012.  The Circular sets out the requirements for giving effect to the 2010 STCW amendments during the allowed transitional period as applied by the Antigua and Barbuda administration. Rev 2 includes the Antigua and Barbuda administration's requirements in cases where seafarers join ships before 1st January 2014 but where security awareness training and training for seafarers with designated security duties in "approved" form by their national administrations is not yet available.

Security

Circular 2012-009 (rev1)

Security Officers

STCW Circ 2009-001 Recognition of SSO certification

This Circular was issued in 2009 to clarify the requirements for recognition of Ship Security Officer certification following the 2008 STCW changes.

Security Officers

STCW Circ 2007-004 SSO Recognition

This Circular sets out the policy of the Antigua and Barbuda administration in so far as the recognition of Ship Security Officer certification is concerned following the 2008 STCW changes.  It was originally published as 01-004-04 and is republished unchanged in this new numbering system.

Stowaways

Circular 2012-013 Guidelines on Stowaways

This Circular was previously issued as 02-005-12. It is reissued without change under this new numbering scheme.  The Circular contains the current IMO guidance for owners, ship’s masters, ports and others on handling stowaway cases.  It supersedes the previous Directive on this subject which is withdrawn.

Survival

Circular 2013-007 Guide to Cold Water Survival

This Circular highlights to latest IMO guidance for seafarers on techniques to survive in cold water and also to best assist survivors rescued from cold water.  The Guidance is valuable for all seafarers and it is recommended that all Antigua and Barbuda  ships include this guidance as part of the on board  SOLAS training manual.

Training

STCW Circ 2012-002 2010 amendments to STCW Basic training

This Circular was previously published as 01-002-2012.  It is re-published without change in this new numbering scheme.  The Circular sets out the scope of the 2010 changes to STCW in so far as they affect the requirements for basic training for seafarers in Antigua and Barbuda ships.

Accident Reporting

Circular 2012-002 (Ver 2) Reporting of Accidents

Circular 2013-004 Out of hours contact information (revised may 2013)

Directive 001-2012 : Accident reporting

Air Pollution

Circular 2012-008 MARPOL Annex VI Records

Alcohol Limits

Directive 004-2012 Fitness for Duty and Watchkeeping

Antifouling

Directive 01-2003 Anti Fouling Systems Directive

Antigua and Barbuda

The Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2014

Circular 2013-004 Out of hours contact information (revised may 2013)

BNWAS

Circular 2011-001(rev1) Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm Systems (BNWAS)

Boatmaster

Local Circ 2013-001 Boatmaster licenses.

Bunkers

Circular 2013-002(rev 3) International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage 2001

Cargo

Circular 2014-002 CARRIAGE AND TESTING OF IRON ORE FINES

Crew Accommodation

Directive 002-2013 Crew Accommodation

Drinking Water

Directive 02-2005 Drinking Water Standards (amended)

ECDIS

Circular 2012-006 ECDIS and Electronic publications (revised)

Energy Efficieny

Circular 2012-003 SEEMP and IEEC requirements (Rev 1)

EPIRB

Circular 2012-012 EPIRB maintenance and registry

Familiarization

Form FO-C13 Declaration of Familiarisation for Senior Officers

Senior Officer’s Handbook

Directive 003-2012 : Familiarisation Information for Officers

Fire Fighting

Circular 2013-009 SOLAS Amendments Affecting Fireman’s Outfits.

Circular 2012-011 Maintenance of Fire Fighting Equipment

Garbage

Circular 2014-001 MARPOL ANNEX V Update – Garbage

ISM Code

Circular 2014-006 : 2015 Amendments to the ISM Code

Directive 03-2002 ISM Code

Liability

Circular 2015-001 (rev 3) Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007

Directive 001-2015 Removal of Wrecks Directive

Circular 2014-005 (rev 2): International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC) 1992

Circular 2013-002(rev 3) International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage 2001

Life jackets

Circular 2011-002 Lifejacket standards

Lifesaving Appliances

Circular 2012-007 rev.1: Fall protection devices and lifeboat release systems

Circular 2012-014 (Rev) Independent LSA Servicing Organisations (updated to April 2014)

Circular 2012-004 Maintenance and Operational Readiness of LSA

Lifting Appliances

Directive 009-2012 Lifting Appliances

Directive 002-2012 : Lifting appliances

LRIT

Circular 2008-003 LRIT Requirements.

Maritime Labor Convention

Directive 001-2017 MLC (2006) Financial Security Directive

Circular 2016- 002(rev 1) Maritime Labour Convention (2006) Financial Security Requirements

Circular 2016-001 Maritime Labour Convention 2006 Guidance

Antigua and Barbuda Maritime Labour Convention (2006) Report 2015 Introduction

Local Circ 2012-010 MLC for small local vessels

Means of Embarkation

Circular 2010-004 Means of Embarkation and Disembarkation

Medical Stores

Directive 01-2005 Ships Medical Stores (amended)

Merchant Shipping Act

The Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2007

Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping Act, 2006

Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act 2006

Misconduct

Directive 004-2013 STCW Tribunal Directive

Officers Endorsement

Declaration of Familiarization for Officers Endorsements

Piracy

Circular 2013-003 Piracy and armed robbery

Port State Control

Directive 001-2014 Port State Control Reporting

Registration

Application for Mortgage Registration Checklist

Application for Mortgage Registration

Application for Registration Checklist Ships Documents – vessel 500 gross tonnage and over

Application for Registration and Licensing – vessels less than 500 gross tonnage

Application for Registration Checklist Newbuilding – vessel 500 gross tonnage and over

Application for Registration Checklist Vessel in Service – vessel 500 gross tonnage and over

Application for Registration Checklist Permanent – vessel 500 gross tonnage and over

Application for Registration Checklist Bareboat – vessel 500 gross tonnage and over

Application for Registration Checklist – vessels less than 500 gross tonnage

Company Formation

Registry

Directive 03-2003 Port of Registry

Rescue

Circular 2013-008 Plans for the Recovery of Persons from the Water

Safe Manning

Application for Minimum Safe Manning Document

IMO Principles of Safe Manning

scv cODE

Directive 003-2013 SCV Code

Seafarer Documentation

STCW Circ 2014-001 Seafarers’ Medical Certificates

Documents Checklist for Seafarer’s Document Application

Application Form for Seafarer Documents

STCW Circ 2002-001 (revised) Control of Seafarer Docs by PSC

STCW Circ 2004-001 (Revised) Applications for Seafarer Documents

STCW Circ 1998-003 (Revised) Authenticity of Seafarer Documents

STCW Circ 2007-002 IASS System

STCW Circ 2012-001 new personnel grades

Seafarers

Antigua and Barbuda Maritime Labour Convention (2006) Report 2015 Introduction

Application for Seafarers Documents Checklist

Application for Seafarers Documents

Application for BoatMasters License

Application form for a Boatmaster / Engineer license.

Security

Circular 2014-004: Port State Control Defect Reporting

Circular 2013-004 (revised) ADOMS Emergency Contact Arrangements

STCW Circ 2013-001 (Rev 3) Changes to security training requirements

CSR Form 2- change of CSR details

Circular 2013-006 ISPS Requirements and Guidance.

Circular 2013-005 Maintaining the CSR File.

CSR Form 3 (Index of changes) blank form

STCW Circ 2012-003 (Rev2) Transitional provisions for the 2010 amendments

Circular 2012-009 (rev1)

Security Officers

STCW Circ 2009-001 Recognition of SSO certification

STCW Circ 2007-004 SSO Recognition

Stowaways

Circular 2012-013 Guidelines on Stowaways

Survival

Circular 2013-007 Guide to Cold Water Survival

Training

STCW Circ 2012-002 2010 amendments to STCW Basic training