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Director’s Directives

In addition to primary and secondary legislation the Merchant Shipping Act allows the Director of ADOMS to make Director’s Directives in certain safety related areas.  These are also a form of Antigua and Barbuda laws and need to be followed, with copies retained on board commercial vessels of greater than 24m length. Such copies may be in electronic form provided arrangements are made to enable them to be accessed by the appropriate seafarers.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Directive 01-2005 Ships Medical Stores (amended)

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Directive 01-2003 Anti Fouling Systems Directive

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

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Directive 001-2012 : Accident reporting

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