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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.
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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.

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Stranding of the motor vessel VINE 3 off Maiden Island, Antigua on 1 May 2015

This report should not be considered as a full casualty investigation in accordance with IMO MSC 255(86), however it aims to highlight the pertinent aspects of this incident with the objective of preventing re-occurrence.

It is understood that the vessels operator is conducting their own investigation and the Flag State of the vessel has been informed.


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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.

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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.