Antigua and Barbuda does not issue Certificates of Competency and therefore all officers serving in a watchkeeping role in Antigua and Barbuda ships are required to have an Antigua and Barbuda endorsement to their existing certificate. (STCW Regulation I/10)
Antigua and Barbuda currently has undertakings with the following countries and is able to issue endorsements to certificates of competency issued by them:
|Argentina||Czech Republic||Honduras||Myanmar||Singapore||United States of America|
Applications for endorsements must be made through one of the recognized Filing Agents. The seafarer, manager, or owner should prepare the application and submit it to a filing agent to be finalized. The Filing Agent will confirm authenticity and signatures by stamping and signing the application on Form FO-C01 and then submit the application to the flag state. The Filing Agent can also prepare an application.
The administration operates a unique on-line “Interactive Application System for Seafarers” (IASS) which all the filing agents have access to. The applications are submitted by the Filing Agents through this system and are processed very quickly. As soon as a valid application is in the system, a Certificate of Receipt of Application (CRA) is generated which will serve as evidence (in accordance with STCW) of application for three months pending the delivery of the final endorsement.
There is also a system accessed through this website, through which Managers, agents and Port state Control Officers and others can instantly query the endorsements database and establish the validity and authenticity of any endorsement issued by Antigua and Barbuda. The link to this system is on the home page.