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In addition to primary and secondary legislation, the Merchant Shipping Act allows the Director of ADOMS to, after consultation with the Minister, issue Directives for the implementation of the Act.  These are also a form of Antigua and Barbuda shipping regulations that need to be followed. Directives may be issued in relation to any matter for which Regulations may be made.

Directives are available at the links below.

Directive 002-2022 Ships Medical Stores

This Directive may be cited as the Merchant Shipping (Ship’s Medical Stores) Directive 2022 and shall come into force on 1 December 2022. It revokes and replaces Directive 01-2005 Ships Medical Stores.

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Directive 001-2022 Testing of Lifting Appliances

This Directive may be cited as the Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping (Testing of Lifting Appliances) Directive 2022 and shall come into force on 1 December 2022. It revokes and replaces Directive 002-2012 Lifting Appliances

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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 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...

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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...

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Directive 002-2005 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...

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