These are two separate processes.
Licensing is addressing the operational and technical safety of the small craft. It is compulsory for all powered craft below 24 metres in length and for all other small craft above 5 metres in length. A voluntary safety scheme applies to non powered pleasure craft below 5 metres in length. Commercial fishing vessels that are solely engaged in fishing are exempt and these vessels are licensed with Fisheries Division. If engaged in sports, or recreational fishing then these craft still require ADOMS licensing.
Registering is only required if you want to also use your craft outside of Antigua and Barbuda waters. This process refers to the right of your craft to fly the Antigua and Barbuda Flag, as the visible statement of being governed and protected by the Antigua and Barbuda Law and is comparable to a passport for your boat. For more information, see our registration section.
Any craft below 24 metres in length being registered and operating within Antigua and Barbuda waters, must also be licensed,.
All commercial operators are required to have a Boatmaster Licence issued by ADOMS
Click Here to download the combined Application for Registration and Licensing
Please complete as much of the form as is relevant to your application.
The following documents are required along with the completed form:
Small Commercial Vessels (SCV) additionally require proof of Third Party Liability Insurance.
Our Licensing fees are as follows (Eastern Caribbean Dollars – XCD):
Inspection and License for small pleasure craft (other than JetSki): $372
Inspection and License for small pleasure craft JetSki: $400
Inspection and License for small commercial vessel below 10m (30ft): $837
Inspection and License for small commercial vessel from 10m (>30ft) up to 24m (80ft): $1580
Click here to download the application for Boatmaster/Engineer License
The following documents are required along with the signed and completed form:
Boatmaster Licence fees are as follows (Eastern Caribbean Dollars – XCD)
Initial and Renewals: $270
Contact ADOMS Technical Division for further information
ADOMS Survey scheduling
Please note that a date and time for a survey/ inspection must be agreed between the owner/operator/representative and an ADOMS surveyor.Either party can, within a reasonable time request to re-schedule or cancel the booking.If the attending ADOMS surveyor is not able to get safe or reasonable access to the vessel and/or the owner/operator/representative is not present at the agreed date and time or cancels the inspection without reasonable cause then a re-survey/inspection fee will be charged.
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