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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 Financial Security Directive

This Directive may be cited as the MLC (2006) 2014 Amendments, Financial Security Directive 2017 and shall come into force on 18th January 2017.

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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 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 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 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.

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Directive 002-2012 : Lifting appliances

This Directive sets out the requirements for Antigua and Barbuda ships with respect to the inspection and testing of lifting appliances.