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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 003-2012 : Familiarisation Information for Officers

This Directive establishes the Senior Officer’s handbook (See other Information) as the source document for senior officers to become familiar with essential administrative requirements for Antigua and Barbuda ships.

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Directive 004-2012 Fitness for Duty and Watchkeeping

This Directive makes mandatory the 2010 amendments to STCW on alcohol limits  for Antigua and Barbuda ships and sets out the requirements for watchkeeping and lookout arrangements in accordance with STCW.

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Directive 03-2003 Port of Registry

This Directive establishes Saint John’s as the port of registry for Antigua and Barbuda ships.

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Directive 03-2002 ISM Code

This Directive implements the requirements of the ISM Code as mandatory for Antigua and Barbuda ships.