The administration issues:
The ten Recognised Organisations are authorised to issue all other statutory certificates and to conduct the surveys associated with them . However there are a few exceptions highlighted below;
Exemptions are normally issued only by the administration but for some routine ones that are specifically covered in the Conventions, authority has been given to the Recognised Organisations for their issue.
It is accepted that ships experience minor breakdowns in essential convention equipment from time to time. These breakdowns and other temporary situations where the ship is not able to demonstrate full compliance with the conventions are dealt with by the issue of a “Temporary Permission” These documents are issued only by the administration and can be prepared and sent very quickly. They are used in situations where a formal exemption is not appropriate and where the need is urgent and temporary and they serve to prove:
It is important that owners and managers inform the administration quickly when there is a problem of this nature. The issue of a temporary permission and compliance with its conditions will demonstrate to PSC and others that the administration has been informed and has agreed which normally allows the ship to continue in service without delay.
Antigua and Barbuda operates a system of regular inspections for its ships. The inspections are conducted by a large group of authorised inspectors based in locations all around the world. Most ships, other than new ships less then 12 months old, are subjected to an initial inspection before registry, then once registered, they fall within the annual inspection regime.
There are three types of inspection:
Changes to the scheme are being made that will allow the administration to target inspections more precisely and ships that have a good inspection record will have the interval between flag state yearly inspections increased, while ships with repeated problems will have the interval reduced.