Operator Competence

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Pleasure Craft Operators

Pleasure craft operators must provide evidence of competence once operating small craft under the Small Craft Act and Regulations based on the following criteria:

  • Certification for the operation of pleasure craft;
  • Operators with no formal certification, who operated small pleasure craft in Antigua and Barbuda for many years prior to 1 January 2016 may provide a verified statement of operational experience.  Evidence of competence is assessed on application, based on operational experience, and will be stated on the small craft control safety certificate and licence.
  • Inexperienced and new operators after 1 January 2016 should take an approved training course. Read More

Commercial Craft Operators

All commercial vessels must be manned by a person holding a requisite Boatmaster licence.

Licenses are issued by ADOMS, valid for 3 years and can be renewed on their expiry on production of a valid medical fitness certificate and upon initial application, receipt of declaration from one the approved training providers or presentation of a valid STCW Certificate of Competence.  Read More 

Application Procedure

1. Complete Application Form

  • Forms can be collected from the ADOMS Office or
  • Click here to download the application for Boatmaster/Engineer License

2. Return application form with supporting documents to ADOMS:

  • In person submission at the ADOMS Office; or
  • Email application form and supporting documents to technical@abregistry.ag
  • The following documents are required along with the signed and completed application form for review:
    • Passport Size Photo (1 ¾ X 1 ¼, colored, white background, if scanned- 300 dpi resolution)
    • Proof of Identity (photo I.D, valid passport for Seafarers Book)
    • Medical Fitness Certificate (valid)
    • Basic Safety Training Certificate (refresher training, if applicable for renewals)
    • Declaration from Training Institute

3. Payment of fees based on invoice provided by ADOMS

  • In person payment at ADOMS Office (cash, cheque, credit/debit card); or
  • Email submission of Credit Card Authorization (form available upon request); or
  • Wire transfer (bank details available upon request)

4. Issuance of Boatmaster licence

On submission of application and payment of fees, ADOMS will advise when the licence is ready for collection to complete the application process.

Officers’ Endorsements and Seafarers Books

Antigua and Barbuda does not issue Certificates of Competency and therefore all officers serving in a watchkeeping role onboard Antigua and Barbuda ships on international voyages are required to have an Antigua and Barbuda endorsement to their existing certificate as per STCW Regulation I/10.

It is a requirement of the Antigua and Barbuda regulations that all seafarers in Antigua and Barbuda ships on international voyages have a national seafarer’s book.

Application Procedure

1. Complete Application Form

  • Forms can be collected from the ADOMS Office or
  • Click here to download the application for seafarers’ documents

2. Return application form with supporting documents to ADOMS:

  • In person submission at the ADOMS Office; or
  • Email application form and supporting documents to technical@abregistry.ag

3. Payment of fees based on invoice provided by ADOMS

  • In person payment at the ADOMS Office (cash, cheque, credit/debit card); or
  • Email submission of Credit Card Authorization (form available upon request); or
  • Wire transfer (bank details available upon request)

4. Issuance of seafarers’ documents 

  • On submission of application and payment of fees, ADOMS will advise when the seafarer’s book is ready for collection to complete the application process.
  • A Certificate of Receipt of Application (CRA) is generated which will serve as evidence (in accordance with the STCW convention) of application for three months pending the delivery of the final endorsement.