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 the production of a valid medical fitness certificate and upon initial application, receipt of the declaration from one of the approved training providers, or presentation of a valid STCW Certificate of Competence.  Read More

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
  • Click here to fill in the seafarers’ documents checklist
  1. Return application form with supporting documents to ADOMS:
  • In-person submission at the ADOMS Office; or
  • Emailing application form, seafarers’ documents checklist, and any other supporting documents to technical@abregistry.ag
  1. Payment of fees based on the 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)
  1. Issuance of seafarers’ documents 
  • On submission of the application and payment of fees, ADOMS will advise when the documents are ready for collection to complete the application process.