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Small Craft (Control) Regulations 2017

The Small Craft Control Act 2015 came into force in Antigua and Barbuda on the 1st January 2016.

Under this Act, the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping (ADOMS) is the Authority with full responsibility for Registration, Licensing and Regulation of all small pleasure craft and small commercial vessels, operating in Antigua and Barbuda waters and/or registered under the flag.

The previous work done by the Small Craft Division at the Port Authority has been formally transferred to ADOMS and this includes the licensing of small commercial vessels.

This area of work is fully integrated with the existing inspection and certification duties conducted by ADOMS, in order to simplify the procedures for both the owners and operators of these vessels.

The Small Craft (Control) Regulations 2017 and related Code of Practice, provides technical guidance for small craft operators.

In the context of these regulations, a small pleasure craft is less than 24 metres in length and includes boats, canoes, dinghies, kayaks, pontoons and jet skis, operating on inland waters and the protected and coastal waters of Antigua and Barbuda.

Unless excepted, it is now an offence to operate small craft, without a valid Safety Certificate and Licence and be properly marked.

Further information can be obtained from ADOMS Technical Department.

Telephone 462 1273

Email technical@abregistry.ag

Website http://abregistry.ag/domestic-vessel-services/