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Department of Marine Services & Merchant Shipping, Antigua & Barbuda

The Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping (ADOMS) is the Maritime Administration of Antigua and Barbuda and offers a quality Ship and Yacht Registry to a demanding clientele operating in an internationally competitive and dynamic industry. With a customer service focus, it applies the most modern standards of safety with competitive incentives to meet the needs of the vessel owner for efficient and economicoperations.

ADOMS’ international maritime regulatory function embodies a modern national legislation, which covers all aspects of safety, security, standards of training and certification, and the requirements for cleaner oceans.  Established in 1986, with the designated Port of Registry, St. John’s, ADOMS has three offices. The principal office is located in St. John’s, Antigua with two branch offices in Oldenburg and Bremerhaven, Germany.

Their international registry accounts for over 1200 registered ships of more than 9.5 million gross tons and over 14,000 crew members and approximately 45,000 seafarer books. The registry is ranked among the top 25 in the world's merchant fleet and is internationally recognized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and its member States, ship owners, international ship financing banks as well as other major industry players.  This is complemented by their yacht registry where approximately 240 yachts of varying sizes are recorded.

With a worldwide coverage of approximately 257 nautical inspectors, Antigua and Barbuda has signed agreements with Recognized Organizations (RO) and Recognized Security Organizations (RSO), which are all International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) members. The ROs and RSOs under these agreements are able to perform statutory surveys, inspections and issue statutory certificates on the Administration’s behalf.  In addition, the Department issues seafarers’ books and endorsements against equivalent certificates from flag States in accordance with the STCW 95 Convention, as amended and continues to be on the IMO white list of flag States.

The Registry offers a qualified '24-hour After Office Hours Service' for maritime emergencies.


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