In 2006, Antigua and Barbuda enacted a new consolidated and revised Merchant Shipping Act, and ratified or acceded to all major maritime conventions of the International Maritime Organization and the International Labour Organization; these further enhanced its jurisdiction as a leading international maritime service provider.
The procedures for ship registration or parallel (bareboat) registration are efficient. With the submission of required documentation, ADOMS will provide a timely response. The registration fees are competitive with other jurisdictions and are transparent.
The principal offices of the Maritime Administration and the Antigua and Barbuda Ship Registry (www.abregistry.ag ) are located in St John’s, Antigua.
The Antigua And Barbuda Ship and Yacht Registry has embarked on a strategic, diverse, sustained marketing and promotional drive to attract non-convention size vessels, yachts and pleasure vessels of all sizes to its Registry. To ensure that safety, security and environmentally sound standards are maintained, the Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping (ADOMS), through the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, has adopted the Caribbean Cargo Ship Safety Code, the Small Commercial Vessel Code and the United Kingdom’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency Large Commercial Yacht Code.
Pursuant to the Merchant Shipping Act, a ship or a yacht must be owned wholly by persons to whom one of the following descriptions applies:
Thus, prior to the registration of a ship or yacht under the Antigua and Barbuda Flag, foreign ships or yacht owners must incorporate an IBC or effect the registration of an external company under the Antigua and Barbuda Companies Act; thereafter, the IBC or external company is deemed to own the ship or yacht for inclusion on the Register of Ships or Yachts.
To assist in the incorporation of an IBC for Ship or Yacht Registration, download and complete the application form then submit it to NMSL.