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       Maritime Services Division:

        Safer Shipping, Cleaner Oceans



The Maritime Services Division is a Division of the Ministry of Works and Transport. It was established to administer the provisions of the Shipping Act and other Maritime National legislation and to implement the regulatory functions embodied in the legislation. The  more vital functions of the Division are those intended to ensure the Safety and Security of Life at Sea, Safety of Navigation and the  Protection of the Maritime Environment from Ship Pollution in accordance with the Shipping Act 1987.


The Division also plays a pivotal role in the development of the national maritime  sector and represents the state's interest in  shipping safety and security, general maritime matters at IMO conferences/meetings and acts as the implementation, monitoring and compliance authority for most of the State's obligation in respect of international maritime instruments (conventions, codes and guidance lines) to which Trinidad and Tobago ratified.


MISSION

To provide an efficient cost effective Maritime Administration for Trinidad and Tobago; to ensure the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of vessel source pollution, and to facilitate the growth of the national maritime sector through the necessary regulatory, administrative, advisory and developmental frameworks.


OBJECTIVES

  • To ensure the safety and security of Trinidad and Tobago ships worldwide

  • To ensure safety and security of shipping in Trinidad and Tobago waters

  • To ensure the control and prevention of vessel source pollution in Trinidad and Tobago waters

  • To facilitate the growth of the national maritime sector through necessary regulatory, advisory, administrative and developmental frameworks

 FUNCTIONS


The Division's functions and responsibilities can be summarized as the following:-

Flag State activities relating to:

  • Registration and licensing of Trinidad and Tobago ships

  • Survey, inspections and certification of national seafarers

  • Conditions of seamen employed on board Trinidad and Tobago Ships

Port State Control Activities:

  • The inspection of foreign registered vessels calling at/visiting ports in Trinidad and Tobago to ensure compliance with national and international safety, and pollution prevention standards

  • The control of vessels operating in the waters of Trinidad and Tobago

  • The establishment of maintenance of Navigational Aids) lights, buoys, beacons and light-houses) to aid navigation

  • The issuance of notices to mariners identifying danger to safety of shipping, navigational and marine broadcasts

  • The detention of unsafe and unseaworthy ships

  • The investigation of shipping accidents/casualties

  • The grant of approval and monitoring of maritime training institutions conducting STCW courses

  • Maintenance of records of vessels arrivals and departures from Trinidad and Tobago waters

  • Issuance of Habour Master's certificates (Clearances) to vessel departing Trinidad and Tobago waters

  • The direction and supervision of matters relating to wrecks and salvage

  •  The safe carriage and handling of dangerous goods and cargoes on broad ships and at Ports

  • The adoption and implementation of International Maritime Conventions

  • Promulgation of National Legislation to give effect to the  International instruments ratified by Government

  • Advise the Government on maritime matters

SERVICES

  • Ship safety, surveys and inspections

  • Port state control inspections

  • Receiver of wrecks

  • Development of shipping legislation

  • Investigation od ship casualties

  • Investigation of oil pollution incidents

  • Issuance of Harbour master's Clearances

  • Recording ship arrivals and departures

  • Investigation of seafarers complaints

  • Examination and certification of Seamen

  • Issuance of Seamen's Discharge Books

  • Ensuring the safety of vessels laid up

  • Establishment and maintenance of navigational aids

  • Issuance notices to mariners and navigational warning

  • Issuance Certificates of Droghers

  • Registration of crew agreements

  • Issuance Certificates of registry

  • Transferring of ownership of vessels

  • Ensuring all commercial vessels meet required safety standards

  • Advising the government and shipping community on maritime matters

                                             


                          NAVIGATIONAL AIDS MAINTAINED BY THE MARITIME SERVICES DIVISION


    TRINIDAD                                                                                      TOBAGO

  *Beacon                             *Bocas -Chacachacare                              Fort King George                  

                

  *Galera Point -Toco              *Brigand Hill Lighthouse- Mayaro

  *BUoy 


                      

PROJECTS
PSIP SUMMARY


Navigational Aids

Navigational Aids is a generic item that applies to a wide range of marine equipment designed specifically to facilitate the safe navigation of ships. Such equipment includes lighthouses, buoys, beacons, radio aids and any other light, signal or mark employed to aid marine navigation. It should be noted that navigational aids also includes all buildings, moorings and other works associated therewith.


Macro Economic Consideration

The Maritime Services Division is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of an efficient and reliable navigational aids system in the waters of Trinidad and Tobago as outlines in section 218 of the Shipping Act No.24 of 1987. In accordance with the Shipping (navigational aids dues) regulations, 1989, the Division levies specific fees on all vessels trading in the waters of Trinidad and Tobago.

VTMS

Trinidad and Tobago is a party to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, which makes provision for contracting States to establish Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) where the volume of traffic or the degree of risk justifies such services.


The establishment of a VTS will contribute to safety of life at sea, safety and efficiency of navigation and protection of the marine environment, adjacent shore areas, work site and offshore installations from possible adverse effects of maritime traffic. The industrial development of the Western coast of Trinidad, inclusive of existing oil and gas projects, increased transhipment of mineral resources, containerized and general cargo increases the potential for maritime risks. The risks associated with the shipping industry, give rise to real concerns that could compromise the safety of navigation, security and the protection of marine and human life.

WRECKS

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago through the Ministry of Works and Transport (Maritime Services Division) intends to rid the territorial waters of Trinidad and Tobago of vessels/wrecks which pose a hazard to navigation and the environment.


The Ministry of Works and Transport, Maritime Services Division acting on behalf of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has overall coordination of the project. The Principal Receiver of Wreck (Director of Maritime Services) is empowered under the Shipping Act to exercise general direction and supervision over all matters relating to wrecks and salvage. An exercise was conducted to assess the wrecks in territorial waters of Trinidad and Tobago.

      


MARITIME SERVICES DIVISION: SHIPPING NOTICE

THE UNREGULATED PASSENGER (PARTY) BOATS OPERATING 

IN THE WATERS OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO



Boat Owners and operators and the general public are advised that it is unsafe and an offence to operate a passenger vessel which departs from a port within Trinidad and Tobago without a Safety Certificate issued or endorsed by the Maritime Services Division.


Members of the public who are unsure of the validity of the vessel purporting to offer services passenger services should ask for a safety certificate before proceeding on-board or parting with their cash.



             The Unregulated Passenger (Party) Boats Operating in the Waters of Trinidad and Tobago



What is a Passenger Vessel?


A passenger vessel is also referred to as a 'Party Boat' or ships that host 'Boatrides'


What is the fine for operating without a safety certificate?

Regulation 13 of the Shipping (Local Passenger Ship)(Safety) Regulation states


“(1) Where a local passenger ship proceeds on any voyage or excursion without a valid Safety Certificate, the owner and master of the ship are each guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of one thousand dollars and to imprisonment for six months.”

How can persons apply for a safety certificate ?


The application for a safety certificate is part of the vessel registration process for vessel engaged carrying passengers. The applicant must write the division indicating they wish to register their vessel as a passenger ship. The division would respond in writing as to the specific requirements to the following  address:-


Ministry of Works and Transport
Maritime Services Division
Clarence House
#127-129 Duke Street
Port of Spain
Phone: 223-4351/625-3804


 

LIST OF REGISTERED PARTY/ RECREATIONAL BOATS  



                                                             MARITIME SERVICES DIVISION
                                                      MINISTRY OF WORKS AND TRANSPORT
                              LISTING OF REGISTERED PASSENGER /RECREATIONAL VESSELS -
                                                    FOR PARTY CRUISE OPERATIONS
PASSENGER VESSEL

SAFETY AND INSPECTION CERTIFICATION

  EXPIRY DATE

Island Vibez –
TT 030174

Local Passenger Ship Safety Certificate –
Certificate of Drogher –
 
13th September 2016
13th September 2016

C/Prowler –
IMO# 8899574

Local Passenger Ship Safety Certificate –Certificate of Drogher

16th September 2017
16th September 2017

Ocean Pelican –
 T 1339

Certificate of Inspection –
Certificate of Drogher –

13th November 2021
31st December 2017

Treasure Queen Too –
 TT 030167

Local Passenger Ship Safety Certificate –
Certificate of Drogher  -

31st October, 2017

Top Cat – TT 030173

Certificate of Inspection –
Certificate of Drogher –

 23rd May, 2018. 

 31 December, 2017

 


Habour Master –
T 1153

Certificate of Inspection –
Certificate of Drogher –

26th August 2018
31st December 2017

Coral Vision –
IMO# 8743816

Local Passenger Ship Safety Certificate –
Certificate of Drogher –

5th May 2017
5th May 2017

Sea Champion –
TT 030175

Local Passenger Ship Safety Certificate –
Certificate of Drogher –

23rd June 2018
31st December 2017

First Lady –
IMO# 8748414

Local Passenger Ship Safety Certificate –
Certificate of Drogher

25th January 2018
31st December 2017

Point Loma –
TT 030147

Local Passenger Ship Safety Certificate –
Certificate of Drogher –

Date of Expiry 20th January 2018
Expiry Date 31st December 2017

Embassy –
TT 030172

Local Passenger Ship Safety Certificate –
Certificate of Drogher –

6th June 2018
31st December 2017

Southern Elegance –
IMO# 8745864

Local Passenger Ship Safety Certificate –
Trinidad and Tobago Load Line Certificate-
Certificate of Drogher –

22nd May 2017
22nd May 2021
22nd May 2017

Island Royalty –
 TT 030183

Local Passenger Ship Safety Certificate –
Certificate of Drogher –

6th August, 2017
31st December 2017




MARITIME SERVICES DIVISION 

AMENDMENT TO THE SAFETY OF LIFE AT SEA (SOLAS),

EXPORT CONTAINERS GROSS WEIGHT SHOULD BE VERIFIED

 PRIOR TO STOWAGE ABOARD SHIP 



To ensure the safety of the ship, the safety of workers both aboard ships and ashore, the safety of cargo and overall safety at sea, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), as amended, requires in chapter VI, part A, regulation 2 that packed containers' gross mass are verified prior to stowage aboard ship.


In keeping with the SOLAS Regulations for Trinidad and Tobago, this document can be found in the schedule to the Shipping (Carriage of Cargoes) Regulation 2016. This regulation requires the shipper to verify the gross mass of the packed container.


The SOLAS regulations apply that the verified gross mass of a packed container be provided, preferably by electronic means such as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) or Electronic Data Processing (EDP), to the ship's master or his representative and to the terminal representative sufficiently in advance of ship loading to be used in the preparation and implementation of the ship stowage plan.



See Guidelines for further details:-


GUIDELINES REGARDING THE VERIFIED GROSS MASS OF A CONTAINER CARRYING CARGO


In keeping with the Guidelines for Export Containers Carrying Cargo, the following should be adhered to:-


  • Exporters wishing to export containers from Trinidad and Tobago to a foreign/another country, should download the Weight Verification Form. These forms should be submitted with the relevant documents to Customs and Shipping Companies abroad in advance. 


DOWNLOAD WEIGHT VERIFICATION FORM

  •  Shippers that do not adhere to the guidelines will be denied loading onto a ship to which the SOLAS regulations apply. Any costs associated with the non-loading, storage, demurrage or eventual return of the container to the tendering shipper of the container should be subject to contractual arrangements between the commercial parties 

APPLICATION FORMS

 Verified Method 2 Shipper and Certificate of Competency as a Scale Operator


These are the two Application forms for registering with respect to the container weight regulation.

One form is for the registration of individual operators and the other is for companies using Method 2.

Application for a Certificate of Competency as a Scale Operator in accordance with The Shipping (Carriage of Cargoes) Regulations, 2016.

                                      

                                                   DOWNLOAD FORM-INDIVIDUAL SCALE OPERATORS

Application for a Certificate of Authorization as a Verified Method 2 Shipper in accordance with The Shipping (Carriage of Cargoes) Regulations, 2016.

                                                   

                                                    DOWNLOAD FORM - COMPANIES VERIFIED METHOD 2 SHIPPER



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