Maritime Services Division
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.
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.
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
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
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
*Beacon *Bocas -Chacachacare Fort King George
*Galera Point -Toco *Brigand Hill Lighthouse- Mayaro
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.
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.
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
#127-129 Duke Street
Port of Spain
LIST OF REGISTERED PARTY/ RECREATIONAL BOATS
*CORAL VISION * C/PROWLER *EMBASSY *FIRST LADY
*HARBOUR MASTER *POINT LOMA *SOUTHERN ELEGANCE *TOP CAT
*TREASURE QUEEN *TREASURE QUEEN TOO
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:-
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
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
MARITIME WARNINGS & SHIPPING NOTICES
NAVIGATIONAL WARNING 019/16
Trinidad-North West Gulf of Paria
Chart BA 474
The drill ship DEEPWATER INVICTUS will be at anchorage south south-west of Cronstadt Island in position
10- 39.27 N
061- 38.04 W
from on or about 17th May, 2016 for three days thereafter.
A wide berth of at least 500 metres is requested and caution is advised
9th May 2016
Director Maritime Services Division
Ministry of Works and Transport