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Procedure for Application, Issue and Revocation of the International Anti-Fouling System Certificate

The International Anti-Fouling System Certificate is issued in compliance with the Regulation of the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications of 17 October 2011 “Procedure for Application, Issue and Revocation of the International Anti-Fouling System Certificate”.

Vessels of GT 400 and more flying the flag of a state that is a party to the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships (AFS Convention) are required to have the International Anti-Fouling System Certificate together with the Record of Anti-Fouling Systems and, if necessary, an Endorsement of the Records. This requirement does not apply to fixed and floating platforms. The certificate is issued by a classification society on the basis of survey.

A ship purchased from a state that is a party to the AFS Convention is required to apply for a new AFS certificate within 3 months. For that purpose copies of the previous certificates and, if possible, a copy of relevant survey reports shall be submitted, on the basis of which a new AFS certificate can be issued.

Ships of GT less than 400, but 24 metres or more in length, are required to have a declaration issued and signed by the Company, or a person authorised by the Company, of the compliance of the vessel’s anti-fouling system with the requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 782/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 April 2003 on the prohibition of organotin compounds on ships. The declaration shall be supplemented with documentation (such as paint receipt or a contractor invoice) or contain appropriate endorsement. This requirement does not apply to fixed and floating platforms.

FORM OF THE DECLARATION

(According to the AFS Convention only ships on international voyages are required to have this declaration, but the EU requires all ships to have it regardless of the type of voyage.)

The EC Regulation, AFS Convention and the abovenamed Regulation of the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications shall not apply to:

-          warships;

-          ships that perform state administrative duties.

Information about biocidal products and their use can be found on the Estonian Health Board website.

In accordance with Article 11 of the AFS Convention, the Estonian Maritime Administration carries out the inspection of ships arriving at or leaving Estonian ports and offshore terminals in the territorial waters of the Republic of Estonia. Ship supervision is exercised in compliance with legislation on PSC.