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ItoRO no. 05 - Permit Article 2bis Ships Act
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ItoRO no. 5 - Permit art 2bis Ships Act.

( Date Entry Into Force: 01-08-2006, amended 01-10-2009 and 01-07-2011)

1 Introduction

Articles 2 Article 2 of the Netherlands Ships Act ('Schepenwet') and 2bis of The Netherlands Shipping Act state which ships are exempted from the requirements of the ShippingShips Act when undertaking a voyage. The following ships can be exempted ifA voyage being defined by bringing a Permit (Permit art 2bis), issued byship beyond the official line that marks the Headending of the Shipping Inspectorateinland waters, see 'Besluit vaststelling lijn ex artikel 1 Schepenwet'(Transport and Water Management Inspectorate) is obtained:.

  • Cat I ships being towed without crew on board;

  • Cat. II ships only in an exceptional case undertaking a short voyage;

  • Cat. III ships performing their sea trials;

  • Cat. IV ships, being built in the Netherlands for foreign flag or sold to a foreign country and which have to sail to their destination abroad.

As stated in the Appendix to Annex I of the Agreement of June 1st 2006 the RO is authorised to perform the inspections on ships applyingNote: for a Permit basedvoyages / shifting on article 2bis. The purpose of these inspections is to make certain that the ship is in all respects fit to complete the voyage safely. The inland waters only, an ‘Permit itself is issued by the Transport and Water Management InspectorateArticle 2bis Ships Act’
The permit is only valid for a limited periodnot applicable. Depending on the type of shipFor those situations, the duration of the voyage, the weather conditionslocal authorities (such as ‘Rijkswaterstaat’ and the number of persons on board the requirements‘Port Authorities) must be consulted to arrange agreement for safety equipment and manning will be set.the
The permit is issued for only a single voyage from a Netherlands port/ shifting.

1.1 Application

The following ships can be exempted if a permit Article 2bis (see annex 4 to this Instruction), hereafter permit, issued by the Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate (NSI) is obtained:

  • Cat. I: ships, only in an exceptional case, being towed without crew on board (Art. 2, sub f.);
  • Cat. II: ships, only in an exceptional case, undertaking a short voyage (Art. 2, sub f.);
  • Cat. III: ships performing their sea trials (Art. 2, sub h.);
  • Cat. IV: ships, which either have been built here on foreign expenses, or have been sold to foreign countries, and which should be brought to their destination over sea (Art. 2, sub g.).
    • As this is very rare and since an Article 2bis declaration is not internationally accepted such ships shall be provided by the Recognised Organisation (RO) and Flag with short-term certificates for subject type of vessel. Such short-term certificates shall as far as possible be as if the vessel was flying the Dutch flag. The certificates shall only be issued by the RO when Netherlands’ Certificate of Registry is also available. In situations where issuing certain short-term certificates is impossible, exemptions can be applied for. The regular process for applying for exemptions applies in that situation.

1.2 Authorization of the RO

As stated in the Appendix to Annex I of the Agreement (d.d. 3 April 2014) the RO is authorized to perform the inspections on ships applying for a permit based on Ships Act, Article 2bis. The purpose of these inspections is to make certain that the ship is in all respects fit to complete the voyage safely and without commercial purposes.

1.3 Validity of the permit

The permit shall have a limited validity appropriate to the type of voyage undertaken, but in no case longer than 6 weeks. Depending on the category, the type of ship, the duration of the voyage and the number of persons on board the requirements will be set.

The permit can be issued only for voyages commencing from a port in the Netherlands. For categories I, II and III sailing is limited to the EEZ-waters of the Netherlands (see Annex 3 to this Instruction).

2 Procedure to obtain a Permit articleArticle 2bis

The RO shall, on request of the yard or the shipowner who wants to obtain a Permit article 2bispermit, perform the inspections, approvals and certifications as mentioned underneathunder paragraph 3 of this Instruction, for the different categories of ships. The owneryard or shipowner will provide the RO with all necessary information about the voyage to be undertaken such as: port and date of departure / port of destination / information of the route / number of people on board.
The RO shall issue a statement to confirm that the relevant inspections, approvals and certifications have been carried out.as mentioned under paragraph
With3 of this statement the ship owner can apply for a Permit article 2bis to the Transport and Water Management Inspectorate (see contact details below) under submission of:Instruction have been carried out.

  • the statement by the RO

  • the certificates issued by the RO, if any

  • the application for a special Certificate of Registry

  • information about the voyage to be undertaken, such as: port and date of departure / port of destination / information of the route / number of people on board.

  • in case of a manned voyage: a manning proposal for the voyage to be undertaken (Cat II, III and IV).

  • In case of Cat. IV: an application for a Continuous Synopsis Record (CSR)

With this statement the shipowner can apply for a permit to the NSI (see paragraph 4 of this Instruction). The NSI shall state any details, such as the minimum required crew for the voyage to be undertaken, on the permit Article 2bis.

The Transport and Water Management Inspectoratefollowing information shall, based on the proposal of be provided with the applicant, decide on the minimum required crewapplication for the voyage to be undertaken and state this in the Permit.
If the Permit is granted the Inspectorate will issue at the same time a special Certificate of Registry (NLArticle 2bis: buitengewone Zeebrief) and a CSR (if applicable). The Permit is not valid without the Certificate of Registry and the CSR.

2.1 For category I

  • the statement by the RO to confirm that the relevant inspections, approvals and certifications as mentioned under paragraph 3 of this Instruction have been carried out;
  • certificates issued by the RO (if any);
  • proof of ownership by either :
    • a Netherlands’ Certificate of Registry; or
    • the application for the Permit is done by the yard, under the condition that the yard is the owner of the ship.
  • information about the voyage to be undertaken, such as but not limited to:
    • Netherlands port of departure
    • date of departure
    • (port of) destination
    • information of the route
    • etc.

2.2 For category II

See paragraph 2.1 and in addition a manning proposal for the voyage to be undertaken shall be submitted and approved.

2.3 For category III

See paragraph 2.1. The Minimum Safe Manning is prescribed from the fixed crew composition table (see Annex 2 to this Instruction).

3 Inspections, approvals and certifications to be carried out by the RO

The following inspections, approvals and certifications have to be conducted by RO:

Cat I) Ships being towed without crew on board:

  1. If a bottom inspection has been carried out by the RO within the past three years, the RO should review the report of this inspection. If no bottom inspection has taken place in this period or the report is not available, a bottom inspection in a dry-dock has to be carried out. In the exceptional case there is no dry-dock available in the present port, a bottom inspection can be carried out by Class approved divers with suitable equipment under direction of a Class Surveyor.
  2. Load line inspection
  3. Marpol inspection to make sure that oil filtering equipment is properly shut off and that the ship is no hazard to the environment due to oil or other substances that might leak out of the ship.
  4. approval of the strength calculations or valid Class certificate
  5. approval of the stability calculations
  6. declaration that the ship is in satisfactory condition for the intended towed voyage.
  7. valid tonnage certificate


Cat II) Ships only in an exceptional case undertaking a voyage:

  1. inspection of safety equipment
  2. approval of the Safety plan
  3. approval of GMDSS installation for the relevant sea area
  4. Marpol Inspection
  5. approval of Load line calculation
  6. approval of the stability calculation for the conditions during the voyage
  7. valid Class certificate
  8. valid (provisional) tonnage certificate
  9. inspection of medical equipment in accordance with directive 92/29/EEC


Cat III) Ships performing sea trials:

  1. inspection of safety equipment
  2. approval of the Safety plan
  3. approval of GMDSS installation for the relevant sea area
  4. Marpol Inspection
  5. approval of Load line calculation
  6. approval of the stability calculation for the conditions during the voyage
  7. approval of the strength calculations
  8. valid (provisional) tonnage certificate
  9. approval of the protocol of the inclining test
  10. inspection of medical equipment in accordance with directive 92/29/EEC1


Cat IV) Ships, being built in the Netherlands for foreign flag or sold to a foreign country and which have to sail to their destination abroad:

  1. all the items mentioned under Cat II or III
  2. approval of SOPEP
  3. ISM interim audit and certificate
  4. ISPS interim audit and certificate
  5. inspection of medical equipment in accordance with directive 92/29/EEC

Ships of Category IV are usually provided by RO with short-term international certificates. These short-term certificates should be issued by the RO after the article 2bis certificate has been issued. The short-term certificates cannot have a longer validity than the article 2bis certificate, the tonnage certificate or the certificate of registry.

Annex 1 to this instruction provides a guidance (not limitative) with regard to inspections to be carried out.

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1 Directive 92/29/EC has been implemented and detailed in the Regulation seagoing vessels under articles 25 and 49, and under Annex 5 of this Regulation. It should be noted that extra personnel, not forming part of the registered crew (i.e. the crew responsible for the routine operation of the ship) need not be taken into account in determining the quantities of medical equipment to be supplied on board. Generally the medical equipment placed on board for the purpose of use of the ship after delivery already covers the required quantities. Nevertheless this should be verified.

3.1 Cat I) Ships, only in an exceptional case, being towed without crew on board (Art. 2, sub f.)

  1. A bottom inspection. If no bottom inspection has taken place in the past three years, or the report is not available, a bottom inspection in a dry-dock has to be carried out. If it is not possible to dry-dock in the port of departure, a bottom inspection (in water survey) can be carried out by Class approved service supplier for in-water-survey with suitable equipment under direction of a Class Surveyor;
  2. Load Line inspection;
  3. MARPOL inspection, to make sure that overboard connections are properly shut off and that the ship complies with applicable requirements, as far as possible;
  4. No (dangerous) cargoes/goods allowed to be carried for commercial purposes;
  5. Approval of the strength calculations or valid Class certificate;
  6. Approval of the stability calculations;
  7. A ‘fit for towage certificate’ or similar document issued by the RO;
  8. A towing declaration stating that the towed object complies with MSC/Circ.884 (this declaration may for example be issued by the insurer or a loss adjuster); and
  9. A valid tonnage certificate.

3.2 Cat II) Ships only in an exceptional case undertaking a voyage (Art. 2, sub f.)

  1. Inspection of safety equipment, maximum nuber of persons (to be reported, see Annex 1 to this Instruction);
  2. Approval of the Safety plan;
  3. Approval of GMDSS installation for the relevant sea area (to be reported);
  4. No (dangerous) cargoes/goods allowed to be carried for commercial purposes;
  5. MARPOL Inspections Annex I, and where applicable MARPOL Annex IV en VI (scrubber), SRR, IHM, EEDI, BWMC as such to ensure the ship complies with applicable requirements, as far as possible;
  6. Approval of Load Line calculation and Load Line inspection;
  7. Approval of the stability calculation for the conditions during the voyage;
  8. A valid Class certificate;
  9. A valid (provisional) tonnage certificate; and
  10. Inspection of medical equipment in accordance with Directive 92/29/EEC, as amended 1

3.3 Cat III) Ships performing sea trials (Art. 2, sub h.)

  1. Inspection of safety equipment, maximum number of persons (to be reported, see Annex 1 to this Instruction);
  2. Approval of the Safety plan;
  3. Approval of GMDSS installation for the relevant sea area (to be reported);
  4. MARPOL Inspections Annex I, and where applicable MARPOL Annex IV en VI (scrubber), SRR, IHM, EEDI, BWMC as such to ensure the ship complies with applicable requirements, as far as possible*;
  5. No (dangerous) cargoes/goods allowed to be carried for commercial purposes;
  6. Approval of Load Line calculation and Load Line inspection;
  7. Approval of the stability calculation for the conditions during the voyage;
  8. Approval of the longitudinal strength calculations;
  9. Confirmation that inspections and surveys both for Classification and Statutory certification are close to completion and hull, machinery and electrical installations are in satisfactory condition for performing the Sea trials; Inspections for the Certificates, that shall need to be issued before vessels’ normal Trade commences, shall be close to completion. I.e. the condition of the ship and its equipment is generally in accordance with the particulars of these Certificates, and at least as such that the ship is considered fit for navigation without danger to the ship, those on board, those ashore, those on other ships and/or the marine environment. RO may allow for minor deviations without prior consultation of the NSI. In other cases or when in doubt, the RO shall consult the NSI in accordance with the guidelines as provided by Article 6.8 of the mutual Agreement, which means that RO shall submit and endorse a well-founded proposal for exemption(s)/mitigating measures for duration of the Sea trials by the owner/yard;
  10. A valid (provisional) tonnage certificate;
  11. Approval of the protocol of the inclining test; and
  12. Inspection of medical equipment in accordance with Directive 92/29/EEC, as amended1

* Application Annex VI and Sulphur Directive during sea trials

With regard to MARPOL regulation VI/14.4, the Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate allows the use of fuel oil with a sulphur content of 0,5% m/m during sea trials in the Netherlands Exclusive Economic Zone of ships flying the flag of the Netherlands; but the use of such fuel oil shall be restricted as much as possible and only serve the testing of engines and their associated systems. For example dredging trials, manoeuvring trials etc. shall be performed on low sulphur fuel (0.1% m/m).

In case a scrubber is installed and ship will fly the Netherlands flag, the NSI shall be contacted through / via the ROs Netherlands branch office in order to obtain Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS) commissioning statement for 2 months, in order to finalize the complete certification process.

For ships provided with a scrubber, intended to fly a foreign flag, for sea trials the use and testing of the equipment (verification of flows etc.) shall be performed on low Sulphur fuel oil. Only these tests that cannot be performed with compliant fuel may be carried out with high Sulphur fuel oil. The operation on high Sulphur fuel shall be kept to the minimum time necessary for testing. In order to provide information for enforcement authorities the testing protocol shall include the parameter checks that can be monitored and have been recorded during sea trials, so as to demonstrate that the system has been operated in accordance with the above.

4 Contact detailsAdditional information

The shipowner hasPreferably all the necessary information (including information to be supplied by the RO) is sent at the same time by the yard/ship owner. However in cases where there is not much time between the final inspection by the RO and the day of sea trials, the RO shall advise the shipowner to send histhe application for a Permit art‘permit Article 2bis in advance, includingtogether with request to prepare the abovementionednecessary documents to:beforehand.

Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate
Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate (Marine and Fishery)
P.O.Box 16191
2500 BD The Hague
The Netherlands

Telephone +31 88 489 00 00
Fax +31 10 202 23 20
E-mail: nsi@ilent.nl

For form see our website: Artikel 2bis-verklaring | Aanvragen certificaten zeevaart

Annex 1 - ItemsGuidance for items to be inspected for a permit art.article 2bis

This annex 1 provides a guidance (not limitative) with regard to inspections to be carried out. Please note that for non-Convention vessels that are built for a non-EU Flag in cases where an equivalent standard of requirements is not in place NSI shall be contacted with a well founded proposal.

  • check whetherCheck that the fire- and safetyplansafety plan including musterlist has been installedare posted in the appropriate placeslocations;
  • visualVisual examination and operational test (if applicable) of WT bulkheads and doors;
  • visualVisual examination and operational test of fixed fire extinguishing system (ask for inspection report if available);
  • checkCheck availability of sufficient portable fire extinguishers;
  • visualVisual examination and operational test of firedoorsfire doors;
  • operationalOperational test of fire detection and alarm system (random check);
  • checkCheck availability of sufficient fire-fighter’s outfits;
  • visualVisual examination and operational test of fire mains, pumps and hydrants, including emergency firepumpfire pump;
  • visualVisual examination of structural fire protection;
  • visualVisual examination of insulation of hot surfaces (> 220°C) in accordance with SOLAS II-2/4.2.2.6;
  • Examination of sufficient capacity of life saving appliances, (total capacity shall be as such that for all persons on board dry-shoed disembarkation is available).
  • visualVisual examination and operational test (fuel/engine) of lifeboats, if installed;
  • visualVisual examination and operational test (fuel/engine) of rescueboat. Visual examination only in case arescue boat or Marcus lifenet or other alternative has been installed;
  • visualVisual examination of liferafts (special attention to the correct installation of the hydrostatic releases);
  • checkCheck availability of sufficient personal life-saving appliances, in accordance with SOLAS III/7.2 and III/32.3, i.e. lifejackets AND immersion suits for every person on board. When the voyage or sea trials are undertaken in warm climates, the ship may be relieved from the requirement to carry immersion suits for every person on board, subject to the Guidelines for assessment of thermal protection (MSC/Circ.1046), in which case NSI has to be consulted;
  • checkCheck availability of a line-throwing appliance and sufficient distress flares;
  • operationalOperational test of bilge system and pumps (ER/forepeak/alarms);
  • checkCheck engine alarms;
  • operationalOperational test of emergency source of electrical power;
  • operationalOperational test of engine emergency stop;
  • visualVisual examination and operational test of emergency lighting, emergency exits, escape routes/doors/hatches;
  • visualVisual examination and operational test of emergency steering gear;
  • operationalOperational test of automatic change overchangeover of generator sets;
  • visualVisual examination of anchor gear;
  • operationalOperational test of general alarm;
  • operationalOperational test of communication between bridge/ER/emergency steering gear/emergency telegraph (tel.telephone lists available);
  • operationalOperational test of remote control for SOS valves;
  • checkCheck availability of sufficient nautical charts and nautical publications;
  • visualVisual examination and operational test of navigation lights and shapes in accordance with ColregCOLREG (special attention to NUC lights).
  • medicalMedical equipment (except for cat.I) Cat. I)