Surveys and certification requirements for
anti-fouling systems on ships flying the flag of a Member
1.1. Ships of 400 gross tonnage and above,
excluding fixed or floating platforms, FSUs, and FPSOs, shall, as
from 1 July 2003, be subject to the following:
- an initial survey before the ship is put into service or
when the ship is for the first time in a dry-dock for the
application of anti-fouling systems; and
- a survey when the anti-fouling systems are changed or
replaced. Such surveys shall be endorsed on the certificate
required under point 2.1.
1.2. The survey shall be such as to ensure
that the ship's anti-fouling system fully complies with Articles 4
and 5 of this Regulation.
1.3. Surveys shall be carried out by
officers duly authorised by the administration of the Member State,
or of another Member State, or of a party to the AFS-Convention, or
by a surveyor nominated for the purpose by one of those
administrations, or by a recognised organisation acting on behalf of
1.4. Unless provided otherwise in this
Regulation, Member States shall for the surveys referred to in point
1.1 follow the requirements laid down in Annex 4 to the
AFS-Convention, as well as the guidelines for surveys and
certification of anti-fouling systems on ships annexed to Resolution
MEPC 101(48), adopted on 11 October 2002 by the Marine Environment
Protection Committee of the IMO.
2.1. After completion of a survey referred
to in point 1.1(a) or (b), a Member State which is not yet a Party
to the AFS-Convention shall issue a certificate in accordance with
the format laid down in Annex II. A Member State which is a Party to
the AFS-Convention shall issue an AFS-Certificate.
2.2. A Member State may rely upon an
AFS-Statement of Compliance for the demonstration of compliance with
the requirements of Articles 4 and 5 of this Regulation. A
certificate referred to in point 2.1 shall replace this
AFS-Statement at the latest a year after the date referred to in
2.3. Member States shall require that a ship
referred to in point 1.1 carries a certificate issued in accordance
with point 2.1.
2.4. Member States shall, for the purposes
of the certification referred to in point 2.1, follow the
requirements laid down in Annex 4 to the AFS-Convention.