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National Legislation

The procedures and activities concerning registration of ships and relevant obligations and requirements applicable to all ships enrolled in The International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize are governed by the following instruments:

  • Merchant Ships (Registration) Act, 2010 (View Entire Act)
  • Registration of Merchant Ships (Miscellaneous Provisions of 1991)
  • Registration of Merchant Ships (Vessels under 500 GT in service outside the territorial waters of Belize, 1991)
  • Registration of Merchant Ships (Pleasure Vessels, 1991)
  • Registration of Merchant Ships (Fishing Vessels of 24 meters in length and above) Safety Regulations, 1995
  • Registration of Merchant Ships (Cargo Vessels operating in the Caribbean Trading Area) Safety Regulations, 1997
  • Registration of Merchant Ships (Disciplinary Regulations, 1999)
  • Registration of Merchant Ships (Safe Manning, Hours of Work and Watchkeeping) Regulations, 1999
  • The High Seas Fishing Act, 2003
  • Registration of Merchant Ships (Ship Security) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 90 of 2004)

International Regulations

As a member of the International Maritime Organisation and the International Labour Organisation, Belize has ratified several International Conventions as follows:

IMO

  • Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 as amended
  • Loadlines, 1966 and amends
  • Prevention of Pollution by Ships, 1973 as modified by the Protocol of 1978
  • Tonnage Measurements of Ships, 1969
  • Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1969
  • Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage 1971, 1976 and 1992 Protocols
  • Civil Liability Convention (CLC) 1969, 1976, 1992 Protocols
  • Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972
  • Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976
  • Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping, 1978/1995
  • SOLAS Protocol 1988
  • MARPOL Protocol 1997
  • LOADLINES Protocol of 1988
  • International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 (Circular and application form)
  • AthensAthens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, 1974 and Protocol of 2002

The following are in the process of being ratified:

  • Safe Containers 1972, 1993 Amendments
  • Intervention Comvention 1969
  • Intervention Protocol 1973
  • Fund Protocol 2000
  • LLMC 1996 Protocol.
  • Salvage Convention 1989
  • SUA Convention 1988
  • SUA Protocol 1988

    ILO

No 16   Medical Examination of Young Persons 1921
No 22   Articles of Agreement 1926 (Merchant Shipping Notice MSN-0021)
No 58   Minimum Age (Revised) 1936
No. 87   Freedom of Association and Protection of Right to Organize, 1948
No 108   Identity Documents 1958
No 111   Discrimination (Employment and Occupation), 1958
No 138   Minimum Age 1973
No. 23   Repatriation of Seamen, Convention, 1926
No. 55   Shipowners' Liability (Sick and Injured Seamen) Convention, 1936
No. 92   Accommodation of Crews Convention (Revised), 1949
No. 133   Accommodation of Crews (Supplementary Provisions) Convention, 1970
No.134   Prevention of Accidents (Seafarers) Convention, 1970
No. 147   Protocol to the Merchant Shipping (Minimum Standards) Convention 1976

FISHING CONVENTIONS/AGREEMENTS

  • Instrument of Adherence to the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas.
  • Instrument of Acceptance for the Agreement to Promote Compliance with International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas ("Compliance Agreement")
  • Instrument of Accession to the Agreement relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks ("Fish Stocks Agreement")
  • Adopted the necessary steps to effectively implement the International Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, which was adopted 2nd March 2001 and signed on 23rd June 2001. These measures are contained in our High Seas Fishing Act, 2003.
  • Instrument of Acceptance of the Agreement for the Establishment of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission.(IOTC)
  • Instrument of Accession to the IATTC “Convention for the Strengthening of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission Established by the 1949 Convention between the United States of America and the Republic of Costa Rica (“Antigua Convention”)
  • The Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean.

 

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