Ministry of Works, Transport  Infrastructure

Maritime Division

International Conventions, Protocols & Codes
1. IMO Convention 1948
2. IMO Amendments 1991
3. IMO Amendments 1993
4. SOLAS 1974 – ISM – ISPS
5. SOLAS Protocol 1978
6. SOLAS Protocol 1988
7. Load Lines Convention 1966
8. Load Lines Protocol 1988
9. Tonnage Convention 1969
10. STCW 78/95
11. MARPOL 73/78 Annex I/II
12. MARPOL 73/78 Annex III
13. MARPOL 73/78 Annex IV
14. MARPOL 73/78 Annex V
15. MARPOL 97 Annex VI
16. CLC Protocol 92
17. CLC Protocol 92
18. OPRC Convention 1990
19. SAR Convention 1979
20. FAL Convention 196
21. LLMC Protocol 1966
22. LLMC Convention 1976
23. SUA Convention 1998
24. HNS Convention 199
25. BUNKERS Convention 2001
26. COLREG Convention 1972
27. UNCLOS
Essential Regulatory Services
  • Registration of vessels/ships 
  •  Surveying and Inspection of vessels/ships
  • Vessel/Ship Crew Training and Certification
  • Ship Safety Clearances
  • Endorsement of Seafarers’ Employment Contracts/Agreements
  • Monitor compliance on carriage, handling and storage of Dangerous Goods Cargo
  • Security Assessment of ISPS Port Facilities and Ships
  • ISPS Audit of Ports and Ships
  • Approve Training Modules School of Maritime Training
  • STCW Audit Maritime Training Institution
  • Flag State, Coastal State and Port State Implementation
  • Provide technical advice of international conventions and Maritime legislations to Shipping Industries, Ports, Training Institutes and Seafarers
  • Monitor compliance of maritime activities and infrastructure with International Convention, protocols, guidelines and codes as well as with National Legislation.
MANDATES
  • 4.1 National Laws

    • Shipping Act 1998
    • Marine Pollution Prevention Act 2008
    • Shipping Registration Regulations 2001
    • Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers Regulations 2014
    • Shipping (Maritime Security) Regulations 2004
    • Small Vessels Regulations 1998
    • Regional Agreements
    • Noumea Convention – The Convention for the Protection of Natural Resources and Environment of the South Pacific Region.

     

    • International Conventions, Protocols, Codes
    • IMO Convention 1948 – International Maritime Organization Convention 1948
    • IMO Amendments 1991 – International Maritime Organization Amendments 1991
    • IMO Amendments 1993 – International Maritime Organization Amendments 1991
    • SOLAS 1974 – ISM – ISPS – International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974 – International Safety Management – International Security of Ports and Ships
    • SOLAS Protocol 1978 – Safety of Life at Sea Protocol 1978
    • SOLAS Protocol 1988 – Safety of Life at Sea Protocol 1988
    • Load Lines Convention 1966 – International Convention on Load Lines (LL), 1966
    • Load Lines Protocol 1988 – International Convention on Load Lines Protocol 1988
    • Tonnage Convention 1969 – International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships 1969
    • STCW 78/95 – International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch Keeping for Seafarers 78/95
    • MARPOL 73/78 Annex I/II – International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 73/78 Annex I/II

 

  • MARPOL 73/78 Annex III – International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 73/78 Annex III
  • MARPOL 73/78 Annex IV – International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 73/78 Annex IV
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  • MARPOL 73/78 Annex V – International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 73/78 Annex V
  • MARPOL 97 Annex VI – International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 73/78 Annex VI
  • CLC 1969 – International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage 1969
  • Fund Protocol 1992 – 1992 Protocol to the International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage 1992
  • OPRC Convention 1990 – International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation 1990
  • SAR Convention 1979 –International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue 1979
  • FAL Convention 1965 – Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic 1965
  • LLMC Protocol 1966 – International Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims Protocol 1966
  • LLMC Convention 1976 – International Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims 1976
  • SUA Convention 1988 – Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation 1988
  • HNS Convention 1996 – International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in connection with Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea1996
  • BUNKERS Convention 2001 – International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001
  • COLREG Convention 1972 – Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972
  • UNCLOS – United Nation Convention on Law of the Sea
  • MLC,2006 – Maritime Labour Convention, 2006
Our Goal

To ensure that all maritime transport activities and development of maritime infrastructure comply with legal requirements and international standards, protocols, guidelines.

Objectives
  • To provide effective and reliable policy and technical advice on compliance by vessels, ports, port operators and seafarers of national legal requirements and international standards, protocols, codes and guidelines;
  • To ensure that the development, design or procurement of maritime infrastructure are in accordance with international rules, guidelines and/or framework agreed to by the Ministry on behalf of the Government of Samoa; and
  • To develop, maintain and implement national Maritime Laws and procedural framework to uphold and monitor safe and reliable shipping services and port operations.

The Maritime Division implements the role of the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure as the designated Maritime Administration. As the Maritime Administration, matters relating to safety of ships, crew and passengers, safety and security of ports, prevention and protection of the marine environment are some of the core functions of the Maritime Division. It is the Maritime Division that holds the Register of Ships and Vessels registered to fly the Samoan flag and given the nationality of Samoa. Its main functions are governed by two primary legislations namely Shipping Act 1998 and Marine Pollution Prevention Act 2008 with four (4) Regulations on Ship Registration, Seafarer Training and Certification, Maritime Security and Small Vessels. 

The following services are provided to our maritime stakeholders and the relevant members of the public:

New Maritime (Shipping) Fees/Charges
  • Revocation of Vessels Registry 2017 (February)
  • Revocation of Vessels Registry 2017 (April)
  • New Shipping Registration Amendment