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Ship Safety and Inspection

The Jamaican Ship Registry (JSR) is a full service Registry committed to provide quality service to the shipping industry through its marine survey and technical support programme. 

Empowered by modern legislation, the Shipping Act 1998 provides a comprehensive basis for the inspection and certification of ships registered under the Jamaican Flag.  Staffed with a qualified and experienced team of surveyors who meet the highest standards of training and certification, the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) has the capability and capacity to undertake the complete range of marine surveys and provide technical support for vessels on the Jamaican Ship Registry.

For the convenience of owners, the MAJ maintains a worldwide network of Surveyors to conduct safety inspections, which will complement the surveys conducted by the Classification Societies. This programme is designed to enhance and maintain the quality of the Jamaican Ship Registry (JSR) fleet, avoid Port State Control (PSC) detentions and assist owners to improve the reliability and operational efficiency of their vessels.

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Seafarers’ Certification

Under the Shipping Act 1998, the MAJ is responsible for establishing the standards of Training, Examination and Certification for seafarer’s, trained at Jamaica’s maritime training college, the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI).. The MAJ administers the programme, approves the syllabus for training all seafarers’ and ensures strict compliance with STCW 78/95 standards.

Jamaica is one of the first countries to have effectively implemented the STCW Convention and was named on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) “White List” published in November 2000. 

The MAJ’s Directorate of Safety, Environment and Certification (DSEC) maintains the necessary database and records for issuing STCW 1995 compliant Certificates.  The requirements under the Jamaican Law is that all seafarers working on Jamaican vessels must be qualified for the duties they will be performing and additionally officers must hold a Jamaican Certificate of Competency or be issued with a Jamaican Endorsement issued on an equivalency basis.  To facilitate this process the MAJ has entered into Reciprocal Recognition agreements with major crewing countries.  The MCA in the United Kingdom has accorded recognition to Jamaican Seafarers’ certification.   All countries listed on the IMO published ‘White List” will be considered for Reciprocal Recognition.  Special ship Registry incentives are offered for the employment of holders of Jamaican Certificates of Competency.

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Safe Manning

The Jamaican Regulation and the STCW Convention requires that all vessels flying the Jamaican Flag must be issued with a Safe Manning Certificate.  Owners manning proposals are considered and approved by the MAJ on the basis of these requirements. 

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Small Vessel Inspections

Through its team of highly qualified and efficient Surveyors, the MAJ assists Jamaican vessels to operate in accordance with the relevant safety and environmental standards. Surveys are conducted prior to permanent registration.  All vessels on the Register benefit from random inspection on a tri-annual basis to ensure standards are maintained. 

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Classification Societies

The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) recognises the following Classification Societies.

  • 1. American Bureau of Shipping
    2. Bureau Veritas
    3. China Classification Society (exclusive to Chinese-owned ships)
    4. Det Norske Veritas
    5. Germanischer Lloyd

    6. Isthmus Bureau of Shipping
    7. Korean Register Of Shipping
    8. Lloyd's Register of Shipping
    9. Nippon Kaiji Kyokal
    10. Polish Register of Shipping (PRS )
    11. Registro Italiano Navale
    12. Russian Maritime Register Of Shipping
    13. International Naval Survey of Bureau

See also list of NES

Jamaica is signatory to the major international maritime conventions and works closely with the Classification Societies to expedite IMO convention certification. 

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Port State Control (PSC)

Port State Control (PSC) is a reality that must be complied with.  Jamaica has its own PSC regime which is intended to protect the beautiful but fragile Caribbean Maritime Environment. As a member of the Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding on PSC, the MAJ carries out inspections of vessels to achieve its 15% target quota. 

In the unlikely event that a Jamaican vessel is detained any where in the world, the MAJ will support the owner on an administration to administration basis, and with the assistance of their authorised surveyors on site, will actively work to ensure that the ship is not delayed.

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Casualty Investigations

The MAJ regards casualty investigation as a key area of accountability and part of its responsibility as both a flag and port state.

MAJ surveyors have extensive experience in this specialised area and the MAJ is able to conduct investigations into all significant domestic and international casualties involving Jamaican flag vessels and undertake also investigation on behalf of other administrations on a contractual basis.

Depending on the severity and location of the incident, an on the site investigation will be conducted either by the MAJ or local NES surveyors.

For further information please send an email to:safety@jamaicaships.com

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