Statutory Alert: Ratification of the AFS Convention by India Applicability: All owners and managers of vessels registered with the Indian Maritime Administration
The International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships (the AFS Convention) enters into force for India on 24 July, 2015.
The Directorate General of Shipping, India, has issued Engineering Circular No.04 of 2015 advising that existing Statements of Compliance (SOCs) issued in respect of the AFS Convention for Indian flagged vessels are to be replaced. Convention certificates are to be issued to vessels on or after 24 July, 2015, but not later than 24 July 2016.
The AFS Convention applies to all vessels of 400 gt and above (excluding fixed or floating platforms, floating storage units (FSUs) and floating production storage and offshore loading units (FPSOs)) engaged in international voyages.