Electronic Notification of Arrival (e-NOA) for ships calling at CARICOM countries

For the past two months INTERTANKO has been engaged in a dialogue with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat to verify the rumours that CARICOM will be imposing an e-NOA requirement for ships calling at its ports.  The most recent e-mail received from the CARICOM Secretariat seems to indicate that this requirement goes into effect on 1 February 2007.

 

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) has agreed to receive the e-NOA for ships calling at CARICOM countries in the same way as they do for ships calling at U.S. ports.  However, the NVMC will only receive the information and then pass it on to the CARICOM country without any review.  There is NO USCG requirement for ships calling at CARICOM countries to submit an e-NOA to the Coast Guard and the USCG has no authority to enforce such a requirement.

 

Although not officially confirmed, INTERTANKO recommends that all ships calling at the CARICOM Member States listed below submit an e-NOA to the USCG NVMC with the CARICOM port of call listed just as if the ship was calling at a U.S. port. 

 

The CARICOM Member States are Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname  and  Trinidad and Tobago. 

 

Associate Member States are Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

The CARICOM Secretariat wishes to receive this e-NOA information as part of its enhanced security measures for the upcoming Cricket World Cup that will be taking place in the CARICOM region beginning on 11 March 2007.  It is expected that the submission of e-NOAs for ships calling at CARICOM countries will cease after the Cricket World Cup has ended; however, this has not yet been confirmed.

 

As soon as INTERTANKO receives official confirmation of this CARICOM e-NOA requirement, we will pass it on in a future Weekly NEWS article.

 

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Contact: Joe Angelo