The Deputy Ministry of Shipping has announced that an English translation of the Merchant Shipping (Recognition and Authorisation of Organisations) Law 2011(1) is now available on its website. The law sets out common rules and standards for organisations that inspect and survey Cyprus-flagged ships and regulates dealings between such organisations and the Cyprus Maritime Administration. The definitive text of the law is in Greek and the translation is for information purposes.

The following international conventions fall within the scope of the law, as set out in the Merchant Shipping (Recognition and Authorisation of Organisations) Order 2015's definition of 'international conventions':(2)

  • the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974;
  • the International Load Lines Convention 1966;
  • the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973 and its 1978 Protocol;
  • the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972;
  • the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships 1969;
  • the International Convention for Safe Containers 1972;
  • the Special Trade Passenger Ships Agreement 1971;
  • the Protocol on Space Requirements for Special Trade Passenger Ships 1973;
  • the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships 2001; and
  • the Maritime Labour Convention 2006.

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(1) Law 128(I)/2011.

(2) PI 473/2015, published in the Government Gazette 4915, Supplement III(I) on 31 December 2015.

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