Forms and Certificates
on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention) includes
in its Standard 2.1 a list of documents which public authorities can demand
of a ship and recommends the maximum information and number of copies which
should be required.
IMO has developed Standardized Forms for seven of these documents, which are:
Two other documents
are required under the Universal Postal Convention and the International Health
The general declaration, cargo declaration, crew list and passenger list constitute
the maximum information necessary. The ship's stores declaration and crew's
effects declaration incorporate the agreed essential minimum information requirements.
All ships are required to carry certificates that establish their seaworthiness,
type of ship, competency of seafarers and so on. These certificates are provided
by the flag State of the ship and may be inspected by port State control officers.
Certificates to be carried on board ships are listed in
include (some dependent on type of ship):
Load Line Certificate;
- Intact stability
booklet; Damage control booklets;
- Minimum safe
for masters, officers or ratings;
Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate; Oil Record Book;
- Shipboard Oil
Pollution Emergency Plan;
- Garbage Management
- Garbage Record
- Cargo Securing
- Document of
Compliance and Safety Management Certificate (ISM Code).