Technical documents

The following documents are issued by the services of the Directorate General Maritime Transport at B-1210 Brussels, Vooruitgangstraat - Rue du Progrès 56
(http://www.mobilit.belgium.be/fr/navigation/).
 

A. certificate issued by Directorate General Maritime Transport itself:            

Certificate
English
Dutch
French
Certificate of registry
(Zeebrief – Lettre de mer)
 
X
X
 
 A specimen of this certificate can be downloaded (SpecimenZeebrief).
 
 
B. certificates issued by Maritime Inspectorate (scheepvaartcontrole – contrôle de la navigation):
 
Certificate
English
Dutch
French
Certificate of Seaworthiness (certificaat van deugdelijkheid- certificat de navigabilité)
 
X
X
Minimum Safe Manning Certificate
X
 
 
International Tonnage Certificate (internationale meetbrief – certificat intrenational de jaugeage des navires)
X
X
X
Suez Canal Tonnage Certificate
X
 
 
International Load Line Exemption Certificate
(Certificaat vrijstelling uitwatering - Certificat international d'exemption pour franc-bord)
X
X
X
Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate
(Uitrustingsveiligheidscertificaat voor vrachtschepen)
X
X
 
Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate
(Radioveiligheidscertificaat voor vrachtschepen)
X
X
 
International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate
X
X
 
SOLAS Exemption Certificate
(Certificaat vrijstelling SOLAS - Certificat d'exemption SOLAS)
X
X
X
ISM Document of Compliance
X
 
 
ISM Safety Management Certificate
X
 
 
International Ship Security Certificate
X
 
 
Continuous Synopsis Record
X
 
 
International Certificate for the Carriage of Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC-code)
X
X
 
Certificate of Fitness for the Carriage of Liquefied Gases in Bulk (GC-code)
X
X
 
Certificate of antifouling + record
X
 
 
 
C. certificates issued by Seafarer Certification Branch  (schepenbeheer – service suivi des navires) :
Certificate English
Dutch
French
Seaman’s book
(Zeemansboekje – Carnet de marin)
X
X
X
Certificate of competence ( STCW certificate)
(Vaarbevoegdheidsbewijs – Brevet de compétence)
X
X
X
Summary of seagoing service
(Vaarstaat – Etat de la navigation)
X
X
X

IMO number

Under IMO resolution A.600 (15) adopted on 19 November 1987, published in attachment to the Belgian ship registration decree of 4 April 1996, a unique and permanent ship identification number ( IMO number) has to be assigned to all propelled seagoing merchant ships of 100 GT and above.
 
This IMO number is not assigned by the Belgian maritime authorities.
 
It should be obtained from Lloyd’s Register Fairplay (LRF) Ltd, Lombard House, 3 Princess Way Redhill, Surrey RH1 1UP, United Kingdom ( tel: +44 1737 379000 & fax:+44 1737 379001).
 
An IMO number request form is available from

  Nationality requirements

 Belgian law does not impose nationality requirements for crews on
 board Belgian vessels, except for the command of the vessel that is
 to be entrusted in principle to a Belgian national.
 The authorized official to exempt from this requirement is the Director 
 general of Maritime Transport. To this end, the owner or operator of
 the vessel should send a motivated request with the particulars of the
 captain and the requested period of exemption. The exemptions with
 regard to the command of the vesel are not granted if the necessary
 STCW certificates of the captain have not been properly endorsed.

  Private Maritime Security Companies
Under Belgian anti-piracy law and regulations private maritime security companies cannot operate on board Belgian-flagged vessel unless properly authorized by the Belgian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

For further information, please contact:
Jan.Cappelle@ibz.fgov.be,
or Marie.Bocquet@ibz.fgov.be,
or Dominique.VanDam@ibz.fgov.be