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Flag state control

The purpose of Flag State Control is to control whether the ships flying the flag of the Republic of Lithuania comply with the national and international maritime safety, security and prevention of pollution from the ships requirements as well as the standards of shipboard living and working conditions. Being party of various international conventions, protocols and agreements, Lithuania has ratified, adopted or acceded to, the Republic of Lithuania undertook responsibility to implement and give full and complete effect to these instruments and to control how those provisions are implemented and complied with. The Lithuanian Transport Safety Administration (Administration) participates in determining technical and organizational requirements and ensures control of implementation of these requirements. The activity of the Administration in the field on shipping safety for seagoing ships is regulated by the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Maritime Safety.        

Seagoing ships

Seagoing ships are registered in the Register of Seagoing Ships of the Republic of Lithuania according to the provisions of the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Maritime Safety, Merchant Shipping Law of the Republic of Lithuania, Rule of Seagoing Ships Register of the Republic of Lithuania. The ship owner has to be the citizen of the Republic of Lithuania or legal entity registered in the Republic of Lithuania. Seagoing ships are registered and relevant documents issued by Maritime Services Division.

Seagoing ship must have certificate of class.

A vessel shall be recognised to be in a seaworthy condition fit to perform a particular voyage within the limits of the established sailing area if it has been designed, built, equipped and is being operated in compliance with the technical, navigational, environmental protection, ship manning, safety at work, fire protection requirements, whereas the ship operator is in possession of valid documents certifying this, issued by the Administration or the authorised classification society.        

Authorised classification societies have a right to carry out technical supervision and surveys as prescribed by international agreements.

The ship owner (company) is responsible for suitable technical condition and maintenance of the ship.

The list of certificates and documents, which have to be on board on ships registered in the Register of Seagoing Ships of the Republic of Lithuania, can be found here.  

The verification and certification of safety management systems on ships and companies, to which the requirements of ISM Code apply, are carried out by auditors of the Maritime Safety Division or, in some cases, by Recognized Organizations. The implementation of requirements of the ISM Code is regulated by the Order of the Minister of Transport and Communication, Regulation (EC) No. 336/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 February 2006 on the implementation of the International Safety Management Code within the Community, IMO resolutions A.741 (18), A.913 (22).

The ship security plans of ships to which the requirements of the ISPS Code apply are subject to the approval by the Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration. The verification and certification of ships are carried out by auditors of the Maritime Safety Division or, in some cases, by Recognized Organizations. The implementation of requirements of the ISPS Code on ships is regulated by Government Resolution, Orders of the Minister of Transport and Communication, Order of the Director of the Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration, Regulation (EC) No. 725/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on enhancing ship and port facility security, IMO resolutions.       

 

As Lithuania is EU country Lithuanian flag ships have to comply with Marine Equipment Directive (MARED) (Directive 2014/90/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 2014 on Marine Equipment). Certain marine equipment of approved type on ships shall have “Wheel Mark”.

  

Lithuanian flag ships shall comply with requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 1005/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 September 2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer.     

Periodical inspections and surveys of seagoing ships are carried out by inspectors of the Maritime Supervision Division.

Last updated: 15-07-2021