Brief of Egyptian Authority for Maritime Safety :
The Egyptian Authority for Maritime Safety (EAFMS), ex-Ports and Lighthouses Administration (PLA), is one of the first governmental facilities as it dates back to 1830 when an assembly was appointed to supervise the preparation to receive large vessels in the port of Alexandria.
- In 1870, an Administration dependent to the Ministry of Interiors was appointed to carry out this task.
- In 1880, it was transferred to the Ministry of Public Works.
- In 1884, under the name of "Prisons and Lighthouses Administration".
- "Ministry of Treasury", it took charge of A1ex. Inner port.
- In 1905, both inner and outer ports of Alexandria gathered under its supervision in addition to the following ports: Suez, Port Said, Rachid, Demiette; as well as Mediterranean and Red Sea Lighthouses.
- In 1906, an Engineering Department was established in PLA.
- In 1919, it was transferred to the newly established Ministry of Transport as "Ports and Lighthouses Administration (PLA).
- In 1954, it was transferred to the Ministry of War, then to the Ministry of Mi1itary Production and back again to Ministry of War.
- In 15/11/1967, the Presidential decree no.2062/67 transferred it to the Ministry of Transport.
- In 23/9/1971, the presidential Decree 2402/1971 concerning "Governmental Facilities Organization" kept it under the Ministry of Maritime Transport.
- In 27/10/1999, the Presidential Decree no. 360/1999 concerning "Ministry of Transport Regulation and PLA dependence to it" was issued.
- In 09/12/2004, the Presidential Decree no. 399/2004 established. "The Egyptian Authority for Maritime Safety" as an independent legal Authority reporting directly to the Minister of Transport to replace "Ports and Lighthouses Administration"
EAMS fulfils the competencies that secure achievement the goals of its establishment, in accordance with Article 3 of PD 399/2004, as follows:
- Manage and regulate maritime navigation safety in a manner that complies with international instruments to which Egypt is a state Party and related laws and Decrees and those in relation to ships safety and security and safety of navigation in territorial waters, EEZ and Egyptian ports out of Ports Authorities control.
- Represent Egypt in International Maritime Organizations and those related to maritime safety .
- Exchange technical information with all international ports and to render maritime assistance and services to all ships in the Egyptian territorial waters and EEZ , to define maritime passages, issue maritime alerts and notices to comply with safety rules in territorial waters.
- Exchange Technical, professional expertise and researches with the International, Regional Authorities and Organizations and also with developed countries in the field maritime safety to improve the standards of securing ships and their safe navigation.
- Plan, develop, install, monitor, upgrade and maintain Lighthouses and aids to navigation all over national coasts, territorial waters and EEZ and to grant related permissions and/or certification.
- Monitor of maritime safety standards and quality of services rendered by the Authority and competent entities and apply necessary procedures to verify maritime means of transport compliance of safety and security requirements and verification of associated documentation and certification.
- Monitor the technical standards of Egyptian vessels and maritime units locally built or those purchased from abroad to verify their compliance with International technical requirements, to issue their Registration Certificates and note the actions it suffers and to issue and revalidate their Sea worthiness certificates and the navigational permissions required.
- Participate in search and rescue and maritime pollution fighting plans.
- Set tests and issue seafarers' Certificates of Competency, Maritime Passports and also Sea Service Certificates.
- Monitor the standards of Egyptian and foreign vessels calling Egyptian ports and/or transiting territorial waters and to issue related certificates and permissions in accordance with related applicable international standards, Conventions and MOUs.
- Set the professional requirements and provide work permissions for masters, officers, engineers, boilers, seafarers, fishers, divers and who else works at sea.
- Revise the courses of specialized institutes and centers qualifying ships' crew in accordance with International standards.
- Operate, maintain, and make full use of radio and radar beacons to maintain the safety of navigation in territorial waters.
- Set plans; implement means of navigational traffic and to identify waterways and passages and to issue navigational reports and alerts to maintain safety in territorial waters.
- Draft marine salvage and pollution laws, monitor their implementation and coordinate with the related agencies in accordance to the equivalent internationally applicable laws.
- Develop personnel training programs locally and/or abroad to develop their performance in accordance with internationally applied criteria.
- Apply the necessary procedures in cases of marine collision and other accidents or casualties like fire and sunk including investigating those accidents in cooperation with specialized agencies and to issue the necessary reports and to endorse maritime reports and (sea protests).
- Establish, with the consent of the Minister of transport, sharing companies individually or with partners to carry out tasks in its competencies.
- Gulf of Suez Vessel Traffic Information Management Project.
- Establishment of a navigational alerts center in Ismailia, Serapeum.
- Mediterranean Aids to Navigation Development Project.
- Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea Aida to Navigation Development Project.
- Participate in setting a National Contingency Plan and Maritime Pollution.
- Establish an Information center electronically linked to the main one in Maritime Transport Sector Headquarters.
- Install an Integrated Information System for the Authority.
- M/S Aida IV to supply lighthouses and Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport cadets training.
- Participate in Maritime Organizations conferences and meetings.
- Issue laws related to marine qualifications, safety of lives, ships register, security and discipline a board vessels.
- Join maritime International conventions.
- Settle and approve Undertakings between Egypt and others countries in the maritime domain.
- Monitor Egyptian and foreign vessels in Egyptian ports to verify their compliance with International requirements of safety of life at sea and other treaties for marine environment protection and security etc. Inspect pilgrimage vessels to insure their safety and passengers aboard.
- Establish, renew, and expand its branches all over Egyptian ports to accelerate vessels departure procedures in "Suez, Port Said, Hurghada, Demmiette ,El Tour, El Arish, Safaga , Sharm El Sheikh, Marsa Matrouh and Salloum".
Was built in Japan in 1992 as a special purpose ship for training and supply; under supervision of NKK. It was donated as an aid grant from the Japanese Government to the Egyptian Government in support to main requirements to fulfill training and supply missions. NKK assures that the current condition of Aida IV; after 20 years of executing its planned missions; is due to professional management and high level of operation and maintenance in accordance with class rules and guidance and International Conventions.
- To secure safety of navigation in Egyptian waters by revising technical status of all Aids To Navigation(ATON) on Egyptian coasts on both the Mediterranean and Red Sea which essentially serve maritime navigation to and from Suez Canal and main Egyptian ports (Alexandria, Port Saied, Suez, Safaga, Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh).
- To supply provisions to remote lighthouses in the Gulf of Suez and Red Sea( Ashrafi, Shedwan, Akhaween and Abul-Kizan), to Substitute lighthouses crews and provide all types of provisions, fuel, fresh waters, spares to maintain lighthouses equipment to maintain safety and safe operation continuity.
- To monitor drilling units and petroleum platforms in the Mediterranean and Red Sea and that associated ATON are properly operated to secure safety of navigation in all areas which contribute in national wealth maintaining.
- Secure communications with VTS Centers (Adabeya, Ras Ghareb, Safaga and Sharm El-Sheikh) to secure safety of navigation in the Gulf of Suez (GOS), accidents prevention and assist GOS transiting ships.
- Egyptian coasts monitoring and report on any marine pollution accident which contributes in fisheries preservation and damage prevention of coral reefs; one of Red Sea unique characteristics.
- Participation in Search and Rescue(SAR) and salvage operations, as required, in cooperation with and under the direction of Middle East SAR Center.
- Execute practical training; navigational and engineering; for cadets onboard in compliance with SOLAS, IMO and STCW requirements to provide highly qualified maritime personnel to serve aboard all types of ships.
- Aida IV helps in improving relations among cadets of various nationalities including Egyptians, Arab States, African and Asiatic States which increases cultural interchange, knowledge, civilizations interaction; leading to cooperation pro-motion among countries.
About IACS :
They are authorized organization working on behalf of Egypt according to a delegation from Egyptian Authority for Maritime Safety to perform statutory certification and services for vessels registered in Egypt .