Maritime Administration of LatviaTrijadibas str. 5
Tel. 371 7 062 101
Fax 371 7 860 082
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Maritime Administration of Latvia is the arm of the government, under the Ministry of
Transport, which has the overall responsibility for overseeing maritime concerns. The
Administration is comprised of the Hydrographic Service, the Sea Search and Rescue
Service, the Latvian Ship Register, the Seamenís Register, and the Ship Inspection
The Maritime Administration is responsible for seeing that the terms of the relevant national laws and international conventions and treaties are complied with. Accordingly, the Administration:
The Hydrographic Service is the Maritime Administrationís major department and consists of the Cartography and Hydrographic Services of the Riga, Ventspils and Liepaja Regions. The Hydrographic Service oversees the use and maintenance of navigational aids within Latviaís territorial waters.
The Service carries out depth measurements in the ports and at sea,
charts including electronic ones, ensures the exchange of information with other countries
in the region, regularly provides information on the latest amendments and changes by
issuing Notices to Mariners twice a month.
Sea Search and Rescue Service
The basic tasks of the Sea Search and Rescue Service are: lifesaving at sea, MEDAVAC (medical evacuation), medical consultations and combating oil pollution. The Coordination Centre meets GMDSS demands which will go into effect on 1 February 1999. Two co-ordinators are on 24 hour duty at the Centre, thus providing any needed assistance (http://ssrs.mrcc.riga.lv).
Latvian Shipís Register
The Latvian Ship Register registers vessels with a main engine power of more than 55 kW (75 HP) and all means of shipping without an engine and with gross displacement of more than 80, or if it is possible to calculate gross tonnage, then those displacing more than 80 tons of water, as well as passenger vessels irrespective of displacement and engine power.
The Seamenís Register issues:
An informative database has been developed covering the issued documents as well as the possibilities of taking part in seamenís qualification courses.
Ship Inspection Service
The Ship Inspection Service carries out supervision of vessels flying the Latvian flag in conformity with Latvian legislation and international conventions, and issues relevant safety certificates to ships carrying the national flag.
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