The owners or operators of ships arriving in Trinidad and Tobago
must follow the requirement of the Harbours Act that govern their
arrival, stay and departure. An Arrival Declaration Form must be
submitted at least 48 hours before arrival of the ship. Private
pleasure craft and yachts follow a different procedure when
arriving. Please follow the link in the Related Services section on
the left of your screen for more information.
The owner, agent or master of the ship must submit an Arrival
Declaration Form to the Maritime Services Division at the address
below at least 48 hours before arrival, completed in duplicate. The
Arrival Form can be obtained from the Maritime Services Division, or
downloaded by following the link at the bottom of this section. The
following documents must be submitted with the Arrival Form the
first time the ship arrives in each calendar year:
Certificate of Registry.
International Tonnage Certificate.
Certificate of insurance against damage to third party (P&I
International Ship Safety certificate.
Declaration of Security.
The following documents must be submitted each time a ship arrives:
The Declaration Form is processed and stamped and a copy returned to
the agent. A list of agents can be obtained from The Shipping
Association of Trinidad and Tobago. Please follow the link below for
a list of agents. Please note that there may be other agents not
included on this list.
Member Agents - Shipping Association of Trinidad and Tobago.
The owner, agent or master of the ship must be issued a Harbour
Master Certificate (vessel clearance) by the Maritime Services
Division prior to departure. The following documents must be
submitted to the Maritime Services Division at the address below
before a Harbour Master’s Certificate is issued to a departing ship:
Completed Departure Declaration Form with the arrival reference
number included. The Departure Declaration Form can be obtained
from the Maritime Services Division.
Evidence of payment of Navigational Aids Dues. Please follow the
link below for more information on Navigational Aids Dues.
Immigration grant of clearance.
Crew lists (Arrival and Departure stamped by the Immigration
Passenger lists (Arrival and Departure stamped by the
Immigration Department), if applicable.
Where can I find more information?
To obtain or submit Arrival or Departure Declaration forms, to
obtain a Harbour Master’s Certificate, or for more information,
Maritime Services Division
Ministry of Works and Transport
Ansa Building - 2nd Floor
Corner Queen and Henry Streets
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 625-7004
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 pm to 4:00 pm, except