State Maritime Agency
The State Maritime Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan was established by Decree № 697 of the President of the Republic Azerbaijan dated 21 April 2001.
The Administration was included in the structure of the Ministry as the State Maritime Agency under the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated 12 January 2018 “On some measures to improve management in transport, communications and high technologies field in the Republic of Azerbaijan”.
The Agency is the central executive body, implementing state policy and regulation in the field of maritime transport in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The Republic of Azerbaijan has been a member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) since May 15, 1995. The State Maritime Agency closely cooperates with the International Maritime Organization and actively participates in the meetings, councils and assemblies of the organization.
to ensure realization of supervision of port in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan and flag control in relation to vessels navigating under State flag of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
to organize safety system of maritime navigation and to exercise control over maritime navigation regulations in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
to maintain supervision over the operation of guard service in maritime navigation in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
to organize navigation regime of vessels in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan and maintain supervision over compliance with this regime;
to take appropriate measures to save human life at sea and protect maritime environment within their authorities as defined in the legislation;
to organize recovery of sank navigation units (together with its property) and carry out necessary measures for their protection in cases attributed to their powers and as defined by the legislation;
to carry out state registration and maintain state register of vessels (except small-sized vessels) navigating under State Flag of the Republic of Azerbaijan and issue vessel documents as defined by the legislation;
to regulate the activity of the maritime register of the Republic of Azerbaijan in accordance with legislation and to give permission for activity of international classification societies in the Republic of Azerbaijan and supervise their activity;
to ensure that necessary measures be taken for issuance of relevant documentation, including the challenge signal to vessels, individual call numbers of vessel radio station and identification numbers of vessel satellite communication station as provided for in legislation;
to prepare and approve technical requirements and regulations on maintenance and operation of vessels as provided for in legislation;
to prepare drafts of regulations for conferring the marine ranks as defined by the legislation and present them to the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan, to issue qualification certificates (diplomas) and seafarers identity documents;
to issue permission for construction of maritime transport facilities including ports, and freight transfer terminals as defined by the legislation;
to take necessary measures within their authority as defined by the legislation to prevent the leakage of oil and oil products and other harmful substances from vessels and assets into the sea irrespective of type of ownership and national identity (State Flag);
to participate within the scope of their authority in the implementation of necessary measures undertaken by maritime and aviation emergency-rescue services of the Republic of Azerbaijan and foreign countries for search and rescue of people who were subject to accidents at sea in search-rescue sector of Caspian Sea in the Republic of Azerbaijan within their authorities as defined by the legislation;
to participate in arrangement of cryptographic communication with vessels and other assets of sea transport as defined by the legislation;