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Antifouling Systems on Ships & IAFS Convention

The use of anti-fouling systems to prevent the build-up and spread of harmful organisms on the surface of ships is of critical importance to a vessel’s performance, marine environmental protection, and commerce efficiency.


Achieve the necessary skills to effectively control and handle Anti-fouling systems through our Antifouling systems on ships & IAFS Convention seminar.


This course provides participants an in-depth understanding of the AFS Convention, the relevant systems used and their benefits.



Aims & Objectives
  • Cover the AFS Convention and systems thoroughly and emphasise the importance of marine environment protection from harmful anti-fouling systems
  • Provide basic understanding of anti-fouling systems in shipping and to stress the need to continue to use anti-fouling systems which are effective and environmentally safe
  • Promote the substitution of harmful AFS systems by less harmful systems or preferably harmless systems
  • Deliver practical instructions for AFS sampling that have an impact on the marine environment and human health


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course participants will able to:

  • Understand the main anti-fouling methods used
  • Grasp the legislation requirements that apply to AFS convention
  • Apply useful guidelines for certification, survey, sampling etc.
  • Learn and control the adverse effects of harmful anti-fouling systems
  • Improve environment protection from toxic substances.


Who should attend?
  • Port Captains
  • Port Engineers
  • Repair Yards personnel involved into painting works for vessels.
  • Any personnel and engineers who are involved in matters of safety and pollution prevention.
Relative conventions: AFS convention, Council Directive 76/769/EEC and Commission Regulation (EC) 536/2008


Prerequisite skills & knowledge: Basic Knowledge of AFS convention


Available in-house/distant learning? Yes


Created by: LiberoAssurance Continuous Professional Development Training Centre Level 1 (accredited by EOPPEP)


Part A Contents: General

  • General background
  • Convention history
Fouling Impacts
  • What is Fouling
  • Fouling Cases
  • The importance of hull roughness
  • Economic impact of a fouled hull
  • Environmental impact of a fouled hull
  • Invaders from the seas
  • Some More to Consider
Anti-fouling System (AFS)
  • Info about AFS

Part B: Surface preparation

Surface Preparation
  • Surface cleanliness
  • Contaminants
  • More on surface condition and preparation
  • Solvent cleaning
  • Abrasive blasting
  • Blast profile
  • Abrasive blasting media
  • IMO references
  • Spot blasting
  • Sweep blasting
  • Hydro blasting/water jetting
  • Rotary power disking
  • Mechanical de-scaling
  • Rotary wire brushing
  • Hand tool cleaning
  • Pickling
  • Surface preparation standards
  • Standards for abrasive blast cleaning
  • Water blasting/water jetting standards
  • Antifouling coatings
  • Biocidal anti-fouling paints
  • Non-biocidal foul release coatings
  • TBT antifouling paints
  • What is TBT antifouling paint?


Part C: About legislation

  • Development of AFS Convention
  • AFS Convention - Current Status
  • AFS Convention, Main Content
  • AFS Convention, Key Features
  • AFS Convention, Article 2-Definitions
  • AFS Convention, Article 3-Application
  • AFS Convention, ARTICLE 5 - Waste Materials
  • AFS Convention, Annex 1 - Controls
  • AFS Convention, ARTICLE 6-Amending Annex 1 (Controls on anti-fouling systems
  • AFS Convention, ARTICLE 8 & 9
  • AFS Convention, ARTICLE 10 - Survey and Certification
  • AFS Convention, ARTICLE 11 - Inspections and detections of violations
  • AFS Convention, AFS Convention, ARTICLE 12 - Violations
  • AFS Convention, ARTICLE 13 - Undue delay or detention of ships
  • AFS Convention, ARTICLE 16 Amendments
  • EU Regulation (EC) No 782/2003 of 14 April 2003
  • Compliance & Documentation


Part D: Surveys – Certification – Guidelines for inspection

Surveys and Certification
  • ARTICLE 10
  • Guidelines
  • References
  • Types of survey
  • Surveyor Verifications
  • Type Approval of anti-fouling systems
  • International Anti-Fouling System Certificate
  • General requirements for surveys
  • Request for survey
  • Initial Surveys
  • Survey procedure for New building
  • Survey procedure for Existing Ships
  • Surveys when the anti-fouling systems are changed or replaced
  • Surveys of existing ships requesting only an IAFS Certificate
  • Issuing or endorsing the IAFS Certificate & Record
  • Guidance for compliant anti-fouling systems
  • Guidance for surveys under the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships (AFS 2001)
  • Type Approval of anti-fouling systems
  • AFS – Port State Control Inspection
Guidelines for inspection of AFS on ships - Res MEPC 208 (62)
  • Key points of Res MEPC 208 (62) adopted 05/07/2011
  • What the Guidelines include?
  • General
  • INITIAL INSPECTION / Ships of Parties to the AFS Convention, Ships of non-Parties to the AFS Convention
  • MORE DETAILED INSPECTION / Clear ground, Sampling, Action taken – Detention, Action taken – Dismissal, Action taken – Exclusion


Part E: Certificates - AFS sampling

  • International Anti fouling Certificate
  • Declaration of Antifouling
  • AFS Certificate Samples
  • Supporting Documents Samples
Guidelines For Brief Sampling Of Anti-fouling Systems On Ships
  • General
  • AFS – Sampling
More Info about Chemicals
  • Organotin compounds which act as chemical catalysts
  • Example


Exam & Certification

  • Exam on AFS Convention
  • AFS Convention Certificate
Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar presentations (available for download)
  • Terms and definitions
  • No. of slides:222


  • Reading lists and resources available in presentations


Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 26
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrolment duration: 90 days (starting from date of purchase)
  • CPD Points: 26
  • ECTS/ECVET Points: 0.9


Assessment methods


% contribution to final mark

% Minimum passing grade

Exam on AFS Convention





On successful completion of the course assessment, participants will be issued with a ‘Certificate of Success’

Those participants who choose not to submit the assessment will be issued with a ‘Certificate of Attendance’.


Accreditation by EOPPEP

LiberoAssurance has been accredited as a Continuous Professional Development Training Centre Level 1 by the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP).

EOPPEP is the statutory body for the development and implementation of the Hellenic Qualifications Framework (NQF) in correspondence with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). EOPPEP is the National Coordination Point for EQF in Greece (NCP).


Approved courses by the Central Greece University of Applied Sciences

LiberoAssurance in cooperation with the Central Greece University of Applied Sciences offers approved courses. All participants have the option to receive double certification from the University and LiberoAssurance Training Centre.

The University of Applied Sciences of Central Greece and LiberoGroup have agreed to develop a research project the purpose of which is education, lifelong learning and specialisation of persons, to facilitate their induction in the labour market using e-learning and traditional methods of training. The ultimate aim of this cooperation is the development of a post-graduate programme in collaboration with other Academic Institutions and Ministries.


Accreditation by IAS and E.S.Y.D

LiberoAssurance has been accredited by the Hellenic Accreditation System (E.SY.D) which has been appointed as the National Accreditation Body of Greece.

LiberoAssurance has been accredited by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) one of the leading accreditation bodies in the United States.








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