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 Univab

Antifouling Systems on Ships & IAFS Convention

  • General 
  • Antifouling and IMO
  • Antifouling and EU
  • Antifouling and USA-Australia-New Zealand
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)
  • General for AFS
  • Types of Anti-fouling Systems (AFS)
  • Electrolytic system
  • Chemical Dosing
  • Electro-chlorination
  • Ultrasonic
  • Choosing the best AFS
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
  • Antifouling paints and TBT
  • 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
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
  • Initial Inspection / Ships of non-Parties to the AFS Convention
  • More Detailed Inspection / Clear ground
  • More Detailed Inspection / Sampling
  • More Detailed Inspection / Action taken - Detention
  • More Detailed Inspection / Action taken - Dismissal
  • More Detailed Inspection / Action taken - Exclusion
  • 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 about Chemicals

Exam & Certification

  • Exam on International Antifouling Convention
  • International Antifouling Convention Certificate
Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar presentations (available for download)
  • Terms and definitions
  • No. of slides:218


  • 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 International Antifouling Convention





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








   100% Online course
   CPD Accredited eCertificate – Global acceptance
   Downloadable course material
   E-learning Mobile App
   Enrolment: 3 months
   Flexible schedule
   Language: English



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