The Fisheries Division is undertaking an exercise to remark commercial fishing vessels. Currently in Barbados, fishing vessels are marked in the same way as motor vehicles beginning with a letter that denotes the parish for example: X075.
Although this format of marking is highly practiced and recognized in Barbados, efforts are underway to transform the current marking scheme, to one that satisfies international standards. The objectives therefore of the vessel remarking exercise are:
- To promote compliance with global standards;
- To improve the efficacy of operations by the Barbados Fisheries Division; and
- To support the implementation and evaluation of a successful launch of the vessel remarking exercise.
After discussions with stakeholders, the new format for vessel registration numbers will begin with 8P, the call sign for Barbados, followed by the hull number.
In preparation for implementation, we have engaged a few influential boat owners to participate in a pilot to test the application procedure and implementation strategy.
We will officially launch the exercise with an awareness and engagement campaign from January 2024 to inform the wider maritime industry and the general public.