Abbreviations:
ASP  -  Administration of Shipping and Ports
DSC  -  Department of Small Craft

It is our intention to include all relevant matters concerning the various authorizations of small craft operators in this document, starting with the definitions of the various craft, the basics requirements of the applicants for an  operator’s certificate and the knowledge required to obtain such a certificate, including the examination methods.   
The knowledge required in this document is a foundation on which the operator has to augment his basic knowledge. Taking part in a study course or passing an examination is no alternative to a very thorough knowledge of the vessel and it’s equipment by the operator and a constant updating process of the equipment he carries on it.   

In addition to the various  regulations concerning the operating of a vessel,  the main basic obligations of the operator are as follows:
  1. His obligation to ascertain the vessel’s seaworthiness before a voyage (of any length).
  2. His predominant  responsibility to the safety of his crew and passengers.
  3. The constant alertness and necessary look-out while at sea.
  4. The primary duty of rendering assistance to saving lives.
  5. The frequent inspections and check-ups of his vessel while at sea.

This document will become valid on the 1st of July 2001, replacing the former syllabus published in March 1997.