Anti-Fouling Systems



On completion of the training program, the student will be awarded:

→ A Certificate of Anti-Fouling Systems, issued by Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore.

The Certificate of Anti-Fouling Systems, is obtained after completing the course and passing the online test.


This training course provides a general overview of the requirements of the AFS Convention and the anti-fouling systems used for new constructions and during ships operational life.

Whom the course is for

The course Anti-Fouling Systems is aimed at anyone interested in understanding the requirements established by the AFS Convention concerning the removal or sealing of non-compliant anti-fouling systems and the use of compliant anti-fouling systems. This may include Ship Managers, Technical Superintendents, Ship Masters, Officers and Seafarers; Offshore Units Operators and Technical Staff, Shipyards Technical Staff; Surveyors; P&I and/or Insurance Inspectors; Etc.


On completion of the training, students will be able to:

  • Understand the aim of the anti-fouling systems and their impact on the environment.
  • Know the requirements of the AFS Convention.
  • Be familiar with the applicable documentation and related certificates.

Course Contents

What is fouling and how do anti-fouling systems work

Influence on the environment

Composition of anti-fouling systems

The AFS Convention and regulations

Applicability of AFS Convention for new and existing ships

Regulation (EC) No. 782/2003

Survey and certification

  • Types of surveys
  • Scope of Initial surveys for new and existing ships
  • Other surveys
  • Certificate issuance
  • The validity of the IAFS Certificate
  • Type approval certificates