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Roles and responsibilities
The General Maritime Directorate was created under Article 5 - Decree 2324 of 1984; in order to understand this document, please bear in mind the following:
Duties
Provide guidance to the Government in the adoption of policies and programmes related to maritime activities and implement them within the confines of its jurisdiction. 

  1. Direct, regulate, control, and promote the development of the Merchant Navy, marine scientific research and use of marine resources. 
  2. Coordinate maritime traffic control along with the Colombian Navy.
  3. Install and maintain navigation aids in service; perform hydrographic surveys and produce national nautical cartography.
  4. Regulate, direct, and control activities related to general navigation safety, safety of human life at sea, maritime search and rescue and establish ship personnel requirements.
  5. Authorize vessel and naval craft operations in Colombian waters.
  6. Regulate, authorize, and control purchase, building, repair, modification, maintenance, use, break-up, and sale of vessels and naval craft. To this effect, it may require that preliminary ship construction plans bear the characteristics suggested by the Colombian Navy, for reasons of national defense.
  7. Regulate, authorize, and control activities related to arrival, mooring, maneuvering, anchoring, towing, and departure of vessels and naval artifacts; practice the visit reception to Colombian port , vessels and naval artifacts through Port Authorities. 
  8. Regulate, perform, and control enrollment, registration, inspection, classification, registry, and patent of vessels and naval artifacts.
  9. Promote, authorize, and supervise the organization and operation of shipyards, repair shops and other facilities for building, repairing and maintenance of vessels and naval artifacts and register them as such.
  10. Authorize, record, and control professional practice of individual or legal entities devoted to maritime activities, such as pilotage, towing, ship agent services, vessel and cargo brokerage, ports, stowage, dredging, classification, reconnaissance, diving, maritime rescue and communications and issue corresponding licenses. 
  11. Provide guidance to the Government in regulating and controlling seafarer training, education centers, as well as its plans and programmes; and record and issue professional licenses to the graduates; issue licenses to the experts in the different maritime professional activities and inscribe them as such.
  12. Regulate, guide, and control international coastal trade maritime activities, public or private; allot, modify, or cancel routes and services and establish conditions for those activities. 
  13. Authorize agreements, covenants, and associations projected by Colombian shipowners and cancel authorizations which would be detrimental to national interests.
  14. Authorize leasing or chartering of Colombian and foreign vessels and naval craft.
  15. Approve the entrance of Colombian shipowners to maritime conferences and record their representation, regulations, fees, and surcharges.
  16. Authorize freight rates for international maritime transport, coastal trade and passenger fees for tourism vessels.   
  17. Authorize application of booking and grant its lifting.
  18. Apply, coordinate, oversee, and enforce national and international regulations for preservation and protection of the marine environment.
  19. Regulate, authorize, and control exploration of antiques and sunken shipwrecks, carry out conclusion and improvement procedures for the corresponding extraction or recovery contracts.  
  20. Regulate, authorize, and control concessions and permits in waters, low-tide areas, beaches, and other public properties within the areas of its jurisdiction.
  21. Regulate, authorize, and control the construction and use of artificial islands and structures within the areas of jurisdiction.
  22. Regulate, authorize, and control the construction of public ports and docks, and their operation according to prevailing regulations.
  23. Establish anchoring areas for vessels and naval craft.
  24. Determine fees for providing services complementary and related to maritime activities.  
  25. Authorize and control the dredging, filling and other related oceanic engineering projects in low-tide areas and other public properties within the areas of its jurisdiction.
  26. Initiate and provide a verdict on investigations for violating Merchant Navy regulations, marine casualties, violation of booking regulations, pollution of marine and fluvial environments of its jurisdiction, undue or unauthorized construction projects of public domain lands submitted to the jurisdiction of the General Maritime and Port Directorate, **The phrase "for violation to other regulations which regulate maritime activities" was proclaimed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Justice , verdict c-212 of April 28th,1994 **and impose corresponding sanctions. 
  27. Provide guidance to the Government on international agreements, conventions, and treaties in maritime affairs and ensure its implementation. 
  28. In general, develop activities and programmes related to the mission and purpose of the General Maritime and Port Directorate.

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