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The AENOR certificate for Responsible Tuna Fishing (APR), based on the UNE 195006 Standard, has a clear mission: the sustainable use and conservation of natural and human resources.

Certified vessels



Maritime and sanitary control of APR certified vessels
An APRcertified vessel shall have the basic documentation, an IMO identification number, it must be qualified and in possession of a protection and compensation insurance, and it must be authorized and registered by the appropriate authority.
The International Maritime Organization is a specialized organization in the United Nations that promotes the cooperation between the States and the transport industry to improve maritime safety and to prevent marine pollution.


Basic documentation

Every APR certified vessel has the following documentation for the practice of its activity:

      • Fishing license for flag state activity.
      • Fishing license issued by the country in which it fishes.
      • Authorization, from the flag state.
      • Declaration of catches.
      • Declaration of disembarkation.
      • Declaration of transfer.
      • Gross Register Tonnage.
      • Gross Registration certificate.
      • Safety or conformity certificate or radio certificate or classification society.
      • Internacional Oil Pollution Prevention certificate.
      • SOPEP book.
IMO number

Each APR certified vessel has its own IMO number of identification and a reference that links it to a shipowner that is responsible for its operations.

This number consists of seven digits and is constant in the event of any change in the ship's owner, name or flag. The number must be visible and permanently marked (welded).

Ship classification

The APR certified fishing vessel is classified by an internationally prestigious classification society, in agreement with the condition "navigation without restrictions"..

The ship is classified by hull, machinery and quick freeze cargo. Estas tres clasificaciones establecen estándares operativos adecuados en la estabilidad intacta, estabilidad en averías, propulsión y generación eléctrica básica del buque, cumplimiento de reglamentación medioambiental, congelado y transporte de la carga, gobierno, control y maniobrabilidad del buque, así como mecanismos de actuación en caso de emergencia a bordo (incendio, abandono de la nave, etc.). These three classifications establish appropriate operating standards in intact stability, damage stability, propulsion and basic power generation of the ship, compliance with environmental regulations, freezing and transport of cargo, governance, control and manoeuvrability of the ship, as well as mechanisms of action in case of emergency aboard (fire, abandonment of the ship, etc.).

Protection and Indemnity Insurance (P&I)

The APR certified vessel is insured by an international mutual insurance company that responds to non-quantifiable risks (damage to third parties, damage to other people’s cargo, ecological damage, legal insurance in the event of acts of war, etc.), which broadens the coverage of the traditional marine insurance.


The freezer vessel, in order to carry out its activity, must be authorized and registered by the appropriate authority.

The non-community tuna vessel has to be registered as an authorized third country establishment to export fishing products to the European Union.