The International Shipping Register of Madeira – MAR offers shipowners and the shipping community low operational costs yet maintaining the quality levels and the safety culture of an European Union register.
MAR has implemented high quality standards and, as a consequence, has contributed significantly for the inclusion of the Portuguese flag in the White List of the Paris MOU.
All entities undertaking the maritime transportation of persons and goods, operating from Madeira or any other jurisdiction, may register vessels in MAR, flying the Portuguese flag and having therefore full access to continental and domestic cabotage, as well as access to a competitive tax regime applicable both to vessels and shipping companies.
Commercial vessels, oil-rig platforms and commercial and pleasure yachts may be registered in MAR, benefiting from the services of the Private Commercial Register and Notary of Madeira’s IBC.
For the convenience of shipowners and all our clients, the process of provisional registration of a vessel in MAR may now be initiated on-line.
Shipowners may also refer to our Circulars and Notices section for the latest updates, technical documentation and interpretations by the Technical Commission of MAR or by IPTM, the Portuguese maritime authority.
The offices of the Technical Commission (TC) are open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:30 GMT +1 (summer time from 29 March to 25 October). For after hours emergency calls, the TC may be reached through mobile numbers +351 965011917 or +351 926792374.
Operational and Tax Advantages
MAR offers several operational and tax advantages to vessels and shipowners, summarized hereinafter:
MAR has a Technical Commission whose duties include the registration process and the implementation of all the safety requirements set by the applicable national regulations and international conventions.
Various documents and information on the vessel must be submitted to the Technical Commission for analysis and initiation of the registration process. The amount of information to be provided varies depending on whether the registration is temporary or permanent. Further details may be found in our Ship Registration section or in our Shipowners Guide.
The registration process is exempt from any form of taxation. The Private Commercial Registry of Madeira’s International Business Centre will be used for such purpose.
|Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (LRS)||Bureau Veritas (BV)|
|Det Norske Veritas (DNV)||Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)|
|American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)||Germanischer Lloyd (GL)|
|Rinave Portuguesa (RINAVE)||ClassNKK|