There are no direct restrictions on the age of the vessels that may be registered, but the Technical Commission will decide, on a case-by-case basis, the vessels which will be accepted. Surveys
Vessels to be registered may be subject to a previous survey, according to the Technical Commission’s decision based on the ship’s records, age and detention history.
All vessels registered in MAR must have their relevant statutory certificates issued by one of the classification societies which have been authorized as a Portuguese Recognized Organization (RO). These entities may also perform surveys and inspections on behalf of MAR, as well as the undertaking of certain tasks. Currently, Portugal recognizes eight classification societies in order to undertake some of its tasks within the framework of MAR:
|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)
Other classification societies may be recognised by Portugal in the near future. Purchase and sale of vessels
The purchase and sale of ships is not subject to any previous authorization. The sale becomes effective through a Bill of Sale. Furthermore, the legal representative of the seller must be granted sufficient power to act on behalf of the company. International Conventions adopted
Portugal has ratified all the relevant IMO and ILO Conventions
, which also fully apply to MAR and all the vessels registered at Madeira’s International Shipping Register. Manning
The shipowner may present a manning proposal for the vessel for approval by the Technical Commission. The application must include the relevant information about the vessel and a duly justified manning proposal for the vessel.
The present regulations stipulate that 30% of the safe manning of the ship must be European, of both E.U. and non-E.U. countries, or citizens of Portuguese-speaking countries. This requirement may be eliminated whenever it is duly justified. Crew certification
All vessels are required to have a manning certificate issued in order to ensure that seafarers serving on board are qualified, fit and sufficient in number for the performance of their duties. The certificates of seafarers shall be issued according to the provisions of the Standards of Training Certification and Watch Keeping for Seafarers Convention of 1978 (STCW), as amended in 1995.
Read more about crew certification in our Ship Registration section
or in our Shipowners Guide
Labour contracts shall be signed between the seamen or unions and employer, containing the identification of the parties, the name of the vessel, the nature and duration of the intended voyage or engagement, the period that each seaman is to be on board, the title and function to be undertaken by each seaman, the wages and the agreement as to the payment of wages and the termination of the contract.