EXPERTISE & FOCUS
The International Shipping Register of Madeira ("MAR") is a credible alternative to other international registers and yet keeps the technical discipline and safety which characterises conventional shipping registers. It is not and has never been considered as a "flag of convenience".
How to register
Certain documents and information regarding the ship must be submitted to the Technical Commission of MAR for analysis.
The information and documentation to be submitted shall vary depending on whether it is a temporary or a permanent registration.
The shipping registry delegates some of its functions and recognises certificates issued by specified classification societies. Among the functions that may be delegated are the supervision and enforcement of rules concerning stability, bulk cargo, on board security, as well as the issuing of international certificates concerning conventions and resolutions of the International Maritime Organisation and the OLO.
Portugal presently recognise eight classification societies who are certified to carry out their functions in the framework of MAR, they are:
In assessing crew composition and minimum crew requirements the objective of the registry technical commission is to guarantee safety and the preservation of the quality of life aboard and at sea. The captain and 30% of the crew must be nationals of Europe or of PALOP countries (an organisation of Portuguese Speaking countries). Spanish owned vessels are also authorised to have crew from official Spanish-speaking countries. Crew composition requirements do not apply to yachts.
Any income received by the crew of ships registered in MAR is exempt from any form of taxation in Portugal.
Crew members and their respective employers of ships registered in MAR may adopt a voluntary insurance or social security system. They are not obliged to pay social security taxes within the normal Portuguese system.
The mortgagor and the mortgagee by written agreement may choose the legal system of a particular country that shall govern the terms of the mortgage. Should such agreement not be reached, then the Portuguese law shall apply.