Panama Canal

Ship Registry

Advantages of the Panamanian Ship Registry

  • Free nationality of shipowners
  • Agile and efficient service (24 hours)
  • Tax exemptions on utilities from maritime commerce
  • Compliance with International Maritime Safety agreements
  • No requisites on minimum tonnage or age of vessel
  • Security in matters of Registration
  • Extensive network of Consulates around the world
  • Special Bareboat Registration
  • Discount up to 100% for newly built vessels according to their tonnage
  • Discount up to 100% for vessels belonging to an important economic group
  • Discount up to 15% for vessels already registered in Panama based on non-detention by PSC during the last 24 months

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Documents downloads

  1. Discounts PDF-Download
  2. Maritime Services of our Consulate PDF-Download
  3. Registration fees PDF-Download

Procedure for Ship’s Registration

The procedure for the Registration of Titles and/or Mortgages of vessels is expedient and straightforward. Preliminary Registration can be requested at any Panamanian Consulate. For this purpose an appointment should be arranged at least two (2) days in advance.

Once all documentation and registration fees are received, a Provisional Patent will be issued in the Consulate which validity expires within six (6) months, as well as a Provisional Radio Licence, valid for a period of three (3) months.

The procedure takes only one business day.

Annual Taxes

As prescribed by Law No. 4 of February 24th, 1983, all vessels in international service registered in the National Merchant Marine, shall pay the following annual rates: Tax, Single Rate, Inspection Rate and Rate of Casualty and International Participation.

Annual Taxes can be paid through a Panamanian Consulate.

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Seafarer’s Licences

The Consulate General of Panama in Hamburg assists in obtaining Panamanian Seafarers‘ Licences (Crew Certificates) provided the recognition of a national Certificate of Competency (CoC) in the same capacity, function, level, limitations and validity of the licence issued under Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978, as amended 1995 (STCW).

The Consulate General of Panama in Hamburg issues Provisional Panamanian Crew Certificates which allow officers and ratings to work on board of Panamanian vessels for a period no longer than ninety (90) days in conjunction with their home country licence. The permanent Seafarers‘ Licences are issued by the Panama Maritime Authority Regional Centre located in London and sent to the Consulate for its distribution.

Following instructions in accordance with the STCW 78/95 Convention, this Consulate accepts only application forms for Endorsements of Titles complying with the 1995 amendments of the STCW 78 Convention.

Any Certificate of Competency must be issued by a Maritime Authority of a country included in the White list published by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

Documents downloads

  1. Application-form PDF-Download
  2. General requirements PDF-Download
  3. Requirements MOU / MODU PDF-Download
  4. Medical-Examination-form PDF-Download
  5. Fees PDF-Download