San Marino Vessel Registration

San Marino Ship Register –
Navigating the Seas of Tomorrow

San Marino Ship Register SMSR strives to offer ship
registration services of the highest standard.

Safe: Operates by the highest standards of compliance with national and international regulations for the safety of navigation.

Secure: Constantly up to date with current discourse around the highest security standards, and the arising threats linked to cyber security.

Sustainable: Fosters environmental protection and innovation towards higher sustainability in the maritime industry.

Competitive: Offers advantageous taxation schemes and competitive pricing tailored to different target customers.

Transparent: Operates in full compliance with national and international fiscal regulations and cooperates fully with the competent authorities.

Smart: Offers efficient and simple solutions for registration and compliance.

Digital: Guarantees digital access to documentation and information.

Tailored: Responds to customers’ needs and values flexibility for a solution-oriented service.

Accessible: Offers global 24h support and strives towards a quality customer service with quick response times.

Connected: Benefits from a global network of partners and associates for local market and client access.

The Republic of San Marino has been a member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) since 2002, and has ratified the following international conventions to date:

a) Brussels Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules with Respect to Assistance and

Salvage at Sea, 23 September 1910, Brussels

b) International Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules of Law relating to Bills of

Lading, 25 August 1924, Brussels, and 1968 and 1979 Protocols

c) International Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules of Law Relating to Maritime

Liens and Mortgages, 10 April 1926, Brussels

d) International Convention Relating to the Arrest of Seagoing Ships, Brussels, 10 May 1952

e) International Convention on Load Lines (LL), 5 April 1966, London

f) International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships (TONNAGE), 23 June 1969,


g) International Convention Relating to Intervention on The High Seas in cases of Oil Pollution

Casualties, 29 November 1969, Brussels and 1973 Protocol Relating to Intervention on the

High Seas in Cases of Pollution by Substances other than Oil, 2 November 1973, London

h) 1992 Protocol amending the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution

Damage (CLC), 27 November 1992, London

i) 1992 Protocol amending the International Convention on the Establishment of an

International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage (FUND), 27 November

1992, London

j) Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs),

20 October 1972, London

k) 1978 Protocol to International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships

(MARPOL), 7 February 1978, London

l) 2002 Protocol to Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their

Luggage by Sea (PAL), 1 November 2002, London

m) International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1 November 1974, London,

and 1978 and 1988 Protocols

n) 1996 Protocol to Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (LLMC), 2 May

1996, London

o) International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for

Seafarers (STCW), 17 July 1978, London and and International Convention on Standards

of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), 7 July

1995, London
p) International Convention on Salvage (SALVAGE), 28 April 1989, London

q) International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 23 March 2001, London

r) Maritime Labour Convention of 2006, 23 February 2006, GenevaSan Marino Ship Register SMSR operates in support of the San Marino Maritime Navigation

Authority (SM MNA). Vessel registration is regulated by the San Marino Maritime Navigation Reform, 120, from 2 August 2019, the San Marino Ratification Instrument, the San Marino Maritime Technical Regulations, the San Marino Administrative Regulations, as well as Policy Letters and Bulletins.

Moreover, the San Marino Maritime Navigation Authority has delegated the issuance of statutory certificates to Recognized Organizations and Recognized Security Organizations. The list of authorized classification societies, who can issue statutory certificates on behalf of the San Marino Flag Administration, is available on our website.

SMSR offers registration services to merchant ships, commercial yachts, private yachts, and units under construction.

Fishing vessels are not accepted for registration.

Ship registration can be carried out in the name of a company incorporated in San Marino, an individual resident in San Marino, or by way of an authorized San Marino resident agent for entities of other nationalities.

Requirements for San Marino incorporated companies or San Marino residents:

✔ Extract from the register of companies (vigenza) not older than 6 months

✔ Copies of passports of applicants

✔ Copy of ID for San Marino residents

Requirements for foreign applicants:

✔ Appointment of a San Marino Resident Agent

✔ Extract from the register of companies, certificate of incorporation, or equivalent (not older

than 6 months).

The Registration of vessels of 20 years of age or older is not accepted. However, the Administration reserves the right to grant exceptions in specific cases, based on a preregistration inspection and with the possibility to apply additional requirements. Therefore, a pre-registration inspection constitutes an additional requisite for registration of vessels of 20 years of age and older.

Registrations with San Marino Ship Register must take place in compliance with national legislation and applicable international conventions, based on the type of vessel. For this purpose, statutory certificates must be issued by a San Marino approved Recognized Organization and Recognized Security Organization, following the appropriate surveys and audits to verify compliance with national and international regulations.

Moreover, an initial Flag State Inspection is to be carried out on board commercial vessels prior to the expiry of provisional registration and constitutes a requisite for permanent registration.

Vessels under construction

San Marino Ship Register allows for the registration of vessels under construction. In such cases, all requirements of compliance are suspended until delivery. In order to register a vessel under construction, a letter by the shipyard or a construction agreement must be presented together with the application for registration and supporting documents.

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