Ship registration- Procedure of Registration
Ship registration- Procedure  of  Registration


Panama offers provisional and permanent registration of vessels. The registration of a ship under the Panama flag is simple and  fast.
It is initiated with  provisional registration, once the provisional registration is obtained, the client have up to 6 month to present the documents and requirements for obtaining the Permanent Registration of the vessel.


The purpose of provisional registration is to allow the title to be duly registered in the Public Registry office and to ensure compliance with other requirements for permanent registration.
The patent of provisional registration is valid for six  months, and may be obtained immediately once  presented  all  required documents.
The application for the provisional registration of a ship may be submitted through this  representative  office and may be  futher handling accordingly  to customers needs in cooperation with
the  most convenience panamanian consulate or directly in the city of Panama, before the Panama Maritime Authority.
Once  issued Provisional  Patente  and Provisional Radio license we  will  take  care  to supply the  ship with all other necessary flag  documents.


Within a period of 6 months after the issuance of the provisional navigation license, the bill of sale or a builder's certificate for cases of newly constructed vessels, must be registered at the Public Registry office in Panama.
Following registration of these documents in the Public Registry Office, we  will proceed to request the issuance of the Permanent Navigation Patent (which is valid for 5 years, or 2 years in the case of pleasure craft, yahts)
from the Panama Maritime  Authority. This patent is renewable for the  same  periods of time, so long as the vessel is up to date in its payment of fees and taxes and is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Please note that Panama’s legislation requires that any vessel registered in Panama maintain a legal representative or registered agent locally. This agent must be an attorney or law firm. PMA Certification, Inc would be pleased to provide this service, acting as a liaison with the Panamanian authorities.

Costs and fees

In order to provide a detailed quotation; please send us the following information:

1.  Vessel Type
2.  Net & Gross registered tonnage (if  available send a  copy of International  Tonnage Certificate)
3.  Vessel Name and IMO number
4.  Your contact information