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Surface and Marine Transport Authority - SUMATRA

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Registration of Tanzanian ships is done in accordance with the Merchant Shipping Act, No. 3 of 2003.

Procedures and Requirements:

The qualifications for owning and registering a Tanzanian ship include:

• Nationals ofTanzania;

• Individuals or corporations owning ships hired out on bareboat charters to nationals ofTanzania;

• Individuals or corporations in bona fide joint venture shipping enterprise relationships with nationals ofTanzaniaas may be prescribed;

• Such other persons as the Minister may, by Order.


Every ship of 50 Gross Tonnage (GT) or over that is owned by persons qualified to be owners of Tanzanian ship (according to qualifications stated above) shall unless exempted be registered as a Tanzanian ship.As regards licensing,

SUMATRA licences local small vessels/ships which are less than 50GT and ships/vessels flying a foreign flag operating in Tanzaniawaters.

Source: Government Portal Content Team, Last Reviewed on: 29-01-2016
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