MARINA Makes Ship Registration Faster

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS


MARITIME INDUSTRY AUTHORITY

 

PRESS RELEASE
11 March 2014


MARINA MAKES SHIP REGISTRATION FASTER, SAVES MILLIONS FOR SHIPPING COMPANIES


The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) launched today a system that will shorten the processing of permits to acquire ships and operate them in the Philippines from 52 to only 9 working days. The Enhanced Special Processing Window – Express Lane will benefit shipping companies operating in the country. According to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the new procedure will save shipping companies up to 30 million pesos per vessel in direct costs and lost revenues by cutting down the number of days that ships await registration.

MARINA Administrator Maximo Mejia said, “We want to make it easy for companies to invest in the domestic shipping industry. The special processing window is part of several programs in MARINA, with the direction of DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya, to help the industry be more competitive, and to thrive in its operations in the Philippines.”

The express lane is open to domestic shipping companies owning ships that meet certain requirements such as non-modification of the ship’s structure, valid statutory certificates in English language issued by a Flag State and MARINA-recognized classification society. It will be on pilot run at the MARINA central office in Manila until July 30, 2014. If successful, the program will be rolled out across the different regional offices of MARINA.

With the E-SPWEL, MARINA adopts a single window, simultaneous processing of ship documents and authority to engage in domestic trade, making the transaction faster and easier.

The IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is supporting MARINA in improving regulations and streamlining its procedures as part of a cooperation agreement between the IFC and the Department of Transportation and Communication to improve domestic shipping services.

MARINA, MARITIME PHILIPPINES, We Move the World.
The Maritime Industry Authority is an attached agency of the Department of Transportation and Communications tasked to accelerate the integrated development of the maritime industry in the country. It has been implementing reforms and programs to transform the country’s domestic shipping industry to global competitiveness and the MARINA into a premiere maritime administration in Southeast Asia. For more information, visit marina.gov.ph.

Contact:
Atty. Jabeth A. Dacanay
Chief of Staff, Office of the Administrator
MARITIME INDUSTRY AUTHORITY (MARINA)
Tel. No. 523.9078
Email: [email protected]

Posted on February 5, 2015


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