MARINA extends validity of special permits for foreign ships

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  • The Maritime Industry Authority is extending the validity of special permits issued for the temporary use of foreign ships in Philippine territorial waters
  • The extension applies only to existing permits issued in relation to government-approved projects
  • The move helps “effectively cope with the robust investment climate in the country resulting (in) an influx of specialized foreign vessels operating on numerous government-approved projects,” according to MARINA

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) is extending the validity of special permits issued for the temporary use of foreign-registered ships in Philippine territorial waters.

The extension will apply exclusively to existing special permits issued in relation to government-approved projects and only when the government project for which the ship is being utilized spans more than two years.

MARINA Advisory (MA) No. 2024-25 said the extension of special permits issued under Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2011-04, which provides revised rules on the temporary utilization of foreign-registered ships within the national territory, will help “effectively cope with the robust investment climate in the country resulting (in) an influx of specialized foreign vessels operating on numerous government-approved projects.”

Under the circular, the issuance of special permits ensures the provision of required shipping services where this is not readily available and suitable from the domestic fleet so as not to prejudice efficient trade and commerce, delivery of critical services/commodities, and infrastructure and development projects.

The grant of extension of the special permit is also subject to annual inspection/survey by MARINA.

The processing fee for the grant of the extension of the special permit regardless of the type of ship involved is P600,000 minimum/month/ship or P1,200 per 50 gross revenue tonnage or fraction thereof, whichever is higher, based on the processing fee provided under MARINA MC 2017-02 (rules on the temporary utilization of foreign-registered highly-specialized ships within Philippine territorial waters).

MA 2024-25, signed by MARINA administrator Sonia Malaluan on June 4, will have retroactive effect insofar as it does not prejudice or impair vested or acquired rights and will take effect immediately after its publication once in a newspaper of general circular and remain valid until May 31, 2025, or until sooner revoked. – Roumina Pablo

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