The project elements to be approved by the DGRM through the DNC (New Construction Division) for construction, modification or legalization (for import reasons) of a vessel or any other type of floating material shall describe in detail the vessel or other floating material, serving also to assess their safety conditions in light of the current European, national and/or international regulations adopted by Portugal.
The presentation of the project elements for the instruction of a vessel´s "safety process” leads to the standardization of this documentation as a way of providing a faster and more efficient analysis of its contents.
The standard will take into account the classification of the vessels as to the type of registration required, the activity to which they are assigned, the intended navigation area and the technical characteristics, namely dimensional, equipment and tonnage.
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The national vessels, except those belonging to the Navy, are mandatory subject to property registration, abbreviated as registration, so that they can carry out the activity that determines their classification.
Classification of vessels for the activity for which they are intended, national naval vessels, including those of the State not belonging to the Navy, internal security forces and services, and other State bodies with attributions of maritime supervision, in accordance with the activities to which they are intended, are to be classified as:
g) Others of the State.
The vessels referred to in points a), b), d) and f) of the preceding paragraph constitute the merchant navy and are called merchant vessels.
The merchant vessels are also subject mandatory to commercial registration under the terms of the respective law.
The registration of national vessels is carried out at maritime dependencies, except recreational craft, which is carried out in the bodies indicated in the legislation in force and in those, in continental Portugal and in the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira, to be fixed by Government decree.
In case of new acquisitions or new constructions, the maritime division indicated in the respective authorization shall be competent for registration.
In the case of purchases or replacement constructions, the sea division in which the replaced units were registered shall be competent.
1. Construction surveys are the responsibility of the DGRM and take place during the construction or modification of the vessels or after completion of these works, or when purchasing a vessel.
2. The surveys referred to in the preceding paragraph shall be defined by a Government law, without prejudice to what is established in the national legislation and in the international conventions on the matter that Portugal has ratified.
3. For small vessels, with characteristics to be set by Government law, such surveys may be carried out by maritime dependencies.
4. In the case of constructions or modifications carried out abroad, the DGRM may delegate the inspection to an Organization recognized by the Portuguese Government that has suitable technicians in the place of the shipyards or that they can move there easily.
Registration surveys in national ports fall within the competence of maritime dependencies and take place:
• Before the first registration, definitive or provisional;
• When a registration renovation is made due to changes in the classification of the vessels;
The registration survey shall be made at the request of the owner, addressed to the maritime authority of the port of registry and instructed with certificates of the construction surveys and others required by law, except where the respective terms have been drawn up by the authority receiving the request, in that mere mention of that fact is sufficient.
Registration surveys of vessels with a gross tonnage equal to or less than 10 tonnes built or modified in continental Portugal and in the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira and intended for local traffic or fishing shall be exempted from registration, but the maritime authority shall verify whether they meet the conditions necessary for exercising the activity to which they are intended.
Registration surveys in foreign ports are the responsibility of the Portuguese consular authorities and comply with the provisions of the previous numbers under the coordination of the DGRM.
Maintenance surveys are carried out by the bodies and for the purpose and at regular intervals provided for in the national legislation and in the international conventions on the matter that Portugal has ratified.
The Services Request for any type of survey and other information are available on the Online Services (See here).
The vessel station license is the document that allows the use of the radio spectrum in the frequency bands indicated therein. The holder of a Station License is obliged to comply with the requirements established in both Regulation of the Radioelectric Vessel Service and the Radiocommunications Regulation of the International Telecommunication Union. The entire vessel radiocommunications station is only licensed if it has a valid Vessel Station License.
Apply for a Station License
The Vessel Station License can be requested in person at the counters of the DGRM or in its Inspection Areas (North, Azores and Madeira) or electronically.
The Services Request and its attachments are available on the Online Services (See here).
All the Radio communications Stations are assigned an identification, consisting of Call sign and Maritime Mobile Service Identification (MMSI)
Responsible entity for payment of radio bills (AAIC)
All Portuguese radio communications stations authorized to establish communications with stations in other countries shall have a contract with an entity responsible for paying of radio communications bills - accounting contract.
National and international entities may apply for the accounting of maritime mobile service stations and maritime mobile by satellite of vessels flying Portuguese flag, in accordance with the criteria described in Circular No 40.
WARNING: no applications for Authorization and/or Recognition of new Accounting Entities (AA) will be accepted by the end of May 2019.
Safe Manning (Articles 68, 69, 70 and 71 of Decree-Law No. 280/2001 of 23th October)
Safe manning is defined as the minimum number of crew fixed for each vessel, with the aim of ensuring the safety of navigation, vessel, persons on board, loads and catches and protection of the marine environment.
Vessels may not sail without having on board the crew constituting their safe manning and which is included in the respective capacity certificate, which shall also include the maximum number of persons who may be on board when the vessel is sailing.
National vessels, with the exception of those belonging to the Navy, or to internal security forces and services and to other State bodies responsible for maritime surveillance, and recreational craft, are subject to the process of fixing the safe manning provided for in this law(Decree-Law No. 280/2001, of 23th October).
Competence for fixing of the capacity and Issuance of the respective Certificate.
The DGRM is responsible for fixing the safe manning and issuing the respective certificates for the following vessels:
a) Vessels and long course trade, cabotage and national and international coastal navigation;
(b) Tugboats and auxiliary vessels, high and coastal;
(c) Fishing vessels, seagoing and coastal,
d) Vessels with maritime-touristic activity, high and coastal;
(e) Local passenger vessels;
f) Scientific, oceanic and coastal research vessels.
The DGRM is also responsible for issuing provisional safe manning certificates of the vessels flying EU country or of a third country flag intended to fly under the national flag.
The DGRM is also responsible for determining the safe manning of vessels at the end of construction for the purposes of sea tests.
The local SAM´s body of the port of registry of vessels is responsible for fixing the safe manning and issuing the respective certificate of the vessels not covered in the previous numbers.
The fixing of the safe manning and the issuance of the respective certificate of the vessels that operate in the transport of passengers and goods between ports of each Autonomous Region is the responsibility of the respective regional bodies.
In fixing of safe manning, the instruments in force within the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the European Union (EU), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Organization World Health Organization (WHO), should be taken into account, in particular with regard to:
• On board Working Hours or Regulatory and Conventional Rest Hours;
• Security Management;
• Seafarers Certification;
• Safety and Health at Work;
• Crew accommodations.
In addition to the provisions of Decree-Law No. 280/2001 of 23 October 23, is also applied the Principles established in IMO Resolution A.1047 (27).
Safe Manning Certificates
The safe manning certificate is the document proving the safe manning rate of a particular vessel.
It is mandatory to have on board the safe manning certificate.
The Service Request and other information are available on the Online Services (See here).