Legal Framework


Agreements and Laws

Equatorial Guinea is a member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), specialized agency of the United Nations, which promotes cooperation between States and the maritime transport industry, to improve maritime safety and prevent pollution. And Equatorial Guinea is subject to the standards of this international organization.

  • The Code of the Monetary Economic Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) and the merchant navy adopted by its Council of Ministers at the meeting held in Congo Brazzaville on July 22, 2012 applies.
  • The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, made in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on December 10, 1982, signed by the Republic of Equatorial Guinea on January 30, 1984, in its articles 91, 92, 93 and 94 , relating to the flagging of ships, which is in line with the provisions of articles 20, 21, 26, 27 and 38 of Regulation 03/01 / UEAC or 88-CM, dated August 3, 2001, bearer of the code Community of the Merchant Marine of the CEMAC, which defines the nationality, registration, individualization and conditions for the registration of ships in the States of the community.


Applications for registration in the flag of Equatorial Guinea must be made at the official ship registration office in Madrid.



The request for provisional registration is made by filling in the form and must be delivered to the registration office accompanied by the following documents:

  • Proof of ownership that may be a contract of sale in the case of a second-hand ship or the construction certificate in case of new construction.
  • Power of the corporation for the person making the request for the vessel registration.
  • Confirmation of the “class” in the form of a confirmation certificate from the recognized classification society if it is an existing ship or navigability certificate if it is a newly built ship, in both cases the certificates must be issued before registration of the ship
  • Written attestation of the classification company indicating:
    • All classification conditions, recommendations and pending deficiencies.
    • The certificates that the classification society issues on behalf of the administration when inspections of the state governing flag have been made.
    • The current status of all inspections of the classification society and the inspections carried out by it on behalf of the governing state of the flag with its dates.
    • Reasons why the ship is not suitable for sailing before fulfilling the pending issues to which they have referred.
    • Proof of ship insurance or a similar document from a P&I Club (Protection and compensation insurance).
    • Conformity of the transfer of the vessel from its previous registration or some proof of its cancellation from the previous registration.
    • Minimum safe crew certificate request.

Of the Provisional Registry

The provisional registration certificate is valid for a period of 6 months.



The application for permanent registration can be delivered to any lay office must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Report of satisfactory compliance with the Liberian safety inspection.
  • Certified copy of the certificate of classification of the vessel in which the current name of the vessel is recorded.
  • Copy of the certificates issued by the flag state, in this case Equatorial Guinea or by the classification society or other entity authorized to issue certificates on behalf of the Government of Equatorial Guinea:
    • International Certificate of Tonnage.
    • International certificate of cargo lines.
    • International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) Certificate and / or Noxious Liquid Substances (NLS) Certificate.
    • SOLAS certificates that refer to construction, safety equipment, radio, and if applicable, grain transport, bulk chemicals, ISM, etc.
    • Equatorial Guinea license of radio station.
    • Minimum safe crew certificate.
    • National Certificate of Equatorial Guinea, IMO code or resolution. They may be required for vessels of less than 500 GT, ships that lack their own propulsion, fishing, mobile drilling units, etc.
    • Certificate of cancellation of the previous registration of the vessel.
    • Certificate of civil responsibility for hydrocarbon pollution damage according to the 1992 CLC protocol that is required for all ships carrying more than 2000 tons of hydrocarbons in bulk as cargo.
    • Acceptance of the international tonnage certificate. This document is required only in the case of the change of ownership of a ship that is already registered in Equatorial Guinea.

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