OFFICIAL GUIDE TO SHIP & YACHT REGISTRIES

Croatia

Shipowner Eligibility 

It is not necessary that the shipowner be a Croatian citizen or legal entity registered in Croatia.
The Maritime Code distinguishes between compulsory and voluntary registration in the Croatian Register of Ships. Subject to compulsory registration in the Croatian Register of Ships is every ship which is wholly owned by a Croatian citizen domiciled in Croatia or by a legal entity seated in Croatia. On the other hand, a ship may be registered in Croatia if it meets one of the following conditions:
In case of a ship which is owned wholly or partially by a foreign entity or by a Croatian citizen domiciled outside Croatia, it may be registered in Croatia:
i) If the ship is operated by a company or a citizen seated in the Republic of Croatia; and
ii) If such registration is approved by the ship's actual owner.
In case of a ship which is owned wholly or partially by a foreign entity, it may be registered in Croatia:
i) If the Republic of Croatia has control over the ship in administrative, commercial, and technical
issues; and
ii) if such registration is approved by the Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs.
In case of a yacht which is owned wholly or partially by a foreign entity or by a Croatian national with no domicile in Croatia, it may be registered in Croatia if it spends most of the time in Croatian waters.

About the Flag

Located in southeastern Europe bordering the Adriatic Sea between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia, the Republic of Croatia was officially recognized by the international community on January 3, 1992 after the breakdown of the former Yugoslavia. Croatia is a member of United Nations and the IMO. The capital is Zagreb, and the principal language is Croatian. The government is a parliamentary democracy with the President as the Chief of State and the Prime Minister as the Head of Government. There is a bicameral Assembly (Sabor).

The chief exports of Croatia are machinery and transport equipment and chemicals. Major trading partners are the EC countries and Slovenia. The monetary unit is the kuna.

The law governing ship registrations in Croatia is the Maritime Code which fully implements all international maritime and labor legislation.

Companies for a specific purpose may be incorporated and may be used for any legal purpose. A company must have at least one director. Officers and directors may be of any nationality. A company must have a registered office in Croatia.

Company Formation

Company formation in Croatia is based on the activities necessary to form a new company in Croatia. These activities include drafting the articles of association, which can be signed through a power of attorney. Other documents are also required, such as the passport copies, the specimen signatures and the special forms from the registration office. Anyhow, it is important to keep in mind that all procedures for company formation in Croatia must be performed through a public notary. A registered office is also necessary for setting up a company in Croatia. It is also required to have a bank account and a local accountant for company formation in Croatia.

Types of Companies
Drustvo s OgranicenomOdgovornoscu (D.O.O. - limited liability company) - This structure is designated for small companies, with at least one shareholder and one director and a minimum share capital of 20,000 HRK or 2,500 EUR. The amount must be paid up in full prior to company registration in Croatia.

DionickoDrustvo (D.D. - joint stock company) - At least one shareholder can incorporate this business structure, provided that it has a registered local office and a minimum share capital of 200,000 HRK or 25,000 EUR.

Croatian Branch, Subsidiary or Representative Office - branch entities can be set up as either separate entities in Croatia or extensions of the parent company in Croatia.

Incorporation Procedure
Company formation in Croatia can be performed by anyone regardless of their citizenship, no matter if it is an individual or a legal entity. The only condition is not to have had problems with the Croatian legal or tax system. It is mandatory under the Croatian law for all types of company formation in Croatia to have a registered address. Company registration in Croatia can be performed by the shareholder or a legal representative appointed through power of attorney.

After the certificate is issued for the company registration in Croatia, it is important to register for VAT if the company is subject to VAT in Croatia. An application must be submitted with the Croatian Tax Authorities, together with a copy of the founder's ID or passport. The company is eventually issued a VAT number.

When setting up a company in Croatia, the main procedure is company registration in Croatia. After company registration in Croatia is completed, the business can begin its activity. For that matter, employees might be needed and as a consequence the employer must begin the search for the best candidates. One can choose to use recruitment agencies or job websites in order to find qualified personnel. After deciding who the best employees are, the company must be aware of the fact that the payment has to be made accordingly to the country's standards. That means that the salaries must be around the average monthly wage for a Croatian employee of 700 EUR.

(http://www.companyformationcroatia.com)

Taxation

As a matter of principle, individuals in Croatia may be subject to income tax, while companies are subject to profit tax. The rate of income tax is 15%, 25% and/or 35%, as the case may be. The rate of profit tax is 20%, with a further 15% taxable on actual receipt of the profit. Companies are also subject to a lump sum company tax, the amount of which varies from region to region, but is never of substantial proportions. There are no differences in taxation for shipowners. There is also a value added tax at the rate of 22%. Ownership of securities and the moneys earned from transactions with securities are freely disposable and transferable and are subject to no tax duty. This applies both to domestic and foreign shareholders/members. On the other hand, foreign investors are, under certain circumstances, free from customs duties in importing goods which serve as their investment in a Croatian company.

Croatia has entered into double taxation agreements with Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Registration and Documentation

Entries in the Ship Register are divided into three categories: Folio A contains particulars for identification of the ship and technical specifications; Folio B contains information on the identity of the shipowner and ship operator; and Folio C contains real rights on the ship, demise charter(s), time-charter(s), the right(s) of first purchase, prohibition(s) as to the right of disposal etc.

Permanent registrations are effected only through the Harbor Master's Offices throughout the Republic of Croatia, but provisional registrations may be handled by Consuls competent for the location of the vessel. The duration of a regular Certificate of Registry is unlimited. The duration of a provisional Certificate of Registry is maximum one year. As a matter of general principle, the documents on the basis of which registration is sought must not have obvious faults which would affect their authenticity. The documents that serve for entries in Folios B and C must be submitted in original, while all other documents may be submitted in certified copies. If originals are not readily available because they are held by a court or other official body, an applicant is allowed to submit copies certified by the court/official body in question.

If the applicant has not submitted original documents where required by law, and the Registrar concludes that registration would be permissible if the documents were submitted in original, the Registrar will enter a caveat of the application, "pending originals", and order that the applicant submit the originals within a given period of time.

If the originals are not submitted on time, the Registrar will dismiss the application and delete the caveat. Exceptionally, if the Registrar deems it justified in the circumstances, it will grant the required registration of a ship in the Croatian Register on the basis of a foreign Deletion Certificate sent by telefax, provided that the applicant submit the original within a given period of time.

Entries in the Register, with the exception of entries in Folio A, may be done solely on the basis of valid official deeds or notarized private deeds. Official deeds issued by foreign official bodies should be legalized. If an entry is sought on the basis of a judgment issued out of a foreign court such judgment must have been recognized in the Republic of Croatia.

With regard to private deeds, notarization is required for the signature of the person whose right is being transferred, charged or restricted by way of such deed. If such person is represented by an attorney, the private deed should be accompanied by a power of attorney issued specifically for that purpose, which must not be more that one year old. Any document written in a foreign language should be accompanied by a certified transcript in the Croatian language. If the applicant has not submitted certified transcripts where required by law, and the registrar concludes that registration would be permissible if the documents were accompanied by such transcripts, the Registrar will enter a caveat of the application, "pending transcripts", and order that the applicant submit the transcripts within a given period of time. If the transcripts are not submitted on time, the Registrar will dismiss the application and delete the caveat.
The documents necessary for permanent registration of a vessel are as follows:
- Proof of ownership of the ship (Bill of Sale)
- Documents proving the Croatian nationality of the owner or documents proving that the conditions for voluntary registration are satisfied
- Decision on the ship's name and home port, issued by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Transportation

Bareboat Charter Registration

For further information contact one of the Harbormaster's Offices as listed on our Contacts page.

Vessel and Yacht Eligibility & Survey Requirements

For further information contact one of the Harbormaster's Offices as listed on our Contacts page.

Crewing

For further information contact one of the Harbormaster's Offices as listed on our Contacts page.

Mortgages

For further information contact one of the Harbormaster's Offices as listed on our Contacts page.

Fees

For further information contact one of the Harbormaster's Offices as listed on our Contacts page.

Contact

Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure
Prisavlje 14
HR-10000 Zagreb
Croatia
Tel: [385] 1 6169 111
Website: http://www.mppi.hr/default.aspx

Information on the right to exemption from toll payment ( every working day from 12.00 to 14.00 )

tel. 01 6169 445

Licensing for international road haulage

tel. 01 6169 114, 01 6169 450

fax. 01 6169 081

ivan.coric@mmpi.hr , kresimir.braovac@mmpi.hr

Awarding of licenses for international road transport of passengers

tel. 01 6169 083

fax. 01 6169 081

jure.lovric@mmpi.hr

Information on exams for A and B category and supplementary exams from Naval Radiotelephone RTF

tel. 01 6169 159, 01 6169 041, 01 6169 250

davor.cicko@pomorstvo.hr , igor.balent@pomorstvo.hr , zvjezdana.buric@pomorstvo.hr

Issuance of seafarers' certificates and information on taking the exam for the C class boat leader
tel. 01 6169 158
nevenka.coso@pomorstvo.hr

Fees for the use of navigation and seaworthy facilities for seagoing goods

Tel: 01 6169 433; 01 6169 456

Fax: 01 6169 084

prigovor@pomorstvo.hr

Citizens' inquiries

info@mmpi.hr

Reporting irregularities in the use of EU funds

tel: 01 3783 950

fax: 01 3783 901

nepravilnosti.eu@mmpi.hr


Complaints on the work of the port captains and the port authority of the port authority

prituzbe@pomorstvo.hr


Personal Data Protection Officer

tel: 01 6169 093

mail: katarina.mustafagic@mmpi.hr

Cabinet Minister

Oleg Butković, Minister
ministar@mmpi.hr


Ksenija Bertić, Secretary of the Cabinet of Minister

ksenija.bertic@mmpi.hr


Dunja Staničić, Secretary of the Minister
dunja.stanicic@mmpi.hr
tel. 01 3784 520, 01 3784 502
fax. 01 3784 550, 01 3784 580


Jasminka Vuksan, secretary of the ministry

jasna.vuksan@mmpi.hr

tel. 01 3784 520, 01 3784 502
fax. 01 3784 550, 01 3784 580


Maja Markovčić Kostelac, State Secretary for the Sea

Danijela Ljubenjak, secretary of

state.tajnica@mmpi.hr
tel. 01 6169 090; fax. 01 6195 940


Nikolina Brnjac, State Secretary for Transport

Ana Galić, secretary

tel. 01 3784 522; 01 3784 550

fax: 01 6196 476

drzavna.tajnica-promet@mmpi.hr

ana.galic@mmpi.hr



Tomislav Mihotić, State Secretary for Infrastructure

Marina Šamec, secretary

tel. 01 3784 570;

marina.samec@mmpi.hr



Ana Matijašević, spokeswoman

tel. 01 3784 525

fax. 01 3784 521

ana.matijasevic@mmpi.hr


Journalists' inquiries

press@mmpi.hr

tel. 01 3784 594; 01 3784 521



General Secretariat
Dražen Ivanušec, Secretary General of the Ministry
drazen.ivanusec@mmpi.hr
Željka Uzun, secretary
zeljka.uzun@mmpi.hr
tel. 01 6169 150; fax. 01 6196 473

Human Resources Sector and Asset Management and Auxiliary Technical Services
tel. 01 6169 150; fax. 01 6196 473


Sector for Public Procurement, Informatics, Communications and Information Security

tel. 01 6169 150; fax. 01 6196 473

Maritime Administration

Anđelko Petrinić, Assistant Minister

andelko.petrinic@pomorstvo.hr

tel. 01 6169 070; fax. 01 6195 956


Sector for maritime affairs, seaports and concessions
tel. 01 6169 131; fax. 01 6169 047


Sector of Maritime Economy, Legal, International and EU Maritime Affairs
tel. 01 6169 070; fax. 01 6195 956


Inland navigation sector
tel. 01 6169 013; fax. 01 6196 505


Maritime Safety Directorate

Kap. Siniša Orlić, Assistant Minister

Sinisa.orlic@pomorstvo.hr

Zvjezdana Burić, Secretary
zvjezdana.buric@pomorstvo.hr
tel. 01 6169 250; fax. 01 6169 069


Sector for Inspection and Technical Standards
tel. 01 6169 138; fax. 01 6169 069


Sector for Monitoring and Management of Maritime Traffic, Search and Rescue and Sea Protection
tel. 01 6169 027; fax. 01 6169 069


Sector of administrative and technical - technical affairs
tel. 01 6169 106; fax. 01 6169 069


Directorate for Road and Rail Infrastructure
Alen Gospočić, assistant minister

alen.gospocic@mmpi.hr

-, secretary

tel. 01 3784 543; fax. 01 3784 591


Sector of road traffic
tel. 01 6169 050; fax. 01 6195 941


Railway and cableway sector
uprava.zeljeznice@mmpi.hr
tel. 01 6169 080; fax. 01 6196 477



Sector for Road and Railway Infrastructure

tel. 01 6169 010; fax. 01 6169 121


Directorate of Air Traffic, Electronic Communications and Mail
Jure Saric, Assistant Minister
jure.saric@caacro.hr
Sandra Grivić Vojnović, secretary
uprava@caacro.hr
tel. 01 6169 060; fax. 01 6196 393


Air traffic sector
tel. 01 6169 060; fax. 01 6196 393


Electronic communications and mail sector
el-kom@mmpi.hr

tel. 01 6169 110; fax. 01 6196 662


Directorate of Land Transport and Inspection

Mario Madunić , Assistant Minister
mario.madunic@mmpi.hr

Snježana Vincek Skrbinac, secretary of

snjezana.vincek@mmpi.hr

tel. 01 6169 160; fax. 01 6169 161


Sector of Road Traffic Safety Inspection
tel. 01 6169 160; fax. 01 6169 161


Sector for road safety, lifts, legal affairs and logistics
tel. 01 6169 423; fax. 01 6169 161


Directorate for Strategic Planning and EU Funds

Josip Bilaver, Assistant Minister

Josip.bilaver@mmpi.hr

- Secretary


Inquiries related to EU funds in the field of transport:

fondovi@mmpi.hr

tel. 01 3783 970; fax. 01 3783 901


Budget and Finance Directorate
-,

Josipa Vukasović, secretary
josipa.vukasovic@mmpi.hr
tel. 01 3783 986; fax. 01 3783 989
Sector for Budget, Financial Management and Control

tel. 01 3783 986; fax. 01 3783 989

Sector for Financial Accounting, Project Financing and Support

tel. 01 3783 986; fax. 01 3783 989


Independent Public Relations Service

David Radas, Head of

Press Releases : press@mmpi.hr

Citizens' inquiries: info@mmpi.hr

tel. 01 3784 594; fax. 01 3784 521


Independent Service for European Affairs
Josipa Božinović, Head of Department
european.affairs@mmpi.hr
tel. 01 6169 426; fax. 01 6169 313

Department for EU Legislation in Making

Tel. 01 6169 426; fax. 01 6169 313

Department for Implementation of EU Legislature

tel. 01 6169 426; fax. 01 6169 313


Independent Internal Audit Service
Damir Ćurić, manager

damir.curic@mmpi.hr
tel. 01 3783 930; fax. 01 3783 999

Stockholm Agreement 96
IMO Convention 48
* IMO amendments 91 
* IMO amendments 93
SOLAS Convention 74
SOLAS Protocol 78
SOLAS Protocol 88
LOAD LINES Convention 66
LOAD LINES Protocol 88
TONNAGE Convention 69
COLREG  Convention 72
CSC Convention 72
CSC amendments 93
SFV Protocol 93
STCW  Convention 78
STCW-F Convention 95
SAR  Convention 79
STP Agreement 71
STP Protocol 73
IMSO Convention 76
INMARSAT OA 76
INMARSAT amendments 94
INMARSAT amendments 98
IMSO amendments 2006
IMSO amendments 2008
FACILITATION Convention 65
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex I/II)
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex IV)
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex V)
MARPOL Protocol 97 (Annex VI)
London Convention 72
London Convention Protocol 96
INTERVENTION Convention 69
INTERVENTION Protocol 73
CLC Convention 69
CLC Protocol 76
CLC Protocol 92
FUND Convention 71
FUND Protocol 92
FUND Protocol 2003
NUCLEAR Convention 71
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex III)
PAL Protocol 76
PAL Protocol 90
PAL Protocol 02
LLMC Convention 76
LLMC Protocol 96
SUA Convention 2005
SUA Protocol 2005
SALVAGE Convention 89
OPRC  Convention 90
HNS Convention 96
OPRC/HNS 2000
BUNKERS CONVENTION 01
ANTI FOULING 01
BALLASTWATER 2004
NAIROBI WRC 2007
HONG KONG CONVENTION
HNS PROT 2010
Cape Town Agreement 2012
SUA Convention 88
SUA Protocol 88

IMO Conventions

Status of Conventions Croatia

IMO Convention 48 x
SOLAS Convention 74 x
SOLAS Protocol 78 x
SOLAS Protocol 88 x
SOLAS Agreement 96
LOAD LINES Convention 66 x
LOAD LINES Protocol 88 x
TONNAGE Convention 69 x
COLREG Convention 72 x
CSC Convention 72 x
CSC amendments 93
SFV Protocol 93 x
Cape Town Agreement 2012 x
STCW Convention 78 x
STCW-F Convention 95
SAR Convention 79 x
STP Agreement 71
Space STP Protocol 73
IMSO Convention 76 x
INMARSAT OA 76 x
IMSO amendments 2006
IMSO amendments 2008
FACILITATION Convention 65 x
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex I/II) x
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex III) x
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex IV) x
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex V) x
MARPOL Protocol 97 (Annex VI) x
London Convention 72 x
London Convention Protocol 96
INTERVENTION Convention 69 x
INTERVENTION Protocol 73 x
CLC Convention 69 d
CLC Protocol 76
CLC Protocol 92 x
FUND Protocol 76
FUND Protocol 92 x
FUND Protocol 2003 x
NUCLEAR Convention 71
PAL Convention 74 d
PAL Protocol 76 d
PAL Protocol 90 d
PAL Protocol 02 x
LLMC Convention 76 x
LLMC Protocol 96 x
SUA Convention 88 x
SUA Protocol 88 x
SUA Convention 2005
SUA Protocol 2005
SALVAGE Convention 89 x
OPRC Convention 90 x
HNS Convention 96
HNS PROT 2010
OPRC/HNS 2000
BUNKERS CONVENTION 01 x
ANTI FOULING 2001 x
BALLASTWATER 2004 x
NAIROBI WRC 2007 x
HONG KONG CONVENTION x

x: Accession/ratification
d: Denunciation

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