OFFICIAL GUIDE TO SHIP & YACHT REGISTRIES

France

Shipowner Eligibility 

To be eligible for French registration a ship has to fulfill requirements with regard to the place of its building, the nationality and residence of the ship owners in accordance with French Law No. 67-5 of January 3, 1967 and French Decree No. 67-967 of October 27, 1967.
The registration requirements are set out below.
I. Shipbuilding, security and safety control requirement
Ships must have been built in the territory of an EU member state, or the ship owner must have paid EU import duties and taxes.

Furthermore, the ship will also be subject to different security and safety controls.

II. Ownership requirement
Ships must be owned by a certain proportion of EU member state nationals (or, with respect to commercial ships, nationals of a European Economic Area (EEA) member state). Their residence must also be in such territories, subject to the operation and use of the vessel being controlled from a permanent establishment in France.

Therefore, the ownership of the ship must satisfy one of the following:
At least 50% owned by EU nationals (or, with respect to commercial ships, nationals of a EEA member state) who, if they reside in France for less than six months per year, must elect domicile in France for any administrative or judicial matters relating to the ownership of the ship; or
At least 50% owned by legal entities having their registered office or their principal office in France or in the territory of an EU member state, or in a state within the EEA. In the last two cases the operation and use of the vessel have to be controlled from a permanent establishment in France. Such registered office may be in another foreign country if:
The foreign country is a party to an international treaty with France permitting a company organised under French law to exercise its activity in the foreign country and have its registered office there, and
The operation and use of the vessel are controlled from a permanent establishment in France; or
At least 50% owned by a combination of French nationals, or EU (or EEA) nationals qualifying under the first category and by legal entities qualifying under the second category; or
Be the subject of a finance lease with purchase option (credit-bail) pursuant to which, upon exercise of the purchase option, the ship will be owned by any of the three categories mentioned above.
If the ship does not satisfy the ownership requirement as mentioned above, it can however be registered in the French Registry provided it obtains a special authorisation and fulfils the following conditions.

III. Special authorisation to register
The registration of a commercial or leisure vessel can be afforded by a special authorisation in either of the following cases:
If at least a quarter of the ship is owned by EU or EEA nationals or legal entities and the residence, registered and principal office requirements are met as per 1 and 2 mentioned above, provided that the vessel is managed by these persons or by the persons complying with the requirements mentioned in 1 and 2; or
When a vessel bareboat chartered by EU or EEA nationals or legal entities and the residence, registered and principal office requirements are met as per 1 and 2 mentioned above, provided that such entity handles the commercial and technical management of the vessel (i.e. in the words of the French administration - be a proper "armateur français") and the flag state permits it to de-register in such circumstances.
If a French registered vessel is bareboat chartered, it will keep its French registration only if the operation and use of the vessel are controlled from a permanent establishment in France during the bareboat charter period.

About the Flag

France is a member state of the EC, NATO, the OECD, the UN, and the IMO. It is located in Western Europe bordering the Bay of Biscay and the English Channel between Belgium and Spain. To the south it is between Italy and Spain and borders the Mediterranean Sea. The French Republic has two parliamentary chambers, a President and a Prime Minister. The capital is Paris, and it has a civil law legal system.

The French economy is highly developed and is a leader in agriculture and industry. Exports include machinery and transportation equipment, chemicals, foodstuffs and agricultural products. The unit of currency is the Euro, and major trading partners include Germany, Italy, the United States, Luxembourg, and Belgium.

Ship Registers

There are several Ship Registers in France, namely:

1) Metropolitan France and French overseas departments (departments d’outre mer) Register;
2) International French Register;
3) French Polynesia Register;
4) New Caledonia Register;
5) Wallis and Futuna Register;
6) French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF) Register, also known as the Kerguelen Islands Register.

The last four Registers mainly operate locally.

All types of sea-going vessels can be registered in the French Register. Registration in the French Register for vessels weighing 3 gross registered tonnes or below is optional, provided that they do not sail into territorial waters. Beach vessels or sports boat equipped with oars or paddles are excluded from registration. Vessels operating only in French territorial waters or between ports of French overseas department, as well as towing and services vessels operated in French territorial waters shall be registered in the French Register and cannot be registered in foreign registries.

In relation to the French Register, administration for registration of vessels is organised in administrative centers for maritime affairs (centre administratif départemental des affaires maritimes). There is one center in every département.

The International French Register replaced the Kerguelen Islands Register for trade vessels and commercially operated leisure vessels over 24 m in overall length.

Other commercially operated leisure vessels as well as shipping vessels and vessels used exclusively for marine or oil operation activities, provided they comply with some conditions (Law No. 96-151 of 26 February 1996; Decree No. 97-243 of 14 March 1997, as partially re-enacted in the Transportation Code that came into effect on 28 October 2010), can still be registered on the Kerguelen Island Register.

The International French Register (Registre International Français (RIF)) is a captive register, created in 2005 (Law No.2005-412 of 3 May 2005). It is administered through the Guichet unique (single window) located in Marseilles. As an EU registry the RIF guarantees access to the national waters of European Union member states cabotage(European home trade) provided the vessels are not solely operated on national cabotage (national home trade).

Vessels that can be registered on the RIF are:
1) Vessels engaged in the deep sea trade or in international cabotage (international costal navigation); and
2) Commercially operated leisure vessels over 24 m in overall length, manned with a professional crew.

Vessels that are not eligible to be registered on the RIF are the following:
1) Professional fishing vessels;
2) Passenger liner vessels trading between European Union countries, as well as on lines between the EU and Morocco, Algeria or Tunisia (French Decree n° 2006-142 of February 10, 2006);
3) Vessels operating only on national home trade (cabotage national); and
4) Vessels providing services in the area where specific port regulations apply (pilot’s launches, harbour tugs, signalling vessels, harbour maintenance dredgers).

The Editors gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Christine Ezcutari and the staff at Norton Rose LLP | 40 rue de Courcelles | 75008 Paris, France
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Company Formation

The rule of law on commercial companies is set out in the French Commercial code (Code de commerce). The following is required for the creation of the different forms of companies:
Written by-laws, to be registered with the local tax authorities;
Publication of the characteristic elements of the company in a local legal journal; and
Application for registration of the company with the Registry of Commerce and Companies (Registre du Commerce et des Societes or "RCS").

Upon completion of such formalities, the company becomes a legal entity.

In order to help investors to comply with all the above-mentioned formalities, all French Chambers of Commerce have settled an independent body (the "Centre de Formalites des Entreprises" or "CFE") whose function is to regulate the compliance with these formalities.

There are six forms of commercial companies which are directly governed by the French Commercial code. These six main forms of commercial companies are:
• The société anonyme (“SA”), which is the French law equivalent of the corporation;
• The société à responsabilité limitée (“SARL”), which possesses many of the characteristics of an SA
but is more suited for small and medium-sized companies;
• The société en nom collectif (“SNC”), which is the equivalent of a general partnership;
• The société en commandite par actions (“SCA”), which is the equivalent of a partnership limited by
shares;
• The société en commandite simple (“SCS”), which is the equivalent of a limited partnership; and
• The société par actions simplifiée (“SAS”), which possesses many of the characteristics of an SA but
with a simplified and more flexible corporate procedure.


The French Commercial code sets out a number of provisions which govern all forms of commercial companies (unless otherwise specified). Among these common elements, the most important ones are as follows:
Legal capacity. A commercial company can, in most cases, be a shareholder in another commercial company and can even sit on the Board of Directors of an SA, through the appointment of a permanent representative.
Contributions to a commercial company. Three kinds of contributions that can be made to commercial companies are: cash or its equivalent (apport en numeraire), in-kind (apports en nature) and services (apports en industrie), the latter being extremely infrequent. It must be noted that where assets are contributed, particular formalities must be complied with.

Head office. Every company must have a head office (siège social) where its management and administrative services are located. This location must be specified in the by-laws.

Apart from these provisions which apply to all forms of commercial companies, each type of company is also governed by specific rules.

ociété anonyme

The SA is formed by at least seven shareholders whose liability for losses is limited to their contribution. Its initial capital must be of a minimum of EUR 37,000. The SA offers many of the characteristics of a corporation. The capital of an SA is divided into shares, which are freely transferable not only among shareholders but also to third parties (unless the by-laws otherwise provide). The shareholders of an SA can be either individuals or legal entities. All shareholders can be non-residents of France, and unless otherwise provided by the by-laws, a foreigner can serve on the Board of Directors of an SA. Because of the fact that it is a company limited by shares, different classes of shares can be created. An SA may ultimately go public.

Société à responsabilité limitée

The SARL is an intermediate form of company. While its shareholders enjoy liability which is limited to the amount of their contribution, they are also limited by strict provisions concerning the transferability of their shares. There is no minimum capital requirement to create an SARL, so it is suitable for small and medium-sized businesses. An SARL with a single shareholder is called an “entreprise unipersonnelle à responsabilité limitée” or “EURL”.

Société en nom collectif

This is the French law equivalent of a traditional partnership, where the partners have joint and unlimited liability for all of the liabilities of the partnership. As a transparent entity for tax purposes, all profits earned by each of the partners are taxed as income at the level of that partner; the SNC can opt, however, to be taxed under the corporate income tax regime. Among the SNC’s advantages are the simplicity of its management and the ease with which it can be formed. No minimum capital is required and two partners can create an SNC. However, among the SNC’s disadvantages is the fact that the partners are jointly and severally liable for the debts of the SNC. A new partner is liable for the debts contracted by the SNC before his arrival, unless the by-laws specifically provide otherwise, and a partner who leaves the SNC remains liable for the totality of the debt contracted prior to his departure. The conditions for transferability of a partner’s participation are also strict.

Société en commandite par actions

This is similar to a limited partnership, and has become more popular recently, due to the fact that it is suitable as an anti-take-over structure. Its main advantage is that capital can be raised from public offerings, as its shares can be issued to the public, while at the same time keeping the management of the company limited to a selected group. The minimum capital is EUR 37,000 (even if its shares are issued to the public). The SCA is managed by one or more managers (gérant). Legal entities, as well as foreigners, can be managers.

Société en commandite simple

This is similar to a limited partnership and is very rarely used as a commercial company.

Société par actions simplifiée

The SAS is a company limited by shares which is designed to permit inter-business cooperation and facilitate cross-border joint ventures without the complexities of the SA. Among its main features are that its form of management can be freely determined by the by-laws and there is no minimum paid-in capital legally required (except for SAS carrying out certain activities). Public offerings of the SAS’s shares are prohibited. Due to large contractual freedom, a wide variety of clauses (for example limitations or the free transferability of shares) can be included in the by-laws of the SAS. Unless otherwise provided for, the provisions governing the SA also govern the SAS.

Other entities, such as the groupement d’intérêt économique or the groupement européen d’intérêt économique, can carry out commercial activities without themselves being commercial companies.

Taxation

As all other companies, shipping companies are subject to corporation tax at the rate of 33.1/3%* on all earnings and profits. Capital gains realised upon the disposal of shares which constitute participating shares held for at least 2 years at the date of disposal benefit however from a 95 % tax exemption (article 219 I a ter of the French tax code (FTC)). Specific rate of taxation applies to long term capital gains triggered on disposal of shares of real estate companies and income from industrial property rights.

Tonnage tax regime
However, shipping companies can opt in to the tonnage tax regime, provided they satisfy certain requirements according to article 209-0 B of the FTC. Companies which are currently subject to French corporation tax and with a turnover made up of at least 75 % originating from the operation of commercial vessels can elect to the tonnage tax regime.

The regime concerns commercial vessels of at least 50 UMS. Eligible vessels should be wholly or jointly owned and directly operated or bareboat chartered-out to related companies within the meaning of article 39-12 of the FTC which have opted for the tonnage tax regime. The strategic and commercial management of the vessels must be carried out from French territory. Vessels bought during the 10-year period from related companies are not eligible.

Companies which fulfilled the criteria for the first time, as from 1st January 2008, may opt for the regime until the end of the next tax year. For those which fulfilled the criteria for any tax year ending in 2003, they had to exercise their option before 1st January 2005. If not, the right to opt were lost. However, companies which were eligible before 1st January 2007 but did not elect for the tonnage tax regime within the required time frame, were able to exercise an option with respect to any fiscal year closed between 1st January 2007 and 1st January 2008.

Once the election is made, the regime will apply for an irrevocable period of 10 years and may be renewed at the end of the initial 10 year period.

Companies must commit themselves to increase or at least maintain over the whole 10-year period, the share of the net tonnage that they operate under the flag of one of the Member State on 17 January 2004 or if late at the date from which the regime started to apply. Should the company fail to respect that requirement, vessels flying non EU flag whose tonnage have contributed to reduce this threshold will be excluded from the regime for the year concerned except in three limited cases.

The taxable income of any company electing to the regime is determined per vessel, per day, and per 100 units of UMS in accordance with the following table:

Net Tonnage

Daily profits per 100 net tons (€)

Up to 1,000 tons
€ 0.93

1,001 to 10,000 tons
€ 0.71

10,001 to 25,000 tons
€ 0.47

Over 25,000 tons
€ 0.24

Tonnage tax is determined by applying the ordinary corporation tax to daily tonnage profits multiplied by the number of days in the year that the ship is actually operated by the company. Days during which repairs are performed are not taken into account.

Certain types of income or deductions will be taxed according the usual taxation rules and will be added to the taxable income as determined previously. Income derived from non-eligible vessels, from activities not directly related to the operation of eligible vessels and from supplementary activities which are not related to the operation for commercial vessels is taxed according to the standard rules.

If the requirements of the tonnage tax regime are not satisfied during the 10 years period or in some circumstances, the company cease to benefit from the regime and its results are determined according to the usual taxation rules from the tax year when the regime cease to apply. The Company will be liable to pay tax on an increased amount of their income in case of early termination of the regime. The increase is equal to the sum of profits generated by eligible activities from the first year of election of the regime (there are no penalties when the 10 years period ends).

Capital gains resulting from the sale of ships, which where purchased and then sold during the tonnage tax period will be fully tax exempt. If the ship is purchased or sold outside or after the expiration of the period of the tonnage tax regime, the capital gain on the sale is reduced on a pro rata basis according to the period of ownership during the application of the tonnage tax regime as compared to the total period of ownership.

Depreciation
Depreciation is available in France to the legal owner of the asset. There is no concept of economic ownership and therefore all benefits or losses resulting from depreciation are taken by the title owner of the asset who is usually the lessor.

The depreciation period is based on the "common period of use" which allows depreciation periods much shorter than the expected life of the asset. Normal depreciation for vessels is on a straight-line 8 year basis at a rate of 12.5%.

At the election of the owner, he may depreciate on the same duration on a declining balance basis at a rate of 28.125% of the non depreciated balance amount (from assets acquired as from 1st January 2010 or between 1st January 2001 and 3 December 2008). This results in close to 66% of the asset value being depreciated over the first three years.

Only new assets can be depreciated on a declining balance basis, in which case it is critical to determine the date of entry into service of such asset. The exception to this rule is ships which can be depreciated on a declining balance basis regardless of whether they are new or second-hand.

VAT
The disposal, transformation, reparation and maintenance, leasing and chartering of commercial ships engaged in deep sea trade and industrial ships used out of territorial waters benefit from a VAT exemption (article 262 II-2° of the FTC).

Personal income tax
Sailors are subject to personal income tax at the standard progressive tax rate from zero to 40% like other salaried employees in France. However, any French tax resident sailors boarded on a vessel registered on RIF for more than 183 days during 12 consecutive months benefits from a tax exemption on its wages.

Tax treaties
In order to prevent double taxation, France has concluded a tax treaty with approximately 110 countries in the world. These countries list as follows:
Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Congo, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, French Polynesia, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Quebec, Romania, Russia, Saint Pierre et Miquelon, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

*The rate is 34.43% when the social security contribution applies. The social security contribution of 3.3% is assessed on the corporation tax, minus an allowance of € 763,000. However, companies which meet the following two conditions are exempt from such social security contribution: (i) the net turnover of the company for the fiscal year at stake must not exceed € 7,630,000 and (ii) 75% or more of its capital must be held by individuals or must be held by one or several company(ies) (whose net turnover does not exceed € 7,630,000) 75% or more of which is(are) held by individuals.

Registration and Documentation

Registration as a French ship is a two stages process: registration and francisation. The latter refers to the acquiring of the French nationality. The Acte de Francisation is issued and carried on board the vessel at all times. The registration itself permits the vessel to sail. At this stage it obtains a valid navigation permit and relevant security documents.

France does not have a structure to register ships at the national level; instead, ships are registered with the local customs authorities (administration des douanes) of their home port (port d’attache). Vessels can also be provisionally registered before a French consulate abroad (Decree No.46-2583 of November 21, 1946).

Provisional registration of a vessel is possible but it needs special authorisation. The duration of the francisation is not limited, French registration continues as long as the criteria for eligibility are met.

The documents required for registration are, inter alia, the following:

Original written request for registration, showing name of owners or co-owners and evidencing that the eligibility requirements are met;
Copies of evidence of ownership (e.g. construction contract, bill of sale);
Copies of evidence of the identity and nationality of the owners:
Natural persons: passport or national identity card,
Legal persons: by-laws of the company (and any amendments thereof), details of composition of board of directors;
Name of manager of the vessel, when owned in syndication;
The proposed name for the ship.

De-registration

Depending on the tonnage of the vessel, the relevant authority will be the Direction of Marine Affaires (Direction des affaires maritimes, mission flotte de commerce) of the Ministry of the Sea for vessels above 200 UMS (Universal Measurement System) or the local customs authority for vessels below 200 UMS.

The documents required by the Direction of Marine Affaires for de-registration are:

De-registration request;
Evidence of ownership (copy of the Acte de Francisation);
Completed sale declaration (Fiche de déclaration de vente);
Copy of the bill of sale with a translation certified by one party;
Original bill of sale stamped by the ENIM (Etablissement National des Invalides de la Marine);
Eventually, copy of the minutes of the shareholders meeting;
If the vessel is bareboat charter registered in another flag state: affidavit of deletion of the bareboat charter.

The documents required by the local customs authorities are:

De-registration request;
Original bill of sale stamped by the ENIM (Etablissement National des Invalides de la Marine);
Certificate of freedom from encumbrances (certificat de non inscription hypothécaire);
For subsequent registration in another flag state outside the EU: an export licence (Document d’Exportation EXE1) to be filed;
If the vessel is bareboat charter registered in another flag state: certificate of deletion from the bareboat registry and original affidavit of deletion of the bareboat charter, duly stamped by DTMPL.
ENIM (Etablissement National des Invalides de la Marine) is the organisation responsible for the social security of merchant seamen and its approval is required for the de-registration of a vessel as materialised in the stamping of the bill of sale.

In order to approve a de-registration, ENIM requires the following documents:

Two originals of the bill of sale with a translation certified by one party; and
Evidence of ownership (copy of the Acte de Francisation).

Bareboat Charter Registration

By an exception to the general rule, a foreign owned vessel may be registered in France, provided that it is bareboat chartered to a charterer who meets the nationality requirements set out in the law.
To be registered the owner need to obtain a special authorisation both from the Ministry of the Sea and from Paris customs (Bureau F1, Fiscalite Transport Politiques Fiscales et Communautaires, 5-11 rue des deux communes, 93558 Montreuil Cedex).

The application (fiche de frêtement and fiche de francisation) is placed with the Direction of the Maritime Affaires of the Ministry of the Sea and accompanied by a original of the bareboat charter or its translation into French, certified to be conform to the original by one of the signatories, the by-laws as well as the extract from the Commercial Register of the Companies of the charterer and a letter from the authorities of the flag, waiving their rights over the vessel.

Upon approval, the vessel can then be registered with the local customs authorities.

Vessel and Yacht Eligibility & Survey Requirements

There are no specific age limitations (except for the fishing vessels), but all ships must comply with certified standards of construction, propulsion and auxiliary devices, electrical installations, safety and navigation, radiotelegraphic and the radiotelephony, permitted number of persons embarked (on passenger ships), lifesaving devices, habitability and hygiene, and prevention of pollution. The deliverance, renewal and validation of security titles and certificates of prevention of pollution must be renewed periodically. The compliance of a vessel with these standards is verified by visits from the authorities themselves, or, alternatively, by classification societies.

Classification of vessels is not required for the registration of the vessel or during the life of such vessel, but is usually performed at the request of the ship owner for various purposes, and in particular in relation to insurances and in order to comply with regulatory issues.

Classification societies recognised in France are Bureau Veritas, Lloyd's Register of Shipping, American Bureau of Shipping, Det Norske Veritas, and all other classification societies which are members of the IACS, have their registered office within an EU member state and are recognised as such by the authorities of such member state.

Crewing

The captain, officers, all of the on-deck, radio and engine-room personnel and 75% of other personnel must be French or nationals of a member state of the EC, EAA or Swiss Confederation nationals.
International French Register (Registre International Français (RIF)):

At least 25% of the crew for the vessels registered on the RIF, based on the minimum safe manning document (SMD), must be EC, EAA or Swiss Confederation nationals. For the vessels benefiting of the fiscal aid scheme for vessel purchase, the percentage is set at 35 for the duration of the aid scheme. The master and his chief mate must be the EC, EAA or Swiss Confederation nationals, provided they comply with certain conditions of knowledge of French language and law.

Mortgages

Mortgages are registered on a special register maintained by the registry of ship mortgages (conservateur des hypothèques maritimes) at the local customs authorities (administration des douanes) of the home port (port d'attache) of the vessel.

The recording of the mortgage is effected by the filing of an original of the mortgage instrument (acte d'affectation hypothecaire), together with three copies of a summary thereof in a standard form (bordereau). The instrument must be in writing. If executed before a notary (notaire), it will give the mortgagee an `executory title' over the vessel and will allow the mortgagee, in the case of default, to attach the vessel without resort to the courts. Only documents in the French language are acceptable.
The priority of a ship mortgage is determined by the date of registration. Two mortgages registered on the same day but at different times are considered as having identical priority. A validly registered ship mortgage is effective for 10 years, and may be renewed prior to expiration.

France is a party to the 1926 Brussels Convention on the unification of certain rules relating to maritime liens and mortgages, but not to the 1967 Brussels Convention.

In the event of default by the mortgagor, the mortgagee is entitled to obtain an arrest of the vessel or an attachment leading to its forced sale, and will have a priority claim to the proceeds of the forced sale over all other creditors except those benefiting from prior-ranking mortgages or specific maritime liens.
Arrest (saisie conservatoire) of a vessel may be obtained upon ex parte application to the President of the Commercial Court, by establishing a debt which "appears founded in theory". The granting of an arrest order prohibits the vessel from departing from the port but does not otherwise affect the owner's rights in the vessel, and the court may, upon deposit of security, authorise the departure of the vessel for one or several voyages determined in advance.

Attachment (saisie execution) is effected in aid of execution so as to permit the forced sale of the vessel. The creditor must be in possession of an executory title (titre executoire), which may be either a court judgment or a notarised deed. A copy of the attachment minutes is filed with the relevant ship and mortgage registry.

Fees

There are no registration fees for merchant ships and fishing boats.

Contact

Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing -Directorate of Maritime Affairs -Sub-Directorate for Maritime Safety -Office for the Regulation and Control of Ship Safety
Mr Amaury Meullenaere
Head of office
Pièce - Room 16-40 - DGITM/DAM/STEN2
Tour Séquoia
La Defense Cedex
92055
France

Phone
+ 33 1 40 81 81 27
+ 33 1 40 81 81 15

Email
marc.leger@developpement-durable.gouv.fr
sten2.dam.dgitm@developpement-durable.gouv.fr

Fax
33 1 44 49 86 40

Shipowners' Association
Armateurs de France
47, rue Monceau
75008 Paris
France
Tel: [33] (1) 53 89 52 52
Fax: [33] (1) 53 89 52 53
Website: http://www.armateursdefrance.org

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 France

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 x
SAR Convention 79 x
STP Agreement 71 x
Space STP Protocol 73 x
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 x
INTERVENTION Convention 69 x
INTERVENTION Protocol 73 x
CLC Convention 69 d
CLC Protocol 76 x
CLC Protocol 92 x
FUND Protocol 76 x
FUND Protocol 92 x
FUND Protocol 2003 x
NUCLEAR Convention 71 x
PAL Convention 74
PAL Protocol 76
PAL Protocol 90
PAL Protocol 02 x
LLMC Convention 76 x
LLMC Protocol 96 x
SUA Convention 88 x
SUA Protocol 88 x
SUA Convention 2005 x
SUA Protocol 2005 x
SALVAGE Convention 89 x
OPRC Convention 90 x
HNS Convention 96
HNS PROT 2010
OPRC/HNS 2000 x
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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