OFFICIAL GUIDE TO SHIP & YACHT REGISTRIES

Moldova

Shipowner Eligibility 

All vessels owned by individuals or legal entities, whether resident or non-resident, can be registered in Republic of Moldova.

About the Flag

Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova is a state in Eastern Europe, located between Romania to the West and Ukraine to the North and East. It declared itself an independent state with the same boundaries as the preceding Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1991, as part of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The nation is a parliamentary republic with a President as Head of State and a Prime Minister as Head of Government. Moldova is a member state of the United Nations, Council of Europe, WTO, OSCE, GUAM, CIS, BSEC and other international organizations. Moldova currently aspires to join the European Union, and has implemented the first three-year Action Plan within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy.

Ship Registration in the State Register of Ships of the Republic of Moldova is governed by the Merchant Maritime Code (30.09.1999) and performed by the "Harbor Master Giurgiulesti."

Company Formation

There are some several forms a company can take in Moldova and the entrepreneurs must check and choose the proper form for their business: sole proprietorship, general (full liability) partnership, limited liability partnership, joint stock company, limited liability company, production cooperative, business cooperative, lease enterprise, state and municipal enterprise.

A sole proprietorship is a type of small business where the owner is fully liable for the losses and incomes.
In a general partnership in Moldova no minimum share capital is required for the registration, however the contribution must be equal and all the partners are liable for the losses and gains of the company.

A Moldavian limited liability partnership is based on an written agreement between two or more partners, some of them fully liable for the company's debts and responsible for the management decisions and some of them with limited liability. In a partnership and a sole proprietorship, the investors' goods are subject to claims in case the proprietorship or the partnership cannot pay its debts.

A joint stock company in Moldova is a rare form of business because of the high share capital that must be 10,000 MDL (660 EUR) at least for the closed joint stock company or 20000 MDL for the open type of Joint Stock Company.

The limited liability company is founded by a number of shareholders that cannot exceed 50. A minimum share capital of 5,400 MDL (356 EUR)is requested before registration.
The cooperatives may be production cooperatives or business cooperatives and cannot have less than 5 founders.

The lease enterprise is created by founders that are part of the state or municipal structures.
State and municipal enterprises are based on state or local authority assets non transferable, and with no capacity to invest this in another country with this goods.

The first step in registering a business in Moldova is registering it at the State Chamber of Registration. The by-laws of the company must be submitted and contain the following: the company name and details regarding the founders and type of business, the address, the minimum share capital and details regarding every shareholder part of contribution, the way the company can be liquidated or reorganized, the formation of the managing body.

After submitting all the requested documents, the SCR will issue a certificate which contains the state identification number. This registration certificate is used for opening a temporary bank account where at least 40% of the share capital must be deposited. After the registration process is completed the share capital must be transferred into a permanent bank account and the rest of 60% must be deposited within 6 months from incorporation.

After opening the bank account, the State Chamber of Registration will check the account and will issue the company Registration Certificate and the company stamp. After receiving this, the company must be submitted to the Tax Inspectorate. If in the future the company will sell services or goods VAT-taxable for at least 12 months than it must apply for a VAT code.

Another step that must be accomplished is converting the temporary bank account into a permanent one by submitting the following documents: a notarized copy of the certificate of registration, the registration documents, the official document from the bank with the name and address of the manager, the company seal and a notarized signature specimen.

The last steps are registering the company at the Social Security Fund and the National Medical Insurance Company.

Taxation

All owners and charterers of vessels registered in Moldova are exempt of tax payments and customs duty.

Registration and Documentation

The ship purchased or built in another country receives the right to navigate under the flag of the Republic of Moldova at the time of issuance of a provisional certificate attesting that right, by the Consul of the Republic of Moldova. This certificate is valid until the ship will be registered in Ship registry or in the Naval catalog, but not more than one year.

Bareboat Charter Registration

At the request of freighter, ship, chartered by bareboat charter, may be registered provisionally (for a period not exceeding the term of the bareboat charter) in the State Register of Ships or in naval catalog, if at the time of chartering:
• is not registered in the Register of ships of another State; and
• are registered in the ship's registry of another state, but the right to fly the flag of that state was suspended, fact, that must be confirmed by shipowner, which will submit the appropriate certificate

Vessel and Yacht Eligibility & Survey Requirements

Moldova recognizes the following international classification societies:
• Russian Maritime Register of Shipping
• American Bureau of Shipping
• Bureau Veritas
• Germanischer Lloyd
• Lloyd's Register of Shipping
• Registro Italiano Navale
• Det Norske Veritas
• Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
• China Classification Society
• Korean Register of Shipping

The following classification societies are delegated to provide services of inspection of vessels for compliance with the requirements of international conventions in the field of naval transport, to which Republic of Moldova is part, with the issuance of the certificates of conformity:

• State Enterprise "Registrul Naval"
• Shipping Register of Ukraine
• Bulgarian Register of Shipping
• Maritime Bureau of Shipping
• Poland Register of Shipping
• Hellenic Register of Shipping
• Cyprus Bureau of Shipping - Cyprus;
• International Bureau of Shipping - USA;
• Dromon Bureau of Shipping
• Maritime Lloyd
• Inspeccion y Clasificacion Maritima (INCLAMAR)
• International Naval Surveys Bureau SA (I.N.S.B.)
• Intermaritime Certification Services, ICS Class
• Turkish Lloyd, Turk Loydu
• Venezuelan Register of Shipping C.A.

Crewing

Regulation I/2 of the STCW 78 Convention as amended, requires that each Administration which recognizes a foreign certificate of competency under regulation I/10 of the aforementioned Convention, shall endorse such a certificate to attest its recognition.

Mortgages

Registration of mortgage of vessels in Moldova is carried out in accordance with Chapter 3 of the Code of Maritime Navigation. Thus, in accordance with Article 367 of the legal act mentioned above "Mortgage must be registered in the unique register of mortgages to the notary in whose jurisdiction is the place of vessel's registration, as well as in the State vessel register." This means that in Moldova can be registered mortgage of a vessel, which is registered in Moldova and already carries the flag of Moldova.

Fees

Using this calculator (http://www.narm.md/calculator/) one can calculate the registration fees according to the parameters of one's vessel.

This calculator doesn't include fees for agents from the Republic of Moldova.

Contact

The Naval Agency of the Republic of Moldova
Hincesti Highway 53, Chisinau 2028
Moldova

Ship Registration and Navigation Personnel Section, State Register of Ships

Head of department - interim

+ (373) 22 73 53 45

Ship registrar and seafarers - Nicolai Nichiforov and Serghei Beglita

+ (373) 22 73 53 45 registrator@narm.md

Small tonnage ship registrar - Valeria Comerzan

+ (373) 22 72 70 93

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 Moldova

IMO Convention 48 x
IMO amendments 91 x
IMO amendments 93 x
SOLAS Convention 74 x
SOLAS Protocol 78 x
SOLAS Protocol 88 x
Stockholm Agreement 96 x
LOAD LINES Convention 66 x
LOAD LINES Protocol 88
TONNAGE Convention 69
COLREG Convention 72 x
CSC Convention 72
CSC amendments 93 x
SFV Protocol 93
STCW Convention 78 x
STCW-F Convention 95 x
SAR Convention 79 x
STP Agreement 71 x
STP Protocol 73
IMSO Convention 76
INMARSAT OA 76
INMARSAT amendments 94 x
INMARSAT amendments 98
IMSO amendments 2006
IMSO amendments 2008
FACILITATION Convention 65
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex I/II)
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex III)
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 x
INTERVENTION Protocol 73 x
CLC Convention 69 x
CLC Protocol 76 x
CLC Protocol 92
FUND Convention 71
FUND Protocol 76
FUND Protocol 92
FUND Protocol 2003
NUCLEAR Convention 71
PAL Convention 74
PAL Protocol 76 x
PAL Protocol 90
PAL Protocol 02
LLMC Convention 76
LLMC Protocol 96
SUA Convention 88
SUA Protocol 88
SUA Convention 2005
SUA Protocol 2005
SALVAGE Convention 89
OPRC Convention 90
HNS Convention 96
OPRC/HNS 2000 x
BUNKERS CONVENTION 01 x
ANTI FOULING 01
BALLASTWATER 2004
NAIROBI WRC 2007
HONG KONG SRC 2009
HNS PROT 2010

x= ratification
d=denunciation

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