OFFICIAL GUIDE TO SHIP & YACHT REGISTRIES

Papua New Guinea

Shipowner Eligibility 

All registered ships must be owned by a “qualified person” defined as one of the following:
• A person who is a citizen of Papua New Guinea
• A corporation that is established under and is subject to the laws of Papua New Guinea having its principal place of business in Papua New Guinea and being
a. a registered shipowner by the Investment Promotion Authority, or
b. a local enterprise within the meaning of Section 2 of the Investment Promotion Development Act

About the Flag

Papua New Guinea is a group of islands including the eastern half of the island of New Guinea between the Coral Sea and the South Pacific Ocean east of Indonesia. It is a parliamentary democracy with its capital at Port Moresby. The Chief of State is the Queen of England represented by a local Governor General and the Head of Government is the Prime Minister. There is a unicameral national Parliament. The legal system is based on English common law. It is a member of the Commonwealth, the UN, and IMO. English is spoken by 1 to 2% of the population, and Motu is spoken in the Papua region; there are also 715 indigenous languages.

The eastern half of the island of New Guinea - second largest in the world - was divided between Germany (north) and the UK (south) in 1885. The latter area was transferred to Australia in 1902, which occupied the northern portion during World War I and continued to administer the combined areas until independence in 1975. A nine-year secessionist revolt on the island of Bougainville ended in 1997 after claiming some 20,000 lives.

Papua New Guinea is richly endowed with natural resources, and mining of numerous deposits including copper and gold accounts for about 60% of export earnings. Agriculture provides a subsistence livelihood for 85% of the population. Australia, Japan, the United States, and New Zealand are major trading partners. The unit of currency is the kina. The National Maritime Safety Authority manages the Ship Register.

Company Formation

Incorporation of a Company

Any person, either alone or together with another person, may apply for the registration of a company in PNG, using company registration Forms 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6.
A proposed company must have the following:
• A name ending with “Limited” or “Ltd”;
• One or more shares;
• One or more shareholders; and
• One or more directors. (A company is not required to appoint a secretary).

Company Constitution
Under the Companies Act 1997 a company is no longer required to have a memorandum and articles of association. However, a proposed company may opt to have a constitution upon incorporation or at future date but it is not required to have one.

Company Names
A name must be reserved before a company can be registered under that name. A proposed company name, depending on whether it is available for reservation, can be reserved for a period of 3 months, by submitting a company Form 6 separately, within which the company must be registered by submitting Forms 1, 2, 3 & 4 (for new company incorporations) or a Form 7 to change the name of an existing company). Normally when you submit Forms 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6, the name reservation and company registration are processed together.

The reservation of a name process is essentially an “approval process”. The Registrar will not approve a name which:
• Would contravene any law;
• Is identical or similar to the name of another company or a reserved name;
• Is undesirable, misleading, deceptive or offensive;
• The Minister has directed the Registrar not to accept.

The Registrar will not register a company nor register a company change of name, unless the name has been reserved beforehand, or an application for reservation of the name is also attached.

The Registrar can direct a company a company to change its registered name if the name is one, which should not have been registered in the first place.

Change of Company Name
A company name can be changed by submitting a Form 6 and a Form 7 together with a certified copy of a notice of special resolution.

Overseas Incorporated Companies
An overseas company can be registered in PNG using a Form 46 – Application for Registration of an Overseas Company. The prescribed registration fee of an overseas company is the same as the fee for registering a non-citizen company, which is K500.

Download Forms
Form 1. Application to Register a Company (http://www.ipa.gov.pg/images/stories/forms/BRRD/form1.pdf)
Form 2. Consent of Director of Proposed Company (http://www.ipa.gov.pg/images/stories/forms/BRRD/form2.pdf)
Form 3. Consent of Secretary of Proposed Company (http://www.ipa.gov.pg/images/stories/forms/BRRD/form3.pdf)
Form 4. Consent of Shareholder of Proposed Company (http://www.ipa.gov.pg/images/stories/forms/BRRD/form4.pdf)
Form 6. Application for Reservation of a Company Name (http://www.ipa.gov.pg/images/stories/forms/BRRD/form6.pdf)
Form 7. Application to Change Name of a Company Name (http://www.ipa.gov.pg/images/stories/forms/BRRD/form7.pdf)
Form 46. Application for Registration of Overseas Company (http://www.ipa.gov.pg/images/stories/forms/BRRD/form46.pdf)

Taxation

Registration
Papua New Guinea National Maritime Safety Authority
Nigel Matheson
Email: nmatheson@nmsa.gov.pg
Website: http://www.nmsa.gov.pg/

Company Formation
Investment Promotion Authority
IPA Port Morseby
Level 1, IPA Haus
Munidubu Street, (Corner of Lawes Rd & Champio Parade)
Konedobu, Port Moresby

P.O. Box 5053
BOROKO
National Capital District
PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Tel: (675) 321 3900
(675) 321 7311
(675) 342 5093
Fax: (675) 321 3049
Email: ipa@ipa.gov.pg
Website: http://www.ipa.gov.pg

Taxation and Customs Clearance Information
Internal Revenue Commission
P.O. Box 777
Port Moresby NCD
Tel: (675) 322 6600
Fax: (675) 321 7621
Website: http://www.irc.gov.pg

Registration and Documentation

The following original documents should be submitted to the Shipping Administration:
• Application for Registration
• Declaration of Ownership
• Bill of Sale or invoice
• Builder’s Certificate
• Certificate of Deletion from previous registry or a letter from previous register stating the day, month and year in which the particular registry was closed
• Certificate issued by the Investment Promotion Authority, if applicable

Bareboat Charter Registration

Bareboat chartering in and out of Papua New Guinea is permitted, provided that the shipowner is registered under the Investment Promotion Authority.

A registered shipowner in Papua New Guinea can allow his vessel to be chartered out of Papua New Guinea, and is likewise permitted to charter in foreign registered vessels.

Vessel and Yacht Eligibility & Survey Requirements

Ships must be surveyed or inspected for safety before they are registered and issued with a license to trade. The survey can be carried out by the Government Surveyors or any of the following classification societies which have been authorized to undertake ship surveys on behalf of the Government:
• American Bureau of Shipping
• Bureau Veritas
• Det Norske Veritas
• Lloyd’s Register
• Nippon Kaiji Kyokai

Crewing

There are crewing regulations detailed in the Merchant Shipping (crewmen) Regulation Chapter 242. All Papua New Guinea flag ships must be crewed by Papua New Guinean officers and crews.

Mortgages

Ship's mortgages can be registered against a Papua New Guinea registered vessel in the Papua New Guinea Ship Register.

Fees

Service
Fee (Papua New Guinean Kina)
Registration of Ships
Grant of Certificates
Grant of Certificate of Registry;
K250.00
Registration of Bill of Sale and associated documents
K250.00
Issuance of Replacement Certificate of Registry
K250.00
Supply of Certificate of Deletion
K250.00
Endorsement of Change of Master on Certificate of Registry
Administrative Services
Registering change of name of a registered ship
K200.00
Registering change of name or address of the owner of a registered ship
K200.00
Additional charge if documents are requested to be sent to the applicant by an additional method of transmission.
K50.00
Other Services relating to Registration of Ships
K50.00
Inspections and Searches
Inspection of Register of Ships
K50.00
Search by staff of NMSA Shipping Registration Office of register - for each period of 15 minutes or part thereof
K50.00
Supply of certified extract of the Register or of a document forming part of or associated with the Register
K100.00
Supply of a certified copy of Register entry
K100.00
Supply of certified copy of documents forming part of or associated with the Register, for each page
K50.00
Mortgages and Related Matters
Processing documents for registration of transfer, transmission, mortgage, transfer of mortgage or transmission of mortgage in relation to a ship required by the Shipping Registration Act to be registered
K1,000.00
Registering change of name or address of mortgagee
K200.00
Processing of documents for the registration of a Discharge of Mortgage
K200.00

Contact


National Maritime Safety Authority
Capt. Graham R Proud
Executive Manager Maritime Administration
Address
Level 3, Defens Haus
P.O. Box 668, Port Moresby
National Capital District
Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea

Phone
+675 70053054
+6753054600

Email
gproud@nmsa.gov.pg
enquiries@nmsa.gov.pg

Web
http://www.nmsa.gov.pg

Fax
+675 3213051

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 Papua New Guinea

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

x= ratification
d=denunciation

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