San Marino, a tiny landlocked micro-state, sized about 61 sq. km, has launched the San Marino Ship Register (SMSR), the newest, and the quirkiest international ship registry in the world!
Thanks to the bizarre allowances of shipping regulations, the Maritime Authority of San Marino, has announced a partnership with the SMSR. It would be registering vessels like VLCCs, yachts, and other commercially operated ships, flying the flag of San Marino, irrespective of their size. The SMSR has also published the registry’s guidelines for regulation.
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The San Marino Ship Register would be headquartered in San Marino, and is aiming to offer simple and efficient registration solutions, including a fully digital access to certification and a 24-hour global support system, with quality customer service and quick response times.
Marco Conti, the Director General of the San Marino Civil Aviation and Maritime Navigation Authority said, “The brand-new partnership between the San Marino Maritime Authority and San Marino Ship Register will establish San Marino’s position as a key player in the maritime industry”.
San Marino, which has been a member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) since 2002, is located in the north-eastern side of the Apennine Mountains, surrounded entirely by Italy. The country is not a member of the European Union (EU) though.
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The SMSR would be offering a 48-hour registration process, including attractive fees and tax regime, with no restrictions based on nationalities.
Along with other micro-nations like Tuvalu and Nauru, the San Marino is one of the smallest flag states in the world.