Maritime Services FAQ


Safety & Security

  1. How many crew members have to be employed on board? (Minimum Safe Manning)
    Portugal’s Minimum Safe Manning Certificate is based on the minimum requirements of the IMO Assembly Directive 1047 (27) - principles of safe manning. The shipping company is required to comply with this directive (in particular Annex 2, 3 and 5) to propose the number of the crew, which is then evaluated by the Administration through the Technical Commission of MAR. The required or proposed number of persons depends among others on the vessel's size, the type of the vessel and on the area of operations as well as other criteria such as system maintenance and Ship Security Plan (see Annex 2 of IMO Directive). 

Classification Societies

  1. Which classification societies have been recognized by Portugal?

    The following classification societies have been recognized by Portugal:

  2. Will the Ship Security Plans (SSP) reviewed by Flag State Administration or by classification society?
    SSPs and approval have been fully delegated to classification societies.
  3. How will the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) be processed by Portugal? Is a transfer of all tasks by the classification society (audit requirement DMLC2) accepted by Portugal?
    Basically, yes. The DMLC Part 1 can be applied for at
  4. Who is going to generate the DMLC1 (Declaration of Maritime Labour Convention)?
    The DMLC1, in which the requirements of the flag state to MLC are defined, is generated by the Portuguese Maritime Authority (DGRM). DMLC2, which defines the ship owner's requirements on the implementation, will be generated by the shipping company.
  5. What are the requirements to be used as the basis for DMLC1?
    A template of DMLC1 can be downloaded here.  

LRIT & Radio

  1. Which service providers for long-distance ship-tracking will be accepted?

    For LRIT (Long Range Identification and Tracking) the service providers CLSFulcrumPole StarSatPro and Transas have been approved.

    ASP name Collécte Localisation Satellites CLS - Maritime Security
    Telephone +33(0)561393702
    24h telephone +33 (0) 5 61 39 48 90
    Web + +
    ASP name Fulcrum Maritime Systems Ltd.
    Telephone +44 1708 788400
    24h telephone +44 797 181 8636
    ASP name Pole Star Space Applications Limited
    Telephone + 24h telephone +44 (0)20 7313 7402
    ASP name SatPro Int. Ltd. & Co. KG
    Telephone +49 4302 96 97 914
    24h telephone +49 4302 96 97 914 / +49 163 33 0 77 00
    Web +
    ASP name Transas Telematics Limited
    Telephone +46 31 69 41 80
    24h telephone +46 771 460 100
  2. Will all IACS members be authorized by Portugal to conduct the necessary inspections?
    Yes, all IACS members, which have an agreement with the Portuguese Administration, are authorized to conduct the necessary inspections.
  3. Who is allowed to test (Conformance Test Report)?
    All five providers – CLSFulcrumPole StarSatPro and Transas – are permitted to test.
  4. What equipment is accepted?
    Portugal does not grant any type approval. Any equipment can be used as long as it passes the Conformance Test. See also Cirulcar Informativa N° 4.
  5. Which Radio Accounting Authorities (RAA) and Points of Service Activation (PSA) are accepted?

    Every vessel shall be accounted by a Radio Accounting Authority (RAA) - recognized by Portugal's National Authority for Management & Regulation in Communications (ANACOM). You will find a list of RAA and PSA, which are recognized by Portugal, under Downloads > Others > List of Recognized Radio Accounting Authorities RAA.

  6. Who takes care of the activation, change or de-activation of radio equipment?
    You can nominate a preferred supplier for the so-called Point of Service Activation (PSA), who then acts as a partner when it comes to declaration, change or cancellation of radio equipment. The PSA has to be recognized by the national authority – in case your Radio Accounting Authority is not listed as recognized PSA, please contact us:

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