National Legislation

The Registration procedures and requirements of ships enrolled in the Palau International Ship Registry are governed by the
following instruments:
– An Act to amend Title 7 of the Palau National Code to establish an Open Ship Registry in the Republic of Palau.
– Republic of Palau Maritime Regulations.
International Regulations
Palau is a member of both the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) and
has ratified the International Conventions noted hereunder:


– IMO Convention 48, and amendments of 1991, 1993
– SOLAS, Safety of Life at Sea Convention 74 and Protocols of 1978 and 1988
– LOAD LINES 66, Load Lines Convention 1966 and Protocol of 1988
– TONNAGE Convention 69, Tonnage Measurements
– COLREG Convention 72, Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972
– STCW Convention 78, Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping, 1978
– STCW-F Convention 95
– SAR Convention 79, International Convention of Maritime Search and Rescue
– IMSO Convention 76, Convention on the International Maritime Satellite Organization
– IMSO amendments 2008
– FACILITATION Convention 65, Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL)
– MARPOL 73/78 (Annexes I/II, III, IV, V) and Protocol of 1997 (Annex VI)
– CLC Protocol 92., Civil Liability Convention
– FUND Protocol 92, Adoption of Amendments of the Limits of Compensation in the Protocol of 1992 to Amend the
International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage, 1971
– PAL Protocol 02, Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea and Protocol of 2002,
– LLMC Protocol 96, Protocol of 1996 to amend the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976
– SUA Convention 88 / SUA Protocol 88, Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of
Maritime – Navigation
– SUA Convention 2005 / SUA Protocol 2005, Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of
Maritime – Navigation
– SALVAGE Convention 89, The International Convention On Salvage, 1989
– OPRC Convention 90, International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC), 1990
– OPRC/HNS 2000, Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious
Substances, 2000 (OPRC-HNS Protocol)
– BUNKERS CONVENTION 01, Bunkers Convention, International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution
Damage, 2001
– ANTI FOULING 01, International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships, 2001
– BALLASTWATER 2004, International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments,
BWM, 2004
– NAIROBI WRC 2007, The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, WRC 2007


– MLC 2006, Maritime Labor Convention