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    Department of Merchant Shipping

    The Department of Merchant Shipping (DMS) was established and started functioning as a distinct entity in the Ministry of Communications and Works, in 1977. The service existed, however since 1963 and functioned under the Department of Ports.

    The Department of Merchant Shipping is responsible for the development of maritime activities which include:

    • Registration of ships,
    • Administration and enforcement of the Merchant Shipping Laws,
    • Control of ships and enforcement of international conventions ratified by the Government of Cyprus,
    • Protection of the marine environment,
    • Vessel traffic monitoring in the sea around Cyprus and information system implementation,
    • Monitoring the conditions of living and work on board Cyprus Ships,
    • Registration, training and certification of seafarers,
    • Control of Coastal passenger vessels and small craft,
    • Investigation of marine accidents,
    • Continuous updating of the merchant shipping legislation and its harmonization with that of the European Union,
    • Coordination of the EU Integrated Maritime Policy,
    • Administration of the State Aid Scheme for Maritime Transport and the Tonnage Tax System,
    • Promotion of Cyprus as an International Registry and a base for international maritime operations

    The Cyprus registry ranks tenth among international fleets and third within the European Union, with a merchant fleet exceeding 22 million gross tons.

    The main efforts of the Department of Merchant Shipping focus on the harmonisation of the Cyprus legislation to that of the European Union and its effective implementation. At the same time, action is taken for the continuous improvement of the existing infrastructure, the incentives available to both residents and non-residents and the enhancement of the international reputation of the Cyprus flag as a maritime flag.

    Particular attention is also given to the protection of the marine environment .

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    Contact Information

    Limassol (head office)

    Kyllinis street, Mesa Geitonia 4007 Limassol

    Tel: (+357) 25 848 100


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