- In 1989,
Belize established an open registry
for vessels by authority of the
"Registration of Merchant Ships Acts" (PDF
the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize (IMMARBE).
- Companies with
vessels registered in Belize but operating outside its territorial
waters do not file income tax returns nor do they pay taxes. Any
individual or company, foreign or Belizean, may register vessels in the
Belize registry for lawful Maritime Trade and Service. There is a 30
years age limit but no size or type limitations for vessels. A
provisional registry valid for 6 months is first obtained then followed
by a permanent registry valid for five years.
- The International Merchant Marine
Registry of Belize (IMMARBE) is a department within the Attorney
General¹s Ministry, with its Head Office located in Belize City.
Head Office facilitates and
controls all registrations. The Registry operates through a network of
Designated Offices worldwide. These offices are empowered to process
applications for registration and to issue the relevant documentation.
- All vessels registered at IMMARBE
are subject to a safety inspection in order to ensure compliance with
national and international regulations. The inspection programme
contemplates an annual General Safety Inspection, but
the Administration may order a re-inspection or a special inspection
when it is considered necessary.
- The General Safety Inspections
can only be performed by inspectors who
are authorized by IMMARBE for
this purpose. They are paid directly by IMMARBE¹s Head Office.
inspection is co-coordinated by the Head Office.