In accordance with the Port Law 1981 (SB 1981), Articles 5 and 15 paragraph.1, ships smaller than 50 gross tonnage have the obligation to notify the Maritime Authority Suriname (MAS) when they navigate the Suriname and Corantijn river coming from the outer buoy. Information should be provided using one of the following means:
The information should be submitted in Dutch of English and should consist of:
Additionally a form “notice of arrival for ships smaller than 50 GRT” should be filled out and send to the MAS not later than two (2) days after arrival in the port of Paramaribo or Nickerie through:
Please note that the MAS should be reported regarding all movement of your vessel in port and at departure through VHF or phone.
Inspection of vessels
Surinamese vessels navigating the Surinamese waters must abide by the Internal Collision Regulations (GB 1951 no. 165), the Sea Collision Regulations (GB 1951 no. 46), the Sea Fisheries Act (SB 1980 no. 144) and the Coastal Fishing Decree (SB 1981 no. 166), the Regulation on permit conditions for ferry services (SB 97 no. 73) and the Regulation permit conditions for ferry services 2009, to meet certain requirements. To guarantee safety, all vessels must therefore be inspected annually by the MAS.