Minimum requirements for safe and efficient passage of sea-going vessels in Surinamese waters
In accordance with the Act establishing the Maritime Authority Suriname (S.B. 1998 No. 37), the Maritime Authority Suriname (MAS) is responsible for guaranteeing safe and efficient passage of sea-going vessels to and from Suriname on the basis of international standards and rules.
With reference to the above mentioned we hereby lay down the minimum requirements to which seagoing vessels must comply with:
1. a high cool water intake or an inner cooling system which should be used when navigating
in the channel. Ships with a bottom cooling system are not admitted to the Surinamese
2. acceptable draught;
3. all anchors in excellent working condition and the ship should be able to present at least
2 (two) anchors at all times;
4. the main propulsion engines and generators should be in a good working condition;
5. must be equipped with proper working radars and navigation lights;
6. for passing under the Jules A. Wijdenbosch bridge, across the Suriname River, ships
should take into account the maximum clearance (air draft) of 41 (forty one) meters at
High Water Spring (HWS);
7. all the statutory regulations;
8. ship Information should be submitted to the MAS at least 48 hours prior to arrival at the
This should consist of the following documents:
• ship pre-arrival information form;
• maritime declaration of health (MDoH) form;
• crew list.
All documents should be filled out and signed by the master.
The information should be send to the following email addresses:
9. ships which will enter a Surinamese port for the first time, have to submit the ship
particulars list to the MAS at least 5 (five) working days in advance. This list should
contain, among other, information regarding the ship generators, anchors and cooling
system. The information should be send to the following email addresses:
firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org
10. the pilot ladder should be in compliance with IMO Resolution A.1045(27) and with the
equipment and arrangement requirements of SOLAS Regulation V/23.
Ships that do not meet or comply with the requirements/conditions, as stated above, will
not be admitted to Suriname.