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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:

  • VHF channel 12 or 16, or
  • Telephone: 597 474575/597 231585 (Corantijn-Nickerie), or
  • Cellular phone: 597 8168461

The information should be submitted in Dutch of English and should consist of:

  • The name and registration number of the vessel;
  • The position at the time of notification;
  • Destination.

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:

  • Fax: 597 472845/597 472940 (Paramaribo)
  • Fax: 597 231585 (Corantijn-Nickerie) or
  • E-mail:
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  • Maritieme Autoriteit Suriname, department of Maritime Administration or Vessel Traffic Control,
    Cornelis Jongbawstraat 2,
    Paramaribo.
  • Maritieme Autoriteit Suriname, Fleet department,
    G.G.Maynardstraat 17,
    Nickerie.

Please note that the MAS should be reported regarding all movement of your vessel in port and at departure through VHF or phone.

Click here for the form in Portuguese.