There are two regulators under the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilties: Office of the Maritime Regulator and Commissioner of Maritime Affairs Office.
Office of the Maritime Regulator
Following four years of reforms in the Maritime Sector, a new independent government owned entity has been formed to regulate the maritime sector of Vanuatu. The office of the Maritime Regulator to operate as “Vanuatu Maritime Regulator” or VMR came into existence on the 1st of July 2017 under the provisions of its enabling legislation; the maritime sector regulatory Act No. 26 of 2016.
For more information regarding the Office of the Maritime Regulator, please visit their website.
Commissioner of Maritime Affairs Office
Functions and powers of the Commissioner of Maritime Affairs Office are described under the Vanuatu Maritime Authority Act. The proper management and oversight of maritime vessel registration (cargo, fishing, passenger and pleasure vessels) are a primary responsibilty of this is office.