Sierra Leone amends its Policy on Detention, Incentives, Fines and penalties

13 September 2021 |  C21030

We would like to inform our clients of vessels flying the Sierra Leone Flag on important amendments on the Registry’s Policies.

Ship Owners/ Managers/ Operators | Surveyors/Auditors/Verifiers

Following the release of the Sierra Leone revised Circular on the Detention Policy and the Incentives, Fines and Penalties, we would like to inform our clients on the applicable discounts and fines related to vessels either indenting to be registered or currently registered with Sierra Leone flag.

The below actions will be taken by SLMARAD in case a Sierra Leonean Vessel is detained in Paris, Med, and Black Sea MoUs:

Detention Policy Fees & Other Fines

This scheme aims to provide the performance of Sierra Leone flag on Port State Control inspections (SLMARAD MC.9)

The penalties distinguish to the following categories:

Category A: Detention of vessels trading within the Paris MoU



Fee applies

Any detention

Special FSI


At the time of FSI
2nd detention within a 3-year period in Paris MoU

Special FSI


* Travelling and accommodation charges that may be required, are not included in the Special FSI surcharge, and will be charged to the shipowners additionally

Category B: Detention of vessels trading within areas other than those specified in Category A



Increase applies to:

1st detention within 1 year 10% Annual Registration/Renewal of Registry
2nd detention within 3 years 15% Annual Registration/Renewal of Registry
2nd detention within 1 year 35% + USD 3,500.00* Annual Registration/Renewal of Registry
* The surcharge of USD 3,500.00 shall be paid within one month after the 2nd detention of a vessel, unless otherwise agreed by the flag.

Other Fines


Fine in USD ($)

Issuance of fraudulent certificate issued by SL Flag (individuals and/or ships)


False representations


Vessels conducting illegal fishing or transhipment


Vessels involved in smuggling and human trafficking


Violation of sanctions


Failure to comply with Flag State requirements and/or instructions


Vessels involved in pollution of the marine environment by the discharge of harmful substances or effluents containing such substances in contravention of MARPOL 73/78 Convention


Other illegal activities

At the discretion of

the Administration

Act now

Ship Owners/ Managers/ Operators of Sierra Leone flying vessels should take a note on the revised amendments concerning Detention Policy.

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