Published: Apr 24, 2023

New Oman Maritime Law: Key Provisions and Implications

On 30 March 2023, the maritime sector in the Sultanate of Oman (“Oman”) was introduced to a significant development, through the issuance of the Royal Decree No. 19/2023 (the “Decree”) by His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq. The Decree promulgates a new Maritime Law (the “Law”) for Oman, with the aim of enhancing the growth of Oman’s maritime sector, together with prioritising the importance of navigational safety, seafarer protection and environmental preservation. Furthermore, the Law encourages the development of shipbuilding and commercial maritime operations.

Notable features of the Law encompass updated regulations for maritime personnel, including maritime labour contracts, vessel registration under the Omani flag, maritime accidents and penalties, maritime liens and enforcement, while also including provisions for ship agents, cargo agents, freight forwarders and brokers.

The Decree repeals the Maritime Law enacted by Royal Decree No. 35/81 and the Law on Regulating Navigation in Regional Territorial Waters enacted by Royal Decree No. 98/81, together with any other related laws and regulations that may be in conflict with the provisions of the Law.

How can we help?

We are closely monitoring the developments and the issuance of regulations and decisions by the Ministry of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology of Oman, which is the authority empowered to issue the required Regulations and Decisions for the implementation of the Law.

Al Tamimi & Company possesses rights of audience to represent our clients in Oman, should a dispute arise. Through our established Omani office, we maintain an active presence in the country, ensuring we are well-prepared to address any legal matters that may emerge.

Should you have any inquiries or need support in understanding the provisions of the Law with respect to specific matters and your business operations, our team of legal experts is available to provide comprehensive guidance and assistance.

Key Contacts

Omar N. Omar

Partner, Head of Transport & Insurance
Ahmed Al Barwani

Partner, Head of Office - Oman