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12 June 2019
The Merchant Navy Law (Decree-Law 3059/79) includes a cabotage reservation system. The law implies that only Chilean vessels are permitted to provide maritime or fluvial transport services (of cargo or passengers) within Chile or its exclusive economic zone.
However, Law 21,138 came into force on 26 February 2019 allowing passenger cabotage on foreign cruise vessels provided that certain conditions are met.(1)
Foreign vessels can participate in cargo cabotage when:
Following the introduction of Law 21,138, passenger cabotage on foreign cruise vessels is now allowed provided that the vessel:
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