THE Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has implemented significant revisions to passenger ship importation regulations, mandating that importers obtain Authority to Import or approval for bareboat charters. Marina Administrator Hernani Fabia has issued Memorandum Circular (MC) DS-2023-01, or the revised rules on the importation of passenger ships, in line with the Amendment to the Public Service Act. This MC aims to ensure the continued viability of domestic shipping operations and to further enhance the sustainability, competitiveness, and safe operation of passenger shipping services in the domestic trade. This applies to passenger ships, regardless of whether they are being acquired through direct purchase, lease, or charter. The application for the issuance of authority to import involves specific requirements and processing fees, which should be adhered to carefully.