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Cayman Maritime & Aviation City

Set up your global business in as little as 4-6 weeks and operate in a world-class environment.

Maritime & Aviation City Cayman


Cayman Maritime & Aviation City (CMAC) is a component of Cayman Enterprise City (CEC), which enables businesses within the shipping and maritime industries and the aviation sector to efficiently and cost-effectively set up a genuine physical presence with offshore company and staffed offices to generate an active business income onshore, in the Cayman Islands. 

The Cayman Islands Civil Aviation Authority (CAACI), the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry and Cayman Enterprise City are working together to develop the largest transportation services cluster in the Caribbean region. 

Benefits include:

  • 100% foreign ownership permitted
  • Well-regulated and globally recognised free zone
  • Secure, Efficient and Reliable IT Infrastructure (Learn More)
  • No local corporate, income, sales capital gains or payroll tax
  • 100% exemption from import duties
  • Fast, efficient, and cost-effective set up within 4-6 weeks
  • 5 Year renewable work permits/residency visas granted within 5 days
  • 5 year residency for employees and their dependents
  • A safe, stable British Overseas Territory with robust laws
  • Intellectual property owned offshore
  • An appropriately business regulated environment
  • Excellent service providers to support your business
  • Easy access to North and Latin America markets
  • Ongoing support offered by CEC’s Client Experience and Global Mobility teams

Cayman Maritime & Aviation City Members

Meet others, like you, who have made the move and are operating a business with a genuine offshore physical presence in the Cayman Islands. 

Why Set Up an Offshore Company in the Cayman Islands?

Companies that establish in this international maritime and aviation centre can take advantage of Cayman’s jurisdictional benefits, along with a series of globally competitive concessions granted by the Cayman Islands Government.

With so much uncertainty in the world, it's reassuring to know there is a place where aviation and maritime companies from across the globe can enjoy a safe, secure, and appropriately regulated environment to develop and grow their businesses. 

Cayman Maritime & Aviation City offers streamlined packages as well as the service and support for maritime and aviation businesses of all sizes to easily establish a genuine business presence in the Cayman Islands.

The Shipping & Maritime Sector

CMAC's shipping and maritime sector hub is ideal for globally-focused shipping and maritime services businesses seeking to access to new opportunities for growth. 

The Cayman Islands Shipping Registry, by extension the Cayman Islands’ flag and the jurisdiction, has earned a reputation for quality within the global maritime sector.

Shipping and maritime businesses can be fully set up and operational with a staffed office within CIMAC in as little as 4-6 weeks; this includes the administrative processing of work/residency visas for any expatriate staff that the business may require within five working days.

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  • Ship owners/operators/managers
  • Ship/ Yacht registry
  • Shipbrokers
  • Shipping financiers
  • Technology companies and start-ups engaged in innovative maritime research and development, data management, and more
  • The head offices or satellite offices of maritime industrial businesses and yacht manufacturing and repair businesses
  • Demurrage calculation and post deal expenses calculation
  • Freight trading and brokerage businesses
  • Crew salaries and benefits processing companies
  • Bunker brokerage
  • Shipping operations
  • Logistics planning and vessel management companies
  • Management consulting
  • Other specialised services to the maritime sector
  • etc.

The Aviation Sector

Designed for globally-focused businesses within the aviation sector seeking to access new opportunities for growth. The aviation hub offers the ability for aviation companies to cost-effectively and time-efficiently set up a physical business presence in the Cayman Islands. 

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI) can help aviation businesses meet industry and regulatory requirements.

Aviation businesses can be fully set up and operational with a staffed office within CIMAC in as little as 4-6 weeks; this includes the administrative processing of work/residency visas for any expatriate staff that the business may require within five working days.

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  • Businesses involved in the transport of passengers by air over regular routes and on regular schedules
  • Charter flights for passengers, scenic and sightseeing flights
  • Renting of air‐transport equipment with operator for the purpose of passenger transportation
  • General aviation activities, such as the transport of passengers by aero clubs for instruction or pleasure
  • The transport freight by air over regular routes and on regular schedules
  • Non‐scheduled transport of freight by air
  • Launching of satellites and space vehicles, space transport
  • Renting of air transport equipment with operator for the purpose of freight transportation
  • Logistics planning and aircraft management
  • Management consulting and other specialised services to the aviation sector
  • etc.

Partner Organisations

Civil Aviation Authority
The role of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI) is primarily to function as the regulatory organisation responsible for safety oversight and economic regulation of the aviation industry throughout the territory and to ensure that the Cayman Islands aviation industry conforms to international standards and recommended practices. 
Island Air
Island Air has proudly served the aviation community in the Cayman Islands since 1987. The Fixed Base Operator that provides private charters, ground handling of aircraft, fueling and VIP Meet and Greet services. Other products and services include flight support, departure & weather services, flight plan, kitchen facilities and a medium-sized hangar with engineering and IA on-call. 
Aviation Solutions Cayman
Aviation Solutions Cayman provides a global perspective and the local knowledge to smooth your company’s transition to, and ongoing operations under, a Cayman Island’s Air Operators Certificate.

CEC presents the opportunity for multifaceted international aviation industries to be established in the Cayman Islands.

Fostering the growth of this international community is a very positive development.

P.H. Richard Smith
Director-General, Civil Aviation Authority

Cayman Maritime & Aviation City provides an opportunity for ship management, bunkering crewing and related services in the maritime space.

Cayman-flagged vessels can now have genuine and substantial on-shore presence.

Joel Walton
CEO, Cayman Islands Shipping Registry

Cayman offers a great solution for innovative companies.

I suggest for everyone to take advantage of the multiple benefits of setting up offshore in the Cayman Islands - it's more than just a beautiful destination.

Ramona Tudorancea
Founder & Managing Director JB Advisory Services SEZC

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