Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Ship Chandler License (ABCC)

A license authorizing a ship chandler to purchase alcoholic beverages for provisioning ship(s) in Massachusetts.
Once an application is submitted via our eLicensing system, the typical turnaround time is 4 – 6 weeks.

Ivy Maiorino

The Details

What you need

To apply for a Ship Chandler License pursuant to M.G.L. c. 138, § 13 you will need electronic copies of the documents listed below.

Required Documents for ALL new Ship Chandler licenses:

  • Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) License
  • Coast Guard Certificate for the ship to be licensed
  • CORI Release Form for the liquor license manager.
  • Proof of Citizenship for the liquor license manager. Any one of the following is acceptable: US Passport, US Passport Card, Birth Certificate, Voter Registration or Naturalization Papers.
  • Floor Plan of proposed ship to be licensed.

In addition

    If entity applying is a business:

  • Vote of the Corporate Board or LLC is required authorizing any transaction you are applying for.
  • Articles of Organization, Partnership Agreement, Bankruptcy Documents, Estate Documents, Trust Documents or Business Certificate, are required depending on your corporate structure.

    If leasing or renting the ship:

  • Lease 

    If there is any single contribution of more than $50,000 towards this transaction:

  •  Sources of Funding documentation is required: 3 months of bank statements, loan documents, affidavits, etc.

    If Pledging license/stock/beneficial interest/inventory, the following is required:

  • Pledge Agreement
  • Promissory Note
  • Vote of the Corporate Board or LLC approving the Pledge

Fees

Name Fee Unit
Ship Chandler $1,000 each

How to apply

To apply for this license, please create an account on our eLicensing and ePermitting Portal.

Please review the information below:

Technical Requirements:

Below is the list of supported browser versions that provide the best user experience for the online application:

  • Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 10

  • Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 11

  • Firefox 29

  • Safari 6

  • Google Chrome 34

  • Opera 21

Although you may find that your current version also works, it may not support all functions.

To use the system you must first create a user name and password. User guides on this topic and other helpful information about the eLicensing and ePermitting Portal can be found here.

For technical assistance:
Please call the ePLACE Help Desk Team at (844) 733-7522 between the hours of 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Monday-Friday, with the exception of all Commonwealth and Federal observed holidays.

Next steps

Processing Time

Please allow 4-6 weeks for the application to be processed. If there is any information missing, a licensing staff member or investigator will reach out to you directly.

If you would like to check on the status of your application, please contact the following licensing staff member:

Ivy Maiorino
Email:
imaiorino@tre.state.ma.us
Phone: 617-727-3040 x 749
 

More info

  • A ship chandler can sell to Ship Master Licensees.
  • A ship chandler can not purchase product from a retail licensee. They must purchase their product from a Massachusetts Wholesaler, Farmer Brewery, Farmer Winery, or Farmer Distillery.

To generate a list of the most current ship master licensees, please use our General Search Function provided on our eLicensing and ePermitting portal.

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Contact

Address

239 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02114

Phone

Open M-F 9am-5pm

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