Registration

UK Ship Registration Service

With the UK Ship register online service you can apply to register your vessel, manage your vessel registration and stay up to date with your applications progress.

If you are applying to the UK Ship Register for the first time, either to reserve a vessel name or for a new or provisional registration you will need to sign up to use the service. This also applies if you are registering a new build vessel.

If your vessel is already registered with the UK Ship Register, you will first need to claim your vessel to allow you to manage your vessel registration online, you will need proof of identity, your Certificate of Registry, and either the the Bill of Sale or a Declaration of ownership.

If you have bought a vessel that has an existing registration you will also need to claim your vessel. You may be required to provide additional information in order to complete the registration.

Each owner will need to sign up to use the service, provide their personal details, complete declarations of eligibility and agree to our terms of service as detailed in our privacy notice.

Applying on behalf of a ship owner

Process and documents needed for Part 1 and Part 4 (Bareboat) Registration

How to get started when applying on behalf of the ship owner

Your first step will be to complete a ship registration pro forma (MSF 5547), which provides us with the necessary information to check if the ship and the owner are eligible for UK registration.

Following a successful check, you will then be assigned a Key Account Manager (KAM), and will guide you through the transfer of the ship on to the Register; and will be your dedicated point of contact for administration and general policy matters, both during the ‘flag-in’ process and for the period that the vessel remains with the UK Ship Register.

You will also be assigned a Customer Service Manager (CSM) who will deal with the technical issues regarding the survey
and inspection of the ship during the ‘flag-in’ process and for the period that the vessel remains with the UK Ship Register.

Required Documents for Part I Registration

  • Application to Register – MSF 4740 (A)
  • Declaration of Eligibility – MSF 4727
  • Bill of Sale (for existing ships) – MSF 4705
  • Copy of Certificate of Incorporation (if the owner is a body corporate
  • UK Certificate of Survey for Tonnage & Measurement
  • International Tonnage Certificate (ITC69) - (for vessels >500 GT)
  • Builders Certificate (for new builds) - MSF 4743
  • Deletion certificate/transcript from the current register or a written undertaking to provide
    one within six weeks
  • Copy of the ship’s current Continuous Synopsis Record (for vessels >500 GT) - MSF 5623-C
  • Mortgage registration forms (if appropriate) - MSF 4736 and MSF 4737
  • Payment of £153 for 5 years

Once the documentation is received, a Carving and Marking Note will be issued to the owner / attending surveyor.
On receipt of the completed Carving and Marking note at RSS, the Certificate of Registry can be issued.

Please note that any documents used to support your application for Part 1 or Part 4 (Bareboat) Registration, if not in English,  must be accompanied by a translation,  which must be notarised

Required Documents for Part IV (Bareboat Charter) Registration

The following documents are required for Part IV registration:

  • Application to Register a bareboat charter ship – MSF 4738
  • Declaration of Eligibility for a bareboat charter ship – MSF 4735
  • Copy of Certificate of Incorporation (if charterer is a body corporate)
  • Copy of the bareboat charter party agreement
  • Primary registration certificate showing the vessel’s official number
  • Consent from the Primary Register
  • UK Certificate of Survey for Tonnage & Measurement
  • International Tonnage Certificate (ITC69)
  • Copy of the ship’s current Continuous Synopsis Record (for vessels >500 GT)
  • Payment of £153 for 5 years

Once the documentation is received, a Carving and Marking Note will be issued to the owner / attending surveyor.
On receipt of the completed Carving and Marking note at RSS, the Certificate of Registry can be issued.

Please note that any documents used to support your application for Part 1 or Part 4 (Bareboat) Registration, if not in English,  must be accompanied by a translation,  which must be notarised

These documents can be sent to us by email - uksr@mcga.gov.uk

We also can be contacted on +44 (0)20 3908 5200.

Additional information

Transcripts

The following types of transcripts are available subject to you meeting data & GDPR legislation:

  • Ships transcript

  • Closed transcript 

  • Historic transcripts 

For further information on Transcripts, please click here.

Transfer In or Transfer Out

Information on how to Transfer In can be found here.

Information on how to Transfer Out can be found here.