The UK Ship Register

Welcome to the UK Ship Register, part of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), which is an executive agency of the UK Government's Department for Transport. The Register is one of the best-performing flags in the major Port State Control regimes and has a reputation for maintaining the highest international standards.  

We believe that quality is non-negotiable. The quality standards set by reputable sections of the shipping industry should never be compromised by sub-standard shipping. We work with our customers to achieve the highest standards of safety through partnership.

Flying the British Red Ensign stands for a quality flag for quality owners

We have built a reputation as being a modern, world-renowned, quality flag with many advantages which include no annual tonnage tax fees. Our customers benefit from a personalised round-the-clock service, with services and fee packages to suit individual customer requirements. 

We are recognised for our quality and maintenance of high standards, which is clearly demonstrated by our consistently high rankings on both the Paris and Tokyo MoU White lists, as well as holding Qualship 21 status which are key indicators of performance for flag states. 

We are continuously evolving and responding to the needs of the shipping industry. Examples of this include:

  • 24/7 customer service,
  • Competitive registration costs,
  • The Enhanced Authorisation Scheme which allows all surveys and audits to be carried out by one of our Recognised Organisations around the world and;
  • Package fee options including for registration, inspection and certification.

We are moving towards becoming an ‘E’ Flag and are putting many of our processes online, including; registration, inspection and certification.