Provisional Registration

UKSR Watermark

Provisional registration conveys no entitlement to register a ship under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.  There are different forms and information required depending on which Part of the Register you are applying for.  

Merchant Vessels (Part 1)

In order to register your ship under the above Act, a further application must be made direct to the Registry.

This Certificate is valid either for three months from the date of issue, the ships arrival in the United Kingdom or termination by the Registry on request from the owner, whichever is sooner.

If registration under the above Act is not completed before the Certificate expires, your ship will cease to be recognised as British.

If you lose this Certificate, you must inform the Registry immediately.

This Certificate cannot be renewed.

A ship once provisionally registered, cannot be provisionally registered again within one year of the date of the original certificate of provisional registration.

Provisional registration conveys no entitlement to fish for profit. If a ship is fishing for profit, its Certificate will immediately terminate.

A Bareboat Part IV registration is not eligible for a provisional registration. 

Application to register

Registration Fee

Application to register (Over 500gt)

Certificate of incorporation (if applicable)

Letter from the owner confirming the vessel is outside of UK waters

Large Yacht (Part 1)

In order to register your ship under the above Act, a further application must be made direct to the Registry.

This Certificate is valid either for three months from the date of issue, the ships arrival in the United Kingdom or termination by the Registry on request from the owner, whichever is sooner.

If registration under the above Act is not completed before the Certificate expires, your ship will cease to be recognised as British.

If you lose this Certificate, you must inform the Registry immediately.

This Certificate cannot be renewed.

A ship once provisionally registered, cannot be provisionally registered again within one year of the date of the original certificate of provisional registration.

Provisional registration conveys no entitlement to fish for profit. If a ship is fishing for profit, its Certificate will immediately terminate.

A Bareboat Part IV registration is not eligible for a provisional registration.

Application to register

Registration Fee

Application to register (Over 500gt)

Certificate of incorporation (if applicable)

Letter from the owner confirming the vessel is outside of UK waters

Pleasure Vessels (Part 1)

In order to register your ship under the above Act, a further application must be made direct to the Registry (address below).

This Certificate is valid either for three months from the date of issue, the ships arrival in the United Kingdom or termination by the Registry on request from the owner, whichever is sooner.

If registration under the above Act is not completed before the Certificate expires, your ship will cease to be recognised as British.

If you lose this Certificate, you must inform the Registry immediately.

This Certificate cannot be renewed.

A ship once provisionally registered, cannot be provisionally registered again within one year of the date of the original certificate of provisional registration.

Provisional registration conveys no entitlement to fish for profit. If a ship is fishing for profit, its Certificate will immediately terminate.

For a provisional registration you will need to complete and provide the following:

Application to register 

Certificate of incorporation (if applicable)

Letter from the owner confirming the vessel is outside of UK waters