Register your merchant vessel online
Register your commercial vessel with the UK Ship Register using the new and improved online registration service. You can now register your cargo or passenger vessel, manage your vessel registration, and stay up to date with your application process on one system.
Vessel owners using the digital UK Ship Register will benefit from a much faster and simplified registration and re-registration process. The system provides clear step by step instructions and an overview of where you are in the process. Much of the administrative work of filling out and sending hard copy forms has been eliminated. The new system will accept electronic copies of documents and you can make payments online.
Customers will receive electronic copies of their certificates as well as hard copies to assist with the smooth operation of their fleet.
Offline services will still be available and commercial ship owners will continue to be supported by their Key Account Managers.
How to apply
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 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 to complete the registration.