Re-Registration of a Fishing Vessel

If the current owner or new owner re-register a vessel that has previously been UK registered, then the following documents will need to be submitted as part of the application process:

Application to register 

Registration fee

Declaration of eligibility – Please contact the Registry of Shipping who will provide this form to you.

Bill of Sale/Invoice/Receipt (if ownership has since changed from previous registration)  

UK Certificate of Survey for tonnage and measurement (required if the vessel has been de-registered from the UK register for over 12 months)– issued by a class/certifying authority (if applicable)

Certificate of incorporation (if applicable) 

MSF1606 inspection report – under 15m vessels - if the vessel is under 15m and has been de-registered for over 6 months

The vessels official number will remain the same from the previous UK registration. All with a re-registrations regardless of length of time off the register, or if any of the markings have changed, a carving and marking note will be issued and will need to be completed by a recognised surveyor

Once the UK Ship Register have received the completed carving and marking note, the vessel will be re-registered and a certificate of registry issued to reflect this.

UKFVC – Over 15m vessels. The issue of a UKFVC is the culmination of a satisfactory survey of a fishing vessel and the presentation of documentation by the Fishing Vessel Surveyor. The documentation to be presented will be dependent upon the vessel.

The type of surveys are regulated by two main factors:

Category A Survey - all the survey is carried out by the MCA or a Delegated Body with the exception of the radio survey which is carried out by GEC Marconi.

Category B Survey - hull and machinery survey FV(SP) Rules 1975, Rules 2-14 and 17-54, is carried out by a Lloyd's Classification Society Surveyor(s), appointed Classification Society Surveyor(s), Sea Fish Industry Surveyor, or other suitable person. The MCA is responsible for the remainder of the survey required by the FV(SP) Rules 1975. Radio survey carried out by GEC Marconi.