Provisional Registration

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Overview

When an owner intends to register a ship on Part I or Part II and the vessel is currently outside of British waters, you may apply for a 3 month provisional registration. Whilst Provisional registered a Part II vessel cannot operate commercially or fish for profit

Provisional registration gives no entitlement to register a ship under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. 

A Provisional Certificate is valid for 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.

This Certificate cannot be renewed and if lost you must inform the Registry immediately. A ship once provisionally registered, cannot be provisionally registered again within one year of the date of the original certificate of provisional registration

If registration onto the UK Ship Register is not completed before the Certificate expires, your ship will cease to be recognised as British.

How to apply

If you want to apply to provisionally register your vessel, you can use the UK Ship registration service online.

 

Merchant Vessels and Large Yacht (Part 1)

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

Application to register

Declaration of Eligibility

Registration Fee

Application to register (Over 500gt)

Certificate of incorporation (if applicable)

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

Fishing Vessels (Part 2)

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

Application to register

Declaration of Eligibility

Registration Fee

Application to register (Over 500gt)

Certificate of incorporation (if applicable)

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

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

Pleasure Vessels (Part 1)

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

Application to register 

Declaration of Eligibility

Registration fees

Certificate of incorporation (if applicable)

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