Ship registration
Ship registration

The following Banking & Finance guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Ship registration
  • Types of registry
  • National registers
  • Open registers
  • Offshore registers
  • International registers
  • Bareboat charter registration
  • UK registration
  • The UK Ship Register
  • Part I of the Register
  • more

BREXIT: As of 31 January 2020, the UK is no longer an EU Member State, but has entered an implementation period during which it continues to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes. As a third country, the UK can no longer participate in the EU’s political institutions, agencies, offices, bodies and governance structures (except to the limited extent agreed), but the UK must continue to adhere to its obligations under EU law (including EU treaties, legislation, principles and international agreements) and submit to the continuing jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union in accordance with the transitional arrangements in Part 4 of the Withdrawal Agreement. For further reading, see: Brexit—introduction to the Withdrawal Agreement. This has an impact on this Practice Note. Prior to the UK leaving the EU, eligibility for registration on the UK Ship Register depends on the owner of the ship falling within one of a number of categories, including EU member state or EEA country nationals, companies incorporated in an EEA country and European Economic Interest Groupings (EEIGs).

The UK may decide to amend the eligibility criteria affecting both future applications as well as ships already registered on the UK Ship Register. For more guidance on Brexit, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on finance transactions.

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