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  Vessel Registration
 
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Designated Registration Agent
Registration Requirements »
 

The registration of vessels under the flag of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is governed by the Merchant Shipping Act, 1982, as amended, and the Wreck and Salvage Act.

Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is the home port. The Cabinet has appointed a Commissioner for Maritime Affairs to perform the functions and discharge the duties of a Registrar outside St. Vincent and the Grenadines; to carry out administrative duties and undertake the general superintendence of all matters as per the Merchant Shipping Act and the registration of ships in foreign ports. A SVG citizen or body corporate or a foreign corporation registered in St. Vincent or by being a foreign corporation and obtaining a resident agent in SVG can be the owner of a SVG vessel. The age limit for such a registration is forty (40) years. There is no crew nationality requirements. No vessel under 500 gross tons can be registered in SVG. However, this can be waved with special permission from the Commissioner of Maritime Affairs.

Provisional Registration

  • Application form for Registration completed and signed
  • A Proof of ownership or copy of notarized Bill of Sale or copy of Purchase Contract or Builder's Certificate (New Ship only) 
  • A Good Standing Certificate of the owning company or recent Certificate of Registration
  • A copy of ISM Document of Compliance (DOC) of the vessels operator and a copy of the short term (or interim) SMC or confirmation from the authorized organization that same is being issued (if applicable)
  • A Permission for transfer or recent Transcript of Register and/or recent Non-encumbrance Certificate or Deletion Certificate from the present registry
  • A copy or photocopy of the existing Tonnage Certificate or Certificate of Measurement
  • A Confirmation from the Classification Society that the vessel is in class and has valid statutory certificates. The Classification Society must confirm that the vessels class will be retained under the new Ownership/Flag and that the new statutory certificates will be issued after the completion of the necessary surveys
  • An Accounting Authority Identification Code (A.A.I.C.) and confirmation from the accounting authority that it will be responsible for the radio traffic accounts
  • The payment of registration and annual fees

Permanent Registration

  • Original or certified true copy of the Bill of Sale notarized or Builder's Certificate (New Ship only)
  • Original Ships Carving and Marking Note completed and stamped by the classification surveyor (submitted with the provisional registration documents)
  • Certificate of Deletion from the previous registry (original or certified copy)
  • Certificate of Entry from P & I and Insurer
  • Copies of class and statutory certificates including the Safety Management Certificate (SMC), if applicable
  • Original Radio Installations Survey Report completed and stamped by the classification surveyor (submitted with the provisional registration documents)

Registration of Mortgage

  • Two Mortgage Deeds stating the date and amount of Mortgage, discharge amount and date of maturity, signed by the Mortgagor and Mortgagee and legalized by a Notary Public
  • Affidavit of Good Faith
  • Payment of fees for the registration of mortgage and issue of Transcript of Register. 
    Change of Ownership
  • Payment of US$ 200.- and cost of the issue of the relevant certificates as well as any other outstanding fees
  • Application Form filled in and signed (a-part from the ships technical details)
  • Bill of Sale notarized
  • Good Standing Certificate of the Owner
  • Discharge or transfer of the existing encumbrances (if any)
  • New A.A.I.C. or confirmation from the present accounting authority that they will remain responsible for the radio traffic accounts under the new ownership
  • Confirmation from the Classification Society that the vessel is in class and has valid statutory certificates. Classification Society also to confirm that the vessel's class will be retained under new Ownership and that new statutory certificates will be issued after completion of the necessary surveys
  • A copy of ISM Document of Compliance (DOC) of the vessel’s operator and a copy of the short term (or interim) SMC or confirmation from the authorized organization that same is being issued (if applicable)
  •  Certificate of Entry from P & I and Insurer 
  • Original Deletion Certificate from previous flag, if not already received

Bareboat Registration

A Bareboat registration under the flag of St. Vincent and the Grenadines may take place upon receipt of: 

  • Payment of the relevant fees
  • Application Form filled in and signed
  • Transcript or Register from the foreign registry
  • Certificate of Good Standing of the Bareboat Charterers; 
  • Copy of the Bareboat Charter Party
  • Written consent from the foreign registry for the vessel to fly the flag of St. Vincent mentioning the bareboat charter period
  • Written consent from the mortgagees (If applicable)
  • Copy of the existing Tonnage Certificate
  • Confirmation from the Classification Society that the vessel is in class and has valid statutory certificates. Classification Society also to confirm that the vessel's class will be retained under new Ownership/Flag and that new statutory certificates will be issued after completion of the necessary surveys
  • A copy of ISM Document of Compliance (DOC) of the vessel’s operator and a copy of the short term (or interim) SMC or confirmation from the authorized organization that same is being issued (if applicable)
  • Certificate of Entry from P & I and Insurer
  • A.A.I.C. and confirmation from the Accounting Authority that they will be responsible for the radio traffic accounts. 

Authorization For Bareboat Registration
Under Foreign Registry

A Confirmation of Registration and Letter of Authorization to fly the foreign flag may be issued upon receipt of: 

  • Payment of the relevant fees. It should be noted that the Annual Tax(es) (for the calendar year(s)) is/are payable in advance for the whole bareboat charter period. 
  • Application Form filled in and signed
  • Bill of Sale notarised
  • Certificate of Good Standing of the Owner
  • Photocopy of the Bareboat Charter Party
  • Original Deletion Certificate and Non-encumbrance Certificate from the previous Registry
  • Consent from the intended foreign Flag Authorities to the bareboat registration for the period of Charter
  • Written consent from the mortgagees (If applicable).
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