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Registry Requirements

Registering a ship in Bermuda is simple and straightforward.

  • Submit the application to register: Application to Register a Ship,
  • Complete the declaration of eligibility: Declaration of Eligibility. This form is also used to nominate the ‘Representative Person’,
  • Appoint the authorised officer/s: Appointment of authorised officer,
  • Reserve a name using form: Proposed Name for a British Ship,
  • Apply for the Class Nine Radio License, callsign and MMSI number: Class Nine Application Form,
  • Submit the builder’s certificate or bill of sale,
  • Submit the Company Certificate of Incorporation,
  • The Certificate of Survey for a ship: Certificate of Survey is completed by a Bermuda surveyor or by a surveyor from a Classification Society recognised by Bermuda and returned to the Registrar,
  • The Registrar compiles the Carving and Marking note and sends this to the attending Bermuda of Class surveyor for completion, whereupon this is also returned to the Registrar,
  • At the time of registration the attending Bermuda surveyor or appointed Classification Society surveyor verifies the Builder’s Certificate or Bill of Sale and confirms this to the Registrar

Electronic submission of most documentation will be accepted, however original copies of the following are required:

  • Application to Register
  • Declaration of Eligibility
  • Proposed Name of a British Ship
  • Appointment of Authorised Officer

It is recommended that electronic copies of the above are submitted in the first instance to expedite the registration, with the original copies following later.

The registration process can be completed very quickly at a time and date convenient to the vessel Owner and agreed with the Registrar of Shipping.

Qualified Person

Ownership of a Bermuda registered ship must be divided into 64 shares which are, themselves, indivisible. A majority of these shares (at least 33) must be owned by “qualified” persons.

A qualified person is:

  • A British Citizen
  • A British Dependent Territories citizen
  • A body corporate registered in the UK or in a UK dependent territory.
  • A body corporate registered in the EU or the EEA.
  • A body corporate incorporated in Bermuda.
  • A body corporate incorporated in any of the following countries:
    • Australia
    • Bahamas
    • Canada
    • China PR
    • Hong Kong
    • India
    • Japan
    • Liberia
    • Marshall Islands
    • Monaco
    • New Zealand
    • Panama
    • Singapore
    • South Africa
    • South Korea
    • Switzerland
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United States of America

Representative Person

Where the majority interest in a ship is owned by a person or persons qualified meeting the above conditions, but is not resident in Bermuda, then a Representative Person will need to be nominated. This requirement is usually met through the services of a Bermuda law firm which can be nominated at the time of application.

Please contact the Registrar directly for further information: