Q. How long will registration take?
A. Once surveys are completed, and original registration documentation has reached us, registration can be completed in a day.
Q. How much will it cost?
A. Our fees which are based on the Net Tonnage (NT) of a ship are competitive; - see our fee structure for full details. Reduced registration fees apply for the registration of a second ship. Third, and subsequent ships do not pay registration fees except for a nominal documentation fee. We do have an annual tonnage fee. For ships joining in the middle of the year, the annual tonnage fee is pro rated.
Q. What are our office hours?
A. Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm; and outside these hours, weekends and public holidays by arrangement for no additional charge.
Q. What are the costs for ship mortgage registration?
A. Costs depend on the type of vessel from $220 (for pleasure vessels) - $440 (for ships). Please see our fee regulations for a specific cost for your ship type. With prior verification of documentation, mortgages can be registered within one hour.
Q. Can Bareboat Charterers register their vessels?
A. Yes, Bermuda offers facilities for bareboat charterers to register their vessels on the Bermuda Bareboat (Demise Charter) Registry. This facility provides Bareboat Chartering In as well as Bareboat Chartering Out.
Q. What is the flag flown by Bermuda ships?
A. Bermuda ships being 'British Ships' fly under the undefaced UK Red Ensign.
Q. Does Bermuda provide provisional registration?
A. Yes. In extenuating circumstances the ship owners can obtain provisional registration for their ships through British Consular offices in consultation with the Department of Maritime Administration, Bermuda.
Q. Does Bermuda issue Deletion Certificates?
A. On closing of the register, Bermuda issues a 'closed' transcript of the register that indicates the closure.
Q. What are the time, cost, and procedure for obtaining a transcript?
A. The Register is a public document and any member of the public can obtain a transcript of the Register on payment of the statutory fee as outlined in our fee regulations. The transcript can be issued within an hour subject to fees being received. As an assistance to customers, the Registry has facilities to accept credit card transactions through major credit cards.
Q. Are there any restrictions on officers nationality?
A. In general there are no restrictions on officer nationality on Bermuda vessels.
Q. How does Bermuda meet the requirements of the 1995 STCW Code?
A. Bermuda issues STCW endorsements, in recognition of certificates of competency that are acceptable to Bermuda. Certificate issued under the 1995 STCW regulations are recognized by Bermuda Endorsements as valid for a period of 5 years, subject in both cases to the validity of the underlying certificate. New officers without endorsements who are scheduled to join Bermuda vessels can be issued with an interim statement recognizing their certificate of competency. This statement is valid for a period of 3 months pending the issue of the full term endorsement.
Q. Are there any restrictions on vessel's age or type?
A. There are no absolute restrictions on the age of a vessel applying for registration. However the age of vessel is one of a number of considerations that are taken into account in deciding if a vessel is to be registered. It general Bermuda operates a fleet with a low average age and intends to maintain this. Any vessel proposed for registry will be assessed taking into consideration age, port state control record, manager record, vessel type, clas record and a number of other factors before the Administration wil make a final decision on acceptability.
Q. How does Bermuda maintain the quality of vessels on the registry?
A. The maritime Administration keeps a close watch on the port state control records for all Bermuda ships It also assesses the survey and audit reports from visits by Bermuda surveyors and Class surveyors. Any ship that appears regularly on PSC reports with numbers of deficiencies is assessed as high risk and may be subject to a visit by a Bermuda surveyor to assess the situation. Equally a vessel that is detained more than once by Port state control in a short period will be examined very carefully and if the detentions are valid will be asked to leave the register.