Continuous synopsis record (CSR) forms and guidance (MSF 5623)

Guidance and forms for owners, operators and masters for a new continuous synopsis record.


Guidance and forms for companies on continuous synopsis record (CSR) (MSF 5623)

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Use these forms to apply to the Registry of Shipping and Seamen (RSS) for a new continuous synopsis record (CSR) or to make amendments to your CSR.

The CSR is a form of log book that stays with the ship for its whole life, and records all changes of owner, flag, name, class, ISM etc.

The ship must keep its copy of the whole CSR onboard even when it:

  • transfers to another flag state
  • is sold to another owner
  • is taken over by another bareboat charter
  • another company assumes the responsibility of the ship operation

A CSR must be maintained for:

  • passenger ships on international voyages
  • cargo ships of 500GT and above on international voyages
  • class A passenger ships operating domestic services within UK waters

The RSS issues CSRs for UK registered ships in the English language.

Published 17 April 2014