UK Ship Register, a guide to registration

Guide for owners and operators of merchant ships and bareboat charters over 100GT.


UK Ship Register, a guide to registration

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This guide is designed to help you through the registration and certification of merchant ships joining parts I and IV of the UK Ship Register.

It explains

  • how to get started with the registration process
  • the customer support you’ll get
  • the forms and certification you’ll need to achieve full registration

You can find more information and downloadable documents in our detailed web guide.

Published 1 May 2014
Last updated 19 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated UK Ship Register a guide to registration April 2018
  2. Updated A Guide to Registration - November 2017
  3. Updated UK Ship Register: guide to registration
  4. Guide to Registration document updated 28/07/14
  5. First published.