Registration is open to all types of ships which includes offshore vessels like oil rigs and floating platforms. The vessel should be less than 17 years old and classed with any of the nine recognised classification societies.
The following persons may be registered as owners of Singapore vessels:
(i) Citizens or permanent residents of Singapore; and
(ii) Companies incorporated in Singapore that are locally or foreign owned.
A locally-owned company is a company incorporated in Singapore in which more than 50% of its equity is owned by Singapore citizens or another locally owned company.
A foreign-owned company is a company incorporated in Singapore in which more than 50% of its equity is owned by non-citizens of Singapore.
The companies must have a minimum paid-up capital of S$50,000 which is waived by the Registrar under certain circumstances. In addition the vessel owned by the foreign-owned company must be at least 1,600 GT and be self-propelled.
The owner of every Singapore ship must appoint a manager whose residence is in Singapore. The manager will be responsible for all matters related to ship registration and crew manning such as the day-to-day correspondences, billings including annual tonnage tax (ATT) with the Ship Registry Department and the Seafarers Management Department. All communications relating to the vessel will be directed to the Manager.
(a) Application form
Download and complete the application form for provisional registration. The form can be obtained from www.mpa.gov.sg.
(b) Business Profile
The business profile lists the company’s particulars as lodged with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA).
(c) Appointment of an Agent
An agent may be appointed to sign the declaration in the provisional registration application form. To appoint an agent, the owner must complete the Appointment of Agent form.
(d) Appointment of a Manager
The vessel manager is responsible for all matters related to ship registration and crew manning such as the day-to-day correspondences, billings including annual tonnage tax (ATT) with the Ship Registry Department (REG) and the Seafarers Management Department (SMD). All communications relating to the vessel will be directed to the manager.
The appointment of the manager must be made by the owner by completing the Appointment of Manager form. The original form has to be submitted to the Registrar of Ships.
If there is a change in the manager, the vessel owner must complete a new form and submit the duly completed original form to the Registrar of Ships within seven days of the change.
(e) Evidence of Ownership
The following are required as proof of ownership:
(f) Evidence that vessel is free from registered encumbrances
(g) Value of the Vessel
The owner must declare the value of the vessel in Singapore dollars (S$) on the company’s letterhead if this is not reflected in other documents submitted (i.e. Bill of Sale).
(h) Tonnage Certificate
All vessels must have their tonnage determined in accordance with the provisions of the Merchant Shipping (Tonnage) Regulations (which gives effect to the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969 (TM 69)).
(i) Class Certificate
(j) Acceptance of Provisional Registration
The fees listed below are quoted in Singapore dollars (S$).
Initial registration fee
S$2.50 per NT, subject to a minimum of S$1,250 (500 NT) and a maximum of S$50,000 (20,000 NT).
Annual tonnage tax
S$0.20 per NT, subject to a minimum of S$100 (500 NT) and a maximum of S$10,000 (50,000 NT).
Your vessel is successfully registered and you will receive a Certificate of Registry and a Carving and Marking Note.