You will require this registration if you operate a ship in Australian waters for the purpose of international trade.
The purpose of the International Register is to provide an alternative to registering overseas for Australian companies that own or operate ships overseas. Inclusion on the International Register is a discretionary option for owners and operators that are predominantly engaged in international trading.
Please be aware that if your ship is over 24 metres in tonnage length then you must fly the Australian Red Ensign. All other registered ships may fly either the Australian National Flag or the Red Ensign.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible to receive this registration you must:
- Submit an application providing information about the ship, boat or vessel you are registering;
- Provide a declaration of ownership and nationality;
- Provide notice of appointment of a registered agent of the ship; and
- Provide identification documentation for the ship, boat or vessel that is either from the last place of registration or the manufacturer (builder's certificate).
You are required to meet specific ownership requirements or provide evidence that the ship is being operated by an Australian entity under a demise charter.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
Fees are listed on the attached document.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Shipping Registration Office
Shipping Registration Act 1981 (Australian Government)
Shipping Registration Regulations 1981 (Australian Government)
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