As of January 1, 2021 the Dutch ICP is no longer available for non-Dutch residents!However, many people were already switching from the Dutch ICP registration to the Polish yacht registration which is available for ALL nationalities. The reason for this is that the Dutch ICP registration was no longer valid in Spain, Italy & Portugal and it is just a boat ownership document while the Polish flag registration is actually a real flag document.
It is actually less expensive to register in Poland, as the fee that starts at 420 Euro (depending on length of vessel) and is a one-time fee with no renewals! We can register you with a Polish (EU) flag in as little as 2 days and the registration process is very simple as you do not need a survey or tonnage certificate.
See all details here: https://www.polish-yacht-registration.com/
You can also register your vessel via us under the Dutch ZEEBRIEF which is an official Dutch flag registration
This registry is valid worldwide and is an actual flag registration and not a boat ownership registration like the Dutch ICP. The fee for this registration is higher then the Polish registration and also does not require a survey of your vessel but a maritime inspector will have to visit your vessel. We can arrange this Netherlands International registration for EU citizens as well as non-EU citizens. The process consists of 2 steps; first step is submitting all documents (we do this for you) and the second step is having a one time inspection done of your vessel (see details below).
We do not need any survey or tonnage certificate to register your yacht as private use vessel, if it is less then 24 meters in length but an inspector of the Dutch maritime authority will need to visit your vessel in order to measure it and add markings with microdots on your vessel (anti-theft). The inspector does not do an actual survey, just a very basic check. You, do not have to bring the vessel to Holland as the inspector can visit you anywhere but his actual travel fees will be charged to you. This fee to the maritime authorities in Holland for the inspection, are not included in our rate and depends on the location of your boat or yacht. In Europe the average costs are between € 650,- and € 1000,-.
Which documents are required for the Dutch Certificate of Registry (Zeebrief)?
The documents required are very simple:
- Notarized passport copy of a private owner or proof of identity of all directors in case of a company owned boat.
- Proof of ownership / sale agreement (invoice, bill of sale or notary statement)
- In case of a previous registry, we require a copy of the deletion document
– WE WILL TRANSLATE YOUR DOCUMENTS FOR FREE AS PART OF OUR PACKAGE
*If a yacht is larger than 24 meters we also need a survey and tonnage certificate
Dutch Certificate of Registry (Zeebrief) - available for ALL nationalities!
The Dutch certificate of registry is also available for boat owners that are NOT EU citizens. Our Non-European boat owners need to setup a UK LTD in order to register in Holland. This UK LTD will become the owner of the boat and our client owns this LTD. As it is only used for owning the boat there are no taxes to be paid or filed.
- We setup an United Kingdom LTD. for you in 24 hours. This LTD is owned by you but can also have additional owners if needed. The total cost for the setup of the LTD. is 349 Euro and after that 249 Euro annually. As the LTD. is only used for owning a boat you will not need to pay any yearly taxes or do any government filings.
- After 24 hours, the LTD is setup and then you make a new bill of sale on the name of your UK LTD.
- We will then register the UK LTD. as owner of the vessel and start the Dutch certificate of registry.
How much does the Dutch Certificate of Registry cost?
We offer a complete all-inclusive package in order to obtain the the Dutch Certificate of Registry (Zeebrief) at a cost of € 1695. As mentioned we use the government express service which saves you many weeks in processing time. The necessarily one time inspection is not included and depends on the location of your boat or yacht. In Europe the average costs are in between € 650,- and € 1000,-.
How much are the annual cost for the Dutch Certificate of Registry?
Recurring annual costs after the first year are € 195,- and include all costs, fees, representation, domicile, fillings, etc.
AIS & MMSI Radio License service
We recommend that you also apply for a Dutch AIS & MMSI Radio Licence including ATIS, MMSI number and call sign, as many countries require this to be on board your vessel. We can provide this license within 24 hours. The costs for this are € 149,- per calendar year. We can send the Dutch MMSI radio license by courier to you together with your registration.
What if you currently have a Dutch ICP registration?
All clients who currently have an Dutch ICP registration can be assured that their current ICP stays valid until the expiry date of their registration. We can arrange for the necessary DELETION CERTIFICATE FOR FREE, if you change your registration to a Polish or any other flag registration with us. Just call, email or WhatsApp us and we will get it done in as little as 2 days.