Hong Kong Boat Registration

Register your boat with the Hong Kong flag!

The Hong Kong Shipping Register (HKSR) is a register of ships that are owned or operated by companies based in Hong Kong. It is recognized as one of the leading shipping registers in the world and is known for its high standards and efficient administration. The HKSR is overseen by the Marine Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government and operates under the Merchant Shipping (Registration) Ordinance.

Benefits of registering with the HKSR include:

As a member of the HKSR, ships can operate on international shipping routes.

The HKSR is recognized by international maritime organizations, including the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Paris MoU on Port State Control.

It has a well-established and efficient administrative process, allowing for quick and straightforward registration and renewal.

Ship owners and operators registered with the HKSR can benefit from Hong Kong's favorable tax regime.

HKSR provides technical support and advice to ship owners and operators, including on issues related to safety and compliance.

Documents required to register the boat:

  • Registration application
  • Bill of Sale: This document must be signed by both the seller and the buyer and should include the boat's make, model, and identification number.
  • Proof of ownership: This could be in the form of a registration certificate from a previous country of registration or a notarized statement from the seller confirming the transfer of ownership.
  • Identification: The owner should provide personal identification document like ID card or passport.
  • Technical documentation: The boat's technical documentation including the boat's measurement certificate, the boat's CE certificate, and the boat's radio station license.
  • Insurance: A valid boat insurance policy is required, covering at least third-party liability.

How long it will take to register my yacht?

We can provide you the provisional registration within 5-7 days and you will get the original papers within 4-6 weeks.