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The Maritime Administration of the Cayman Islands (MACI) have further strengthened their status as a truly international register by widening the approved list of countries whose citizens and companies are eligible to register a yacht in the Cayman Islands.

Traditionally the British Register of Ships and the crown dependencies and overseas territories forming the red ensign group were only accessible to non ‘British’ yacht owners if they made a company within a British jurisdiction to gain access to the flag.

In recent times many of the registers who together form the ‘red ensign group’ have widened their eligibility criteria to include not only British owners but owners in other jurisdictions in order to broaden the appeal of their register to attract new business.

Following the latest update to their legislation, the Cayman Islands register of ships is now accessible to yacht owners of fifty countries.

The following table provides a list of eligible countries:

1 Argentina 18 Greece 35 Norway
2 Australia 19 Hong Kong 36 Panama
3 Austria 20 Hungary 37 Peoples Republic of China
4 Bahamas 21 Iceland 38 Poland
5 Bahrain 22 India 39 Portugal
6 Barbados 23 Ireland 40 Romania
7 Belgium 24 Israel 42 Singapore
8 Brazil 26 Italy 42 Slovakia
9 Bulgaria 26 Japan 43 Slovenia
10 Canada 27 Latvia 44 Spain
11 Cyprus 28 Liechtenstein 45 Sweden
12 Czech Republic 29 Lithuania 46 Switzerland
13 Denmark 30 Luxembourg 47 Turkey
14 Estonia 31 Malta 48 United Arab Emirates
15 Finland 32 Mexico 49 United Kingdom
16 France 33 Netherlands 50 United States of America
17 Germany 34 New Zealand

In addition to the countries listed in the above table the Cayman Islands register of ships is also accessible to yacht owners from the Overseas Territories and Associated States of each country including the following:

1 Anguilla 7 Faroe Islands 13 Jersey
2 Aruba 8 French Guiana 14 Madeira
3 Azores 9 Gibraltar 15 Martinique
4 Bermuda 10 Guadeloupe 16 Netherland Antilles 
5 British Virgin Islands 11 Guernsey 17 Marshall Islands 
6 Canary Islands 12 Isle of Man

In all cases where the owner of a Cayman Islands registered yacht is not resident on the island it is necessary for them to appoint and maintain at all times a representaive person in the Cayman Islands.

For further information on Cayman Islands yacht registration please do not hesitate to contact Oceanskies.

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