Oceanskies are specialists in the registration of yachts.
We would always recommend that owners contact us at an early stage of the acquisition process, ideally before any agreement to build or purchase is signed as the final choice of registration will impact on various contractual and practical aspects of the process.
It is our philosophy that every owner has a unique set of circumstances and requirements and therefore we approach every situation on a bespoke case by case basis taking into account various considerations including, but not limited to, the following:
- Nationality of yacht owner
- Residence of the yacht’s principal user(s) and their guests
- Physical characteristics of yacht (length and tonnage being particularly important)
- Existing registration of yacht (if applicable)
- Availability of historical proof of ownership / title documentation for yacht
- Usage of yacht (i.e. private or for charter)
- VAT or equivalent tax status of the yacht
- Area of operation and primary homeport/country of use
- Specific crew and operational considerations
Notwithstanding the above listed considerations we believe it important that simple owner preference should always be an important factor in the final choice of registry.
Oceanskies is able to register yachts in all principal jurisdictions including (please click on jurisdiction name for further information):
Once an owner has in consultation with Oceanskies decided on their preferred jurisdiction of registration it then becomes our responsibility to effect the registration of the yacht and then ensure that it is documented in compliance with international and national laws, rules and regulations pertaining to its safe and correct operation.
In practice we are appointed as authorised registration agents for a particular yacht by the owner who will either be an individual or a corporate structure.
The yacht registration procedure is by its very nature complicated and time consuming. By utilising the services of Oceanskies yacht owners and their advisers are able to efficiently delegate all formalities concerning the process.
On receipt of instructions to proceed, Oceanskies will endeavour to complete the registration of the yacht in the shortest possible time, through close liaison (where applicable) with builders, brokers, previous owners and the appropriate registration authority.
In instances where a yacht needs to sail before the completion of registration formalities, Oceanskies will, whenever possible, provide temporary registration documentation.