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The British Register of Ships & The Red Ensign Group

A yacht owner is faced by a bewildering variety of shipping registers vying for the opportunity of registering their yacht.

There is however one register that stand out above all other flags as the best choice for nearly any yacht of any size and type – the British Register of Ships.

It is for good reason that the British Register of Ships is the number one internationally valid title register for yachts.

No other registry can offer the same combination of tradition, reputation, prestige and quality as the British Register of Ships.

The ‘Red Ensign’ flown by all British registered yachts is widely regarded as the flag of choice for the discerning yacht owner.

The British Register of Ships is divided into a number of separate shipping registries who collectively are known as the ‘Red Ensign Group’.

The Red Ensign Group is made up from the United Kingdom, the Crown Dependencies (Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey) and the UK Overseas Territories (Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, St Helena and the Turks & Caicos Islands).

Any vessel registered in the UK, a Crown Dependency or UK Overseas Territory, is a “British Ship” and is entitled to fly the Red Ensign.

The registries forming the Red Ensign Group are divided into two categories:

Category 1

Category 1 registers are capable of registering yachts of unlimited tonnage and type. Registers are:

Bermuda;
British Virgin Islands (BVI);
Cayman Islands;
Gibraltar;
Isle of Man; and
United Kingdom.

Category 2

Category 2 registers are capable of registering yachts and pleasure vessels of up to 150 gross tons (GT). This limit can be extended to 400GT with an agreement in place with the UK. Registers are:

Anguilla;
Falkland Islands;
Guernsey;
Jersey;
Montserrat;
St Helena; and
Turks & Caicos Islands. 

Oceanskies specialise in the registration of yachts under the Red Ensign.

For further information detailing the advantages of the most popular individual Red Ensign Group registries for yachts please feel free to consult our guides on the following links:

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@oceanskiesltd

17 February 2020 at 15:14

Today we have been in Viareggio with @azimutbenetti for the survey of their latest @Azimut_Yachts Azimut 27 Metri undergoing red ensign registration - pls contact us for a registration proposal or go to oceanskies.com to use our flag selector #yachtregistration pic.twitter.com/Y6TZ47WbEp

@oceanskiesltd

13 February 2020 at 19:29

Today we have been in Bordeaux with a very busy @Lagooncats for the tonnage survey of latest Lagoon 52F undergoing red ensign registr by Oceanskies - pls do not hesitate to contact us for a proposal or go to oceanskies.com to use our flag selector #lagooncatamaran pic.twitter.com/Od4Jcs7khU

@oceanskiesltd

11 February 2020 at 20:13

Today we have been in La Rochelle, France with @NautitechCat for the tonnage survey of their latest Nautitech 46 Fly sailing catamaran undergoing red ensign registration by Oceanskies #Nautitech #yachtregistration #yachtregistry #yachtregister #tonnagesurvey #redensign pic.twitter.com/u4tev2MzJu