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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:

Yacht Registration

Yacht Registration - An Introduction
The British Register of Ships & The Red Ensign Group
The UK Ship Register (Part I) v. UK Small Ships Register SSR (Part III)
Registration of Yacht Tenders
The Yacht Radio Licence – A Guide To Licensing, Call Signs, MMSI Numbers & More
The Carving & Marking of Yachts – A Guide
Delaware Yacht + Vessel Registration – A Warning!
Netherlands / Dutch ICP Yacht Registration – A Warning!

Yacht Registries

Cayman Islands Yacht Registration
Guernsey Yacht Registration
Isle of Man Yacht Registration
Jersey Yacht Registration
Malta Yacht Registration
United Kingdom (UK) Yacht Registration

Yacht Operation

EU VAT & Yachts – Frequently Asked Questions
Temporary Admission (Temporary Importation) for Yachts in Europe
The Charter of Yachts in the European Union
Cruising Licences for Yachts in the United States
Yacht Leasing In Malta

Yacht Survey & Certification

The Tonnage Measurement Survey
Rules for the operation of Private Pleasure Yachts under the British Flag
Rules for the Charter of Yachts Under 24 Metres under the British Flag
Rules for the Charter of Yachts Over 24 Metres under the British Flag
The Intended Pleasure Vessel Code (IPV Code)
Rules for the Charter of Yachts under the Malta Flag
Marshall Islands – Yacht Engaged In Trade (YET) Dual Private & Commercial Charter Yacht Registration

Yacht Agents

Guernsey & Jersey: Channel Islands Yacht Export & Delivery
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24 January 2020 at 20:06

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21 January 2020 at 18:19

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18 January 2020 at 15:44

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