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 registers are capable of registering yachts of unlimited tonnage and type. Registers are:
British Virgin Islands (BVI);
Isle of Man; and
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:
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:
Here is a batch of Tonnage Plates for yachts we are registering with @RedEnsignGroup under British flag here @oceanskiesltd HQ awaiting courier despatch. These plastic strips are an important part of the yacht registration process #yachtregistration #yachtregistry pic.twitter.com/5xGR7f0Xo3
A beautiful start to the day again here @Oceanskies in St. Peter Port Guernsey were we are pleased to welcome the latest @sunseeker_int Sunseeker 50 Predator #Guernsey @guernseyharbours @locateguernsey @vistguernsey #PositiveVibes pic.twitter.com/rajLtbGriM
On this sunny Monday we are pleased to welcome this beautiful @Sunseeker_Intl 76 Yacht to @gsyharbours which is undergoing @RedEnsignGroup registration with Oceanskies - Anyone would think its Summer! #yachtregistration #yachtlife #Guernsey @LocateGuernsey #PositiveVibes pic.twitter.com/gy0sguWV5S
Today we have been Northern France visiting an incredibly busy @Lagooncats factory near La Roche sur Yon for the tonnage survey of a newbuild Lagoon 46 sailing catamaran undergoing @RedEnsignGroup registration by Oceanskies #lagooncatamaran #yachtregistration #tonnagesurvey pic.twitter.com/rwmKAuzOvX
Today Duncan has been in a sunny and warm Monaco for the tonnage survey of an @PrincessYachts Princess 82 undergoing red ensign registration by Oceanskies - we are a leading yacht registration agency working with the world’s best yacht registries #yachtregistration #tonnagesurvepic.twitter.com/PUl9Sy4L9a9a