Document needed for registration purposes are: -
Before a ship can be registered, the ship's name must be approved. Ship name application may be made at any Registrar's office. Once the registered name of the ship is approved, the application for registration of the vessel may be made at any of the registrar's office.
Normally, a Ship Certificate (Provisional Registry) will be issued by the Registrar of Ship before the Certificate of Registry is issued subject to the conditions stipulated by the Registrar of Vessels.
Owner of the vessel need to notify any amendments or changes in the ships information that affect the information in the Certificate of Registry of the Ship, for example; change of address or ship’s tonnage.
Re-registration is a term used under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance whereby the registration of the ship has been terminated earlier and subsequently re-registered.
Examples of common cases are as follows: -
There are three categories of ships that are excluded from registration ie: -
- Ships that do not exceed 15 net tonnage
- Licensed boats
- Local fishing vessel of 500 GT and below operating within Malaysian waters
There are two main reasons why a ship needs be registered. Firstly, it is to update the identity of the ship and to proof the Flag State or nationality of a ship. Registration also allows recording / registering of information related to mortgages where the ship is pledged as security. Registered ships can claim privileges and sovereign protection from the registered Flag State.