OFFICIAL GUIDE TO SHIP & YACHT REGISTRIES

Fiji

Shipowner Eligibility 

Registration is restricted to Fiji nationals. However, foreign persons or corporations may own part of a ship.

About the Flag

The South Pacific island nation of Fiji declared itself a republic in 1987 and left the British Commonwealth. Fiji is a member of the UN and the IMO. The capital is Suva, and the Chief of State is the President with the Head of Government being the Prime Minister. English is the official language, and the legal system is based on the British system.

Fiji’s economy relies predominantly on agriculture but political uncertainty and drought contribute to substantial fluctuations in earnings from tourism and the production of sugar. The unit of currency is the Fijian dollar, and major trading partners include the EC, Australia, Japan, and New Zealand. The legal bases for merchant shipping are the Maritime Transport Decree and Ship Registration Decree.

Company Formation

For information please consult the Fiji Registrar of Companies website.

Taxation

For more information please consult the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority website.

Registration and Documentation

The following documents must be submitted to the Registry of Ships in Suva in order to register a vessel:
Builder's Certificate
Bill of Sale
Declaration of Ownership
Appointment of an Agent

Bareboat Charter Registration

For more information, contact:
Registration
Registrar of Ships, Marine Department
Fiji Islands Maritime Safety Administration (FIMSA)
Central Division
P.O. Box 326, Fiji Islands
Tel: [679] 315 266
Fax: [679] 303 251
Email: info@fimasa.gov.fj
Website: http://www.fimsa.gov.fj/

Visiting Address:
Amra Street
Walubay
Suva, Fiji Islands

Western Division
P.O. Box 316
Lautoka, Fiji Islands
Tel: [679] 6661 229
Fax: [679] 7777 443

Visiting Address:
FPCL Building, 117 Queens Wharf Road
Lautoka, Fiji Islands

Northern Division
P.O. Box 113, Savusavu
Labasa, Fiji Islands.
Tel: [679] 8811 177
Fax: [679] 8852 081

Visiting Address:
Savusavu Wharf, Savusavu
Labasa, Fiji Islands

Company Formation
Office of the Registrar of Companies
Level 2, Suvavou House
Victoria Parade
Suva, Fiji Islands
Tel: [679] 331 2981
Fax: [679] 331 8830

Website: http://www.egov.gov.fj

Taxation
Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority
Private Mail Bag
Suva, Fiji Islands
Tel: [679] 324 3000
Fax: [679] 331 5537

Email: info@frca.org.fj
Website: http://www.frca.org.fj/

Visiting Address:
Revenue & Customs Services Complex
Lot 1, Corner of Queen Elizabeth Drive and Ratu Sukuna Road
Nasese
Suva, Fiji Islands

Vessel and Yacht Eligibility & Survey Requirements

Vessels must comply with the regulations as stipulated in the Regulation for Survey Marine Act of 1986. The following classification societies are recognized to issue certificates on behalf of the Registry:
American Bureau of Shipping
Bureau Veritas
Det Norske Veritas
Lloyd's Register of Shipping
Nippon Kaiji Kyokai

Crewing

Officers and crews of ships under the Fijian flag ideally should be Fiji nationals. However, with government authorization from the Office of the Registrar of Ships, foreign officers and crew are permitted.

Mortgages

Forms regarding mortgages may be found on the Fiji registry website.

Fees

Annual Registration Fee for Local Registered Vessel $28.13 (minimum), $0.71 per 100 GRT
Application for Change of Name $70.32
Initial Registration of Vessel < 100 GRT $140.63(minimum), $1.41 x GRT
Initial Registration of Vessel 100 GRT or more TBA
Change of Vessel Ownership $229.29
Registration of Vessels Mortgage $183.43
Discharge of Vessels Mortgage $183.43
Replacement Certificate of Registration $105.47

Contact

Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji
Mr Akariva Kua
Manager Ships Inspection
PO Box 326
Suva
Fiji
suva
679
Fiji

Phone
3315266

Email
akua@msaf.com.fj

Fax
3303251

Stockholm Agreement 96
IMO Convention 48
* IMO amendments 91 
* IMO amendments 93
SOLAS Convention 74
SOLAS Protocol 78
SOLAS Protocol 88
LOAD LINES Convention 66
LOAD LINES Protocol 88
TONNAGE Convention 69
COLREG  Convention 72
CSC Convention 72
CSC amendments 93
SFV Protocol 93
STCW  Convention 78
STCW-F Convention 95
SAR  Convention 79
STP Agreement 71
STP Protocol 73
IMSO Convention 76
INMARSAT OA 76
INMARSAT amendments 94
INMARSAT amendments 98
IMSO amendments 2006
IMSO amendments 2008
FACILITATION Convention 65
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex I/II)
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex IV)
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex V)
MARPOL Protocol 97 (Annex VI)
London Convention 72
London Convention Protocol 96
INTERVENTION Convention 69
INTERVENTION Protocol 73
CLC Convention 69
CLC Protocol 76
CLC Protocol 92
FUND Convention 71
FUND Protocol 92
FUND Protocol 2003
NUCLEAR Convention 71
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex III)
PAL Protocol 76
PAL Protocol 90
PAL Protocol 02
LLMC Convention 76
LLMC Protocol 96
SUA Convention 2005
SUA Protocol 2005
SALVAGE Convention 89
OPRC  Convention 90
HNS Convention 96
OPRC/HNS 2000
BUNKERS CONVENTION 01
ANTI FOULING 01
BALLASTWATER 2004
NAIROBI WRC 2007
HONG KONG CONVENTION
HNS PROT 2010
Cape Town Agreement 2012
SUA Convention 88
SUA Protocol 88

IMO Conventions

Status of Conventions Fiji

IMO Convention 48 x
SOLAS Convention 74 x
SOLAS Protocol 78 x
SOLAS Protocol 88 x
SOLAS Agreement 96
LOAD LINES Convention 66 x
LOAD LINES Protocol 88 x
TONNAGE Convention 69 x
COLREG Convention 72 x
CSC Convention 72
CSC amendments 93
SFV Protocol 93
Cape Town Agreement 2012
STCW Convention 78 x
STCW-F Convention 95
SAR Convention 79
STP Agreement 71
Space STP Protocol 73
IMSO Convention 76 x
INMARSAT OA 76
IMSO amendments 2006
IMSO amendments 2008 x
FACILITATION Convention 65 x
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex I/II) x
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex III)
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex IV) x
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex V) x
MARPOL Protocol 97 (Annex VI)
London Convention 72
London Convention Protocol 96
INTERVENTION Convention 69 x
INTERVENTION Protocol 73
CLC Convention 69 d
CLC Protocol 76
CLC Protocol 92 x
FUND Protocol 76
FUND Protocol 92 x
FUND Protocol 2003
NUCLEAR Convention 71
PAL Convention 74
PAL Protocol 76
PAL Protocol 90
PAL Protocol 02
LLMC Convention 76
LLMC Protocol 96
SUA Convention 88 x
SUA Protocol 88 x
SUA Convention 2005 x
SUA Protocol 2005 x
SALVAGE Convention 89 x
OPRC Convention 90
HNS Convention 96
HNS PROT 2010
OPRC/HNS 2000
BUNKERS CONVENTION 01 x
ANTI FOULING 2001 x
BALLASTWATER 2004 x
NAIROBI WRC 2007
HONG KONG CONVENTION

x: Accession/ratification
d: Denunciation

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