OFFICIAL GUIDE TO SHIP & YACHT REGISTRIES

Sierra Leone

Shipowner Eligibility 

The Registry is an international open registry with no restriction on nationality or corporations' nationality at the time of registration.

About the Flag

The Sierra Leone Flag is affectionately known as “The Flag of Good Hope.” The Sierra Leone International Ship Registry Head Office and Maritime Registrar Office is located in Singapore.
OUR VISION:
For the maritime world to recognize us as the best source for ship registration
OUR MISSION:
- To help our customers become more competitive on an international scale through professional and cost effective ship registration procedures
- To comply with ISO requirements and continually improve the effectiveness of the SLISR management system
OUR TRUST:
• Selective in quality of ships and our service partners
• Looking forward to the future
• Improve ship registration process
• Support ship-owners and others users by training and educating
• Reduce ship registration costs

Sierra Leone – A West African Country
Geography: Sierra Leone is located in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Liberia. Coast line is 402 Km and exclusive economic zone is 200NM. The capital and port of registry is Freetown
People: Nationality: Noun and adjective-Sierra Leonean(s). Population (2007 est.): 6,144,562. Work force: Agriculture--52.5%; industry--30.6%; services--16.9%.
Government: Type: Republic with a democratically elected president and unicameral parliament. Independence: From Britain, April 27, 1961. Constitution: October 1, 1991.
Natural resources: Diamonds, Titanium ore, Bauxite, Iron ore, Gold, Chromite
History: The 1991 to 2002 civil war between the government and the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people. United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) is mandated with assisting the Government in, among other things: building the capacity of State institutions to develop and implement a strategy for addressing the root causes of the conflict and accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals; developing a national plan of action for human rights and establishing a national human rights commission; enhancing good governance, transparency and accountability; building the capacity of the National Electoral Commission to conduct a free, fair and credible electoral process in 2007; strengthening the security sector; and developing initiatives for the protection and well-being of youth, women and children.
Sierra Leone is a member of the following Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMO):
The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) - Sierra Leone acceded to the ICCAT Convention in October 2008 thereby becoming a Contracting Party of ICCAT.
The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) – Sierra Leone is currently a full Member/Contracting Party of IOTC. Ship-owner has the opportunity to fish species protected by IOTC legally as Sierra Leone is a full member of IOTC

Benefits of the Sierra Leone Registry:
• Fast processing & same-day issuance of certificates.
• 24 hours service- Sierra Leone’s Regional Offices are located strategically around the world for your ship registration convenience.
• No nationality barrier for ship-owners
• No restrictions on vessel age for well-maintained vessels with low detention rate.
• Acceptance of phased out tankers which are modified into storage units, this type of vessel is known as “Modified Oil Storage Tanker” (MOST).
• Affordable initial registration and annual tax, with discounts on annuals for vessels with clean records.
• Sierra Leone’s main office is strategically situated in Singapore to cater the needs of our vast client base in Asia pacific
• Single Delivery voyages at competitive rates.
• Quality Assurance: ISO 9001:208 Certification by ABS.
• Commitment to safety of life and environment

Company Formation

The Sierra Leone flag has been re-launched recently as a convenient flag for ship owners - The Sierra Leone Flag, affectionately known as "The Flag of Good Hope" Sierra Leone International Ship Registry (SLISR) is in charge of running the international registration of ship on behalf of the Sierra Leone flag. Our offices are located in New Orleans, USA. The Sierra Leone International Ship Registry has registered over 1000 vessels since her beginning in April 2005, which makes quite an outstanding growth for a Open Flag Registry opened in the 21st Century when compared to other Open Flag Registries opened before or after 2005. The SLISR also attends different Trade Shows around the world in order to make face to face connections with ship-owners and ship managers, and to further promote the benefits of registering ships to fly the Sierra Leone Flag. Our well developed international marketing structure in the maritime world has allowed us to promote the Sierra Leone Flag worldwide, with the assistance of our offices strategically located in major maritime hubs and cities in over 60 countries, has been a major force to put Sierra Leone Flag in the position which it is in now.

Taxation

The Registry does not currently have any bilateral agreements with other countries for any taxation benefits to offer clients.

Registration and Documentation

Regular Registration
Provisional Status
Required Documents:
• APPLICATION
• COPY BILL OF SALE NOTARIZED OF BUILDER'S CERTIFICATE
• COPY CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION OR CERTIFICATE OF GOOD STANDING (COMPANY)
• COPY OF PASSPORT (INDIVIDUAL)
• DECLARATION OF CARGO*
• PREVIOUS REGISTER CERTIFICATE and TONNACE CERTIFICATE
• PREVIOUS CLASS AND SURVEY STATUS (IF AVAILABLE)
• LETTER FROM RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATION (CONFIRMING PERFORMANCE OF SURVEY)
• LETTER FROM RADIO ACCOUNTING AUTHORITY (IF APPLICABLE)
• REGISTRATION FEES PAYMENT
*If Refrigerated Cargo/Reefer Carrier or Fish Carrier.
The provisional certificates are valid for 6 months, before of the expiration date the owner should submitted to SL Flag all the required documents for issuance of Permanent Certificates.
Permanent Status
Required Documents:
• ORIGINAL DELETION CERTIFICATE
• COPY OF DELETION CSR
• ORIGINAL APPLICATION
• ORIGINAL BILL OF SALE NOTARIZED OR BUILDER'S CERTIFICATE
• LRIT (IF APPLICABLE)
• COPIES OF STATUTORY CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON BEHALF OF SL
• COPY OF CREW LIST, COC and COE
• RADIO EQUIPMENT DETAILS (MODEL AND FREQUENCIES)
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**If the vessel does not have all the required documents for issuance of permanent certificates, the owner should apply for extension of the provisional certificates.
The extension of the certificates is valid for 3 months.
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Bareboat Charter Registration

Bareboat Charter OUT

A vessel registered under SL Flag may be chartered out and registered with another Flag in the name of the Bareboat charters. During this period the vessel’s registration is temporarily suspended. Two Annuals fees are paid in advance.

Required Documents:
• APPLICATION
• COPY BILL OF SALE NOTARIZED OF BUILDER’S CERTIFICATE
• COPY OF BAREBOAT CHARTER AGREEMENT
• COPY CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION OR CERTIFICATE OF GOOD STANDING (COMPANY)
• COPY OF PASSPORT (INDIVIDUAL)
• PREVIOUS REGISTER CERTIFICATE and TONNACE CERTIFICATE
• PREVIOUS CLASS AND SURVEY STATUS (IF AVAILABLE)
• REGISTRATION FEES AND ANNUALS PAYMENT

Bareboat Charter IN

With consent the main flag, a vessel may perform a bareboat charter registration under SL Flag.
During this time the vessel enjoy the full privileges of a SL vessel and comply with all regulation stipulated in the SL Merchant ACT.
The duration of the Bareboat Charter registration shall be for 2 years, but in no exceeding the duration of the Bareboat Charter Agreement or the Letter of Consent from main flag.

Required Documents:
• APPLICATION
• BAREBOAT CHARTER AGREEMENT
• LETTER OF CONSENT FROM FIRST FLAG
• COPY OF CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION or CERTIFICATE OF GOOD STANDING (COMPANY)
• COPY OF PASSPORT (INDIVIDUAL)
• PREVIOUS REGISTER CERTIFICATE AND TONNAGE CERTIFICATE
• PREVIOUS CLASS AND SURVEY STATUS (IF APPLICABLE)
• REGISTRATION FEES AND ANNUALS PAYMENT
• PLEASURE YACHT REGISTRATION (NON-COMMERCIAL)

Yacht Registry under Sierra Leone is designed for yacht-owners seeking to operate under the advantages of an open registry. Today's commercial yachts may be required to comply with many international standards (STCW, SOLAS), but private yachts may be exempted

The required documents for registration are similar to regular registration.

OTHER SPECIAL REGISTRATION

Vessel may be registered for single voyage for Scrap/Demolition or Deliver Voyage.

The required documents are similar to Regular Registration, and the vessel should comply with all maritime regulations during the entire duration of the registration unless exemptions are given by the SL Flag Head Office.

The validity of the certificates is 3 months.

Vessel and Yacht Eligibility & Survey Requirements

Vessel Eligibility
Sierra Leone Flag offers registration to all vessels, regardless of their size or nationality of owners.
All our vessels must have valid certificates and no outstanding recommendations with port state control records. Vessels should be in compliance with all international requirements as per their size, type of vessel, trading area, etc. Vessels that have been banned or have acquired a history of detentions are not accepted under Sierra Leone Flag.

Flag State Inspections
Sierra Leone Flag Administration has an extensive network of experienced Flag Inspectors which are appointed to carry Flag Inspection on our behalf. Flag State Inspection is requested by the Sierra Leone Flag Administration under the following conditions:
• When a vessel has two or more detentions within 12 months. The Flag Inspection is requested in order to assess the condition of the vessel and determine if the vessel can remain with the Sierra Leone Flag.
• As part of the Annual Safety Inspection regime in which vessels are selected to do a Flag Inspection based on her performance the previous year. The ASI inspection is paid by the Flag Administration.
• As a pre-registration requisite to some vessels having poor PSC performance.
• As part of a Casualty Investigation.

Authorized Recognized Organization under Sierra Leone Flag
• AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING – ABS
• BUREAU VERITAS
• LLOYDS REGISTER- LR
• GERMANISCHER LLOYD- GL
• RUSSIAN MARITIME REGISTER OF SHPPING- RMRS
• KOREAN REGISTER OF SHIPPING
• SING LLOYD
• DROMON BUREAU SHIPPING
• INTERNATIONAL REGISTER OF SHIPPING - IRS
• MARITIME LLOYDS
• PANAMA SHIPPING REGISTRAR INC - PSR
• PHOENIX REGISTER OF SHIPPING
• UNION BUREAU OF SHIPPING - UBS
• OVERSEAS MARINE CERTIFICATIO SERVICES - OMCS
• NEW UNITED (INT’L) MARINE SERVICES LTD- NUMS
• REGISTRO ITALIANO NAVALE - RINA

Crewing

STCW & Seafarers Documentation
All Deck and Engineer officer sailing on SL vessels must hold a Certificate of Endorsement – COE issued by the SL registry and a valid Certificate of Competency issued by State Party of the STCW convention.
Provisional Certificate of Endorsement
Required Documents
• APPLICATION FORM
• 2 PHOTOS (PASSPORT SIZE) OR 1 ELECTRONIC COPY
• COPY OF PASSPORT
• COPY OF CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY
• MEDICAL CERTIFICATE ISSUED NOT EARLIER THAN 18 MONTHS (INTERNATIONAL FORM OR SL FORM)
A Provisional COE valid for 3 months will be issued upon confirmation that the required documents are in good order and payment is receieved.
Permanent Certificate of Endorsement
Required Documents:
• COPY OF SEAMAN BOOK or CDC
• COPY OF SPECIAL TRAINING CERTIFICATES: for TANKERS, RO-RO PASSENGER AND PASSENGER VESSEL

Authorized Recognized Organization under Sierra Leone Flag
• AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING – ABS
• BUREAU VERITAS
• LLOYDS REGISTER- LR
• GERMANISCHER LLOYD- GL
• RUSSIAN MARITIME REGISTER OF SHPPING- RMRS
• KOREAN REGISTER OF SHIPPING
• SING LLOYD
• DROMON BUREAU SHIPPING
• INTERNATIONAL REGISTER OF SHIPPING - IRS
• MARITIME LLOYDS
• PANAMA SHIPPING REGISTRAR INC - PSR
• PHOENIX REGISTER OF SHIPPING
• UNION BUREAU OF SHIPPING - UBS
• OVERSEAS MARINE CERTIFICATIO SERVICES - OMCS
• NEW UNITED (INT’L) MARINE SERVICES LTD- NUMS
• REGISTRO ITALIANO NAVALE - RINA

Mortgages

Registration of Mortgage

A ship owner who needs to register a Mortgage for a SL vessel may do so by submitting the following documents:

• ORIGINAL MORTGAGE APPLICATION
• 01 ORIGINAL SETS OF MORTGAGE DEED DULY NOTARIZED
• 01 ORIGINAL OF THE LOAN AGREEMENT DULY NOTARIZED
• NOTARIZED POWER OF ATTORNEY BY THE MORTGAGOR & MORTGAGEE
• REGISTRATION FEES PAYMENT

Upon receipt of the original documents, SLISR will permanently record the date/time and priority of the mortgage registration, a Certificate of Mortgage Registration will be issued.

Transfer of Mortgage

A change of owner can be accepted for vessels that have an existing mortgage registered with our flag.

Required Documents:

• ORIGINAL NOTARIZED CONSENT LETTER FROM THE MORTGAGEE AGREEING WITH THE TRANSFER TO NEW OWNER
• MORTGAGE APPLICATIONON
• 1 ORIGINAL SET OF MORTGAGE DEED DULY NOTARIZED (NEW OWNER)
• 1 ORIGINAL OF THE LOAN AGREEMENT DULY NOTARIZED (NEW OWNER)
• REGISTRATION FEES PAYMENT

Fees

Contact the
SIERRA LEONE MARITIME ADMINISTRATION (SLMARAD)
HEAD OFFICE
E-mail: info@slmarad.com
Tel: +442035146915
Fax:+442035149948

Website: https://www.slmarad.com/en/home
E-mail: info@slmarad.com

Contact

SIERRA LEONE MARITIME ADMINISTRATION (SLMARAD)
HEAD OFFICE
E-mail: info@slmarad.com
Tel: +442035146915
Fax:+442035149948

Website: https://www.slmarad.com/en/home
E-mail: info@slmarad.com

Mr Alexandros Stylianou
Technical Manager

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 Sierra Leone

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 x
SAR Convention 79
STP Agreement 71
Space STP Protocol 73
IMSO Convention 76
INMARSAT OA 76
IMSO amendments 2006
IMSO amendments 2008
FACILITATION Convention 65 x
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex I/II) x
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex III) x
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex IV) x
MARPOL 73/78 (Annex V) x
MARPOL Protocol 97 (Annex VI) x
London Convention 72 x
London Convention Protocol 96 x
INTERVENTION Convention 69
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 x
LLMC Protocol 96 x
SUA Convention 88
SUA Protocol 88
SUA Convention 2005
SUA Protocol 2005
SALVAGE Convention 89 x
OPRC Convention 90 x
HNS Convention 96 x
HNS PROT 2010
OPRC/HNS 2000
BUNKERS CONVENTION 01 x
ANTI FOULING 2001 x
BALLASTWATER 2004 x
NAIROBI WRC 2007 x
HONG KONG CONVENTION

x= ratification
d=denunciation

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