OFFICIAL GUIDE TO SHIP & YACHT REGISTRIES

Singapore

Shipowner Eligibility 

Only the following may be registered as owners of Singapore vessels:
• Singapore citizens or Singapore permanent residents.
• Companies incorporated in Singapore – foreign or locally owned:
• A foreign-owned company is defined as a company incorporated in Singapore and has more than 50% of its equity owned by non-Singapore citizens.
• A locally owned company is defined as a company incorporated in Singapore and has more than 50% of its equity owned by Singapore citizens or another locally owned company.

If owned by a foreign-owned company, the vessel may be registered in Singapore under the following conditions:
• The company must have a minimum paid-up capital of S$50,000.
• The vessel must be at least 1,600 GT and be self-propelled.
• Notwithstanding the minimum paid-up capital requirements, the Registrar may in his discretion, waive them provided that the company and/or its related corporation(s) have registered, applied to register, or have informed the Registrar that they will apply to register, ships fulfilling the tonnage criteria of the Block Transfer Scheme.
• An exemption from the gross tonnage requirement may be granted by the Registrar in his absolute discretion on a case-by-case basis, if the vessel is operated from or based in Singapore. Owners must apply to the Registrar for this exemption.

If owned by a local-owned company, the vessel may be registered in Singapore if the company satisfies the minimum paid-up capital requirement.

For tug- and barge-owning local companies and their holding companies, the paid-up capital will be pegged to 10% of the value of the first tug or barge registered or S$50,000, whichever is the lesser, subject to a minimum of S$10,000

About the Flag

Singapore is located in Southeast Asia between Malaysia and Indonesia. Singapore is a leading Asian economic power and a member of ASEAN, the Commonwealth of Nations, the UN, and the IMO. It is one of the most densely populated nations in the world. Most of the population is Chinese, a significant minority is Malay, and there are large foreign communities. Chinese, Malay, Tamil, and English are all official languages. Once a British crown colony, Singapore gained independence in 1965. The Chief of State is the President, the Head of Government is the Prime Minister, and there is a unicameral parliament. The legal system is based on English common law.

Singapore is known as a world financial center and major harbor for trade. The government works in partnership with the business community to further the nation's growth. Exports have boomed, led by the electronic and computer sectors. Major trading partners include Japan, the United States, and Malaysia.
The principal legislation covering ship registration is the Merchant Shipping Act (Chapter 179) and the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Regulations which were introduced in 1981 with the aim of tightening up registration conditions. The Ships' Registry is administered by the Shipping Division of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

Company Formation

Companies are registered under the Companies Act Cap 50. Further information can be found on the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority website.

Taxation

Singapore charges an annual tonnage tax of S$0.20 per NT, subject to a minimum of S$100 (500 NT) and a maximum of S$10,000 (50,000 NT).

Singapore-flagged ships that go beyond the requirements of the International Maritime Organization's Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) will receive a 20% rebate on annual tonnage tax payable every year until the ship ceases to exceed the requirements of the EEDI (x).

Registration and Documentation

A vessel may be provisionally registered.
The Provisional Certificate is valid for a maximum period of one year with no possibility of any extension. The vessel must be transferred to the permanent register before the end of this period. The transfer will be effected when all the outstanding documents for permanent registration are submitted.
No fee is charged for this transfer.
Documents to be submitted for Provisional Registration are the:
• Completed application form (details below).
• Company’s business profile (details below).

Application form
• Download and complete the application form for provisional registration.
• Where the vessel owner is an individual, the declaration in the application form may be signed by him or his appointed agent.
• Where the owner is a corporate body, the form may be signed by a Director or the Secretary of the corporate body.
• The declaration must be made on or after the date of acquiring the legal title to the vessel.
• The declaration must be made before the Director of Marine, a surveyor of ships, a Justice of the Peace, a Commissioner for Oaths or any person authorised to take or receive a declaration by any laws in force in Singapore.
• If an application is made for a postdated Certificate of Registry, the completed application form, except for the signature(s) of the declarant(s), must be submitted at least three working days before the date on which the certificate is to be collected. On the date of registration, the declarant(s) must be present to attest his/their signature(s) and date the declaration.

Business profile
The business profile lists the company’s particulars as lodged with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA).
• Where the vessel owner is a company incorporated in Singapore, the application form must be accompanied by one of the following documents:
• A computer printout on the company from the ACRA’s Instant Information Service, accompanied by a Certificate of Production of Statement by Computer.The computer printout to be submit must be the latest or at least dated 3 months from the date of vessel's registation. (Vessel owners can apply for a Business Profile computer report from the Registry of Ships counter for the purpose of registration. Application must be made at least three working days before the vessel's registration date. The fee for each Business Profile printout is S$5.00, inclusive of GST).

• Business Profile certified copies of all the following:
• Certificate of Incorporation.
• Annual return or filing, giving particulars of directors, managers and secretaries (the latest annual return or Form 49). The annual return/filing can be obtained online from www.bizfile.gov.sg (under iShop@ACRA).
• Return of allotment of shares (the latest annual return or Form 24). The annual return/filing can be obtained online from www.bizfile.gov.sg (under iShop@ACRA).
• The owner must notify the Registrar of Ships of any changes in the particulars pertaining to the ship, within 30 days of the change. All such notification must be accompanied by appropriate documentary evidence.
• Where the owner is a company, information will be required on its direct and indirect equity holders, but only to the extent necessary to establish whether the owner is local or foreign owned company. This information, other than the name and address of the company, will be kept strictly confidential.

Appointment of an agent
An agent may be appointed to sign the declaration in the provisional registration application form. To appoint an agent, the owner must complete the Appointment of Agent form.
• Where the owner is an individual, he may appoint an agent. The owner must sign the appointment form in the presence of a witness.
• Where the owner is a company and if the provisional registration application form is not signed by a Director or the Secretary of the company, then a person must be appointed as an agent for the purpose of signing the form. The appointment of the agent must be executed under the common seal of the company.

Appointment of a manager
The vessel manager is responsible for the operations of the vessel, in particular, for all matters related to the crew, safety and prevention of pollution. All communication relating to the vessel will be directed to the manager.
To appoint a manager, the owner must complete the Appointment of Manager form.

For every Singapore vessel, the owner must appoint a manager, whose residence is in Singapore.
• Where the owner is an individual, he may appoint himself as the manager.
• Where the owner is a company, it may appoint an employee of the company to be the manager.
• Where a company is appointed manager, the name of the person in the company with the ultimate responsibility for the vessel and his designation in the company must be clearly indicated.

If there is a change in the manager, the vessel owner must complete a new form and submit it to the Registrar of Ships within seven days of the change.
Evidence of ownership
The following are required as proof of ownership:
• For a new vessel, a photocopy of the Builder’s Certificate is required.
• For an existing vessel, a copy of the Bill of Sale or the transcript of its former registry, or any other similar document showing ownership is required.

Value of the vessel
The owner must declare the value of the vessel in Singapore dollars (S$) on the company’s letterhead if this is not reflected in other documents submitted (i.e. Bill of Sale).
Tonnage certificate
All vessels must have their tonnage determined in accordance with the provisions of the Merchant Shipping (Tonnage) Regulations (which gives effect to the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969 (TM 69)).
• A tonnage certificate may be issued by the MPA’s Shipping Division or any of the classification societies authorised by the MPA.
• A TM 69 Tonnage Certificate issued by the government of a contracting state to TM 69 may be accepted for provisional registration only. The vessel must have its tonnage certificate re-issued by the MPA’s Shipping Division or any one of the authorised classification societies not later than one year after its initial registration. Should there be any difference in the net tonnage, the registration fee and the annual tonnage tax payable will be adjusted accordingly.
• The tonnage of a Singapore vessel may not be re-determined except in accordance with the provisions of the Regulations mentioned above and re-registration / registration anew may be required. If the intention is to convert or modify the vessel after registration before it is put into service, it should be clearly stated in the application form that the tonnage given is an interim figure.
• In the case of a new construction (newbuild), an interim tonnage certificate issued by the MPA’s shipping division or one of the authorised classification societies is required.

Acceptance of provisional registration
• Upon satisfying the requirements stated above, the Certificate of Registry and a Carving and Marking Note will be issued.
• The Carving and Marking Note has to be certified by a surveyor from the MPA’s Shipping Division or one of the authorised classification societies and returned to the Registry within 30 days of its issuance date.

Permanent Registration
In addition to the documents required for a provisional registration, a vessel may be permanently registered or transferred to the permanent registry with the submission of the following documents.
Evidence of ownership
• An original copy of the evidence of ownership is required:
• For a new vessel, the Builder’s Certificate is required.
• For an existing vessel, the Bill of Sale and a certified transcript of its former registry or any other similar document showing previous ownership are required.
• If there are any intervening changes in ownership, all the intermediate Bills of Sale must also be submitted. There must be continuity of title.
• Any Builder's Certificate or Bill of Sale that is executed outside Singapore must be notarised and legalised. If executor is not a local and documents are executed in Singapore, a letter of confirmation from the executor or notarisation of the documents is required.
• It is the vessel owners’ responsibility to ensure that the Bill of Sale or Builder’s Certificate is properly executed and conveys good title to them.
• A copy of the original document of title to ownership must be submitted together with a copy. The original document will be returned with an endorsement after completion of the registration formalities.

Tonnage certificate
A copy of the full-term tonnage certificate issued by the MPA’s Shipping Division or one of the authorised classification societies is required.
• All vessels must have their tonnage determined in accordance with the provisions of the Merchant Shipping (Tonnage) Regulations (which gives effect to the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969 (TM 69)).

Statutory certificate
Where applicable, the owner must produce copies of the vessel’s valid statutory certificates such as:

• Passenger Ship Safety, Cargo Ship Safety Construction, Cargo Ship Safety Equipment, Cargo Ship Safety Radiotelegraphy/Radiotelephony,
• International Load Line/Local Freeboard,
• International/Singapore Oil Pollution Prevention,
• Noxious Liquid Substance,
• Certificate of Fitness, and
• Thirty Mile/Port Limit Passenger Ship Safety Certificates,
• Document of Compliance
• Safety Management Certificate
• International Ship Security (ISS) Certificate

These certificates must be issued by the MPA’s Shipping Division or one of the authorised classification societies.
Evidence of cancellation of the former registry
• Where the vessel has, at any point in time, been registered in another country, evidence of cancellation of the former registry is required.
• The evidence may be in the form of a Deletion Certificate or a ‘closed’ transcript of the former registry.
• The original document is required.
• A vessel that has been struck off the former registry for non-compliance with mandatory requirements will not be accepted for registration.

Certified Carving and Marking Note
The Carving and Marking Note certified by a surveyor from the MPA’s Shipping Division or one of the authorised classification societies must be returned to the Registry within 30 days of its issue.
Acceptance of registration
• Upon completion of all the formalities, the vessel will be transferred to the Permanent Register and the Certificate of Registry will be issued.
• No fee is charged for this transfer.
• Ship managers will be informed by fax to collect their Permanent Certificate of Registry in exchange for their Provisional Certificate of Registry.
• If they are unable to produce the Provisional Certificate upon collection, they may produce an official letter undertaking the return of the Provisional Certificate within the next 30 days.

Information about re-registration, Bills of Sale registration and closure of registry can be found on the MPA website.

Bareboat Charter Registration

Bareboat charter is the hiring of the vessel for a stipulated period during which charterer has possession and control of the vessel, including the right to appoint the master and crew.
A Singapore vessel may be bareboat chartered out and registered outside Singapore in the name of the bareboat charterer.
During the charter period, the vessel’s Singapore registry has to be suspended.
Applying for suspension
The application for suspension must be made by the vessel owner or a person authorised by him.
• Download and complete the registry suspension application form.
• Submit the following documents:
• Certified copy of the charter party.
• Certified transcript of the register or a similar document showing the bareboat registration of the vessel.
• Certificate of Singapore Registry for the vessel.
• The fee for the application is S$1,250.
• If the application is not accompanied by the necessary documents such as certified transcript of the register/a similar document showing the bareboat registration of the vessel and certificate of Singapore Registry, the registry may be provisionally suspended. These documents must then be produced within 60 days of the date of provisional suspension, failing which the provisional suspension will be terminated and cease to have effect.

Applying for extension of suspension
The date of termination of the suspension period may be extended upon submission of a renewed application.
• Download and submit the completed application form for the extension of the registry suspension.
• Submit the following documents:
• Certified copy of the extension or new charter party.
• Certified transcript of the register or similar document showing the extended bareboat registration of the vessel.
• The fee for the extension of suspension application is S$1,250.

Applying for reactivation
The suspended registry of a Singapore vessel may be reactivated upon application.
• Download and submit the completed application form for reactivation of the suspended registry.
• Submit the following documents:
• Closure certificate or similar document in respect of the bareboat registration of the vessel.
• Statement from the classification society that the class is maintained.
• Copies of the valid statutory certificates.
• The fee for the reactivation application is S$1,250.
• If the application is not accompanied by the closure certificate/similar document in respect of the bareboat registration of the vessel, the suspension may be provisionally reactivated. The documents must then be produced within 60 days of the date of provisional termination, failing which the provisional reactivation will cease to have effect.
• If no application is made to reactivate the suspended registry of a Singapore vessel within 60 days of the date of termination of the suspension or if the provisional reactivation ceases to have effect, the registry of the vessel will be automatically closed, except for any subsisting mortgages.

Regulations that apply during the suspension period
During the period of suspension of the registry of a Singapore vessel, the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act and its regulations will cease to apply to the vessel except:

• The provisions relating to mortgages and property in the vessel in Part II of the Act.
• The provisions relating to the vessel’s register.
• The provision relating to the continued payment of the vessel’s annual tonnage tax.

Vessel and Yacht Eligibility & Survey Requirements

A copy of the vessel’s classification certificate issued by any of the authorised classification societies may be accepted as evidence of seaworthiness.
• For a new vessel, an interim class certificate or statement of entry is required.
• For an existing vessel, a statement of class maintained is required.

Crewing

There are no restrictions on nationality of the crew to be employed on Singapore flag vessels. Foreign officers and ratings may sail in any capacity on Singapore ships provided they are qualified to sail in that capacity.

There is a minimum of three certified deck officers (master, chief officer and second officer) are required for vessels over 3,000 GT. For vessels over 3,000 GT, a minimum of three certified engineers are required (chief engineer, second engineer and assistant engineer). There is no mandatory minimum number of ratings. However, the ship owner or ship manager should propose to the Shipping Division such number which is subject to the approval of the Authority. All Singapore ships are required to be safely manned and hold a Safe Manning Document (SMD). The SMD is issued in accordance with SOLAS Convention and the principle contained in IMO Resolution A.481 (X11). The SMD states the minimum number and the grades of personnel required for the safe operation of the ship.

The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) recognizes certificates of competency issued by foreign administrations by issuing Certificate of Recognition (COR) to allow holders of foreign certificates to serve on Singapore ships.

In compliance with the STCW 1978 as amended, officers who form part of a navigational or engine room watch must be qualified. Ratings who form part of a navigational watch must have one year previous sea service or must complete an approved basic safety course plus six months sea service. Officers and ratings who serve on specialized tankers must hold an appropriate endorsement on their certificates.
Singaporean seafarers and their employers are required to contribute to the Central Provident Fund. No contribution is required for foreign seafarers or their employers. In these cases, the seafarers and their employers may agree on any form of social security.

The MPA issues a standard crew agreement which must be signed between the master and the seamen who are engaged, which must be endorsed by the Superintendent before port clearance.

Mortgages

A mortgage on a vessel may be recorded in the register as soon as the vessel is registered, upon presentation of the instrument of mortgage (in the prescribed form available from the Singapore Registry of Ships).

In the case of a provisionally registered vessel where the original document of title to ownership has not been submitted, the mortgage will only be recorded upon confirmation by the mortgagee that the document has been sighted by him.

A fee is levied for the recording of a mortgage and for a transfer of mortgage. It is charged according to the gross tonnage of the vessel or shares at S$48 plus S$1 per 100 gross tons or part thereof. The prevailing good & services tax (GST) will be taxed on this amount (currently, the GST is 7%). No fee is charged for a discharge of mortgage.

If there is more than one subsisting mortgage registered in respect of the same vessel or share, the mortgagees shall, notwithstanding any express, implied or constructive notice, be entitled in priority one over the other according to the date and time of the record of each mortgage in the register book and not according to the date of each mortgage itself.

Fees

The fees listed below are quoted in Singapore dollars (S$). For the instant calculation of your ship registration fees, use our quick-and-easy Ship Registration Fee Calculator.

http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/global_navigation/e-services/ship_registration_fee_calculator.page

Initial registration fee
S$2.50 per NT, subject to a minimum of S$1,250 (500 NT) and a maximum of S$50,000 (20,000 NT).
Singapore-flagged ships registered on or after July 1, 2011 that go beyond the requirements of the International Maritime Organization's Energy Efficiency Design Index will enjoy a 50% reduction on the initial registration fees under both the normal registration and Singapore's Block Transfer Scheme during the registration of the ship. (x)
Block Transfer Scheme
S$0.50 per NT, subject to a minimum of S$1,250 and a maximum of S$20,000 per vessel.
Re-registration upon change of ownership
S$1.25 per NT, subject to a minimum of S$1,250 (1,000 NT) and a maximum of S$6,000 (4,800 NT).
Re-registration upon alteration to a vessel
S$2.50 x (NTa - NTo) OR S$50,000 - S$2.50 x NTo
(Whichever is the lower, subject to a minimum of S$1,250, and where:
NTa = NT after alteration
NTo = NT as at previous registration (ie. initial registration or previous re‑registration))
Annual tonnage tax: S$0.20 per NT, subject to a minimum of S$100 (500 NT) and a maximum of S$10,000 (50,000 NT).
Suspension/Extension of suspension/Re-activation of registry/Bareboat charter-out: S$1,250 per application.
Registration and transfer of mortgage: S$48 plus S$1 per 100 GT or part thereof (subject to a 7% goods and services tax).
First registration of pleasure craft: S$200 per registration.
Annual renewal of pleasure craft registry: S$50
Inspection of a vessel's register: S$10 per inspection (subject to a 7% goods and services tax).
Certified transcript of a vessel's register: S$14 per transcript (subject to a 7% goods and services tax).
Replacement of a vessel's certificate of registry: S$30 per replacement copy (subject to a 7% goods and services tax).
Approval of change of vessel's name: S$26 per change.
Amendment of a vessel's particulars in the register book and/or in the Certificate of Registry: S$14 per amendment.
Recording of a Bill of Sale: S$50 per registration.
Deletion certificate: S$14 per certificate.
Business Profile printout: S$5 per company.
Continuous Synopsis Record (CSR): S$45 per CSR.

Contact

Singapore Registry of Ships
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
460 Alexandra Road
PSA Building - 21st Story
Singapore 119963

Singapore Registry of Ships
Email: marine@mpa.gov.sg
Tel: 1800 272 7777 / +65 6272 7777 (if calling from overseas)
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Seafarers' Matters
Email: mmo_mpa@mpa.gov.sg
Tel: 1800 272 7777 / +65 6272 7777 (if calling from overseas)
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Flag/Port State Control, Ship Surveys & Certification
Email: shipping@mpa.gov.sg
Tel: 1800 272 7777 / +65 6272 7777 (if calling from overseas)
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Certificates of Competency
Email: coc@mpa.gov.sg
Tel: 1800 272 7777 / +65 6272 7777 (if calling from overseas)
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24/7 SRS Hotline
Tel: +65 6225 5777 (6-CALL-SRS)

Website: www.mpa.gov.sg

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 Singapore

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 x
STP Agreement 71
Space STP Protocol 73
IMSO Convention 76 x
INMARSAT OA 76 x
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
London Convention Protocol 96
INTERVENTION Convention 69
INTERVENTION Protocol 73
CLC Convention 69 d
CLC Protocol 76 x
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 d
LLMC Protocol 96 x
SUA Convention 88 x
SUA Protocol 88 x
SUA Convention 2005
SUA Protocol 2005
SALVAGE Convention 89 x
OPRC Convention 90 x
HNS Convention 96
HNS PROT 2010
OPRC/HNS 2000 x
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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