Closure of Registry

  • An owner wishing to close a vessel's registry must ensure that there is no:

    • Undischarged mortgage
    • Court order prohibiting any dealing with the vessel or any share therein
    • Outstanding annual tonnage tax or other fees
    • Outstanding claims of the master or seamen

  • Submit the following documents:

    • Written application stating the intended port and country of registry, or otherwise, e.g. scrapping, laid-up, total loss, etc.) and the reason(s) for the closure

    • To return the certificates issued by the Ship Registry such as the original Certificate of Registry, Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC) or Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage (BCC) and Long Range Identification Tracking (LRIT) Conformance Test Report for cancellation. A letter of undertaking to deliver the certificates within the next 30 days is to be provided at the point of closure application.

    • The original Bill of Sale for recording, if a sale is involved.

  • Vessel owners must immediately inform the Registrar of Ships if the vessel is lost (actual or constructive), burnt or broken up.

  • A fee of S$14 and S$50 are payable for the Deletion Certificate and the registration of a Bill of Sale, respectively.

Checklist of Required Documents

To ensure that you have all the relevant documents for the closure of the registration of your vessel, use this checklist.