About SRS and What's New

Singapore Registry of Ships

The Singapore Registry of Ships (SRS) is the administration responsible for executing the proper registration of ships sailing under the Singapore Flag and ensuring that ships and owners meet the stringent criteria that entitle their ship to obtain Singapore nationality. Many banks and ship financiers also highly regard the SRS as a quality ship registry that safeguard their interests over the ships they finance.

Established in 1966, the SRS has close to 50 years of experience and is currently managed by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). With more than 4,400 ships that aggregate over 96 million gross tons (GT), the SRS is amongst the world’s top ten registries with one of the youngest quality fleets. The strong growth of the SRS could be attributed to its reputation as a responsible and quality registry, also known for its reliability, efficiency and professionalism. The fleet mainly comprises of tankers, bulk carriers and container ships, which play an important role in moving goods around the world. Of late, however, there have been more offshore vessels like floating production storage and offloading units, which support the oil and gas industry.

The maritime industry remains one of the key pillars of Singapore’s economy. Over the years, the SRS has evolved to become a critical enabler to the development of our maritime services and complements other longer term efforts by MPA to develop Singapore as a major centre for maritime businesses. The Singapore flag has grown to become the preferred choice of flag for many quality ship owners and operators. This in turn drives ship-owning activities in Singapore, generating positive maritime ancillary spin-offs such as ship financing, ship broking, marine insurance, legal services and maritime training.


A Mark of Quality

With a large fleet flying under the Singapore flag, the SRS recognises that maintaining high shipping standards in terms of safety of operations and marine pollution prevention, and low detention records in the major Port State Control (PSC) regimes are critical for the reputation and attractiveness of its ship registry. The SRS is on the “white list” of two major PSC regimes – the Tokyo and Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

By registering with the SRS, ships would have to abide by Singapore’s maritime laws, and any other requirements placed upon them by the administration. Singapore understands the need for safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans and we are party to all the major International Maritime Organization (IMO) conventions on ship safety and marine pollution prevention. These conventions have been enacted in our legislations so that MPA can effectively implement these IMO regulatory instruments. Furthermore, to ensure that Singapore ships meet the national safety requirements, they are required to be regularly surveyed and inspected by either the administration or any of our recognised classification societies.

In 2008, Singapore successfully participated in the Voluntary IMO Member State Audit Scheme (VIMSAS). The audit provided an objective assessment of Singapore’s performance in our implementation of IMO’s regulatory instruments. Singapore is also actively involved in IMO's VIMSAS auditing efforts of other maritime administrations as well as conducting training workshops to prepare member States for VIMSAS.


National Colours for Singapore Ships

The national colours for a Singapore registered ship is also known as the Red Ensign. The symbol is that of a circle enclosing a crescent surmounted by five stars in a circle, all in white. The ratio of the width to the length of the ensign is one to two. The colours, crescent and stars are from the Singapore flag.

Singapore Registry of Ships ensign