More than half of the shares (50%) of the ship must be owned by Cypriot citizens or by citizens of Member States of the EU or of the European Economic Area who in the instance of not being permanent residents of the Republic will have to appoint an authorised representative in the Republic of Cyprus

No. of Ships 1475
Tonnage  23,206,439 grt
Age Limit none
Size Restrictions 1,600 grt
Ownership Requirements More than half the shares in the ship must be owned by a Cypriot national, by a company established and having its registered office in Cyprus or (with specific authorisation) by a company registered outside of Cyprus but controlled by Cypriots. Applications for registration of ships must be made through Cypriot lawyers. At the time of registration the ship must be surveyed by an approved classification society.
Documents Required

For provisional registration:

  • certificate of deletion or confirmation from the previous registry as to ownership of the ship and its freedom from encumbrances; 
  • notarised and legalised bill of sale; 
  • resolutions of the directors of the owning company plus any power of attorney executed pursuant thereto; 
  • declaration of ownership and appointment of ship's husband; 
  • application for a radio licence; copy of the current tonnage certificate.
  • For permanent registration (within 9 months):- 
  • Cypriot tonnage certificate and the certificate of survey; 
  • certificate of deletion from the previous registry (unless already submitted); 
  • copies of all statutory certificates; 
  • completed carving and marking note and a copy of the agreement with the radio accounting authority regarding payment of radio licence fees.
Registration Fees There is a fee payable on provisional registration between a minimum of C£125 and a maximum of C£3,000 depending on the grt of the ship. The tariff differs for passenger vessels. No other fee is payable on permanent registration provided this takes place before the provisional registration expires. An Annual Tonnage Tax is payable according to the tonnage and age of the ship with discounts if the crew and technical management of the ship are carried out by a Cypriot company and (other than in the case of a passenger ship) if the crew comprises Cypriot seamen.
Approved Classification Societies ABS, CBS, LRS, DNV, BV, GL, RINA, HRS, RNR, PRS, NKK, KRS, CCS, MRS
Crew Nationality The existing regulations provide that at least 15% of the crew must be Cypriots. However, due to the limited availability of Cypriot seamen, crew members may be of any nationality but must be holders of recognised countries’ certificates of competency.
Parallel Registration A bareboat charterparty to a Cypriot company is permitted if the consent of the principal flag of registry (and the mortgagees) is obtained. Parallel registration out of the Cypriot Registry is also permitted. The fees for parallel registration of a ship are 20% higher than those referred to above.
Flag of Convenience Yes
Principal IMO Conventions Adopted MARPOL, CLC, COLREG, STCW, FUND, SOLAS, INMARSAT.
Type of Mortgage An account current or principal and interest statutory mortgage form is accepted and will need to be registered. There will normally be a separate Deed of Covenants which will also be subject to registration. Care should be taken to ascertain whether these documents also need to be registered in the relevant Companies Registry (within a specific time limit) if the owner is a body corporate. The mortgage and Deed of Covenants will normally need to be notarised and legalised.
Mortgage Registration Fee C£0.02 per grt up to 10,000 grt (subject to a minimum of C£30) and C£0.01 per grt thereafter.
Useful Addresses

Department of Merchant Shipping
Ministry of Communications and Works
PO Box 6193
CY3305
Limassol, Cyprus
Tel: +357 25 848100, Fax: +357 25 848200
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  •  Vessels over 15 years of age may be registered in the Cyprus Register of Ships under additional conditions, which must be fulfilled concurrently with the submission of the application for registration and must be complied with at all times while the vessel remains registered, irrespective of any subsequent transfer of ownership. 
  • 3 month extension may be obtained upon application.