Marshall Islands

Types of vessels that may be registered under the Marshall Islands flag include: tankers, cargo ships, containerships, passenger vessels, MODUs, tugs, yachts, fishing vessels and other ocean-going vessels

Vessels should be under 20 years of age at time of registration. A waiver of the age requirement may be granted depending upon a satisfactory evaluation of the condition, seaworthiness and usage of the vessel

Ownership must be in the name of a Marshall Islands National, Corporation, General Partnership, Limited Partnership (LP), Limited Liability Company (LLC) or Foreign Maritime Entity qualified in the Marshall Islands

No. of Ships 414
Tonnage 12,266,701 grt
Age Limit 20 years.
Size Restrictions No restrictions.
Ownership Requirements Ownership must be in the name of a Marshall Islands national, corporation, limited or general partnership, limited liability company, trust, or foreign maritime entity qualified in the Marshall Islands.
Documents Required
  • application for official number,
  • call sign and registration of vessel; 
  • bill of sale or builder’s certificate transferring title to applicant (3 copies are sufficient); 
  • power of attorney or secretary’s certificate of corporate resolution; 
  • certificate of confirmation of class issued by classification society dated no earlier than 10 days prior to registration; 
  • classification society statement or affidavit that the vessel is "fit to proceed to sea"; 
  • special survey on vessels 15 years or older from the classification society; 
  • application for minimum safe manning certificate (this is submitted to the seafarers' identification and certificationdivision prior to registration); 
  • ISM code declaration of company and designated person; 
  • proof of liability insurance, including owner's repatriation obligations; 
  • permission to transfer or cancellation certificate issued by the registry from which the vessel is being transferred; 
  • proof that vessel is free of recorded liens and encumbrances; 
  • within 90 days of registration, an application for ship radio station licence must be submitted;  if the name of the vessel is to be changed at the time of re-flagging to the Marshall Islands, then all applications should be filed using the new name of the vessel, and should also list the vessel's former name in the space provided.
Registration Fees There is an Initial Registration Fee of US$2,500 per vessel. Thereafter there is a Re-registration Fee of US$1,500 plus an Annual Tonnage Tax based on US$20 per net ton. The minimum Annual Tonnage Tax will not be less than US$500.There is an Initial Registration Fee of M£0.1 per nrt for the first 8,000 tons (minimum M£50) and M£0.03 for each additional nrt thereafter. There is an Annual Fee of M£0.15 per nrt for the first 8,000 tons (minimum fee M£75) with a reducing scale thereafter.
Approved Classification Societies ABS, BV, CCS, DNV, GL, KRS, LR, NKK, PRS, RINA, RS.
Crew Nationality No required nationality.
Parallel Registration Inquire
Flag of Convenience Yes.
Principal IMO Conventions Adopted SOLAS, COLREG, STCW, INMARSAT, MARPOL, CLC, FUND, Tonnage, Salvage.
Type of Mortgage The Marshall Islands Maritime Act incorporates provisions for the recordation of security-related instruments and documents of title. Preferred status, accorded to a mortgage under the Act, gives priority to the lender's mortgage lien over those of certain other claimants. However, since 10 March, 2000, owners now have an option to "tack on" a previously recorded mortgage. To continue the preferred status of a previously recorded foreign mortgage, owners may submit the recorded foreign mortgage and a simple (signed) mortgage instrument which will be recorded when the vessel is registered in the Marshall Islands. This mortgage instrument will change the governing law of the mortgage to reflect the Marshall Islands as the law governing the mortgage.
Mortgage Registration Fee US$100 for commercial vessels and US$50 for private yachts.
Useful Addresses

Ms. Lorraine Henderson Rowe
International Registries, Inc
Vessel Registration & Mortgage Recordation
Tower 49, Suite 1200
12 East 49th Street
New York, New York 10017-1028 USA
Tel: +1 212 486 0042 ext. 419
Fax: +1 212 486 5313
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