TYPE OF VESSELS THAT MAY BE REGISTERED
Self-propelled passenger and cargo ships and hovercraft, as well as drilling platforms and other movable installations, may on request be registered in the Norwegian International Ship Register.
OWNERSHIP NIS is open to foreign shipping companies.
MANAGEMENT OF SHIPS REGISTERED ACCORDING TO THE NIS-ACT § 1 no.2 and § 1 no.3. When the shipowner does not satisfy the nationality requirements set out in § 1 no.1 of the Norwegian Maritime Code the technical or commercial management must be carried out by a Norwegian shipping company with its head office in Norway or by one of it’s management offices abroad. The management agreement is to be entered into between the owner and the Norwegian registered head office. The Norwegian registered head office will be recorded in the register.
Technical management includes manning, outfitting and maintenance of the ship while Commercial management maintains among other things manning, outfitting and maintenance of the ship.
|No. of Ships||766|
|Age Limit||No restriction provided the technical standard is satisfactory|
|Size Restrictions||Overall length must exceed 10m.|
|Ownership Requirements||Norwegian and foreign owned ships may be registered. Foreign owners need not establish a Norwegian based shipping company although they must appoint an authorised representative in Norway for the purposes of accepting service of legal process and must entrust either the technical or commercial management functions to a Norwegian manager, which must be either a Norwegian citizen, an unlimited partnership where all participants are Norwegian subjects or a Norwegian company where 60% of the capital and voting power is in Norwegian hands.|
An application for registration containing details of the ship, its owners and managers must be filed with the NIS accompanied by the following:-
|Registration Fees||Fees are payable to the NIS Register: Nkr 6,782 payable upon registration and an annual fee of NKr 5,800 for subsequent years. There are also fees to be paid to the Norwegian Maritime Directorate (NMD) which are calculated separately for each specific ship.|
|Type of Mortgage||A statutory form of Norwegian mortgage is required which sets out specific details of the loan transaction. The mortgage must be registered with the NIS.|
|Approved Classification Societies||ABS, BV, CCS, DNV, GL, KRS, LR, NKK, PRS, RINA, RS.|
|Crew Nationality||There are no restrictions on nationality of the crew except that the Master must be Norwegian (although an application for dispensation from this requirement can be made and such applications are normally treated favourably).|
|Parallel Registration||Not permitted.|
|Flag of Convenience||No, although the status of the NIS is currently under review.|
|Principal IMO Conventions Adopted||SOLAS, COLREG, INMARSAT, STCW, MARPOL, CLC, FUND.|
|Mortgage Registration Fee||NKr 1,310.|