Yacht Registration under the British Virgin Islands Flag


Boat Registration British Virgen Islands

The British Virgen Island registration is recognized worldwide, the BVI is a member of the Red Ensign Group of British Registrations, which means any boat registered in the BVI is a British Ship and entitled to fly the Red Ensign Flag and that gives your ship protection by Royal Navy and support by the British Diplomatic/Consular.

Who can register with the BVI registration?

BVI Vessel registrations are available to citizens of and companies registered in:
  • The BVI
  • The United Kingdom and its Crown dependencies and overseas territories
  • A member of the European Union (EC) or European Economic Area (EEA)
  • The Caribbean Community and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.
Often clients opt to set up an incorporated BVI company for the sole purpose of holding a ship, the benefits of vessel being hold by a BVI company are:
  • protection of asset from confiscation orders from foreign governments
  • no disclosure or minimum capital requirements
  • ease of maintaining and operating the BVI company
  • confidentiality and anonymity for the shareholders and directors of the BVI company

Which documents are needed to register a vessel in the BVI:

  • Original bill of sale
  • Original builders’ certificate or Ce certificate
  • Certificate of Survey and Tonnage Measurement, If the vessel is over 24 meters an International Tonnage Certificate (ITC69) is required.
  • Certificate of Incorporation (if company)
  • Deletion of previous registration
  • All documents need to be notarized and also if documents are not in English, they need to translated and notarized.
  • Application to register
  • Declaration of Eligibility
  • Closed Transcript and an extract of register if the vessel is coming off a Red Ensign Register

Which vessels can be registered in the BVI

  • Cargo ships of unlimited tonnage
  • Yachts of up to 3000 gross ton
  • Vessel previously registered under category 2
  • Pleasure crafts and yachts up to 400 gross which is about maximum 45 meters
  • Cargo and commercial craft of up to 150 gross which is about 24 meters in length.

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Flag Country Comparison Table

 USA (Delaware)HollandUnited KingdomPoland
How fast can it be done? 5 Days 3 Days3 Days7 Days
Available for all nationalities Yes YesYesYes
Validation Period1 or 3 years2 years5 yearsFor life
Flag certificateYesNoYesYes
Ownership registrationYesYesYesYes
Survey mandatoryNoNoYesNo
Valid worldwideYesNoYesYes
Suitable for commercial yachtsNoNoYesno / yes
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