st. kitts & nevis international ship registry
frequently asked questions (faq's)
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DO I NEED A ST. KITTS & NEVIS COMPANY TO OWN MY SHIP?
a) No, a company or individual outside of St. Kitts & Nevis may own a ship.
b) St. Kitts & Nevis registered companies will however benefit from a reduced Registration Fee when a ship is first registered with SKANReg
How do I register my ship with SKANReg?
a) Download the Application Forms on this website and submit them to the International Registrar, a Maritime Registrar, the Department of Maritime Affairs or a Service Provider. Details of all these offices are on this website.
Do I need a Maritime Resident Agent in St. Kitts & Nevis?
a) Unless you are a "Kittian" or a "Nevisian", yes a Maritime Resident Agent is required for each and every ship registered with SKANReg.
How can I find details of Maritime Resident Agents?
a) Details of Service Providers who can act as a Maritime Resident Agent are on this website OR
b) The International Registrar can provide information.
Are there any age restrictions for ships?
a) There are no age restrictions, but vessels over 20 years old may be subject to an inspection by a surveyor from SKANReg, before being accepted for registration. The fee for this survey is paid by the shipowner.
b) Vessels that were built within the last 5 years will benefit through reduced registration fees.
Do I need insurance?
a) Yes, Insurance/P+I cover for third party claims is required.
Which Classification Societies can I use?
a) Any member of IACS, plus Turk Loydu & International Register of Shipping.
A list of IACS members can be found by clicking here
CAN I HAVE A MORTGAGE REGISTERED ON MY SHIP?
a) Yes. Our Mortgage legislation is based on British legislation and has been accepted by all major lenders involved in shipping finance.
b) The International Registrar can provide more information on this subject.
c) The Mortgage Registration procedure can be found on the Mortgage page or by clicking on the following link. Mortgage Registration Procedure
Can I Bareboat Charter my ship into AND/or out of SKANReg?
a) Yes, arrangements can be found on this website.
Where do I get a Ship Radio Station Licence for my ship?
a) These are issued through SKANReg.
ST. KITTS & NEVIS INTERNATIONAL SHIP REGISTRY
1-5 OLDCHURCH ROAD,
TEL: +44 (0)1708 380400
FAX: +44 (0)1708 380401