Ship Registration

Ship registration may be effected in Nassau, London or New York. Vessels of 1,600 net registered tonnage or more and not more than 12 years old at the date of registration may be registered without regard to the nationality of the owner. Vessels more than 12 years old may not be registered without a very detailed initial survey. It is not necessary that a Bahamian company be registered as the owner where the owner is not a Bahamian national. This qualifies The Bahamas Registry as an "open registry". Eight classification societies have been appointed to carry out statutory surveys on behalf of the Authority - they are as follows:-

  • American Bureau of Shipping
  • Bureau Veritas
  • Det Norske Veritas
  • Germanischer Lloyd
  • Korean Register of Shipping
  • Lloyd's Register of Shipping
  • Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
  • Registro Italiano Navale

A vessel transferring its registration will not be required to be re-surveyed if it is in possession of valid safety certificates issued by one of the appointed classification societies.