Vanuatu is a chain of 83 islands located in the southern Pacific Ocean. People who are considered investors and/or representatives of corporations have found it to be worthy of their time and effort. This has become well-known throughout the world. What might not be well-known about Vanuatu is its foray into the yacht and shipping vessel registration industry. Yes, you read that correctly. Vanuatu has the distinction of being very friendly to these vessels and is actively encouraging yacht and shipping vessel owners to fly their country’s flag legally by registering with them.
All pleasure yacht and ship owners that are registered in Vanuatu are responsible for knowing and following all maritime laws put forth by the Republic of Vanuatu. The registration process is done through either the Pleasure Yacht Registry or the International open registry available for commercial vessels.
If a vessel has a particular cultural or historical significance, the owner would register it under the most-unique Historic Registry solely meant for those vessels. Of course, which registry an owner would use depends upon the type of vessel he or she has. More information is available for those persons who require help determining this.
It is possible and highly advisable to find a company to represent you in such matters. This is important because you must be sure all procedures, regulations and laws are followed exactly. The company you select will be able to help with these matters.
What Information is Required for Registration?
The following list can serve as a guide. The vessel owner would be wise to seek a knowledgeable company on these matters to represent them. This ensures everything is done correctly. Here is the list:
- Pleasure yacht registration application
- Pleasure yacht declaration of ownership
- Proof or ownership of vessel that is notarized
- Foreign marine document or registration of vessel, a certified copy is needed
- Seaworthiness proof for this vessel
- Proof that this vessel is properly insured
- Two color photos of vessel that must be 4×8 inches in size, one taken from starboard side towards bow and the other taken from portside bow to stern
- All required fee monies
- IF you plan to make Vanuatu your home port, you will also need a radio station license
Information Regarding Fees
Of course, there are fees as with any other service throughout the world. It should be noted that yacht and shipping vessel registration fees in Vanuatu are quite reasonable. The first matter is the registration of your yacht or private shipping vessel fee. This includes a mandatory Call Sign fee. The Call Sign is issued to you courtesy of the Vanuatu Maritime Authority. Your registration fee also covers a minimum 5-year annual registration fee issued by the Vanuatu Maritime Authority.
Other Things to Know
Personnel in the Vanuatu yacht and shipping vessel registry office are available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, all year long. In other words, whenever they are needed. Every detail of sea-going vessel registration is handled through the central registry office.
If you are confused about any of the procedures or applicable laws, have your Vanuatu representative company explain them to you. Registering your yacht or ship can be quite a valuable procedure for you, particularly if you also plan to own a corporation or live there. Your representative can be quite helpful in these instances.
Why Register Your Sea Vessel with Vanuatu?
There is something quite magical about having the Vanuatu flag flying on your yacht or ship because the country itself is magical. It has the most stunningly beautiful harbors any place on the planet. Its waters are turquoise blue and features plenty of beaches with sparkling clean sand. The harbors themselves in Vanuatu are vibrant and teeming with activity.
The landscape of the 83 individual islands that comprise Vanuatu are tropical and relaxing. What can you say about the people? They are friendly and helpful and economically stable. The latter part means they can afford to spend money with your business. When you fly the flag of Vanuatu on your ship or yacht, THIS is what you represent with pride. Begin your registration process today!
Trade Board Limited is Available to Help
TOP Company Formation (TCF) is owned and operated by “Trade Board Limited”. Trade Board Limited is an authorized agent of the government of Vanuatu to process yachts and shipping vessels registration applications for clients from all over the world. Your application will be processed professionally and legally in short time. Trade Board Limited also offers additional services, being a Vanuatu Financial Services Commission agent and holding a PR license from the said commission allows the company to form companies in 3 days for clients from all over the world. All services are done remotely with no need for physical presence. Trade Board limited also promote Vanuatu permanent residency program and is a sub-agent for Vanuatu Citizenship Program.