Admiralty and Shipping

by admin, September 1, 2016

Phase 1 of Christophe Harbour Marina, Southeast Peninsula, St. Kitts

We have vast experience in the area of admiralty and shipping offering our clients services through the St. Kitts and Nevis International Ship Registry including ship registry and de-registration, recording and removing mortgages, registration and amendment of owners and managers, redomicilation and finance and purchasing.

The St. Kitts and Nevis ship registry has no restrictions on ownership of St. Kitts and Nevis ships. It is available and accessible to local and foreign corporations and individuals and any type of ship, including yachts, non-propelled barges, rigs and ships under bareboat charter.

One of hundreds of St. Kitts and Nevis flagged vessels registered through the St. Kitts and Nevis International Ship Registry.

To facilitate speedy registration, a worldwide network of offices, staffed by professional and experience Maritime Registrars and Special Agents to issue pertinent documentation when authorized by head office in the UK. These officers are empowered to accept application documents, deal with questions and procedural aspects of ship and seafarer registration ‘face-to-face’ as the local contact for a ship-owners so avoiding any delays, especially those caused by time zones. The Operational Head Office controls the issuing of all Ship and Seafarer documentation. Located in the suburbs of London, St. Kitts and Nevis International Ship Registry spans the office opening hours of most major shipping and business centres. Ongoing investment in IT and computer facilities allows a rapid analysis of applications for registration, while maintaining adequate controls for the identification of owners,  managers and seaworthiness of ships in accordance with National Legislation, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Conventions and accepted international practice. St. Kitts & Nevis is a signatory to all the major IMO Conventions and participates actively in the evolutions of IMO.

Recognized Organizations or Class Societies are authorized to carry out statutory surveys and issue statutory certification on behalf of St. Kitts and Nevis. A network of Flag State Inspectors carryout Annual Flag State Inspections and occasional surveys.


A local pleasure watch in St. Kitts.

Pleasure and Commercial Yachts may be registered. St. Kitts and Nevis International Ship Registry provides for the use of a variety of industry standard Yacht Codes for technical regulation, giving flexibility to the yacht owner. Pleasure yachts may be temporarily registered as operating in a Commercial mode.

Ships registered in St. Kitts & Nevis may be mortgaged. Supporting legislation follows the general legal principal of English Law on ship mortgages. The mortgager mortgages the ship by execution of a simple mortgage deed, registering this at the office of the International Registrar of Shipping and Seamen. By prior arrangements, mortgage documents can be presented at the office of a Maritime Registrar and the mortgage registered. The mortgagee may enforce the mortgage by taking possession of the ship and selling it by private sale or at auction.

Ships may be bareboat chartered both into and out of St. Kitts & Nevis for either long or short periods. St. Kitts and Nevis Ship Registry is a member of MAIIF- the Maritime Accident Investigators International Forum.

A competitive fee structure and fast- turnaround of applications to assist ship owners in today’s world of commercial pressures and instant communication is one of the greatest hallmarks of the St. Kitts and Nevis International Ship Registry.

St. Kitts and Nevis Ship Registry management system is accredited to ISO 9001 by American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

We welcome your applications for registration and further information can be obtained at

Why Choose St Kitts & Nevis Ship Registry?

  • Worldwide Network of Maritime Registrars and other registration offices for local contact by Owners
  • No restriction on ownership of vessel – St. Kitts & Nevis company not required, though using one will result in a lower registration fee
  • No restriction on nationality of Master, Officers and Crew on board
  • Central control of registration and issuing of documents
  • Rapid turnaround of enquiries and applications
  • Competitive fee structure – no ‘hidden extras’
  • Convenient location of Head Office for World Wide time zones
  • Individuals or corporate bodies can be owners or BB charterers of a ship
  • Recourse to a well established legal system based on English Law
  • Registration under ownership, bareboat charter and for ships under construction
  • Knowledgeable and experienced staff in both Head Office and in the offices of our Maritime
  • Registrars to assist with enquires
  • Merchant Shipping legislation based on British and IMO Models