Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Closing an Australian registration

A ship owner or registered agent must notify the Registrar of Ships immediately if a ship is no longer entitled to be registered in Australia. This applies if the ship is sold to a non-Australian, or is lost, burnt or broken up or taken by an enemy.


A registration can also be closed voluntarily if the ship does not need to be registered.

Ship Ceases to be Entitled

Sold to non-Australian

The owner of the ship must give notice in writing that the ship is no longer entitled to be registered together with details of the circumstances including the name, address and nationality of the new owner.  A copy of the Bill of Sale or other document that is evidence of the transfer of ownership must also be produced.
The original Australian registration certificate must be surrendered to the Shipping Registration Office as soon as possible.

Ship is lost, burnt or broken up or taken by an enemy

The owner of the ship must give notice in writing with details of the circumstances and when the event happened.
The original Australian registration certificate must be returned to the Shipping Registration Office if not lost with the ship.

Voluntary Closure

Ships that are not required to be registered can be voluntarily closed by the owner using an Application for Voluntary Closure of Registration form, and returning the original Australian registration certificate. Voluntary closure applies to:

  • pleasure craft
  • fishing vessels
  • government-owned ships
  • foreign-owned ships that are on demise (bare boat) charter to Australian operators, and
  • commercial ships that are less than 24 metres in overall length.

Deletion Certificates

A Deletion certificate can be provided for any closed registration and is often needed for applications with foreign registries. The Deletion certificate can be requested at the time of closure, or any time after a registration is closed. A written request is needed in both cases along with the correct fee.
The Deletion certificate is made up of three documents:

  • a certificate stating that the ship is not Australian registered and the circumstances of its closure;
  • a statement of the registered ownership at the time of closure; and
  • a certified Title Extract from the register, with the description of the ship at the time of closure.

Fees

Fees are payable in advance to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. Please see the shipping registration fees page for more details. GST does not apply to services supplied by the Shipping Registration Office.

Related information

Closure of a registration falls under the provisions of Sections 58, 66, 67, 92 and 93 of the Shipping Registration Act 1981 and in Regulations 32 and 33 of the Shipping Registration Regulations 1981.

 

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