|Application for Registration
The following are qualified to own a Jamaican ship:
- Citizens of Jamaica
- Commonwealth Citizens deemed Jamaican
Corporate established in Jamaica and having a place of business,
managing owner or agent in Jamaica;
and Limited Partnerships established in Jamaica and having business
or managing owner or agent in Jamaica
Maritime Entities and foreign companies established in a jurisdiction
other than Jamaica and having a managing owner or agent in Jamaica.
Foreign entity includes partnerships or limited partnerships established
in a jurisdiction
Time Ship Registration
Completion and submission of the following Forms :
2. Submission of the following Documentation :
- Certificate of Incorporation,
- Notice of Directors
- Articles of Association
or similar document of Owning Entity
- Certificate of Good Standing.
- Power of Attorney (where applicable) executed by the Owning Company
in favour of the person(s) signing the various Forms for registration.
- LRIT Conformance Test Report.
- Bill of Sale or Builder's
Certificate or Condemnation Order - duly executed.
- Certificate of Deletion or DeRegistration or Cancellation from previous Registry.
- Statutory Certificates issued under the previous Registry.
- International Tonnage Certificate (ITC) from previous Registry.
- DOC and SMC of the Vessel, evidencing compliance with the ISM
Other Requirements :
- Confirmation from Class indicating
the validity of the Safety Certificates. Any
exemption / conditions pertaining to the Certificates are to
- Radio Accounting Authority's confirmation in respect of the management
of the vessel's radio accounts, in the form of a Letter on the AAIC's Letterhead.
- INMARSAT approved PSA (Point of Service Activation) Contractor
(ONLY in the event that the AAIC does not also serve as a PSA).
- Payment of all applicable fees and costs.
Provisional Registration may be effected upon the submission of
faxed or e-mailed copies of forms / documents. The original
documents must be submitted within 30 days of the provisional registration
Statutory certificates issued under the previous Registry are
not required to be submitted in original.
A ship which has been registered in a foreign registry is not
eligible to be registered in Jamaica unless evidence has been
supplied to the satisfaction of the Registrar that:
ship has been de-registered on or before the day that the registration
is to be effected in Jamaica.
mortgage is outstanding against the ship or where there is a
mortgage outstanding, that the holders of such mortgage has consented
in writing to the de-registration of the ships foreign
Boat Charter Registration
Shipping Act provides for parallel registration to the JSR or bareboat (out) registration in cases where it is the Charters wish to use a different
flag for a ship originally registered in Jamaica.
During the period of the charter, mortgages may continue to be
recorded in the Jamaican register but, in other respects, the
Jamaican registration is suspended.
Reciprocally, provided that the law of the country of original
registration allow, ships may be bareboat chartered onto the Jamaican
The basic conditions, which apply to Bareboat (In), are:
charterer must have have complete management and operational
control of the ship including the employment of the master and
application for Bareboat Charter Registration must be made;
written consent of the owner of the underlying registry of the
ship must be obtained;
written consent of the authorised authority of the underlying
written consent of any mortgagee of the underlying registry of
the ship must be obtained;
declaration of Bareboat Charter must be made by the Charterer
that the ship is subject to charter by demise, in lieu of a
declaration of ownership;
certified copy of the Bareboat charter party must be rendered
to the Jamaican registrar;
vessel is required to comply with the Shipping Laws and regulations
of Jamaica for the duration of the charter;
vessel must fly the Jamaican flag during the period of Bareboat
ship to be bareboat registered into the Jamaican registry shall
retain the name it is registered in the underlying registry, provided
thats such name is not already that of a registered Jamaican
ship or a name so similar as to calculated to deceive. If change
of name is necessary or desired the consent of the owner, mortgagee
and underlying registry is required.
DOCUMENTS FOR BAREBOAT CHARTER REGISTRATION
Consent of Shipowners, Underlying Registry and Mortgage
2. Application of Bareboat Charter
3. Declaration of Bareboat Charter indicating that the charterer
is qualified to own a Jamaican ship
4. Transcript of underlying registry
5. Bareboat Charter Party
6. Appointment of authorised Agent ( where appropriate)
7. Consent for change of name ( where applicable)
8. Written application for MMSI number and Radio Cal Sign
9. Certificate of Survey
10. Carving and Marking Note duly Completed
11. Consent of Mortgage for registration
12. Certificate of Company Incorporation and Certificate of Good
13. International Tonnage Certificate
Application for Bareboat Charter Registration in a Foreign Registry
2. Consent in writing of mortgages ( where applicable)
3. Written undertaking by owner to surrender the Jamaican Certificate
4. undertaking by charterer that the Jamaican flag shall not be
displayed during the period of bareboat charter registration.
5. Copy of the bareboat charter party
The registration and annual fee for a Jamaican ship are determined
according to its gross tonnage and are outlined in the fee schedule.
Discounts are available to the shipowner on Initial Registration
or Annual Fees where:
ship being registered is less than 9 years old
than one vessel is being registered
ship being registered is a passenger ship exceeding 10,000 gross
ship has, in the preceding 5 years, consistently met the requirements
of the Shipping Act and any regulations made thereunder relating
to the maritime safety and pollution prevention
technical management or crewing of the ship is carried out by
an entity established and operating in Jamaica
minimum of 20% or five members ( whichever is greater) of the
crew and including at least one officer, are Jamaican Nationals;
the case of a passenger ship over 10,000 gross tonnes, the home
port during the 12 month period prior to the anniversary due
date, was in Jamaica.
Under the Shipping Act:
tax shall be charged or payable on the income of a shipping
entity in respect of gains or profits derived from the ownership
or operation of a registered Jamaican ship, or on any dividend
paid to the shareholders or partners in this regard.
tax shall be payable by any person on interest or other income
payable to him by any shipping entity registered in respect
of any loan raised or debt due by such shipping entity for the
purpose of acquiring the ownership of a Jamaican ship or for
the purpose of operation of such ship.
tax shall be payable by any seafarer on income derived from
employment on a Jamaican registered ship.
Jamaican registered ship is exempt from death or succession
duties and transfer tax, duty on documents.
addition Jamaican has double taxation agreements with many countries.