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A Guide to
Vessel Registration
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1 General
1.1 Types of Ship Registration
1.2 Main Elements of Ship Registration
1.3 Registration of Mortgages
1.4 Additional Requirements and Certication
for Commercial Vessels
1.5 Transfer of Registration to Cayman from
Other British Registers
1.6 Submitting Documents, etc.
2 Specic Steps Towards Full
Registration
2.1 Step 1 - Qualifying Vessel and Vessel Name
a Merchant Ships and Commercial Yachts
b Private Yachts
c Qualifying Vessel Name - All Vessels
2.2 Step 2 - Legal Title and Qualifying Ownership
Structure - All Vessels
2.3 Step 3 - Deal Directly with Registry or Via a Third
Party Service Provider

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2.4 Step 4 - Registration Forms,
Supporting Documentation & Fees
a Forms Required
b Supporting Documentation Required
c Additional Supporting Documentation
which may be required
2.5 Step 5 - Carving and Marking
2.6 Issue of Certicate of Registry and
Tonnage Certicate
3 Related Matters
3.1 Ship Radio Station Licence (SRSL)
3.2 Carriage of Emergency Position Indicating
Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
3.3 Registration of EPIRBs
4 Interim Registration During
Transfer of Ownership
4.1 Circumstances Under Which Interim
Registration May Be Utilised
4.2 Conditions To Be Met
4.3 Documentation Required and Issue of
Full Certicate of Registry
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5 Additional Requirements for
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5.1 Application and Submission of Documents
a Request for Survey and Certication Services
b Submission of Documents
5.2 Procedure
a Ship Surveys and Certication
b Manning and Crew Compliance
5.3 Ship Radio Station Licence
6 Passenger Ships
Annex 1: Matrix of International Conventions
Applicable to Yachts
Annex 2: Cayman Crew Compliance Matrices
Annex 3: Cayman Vessel Registration
& Related Services Matrices
Annex 4: Fees
Annex 5: STCW White List of Countries, etc.
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Glossary
Key Certicates
Key Terms
Contact Addresses
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How to Flag Cayman: A Summary
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1 General
1.1 Types of Ship Registration
Cayman ofers ve vessel registration options: Full; Interim;
Provisional; Under Construction; and Demise (Bareboat) Charter.
1.2 Main Elements of Ship Registration
Flagging into Cayman involves ve main sets of activities; the
applicability of each set depends upon the vessel registration
option pursued. These are:
Name Availability and Qualication
Vessel Qualication
- Merchant Ships
- Commercial Yachts
- Private Yachts
Evidence of Qualifying Owner
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and Proof of Legal Title
Vessel Dimensions and Other Details
Complete Relevant Forms
1.3 Registration of Mortgages
Mortgages on vessels may also be registered; prohibitions may
also be recorded where there exists a duly completed mortgage
document. Mortgage Priority Notices can be recorded prior to
receipt of an executed mortgage document.
1.4 Additional Requirements and Certication
for Commercial Vessels
For Commercial Vessels (merchant ships and commercial yachts)
there is a set of parallel activities (i.e., parallel to the registration
process) consisting of safety and operational compliance
involving the issue by a Cayman surveyor/auditor (or by one of
the seven Classication Societies
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authorised to act on behalf
of Cayman) of the relevant Convention or statutory certicates.
A Glossary of the Key Certicates is provided on page 24.
The absence of such certicates does not necessarily prevent a
ship from being registered (e.g. the ship may legitimately be laid
up at the time of changing to the Cayman ag or may not yet
be ready to sail for whatever reason) but a commercial vessel
cannot operate without them. Under normal circumstances, the
surveys and audits for these Convention and statutory certicates
are dealt with during the registration process so the vessel
can continue operating as soon as registration is completed.
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Establishing whether the owner as presented qualies to own a Cayman-agged vessel as evidenced by copies of the relevant passport(s) pages, if an individual(s) or a Certicate of Good Standing or equivalent, if
a company or other shipping entity registered in a qualifying country or in a dependency or overseas country or territory of a qualifying country. Qualifying countries include the 30 members of the EEA or European
Economic Area, comprising the 27 EU or European Union countries of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus (Greek sector), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland,
Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Additionally, countries included in the
Third Schedule of the Money Laundering Regulations (2006 revision), as may be amended from time to time. At the time of publication these included (in addition to some already listed above) Argentina, Australia,
The Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the USA. Also, there are 50+ overseas dependencies,
countries and territories including Anguilla, Aruba, the Azores, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman, the Faroe Islands, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hong Kong, the Isle
of Man, Greenland, Jersey, Madeira, Mayotte, the Canary Islands, Martinique, Montserrat, the Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, Reunion, and the Turks & Caicos Islands
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American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Bureau Veritas (BV), Det Norske Veritas (DNV), Germanischer Lloyd (GL), Lloyds Register (LR), Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK), and Registro Italiano Navale (RINA Class).
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Therefore, even though a vessel may meet all ownership
requirements for registration and all supporting documentation is
provided, registration of the vessel may be declined for safety and
operational reasons.
1.5 Transfer of Registration to Cayman from
Other British Registers
Where a vessel is transferring from another British Red Ensign
Group (REG) Register
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(e.g. Isle of Man), Cayman may issue
new statutory certicates with the same expiry dates without
necessarily undertaking the underlying Convention and
statutory surveys at ag-in.
1.6 Submitting Documents, etc.
All forms and supporting documentation may be provided either
in originals or electronically. If provided electronically, it must be
accompanied by an Undertaking (see Form CISR 856, [5iii]) to
deliver the originals/certied hard copies within 7 days, which can
be submitted to any of the Cayman Registry locations (please visit
www.cishipping.com ).
The signatures may be witnessed by a Registrar of British Ships, a
Justice of the Peace, a Notary Public, or the equivalent.
2 Specic Steps Towards Full Registration
Provided below is a 5-step summary illustration of the key steps
and decisions involved in agging-in a vessel to Cayman. Please
note, however, that these steps are not necessarily sequential as
multiple steps might be undertaken simultaneously or in advance
of each other despite sequential numbering.
2.1 Step 1 - Qualifying Vessel and Vessel Name
a Merchant Ships and Commercial Yachts
For existing commercial vessels (merchant ships or
commercial yachts) it should rst be established if the
vessel would be accepted for registration by contacting:
survey@cishipping.com. The applicant should clearly state
the name, age and IMO number of the vessel
b Private Yachts
For pleasure yachts in private use not engaged in trade,
there are minimum Convention and statutory requirements.
These include but are not limited to the appropriate sections
of SOLAS, MARPOL 73/78, COLREG (Annex 1, page 11).
Pleasure yachts in private use not engaged in trade
may, however, opt to voluntarily comply with the Large
Commercial Yacht Code (LY2).
c Qualifying Vessel Name - All Vessels
Establish whether the vessel name or proposed name is
available by conducting a name check at www.cishipping.com
or by contacting registration@cishipping.com. Once
established that the name is available, approval may be
granted by the Registrar and the name reserved.
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2.2 Step 2 - Legal Title and Qualifying Ownership
Structure - All Vessels
Establish whether one (individual or joint-owner) has legal title to
be registered or can reasonably be expected to have such in the
immediate future and is qualied to own a Cayman-registered
vessel or, alternatively, establish what type of legal ownership
structure (company or other shipping entity) one would need to
form or already have formed to qualify to own a Cayman-agged
vessel.
If the owner of the vessel (individual or joint-owners or company
or shipping entity) is not resident or incorporated in Cayman,
then a Cayman Representative Person resident in Cayman must
be appointed to act on behalf of the owner(s) on matters within
Cayman. See Step 4 (below). This appointment must be made
as part of the vessel registration application. There are several
Cayman maritime services providers that ofer this facility. See
www.cishipping.com.
2.3 Step 3 - Dealing Directly with the Registry or
Via a Third Party Service Provider
In the initial stages of registration, any shipping entity
(individual(s), joint-owners or company) may deal directly with
the Cayman Registry or act through a third party with respect to
the submission of documentation. Depending on the ownership
structure and location of the owner, owning company or
other shipping entity, an Authorised Person and/or a Cayman
Representative Person may be or may need to be appointed. For
further guidance see Step 4 (below).
2.4 Step 4 - Registration Forms, Supporting
Documentation and Fees
This section highlights, in some detail, various procedures
required and forms and documentation to be submitted
to complete a full registration. Various forms and required
supporting documentation are also explained. Interim
Registration is dealt with in Section 4.
For other types of registration see Annex 3a, page 14.
a Forms Required
CISR 854
Vessel Name Proposal and Reservation
Complete this form to reserve a vessel name. Once the
name has been reserved, all other relevant forms below
should be submitted if full registration is to be pursued at
this point. If full registration is not pursued at this point, the
name may be held for 12 months initially, with an option to
renew. This form may be signed by an Owner, Authorised
Person, Cayman Representative Person or other parties
subject to approval of the Registrar.
CISR 855
Appointment of an Authorised Person
An Authorised Person is, by virtue of this appointment,
authorised to complete, sign and submit the Declaration
of Ownership for a company/body corporate, individual
or joint-owners and all other forms and supporting
documentation submitted in relation to the vessel. The
individual/joint-owners must use this form if they wish to
appoint an Authorised Person to act on their behalf. Note,
however, that where there is an individual owner or joint
owners (individuals) resident in Cayman, these parties may
act on their own behalf.
In cases where the ship is owned by a company/body
corporate the form must have the seal of that company/
body corporate afxed, or if not possible, the signature on
the form should be witnessed by a Notary Public or the
equivalent in the relevant jurisdiction.
In cases of individual or joint-owners, the form must be
signed by the owner or joint-owners and notarised. In the
case of joint ownership, however, the joint owners may
appoint by Power of Attorney one person to act on their
collective behalf, as an alternative. The Power of Attorney
must also be provided to Cayman as evidence of this
agreement. The Authorised Person may or may not be
resident in Cayman and a company or a shipping entity may
appoint more than one Authorised Person.
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Person may also be appointed as an Authorised Person
under form CISR 855 and may also complete, sign and
submit the Declaration of Ownership for a company/body
corporate, individual or joint owners and all other forms
and supporting documentation submitted in relation to the
vessel.
CISR 856 (4)
Undertaking to act as a Cayman Representative Person
The Cayman Representative Person must sign this section
of the Form as evidence of acceptance to act in the relevant
capacity.
CISR 856 (5i)
Declaration of Private Use (Pleasure Vessel)
Complete this section of the form if the vessel is to be used
solely for private use. This is used only for pleasure yachts
not to be engaged in trade.
CISR 856 (5ii)
Undertaking to Mark Vessel and Return Carving & Marking
Note
Complete this section of the form where a Certicate of
Registry is to be issued prior to its receipt of a completed
Carving & Marking Note. This is an undertaking to have the
vessel marked with its Port of Registry, Ofcial Number,
IMO Number (if applicable) and Net Tonnage (for vessels 24
metres and over in length) or Register Tonnage (for vessels
under 24 metres in length) within 21 days of the issue date of
the vessels Certicate of Registry.
CISR 856 (5iii)
Undertaking to Submit Original Documents within 7 Days
Where electronic documents have been accepted to
facilitate timely registration, complete this section of
the form to undertake to deliver the originals of these
documents within 7 days of the issue date of the vessels
Certicate of Registry.
CISR 856 (1)
Application for Registration in Cayman
Complete this section of the form to register a vessel. This
must be signed by an Owner or Authorised Person.
CISR 856 (2a)
Vessel Details
Complete this section of the form to provide vessel details
(type of ship, measurements and tonnage.
CISR 856 (2b)
Declaration of Ownership or Eligibility on
Behalf of a Company/Body Corporate
The Owner or Authorised Person declares that the owning
company/body corporate is qualied to own or may be
eligible to own a Cayman-registered vessel.
CISR 856 (2c)
Declaration of Ownership or Eligibility on Behalf of an
Individual
The Owner or Authorised Person declares the individual
is qualied to own or may be eligible to own a Cayman-
registered vessel.
CISR 856 (2d)
Declaration of Ownership or Eligibility on Behalf of Joint
Owners
The Owner or Authorised Person declares the joint-owners
as a collective body are qualied to own or may be eligible
to own a Cayman-registered vessel. Qualied persons must
own the majority of shares (at least 33) out of the 64 shares
in a vessel. The remaining 31 shares may be owned by
persons not qualied to own a Cayman-registered vessel.
CISR 856 (3)
Appointment of a Cayman Representative Person
This is necessary where the individual/joint-owners are
not Cayman nationals or permanent residents or when
owning companies have been incorporated in a qualifying
jurisdiction other than Cayman. The Cayman Representative
Person is, by virtue of this appointment, the owners ofcial
representative in Cayman. The Cayman Representative
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CISR 856 (5iv)
Undertaking to Provide a Bill of Sale and
Declaration of Ownership within 21 days
Complete this section of the form where an Interim
Certicate of Registry valid for 21 days is to be issued,
pending receipt of a Bill of Sale and Declaration of
Ownership. In the interim, the Owner or Authorised Person
must submit a Declaration of Eligibility for Ownership for the
potential new owner which may be form CISR 856 2a, 2b or
2c, depending on ownership structure. See Section 4 (page
08) for Guidance on Interim Registration.
CISR 857
Application for Miscellaneous Services
Complete the relevant sections of this form for the particular
services being requested: Mortgage Registration, Vessel
Deletion, Transcripts of the Register, Change of Vessel Type
(Pleasure Yachts to Commercial Vessels), etc. This form must
be signed by an Owner or Authorised Person.
Note: Registration forms may be obtained from the Cayman
Registry or downloaded from www.cishipping.com.
b Supporting Documentation Required
To complete full registration the following supporting
documentation is required:
Proof of Title (e.g. Builders Certicate or Bill of Sale)
Cayman Islands Certicate of Good Standing or Certied
Copy of Passport(s)
An original Cayman Islands Certicate of Good Standing is
required for vessels owned by either a Cayman company
or other shipping entity. Where the owning body is
incorporated outside Cayman then proof of its good
standing in accordance with the Laws of the relevant
jurisdiction is required. For vessels owned by an individual
or jointly-owned by individuals, a certied (or notarised)
copy(ies) of the individuals or individuals passport pages
that shows the individual or joint-owners photograph(s),
nationality(ies), and signature(s), is/are required.
Certicate of Survey or Declaration of Particulars
A Certicate of Survey or Declaration of Particulars, in
the case of a vessel under 24 metres, will be required
for the registration of vessels with the Cayman Registry.
Arrangements for the issue of the Certicate of Survey are
made between the Owner (or a Cayman Representative
Person) and a Cayman Registry surveyor, one of the seven
authorised Classication Societies (see footnote 2, page
03) or with another surveyor authorised by the Cayman
Registry. It is in the Owners interest to provide as much
information as available regarding vessel tonnage and
particulars.
Tonnage Certicate
For existing vessels, a copy of the International Tonnage
Certicate (issued under the International Tonnage
Convention) is required for all vessels 24 metres in length
or more.
c Additional supporting documentation
which may be required
Depending on the type of registration requested, the
following additional supporting documents may be required:
Shipyard Letter
Construction Contract
Charter Party Agreement
Previous or Current Certicate of Registry
Transcript of Register from Previous Registry
Deletion Certicate from Previous Registry
Owners/Mortgagees Consent
Court Order
Resolution to Sell
Transferees Declaration
A list of these documents and the applicable services can
be found in the Vessel Registration and Related Services
Matrices at Annexes 3a-3c, pages 14-16.
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2.5 Step 5 - Carving and Marking
A Carving & Marking Note (C&M Note) will be issued at the
appropriate juncture which will specify how the vessel is to be
marked. Once properly marked, an authorised surveyor will verify
this by signing and returning the C&M Note to the Registrar.
The vessel may be registered prior to the return of the C&M Note
under the arrangement set out in the undertaking referred to on
page 6 and in form CISR 856 5 (ii), providing all other registration
requirements have been met.
2.6 Issuance of Certicate of Registry and Tonnage Certicate
Once Cayman has received all relevant forms, supporting
documentation, information and fees, a Certicate of Registry is
issued along with the relevant Tonnage Certicate (A previously
issued Tonnage Certicate may remain valid for up to 3 months
after registration).
3 Related Matters
3.1 Ship Radio Station Licence (SRSL)
If the vessel is tted with a radio transceiver, a Ship Radio
Station Licence is required; this should be applied for with the
Information & Communication Technology Authority at
www.icta.ky.
3.2 Carriage of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
(EPIRB)
SOLAS Convention passenger ships and cargo ships of 300
GT and upwards are required to carry an EPIRB. These may be
obtained from relevant suppliers and must be properly registered
before use. Other vessels may carry an EPIRB voluntarily but if so,
similar requirements are to be met.
3.3 Registration of EPIRBs
Cayman does not maintain an EPIRB database; therefore all vessel
owners should register their EPIRBs with either NOAA in the USA
(www.beaconregistration.noaa.gov) or with HM Coastguard
in Falmouth, UK (epirb@mcga.gov.uk). Both authorities accept
EPIRB registration information for Cayman-agged vessels. It is
the sole responsibility of the vessel owner (or authorised Cayman
representative) to ensure proper registration of EPIRBs.
4 Interim Registration During Transfer of
Ownership
4.1 Circumstances Under Which Interim Registration
May Be Utilised
This arrangement applies where an existing vessel is transferring
into Cayman involving change of owner from a non-qualied to
a qualied owner. Under these circumstances the Interim process
allows registration for up to 21 days under the Cayman Flag
to proceed before a Bill of Sale has been submitted, providing
certain conditions are met.
4.2 Conditions To Be Met
To proceed with an Interim Registration the following conditions
must be met:
a A written contract must exist between the current owner
and the transferee under which the current owner agrees:
to transfer the ship to the owner qualied to own a
Cayman ship; and
to provide the transferee with a Bill of Sale and a certicate
stating that the ship is free from encumbrances;
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b The transferee must make a declaration:
conrming the transferees eligibility to qualify as the
owner of a Cayman ship; and
stating that a written contract exists for the transfer of the
ship as agreed.
4.3 Documentation Required and Issue of Full Certicate of
Registry
Notarised copies of the contract and the declaration referred to
above will need to be submitted to the Registrar. In addition all
other forms, documentation and fees, etc., with the exception
of the Bill of Sale and Declaration of Ownership, must have been
submitted and satisfactorily processed as for full registration. An
Interim Certicate of Registration, valid for up to 21 days, will then
be issued.
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The Bill of Sale and Declaration of Ownership must be submitted
to the Registrar upon completion of the sale and within 21 days
of the date of issue of the Interim Certicate of Registry. Upon
receipt of these, the vessel can be permanently registered and a
full Certicate of Registry issued.
5 Additional Requirements for Commercial
Vessels Other Than Passenger Ships
5.1 Application and Submission of Documents
a Request for Survey and Certication Services
Notication that the vessel requires the relevant surveys,
inspections and certication should be made to the
Cayman Registry Survey Section, where such notication
has not already been addressed under the registration
application process. Relevant fees or an agreed deposit
should be submitted to the Cayman Registry at this time or
as otherwise agreed on a case by case basis with the survey
section via survey@cishipping.com.
b Submission of Documents
Documents to be submitted include but are not limited to:
A General Arrangement Plan
Stability Information Booklet
An SMPEP/SOPEP manual (for approval)
A Ship Security Assessment & Ship Security Plan (for approval)
A Continuous Synopsis Record (CSR) application together
with copies of previous CSRs
A Minimum Safe Manning Document application
Ofcers Endorsement application(s)
Copies of all Documents of Compliance (DOC) held by the
management company or the ships managers
Letter from owners appointing managers at the company
as per International Safety Management (ISM) Code 3.1.
Where possible, copies of all current statutory certicates
should also be submitted.
5.2 Procedure
a Ship Surveys and Certication
Arrangements will need to be made regarding the time
and place the ship is available for ag-in. Depending on
Caymans assessment of the vessel, ag-in surveys and
inspections may be conducted by one of the Cayman
authorised Classication Societies (see footnote 2, page 03)
or by a combination of Class and a Cayman surveyor.
b Manning & Crew Compliance
Number and Qualications of Crew General
In the case of commercial vessels (merchant ships or yachts)
establish whether or not the proposed manning levels and
proposed crew qualify to serve on-board Cayman-agged
vessels by contacting survey@cishipping.com. The Manning
Levels at Annex 2a-2c, pages 12-13, are used as a guide only
in determining the appropriate manning for a Cayman ship.
Caymans crew qualication endorsement procedures are
based on STCW 1995, as amended.
Master & Ofcer Certicates of Competency
and Cayman Endorsements
Crew members of Cayman-registered vessels may hold any
nationality or residency. Masters and ofcers are required
to hold Certicates of Competency issued by one of the
STCW 1995 White List countries recognised by Cayman
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STCW 1995 White List Countries recognised by Cayman:
European Countries (27): Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia & Montenegro, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.
Non EU/EEA Countries (18): Australia, Canada, China (Hong Kong SAR), India, Iran, Jamaica, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea,
Republic of Vietnam, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Ukraine and USA.
Countries on a case-by-case basis including but not limited to: Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, Slovak Republic and Sri Lanka.
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and for which, where appropriate, it issues Endorsements
attesting to the recognition of such Certicates. Cayman will
consider seafarer medical (tness) certicates issued by most
countries provided these are issued in accordance with the
relevant International Maritime Organization/International
Labour Organization (IMO/ILO) Conventions.
To apply for a Cayman Islands Endorsement, complete form
CISR 504, which may be obtained from the Cayman Registry
or downloaded from www.cishipping.com. Clients may also
contact survey@cishipping.com for assistance.
Minimum Safe Manning Document (MSMD)
To ensure all vessels are sufciently, efciently and safely
manned with properly trained and certied personnel,
Cayman issues a Minimum Safe Manning Document (MSMD)
under provisions of Chapter V (Safety of Navigation) of
SOLAS 1974, as amended, to all ships to which Chapter I of
SOLAS applies. For pleasure yachts engaged in trade, the
MSMD is issued in accordance with the Large Commercial
Yacht Code (LY2 Code).
Cayman will issue the MSMD for each vessel as follows:
Merchant vessels over 500 GT (mandatory)
Merchant vessels under Caribbean Cargo Ship Safety Code
(mandatory)
Pleasure yachts engaged in trade and over 500 GT
(mandatory)
Pleasure yachts not engaged in trade and over 500 GT
(voluntary)
Pleasure yachts under 500 GT (whether engaged in trade or
not) may be issued guidance by the Cayman Registry upon
request.
To apply for an MSMD, complete either form CISR 750 or
form CISR 750a, which may be obtained from the Cayman
Registry or downloaded from www.cishipping.com. Clients
may also contact survey@cishipping.com for assistance.
Seamans Discharge Books
Every bona-de seafarer on a Cayman-registered vessel is also
eligible to be issued (upon request and submission of the required
supporting documentation) a Cayman Seamans Discharge Book
(SDB). An SDB is a seafarers ofcial record of service and current
employment status. However, this is not mandatory as an SDB
from another Administration is acceptable.
To apply for an SDB, complete form CISR 513, which may be
obtained from the Cayman Registry or downloaded from
www.cishipping.com. Clients may also contact
crew.compliance@cishipping.com to request advice and
assistance.
5.3 Ship Radio Station Licence (SRSL)
It is essential that owners or managers make timely application
to ICTA for the issue of an SRSL, since the statutory Cargo Ship
Safety Radio Certicate cannot be issued without a valid SRSL.
(See SRSL on page 08 under Related Matters)
6 Passenger Ships
All matters relating to internationally operated passenger vessels
will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis through consultation
between the Cayman Registry and the owner or operator of such
vessels. Clients may also contact survey@cishipping.com.
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Annex 1: Matrix of International Conventions Applicable to Yachts
COLREGS (1972)
International Tonnage Convention
Small Commercial Vessel Code(s)
Large Commercial Yacht Code
International Load Line Convention
MARPOL Annex I (Oil pollution)
Annex IV (Sewage)
Annex V (Garbage)
Annex VI (Air pollution)
SOLAS Chapter I (General)
Chapter II Construction)
Chapter III (LSA)
Chapter IV (Radio)
Chapter V (Navigation)
Chapter IX (ISM Code)
Chapter XI-1 (Maritime Safety)
Chapter XI-2 (ISPS Code)
STCW
Bunker Convention

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Length < 24 Metres
PY(PU) PY CV
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Length 24 Metres
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PY(PU) PY CV

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PY(PU) PY CV

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Gross Tonnage > 3,000
PY(PU) PY CV
KEY:
PY(PU) = A Yacht Registered as a Pleasure Yacht, the owner of which has signed a declaration of Private Use
PY = A Yacht Registered as a Pleasure Yacht, that sometimes Charters
CV = A Yacht Registered as a Commercial Vessel
a = MARPOL Annex I applies to all Yachts, but only those of 400 GT and over need an International Oil Pollution Prevention Certicate and Form A
b = See MARPOL Annex II Regulation 2 for exact application
c = See CI Shipping Notice 09/05 for details
d = SOLAS Chapter IV applies to PY and CV of 300 GT and over
e = SOLAS Chapter V applies to all Yachts but only PY and CV Yachts of 500 GT and over need a Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certicate and Form E
f = All PY and CV Yachts of 300 GT and over are to have a Ship Identication (IMO) Number (see CI Shipping Notice 09/04)
g = PY or CV over 300 GT must comply with LRIT requirements. PY(PU) need only comply if carrying a Safety Radio Certicate
h = All yachts of 1000 GT or greater are to comply with the Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Damage
NOTE:
For vessels below 150 GT, Cayman shall determine to what extent the provisions of regulations apply to the Pleasure Yachts not engaged in trade and will issue guidance in this regard
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Annex 2: Cayman Crew Compliance Matrices
2a: Manning Levels for Merchant Ships
GT
< 500 NC Only
DECK DEPARTMENT LEVELS
Rank or Capacity > 500 < 3000 > 3000
Master
Chief Mate
2nd Ofcer
3rd Ofcer
Deck Rating (Nav Watch)
Deck Rating (Safe Operation)
Ships Cook (1)
Total
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
- / 1
3
2
8 / 9
3
2
1
10
kW
UMS
< 750 NC Only
ENGINE DEPARTMENT LEVELS
Rank or Capacity > 750 < 3000 < 3000
Chief Engineer
2nd Engineer
3rd Engineer
Engine Rating (Eng Watch)
Engine Rating (Safe Operation)
Total
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
3
1
5
> 750 < 3000
1
1
1
3
1
6
> 3000
1
1
1
1
4
< 750
1
1
2
KEY:
NC = Near Coastal; kW = Kilowatts; UMS = Unattended Machinery Space; GT = Gross Tonnes
2b: Manning Levels for Pleasure Motor Yachts Including Those Engaged in Trading (Commercial Yachts)
> 24m
< 200 GT
< 1500 kW
< 60M FROM A SAFE HAVEN
Rank or Capacity
200-500
GT
< 3000 kW
500-3000
GT
< 6000 kW
Chief Mate
OOW (D)
Deck Rating
Ships Cook
Chief Engineer
2nd Engineer
Assistant Engineer
Total
1
1
2
1
Master 1 1 1
2
1
1
3
1
1
2

6
1 1
2

1
> 24m
< 200 GT
< 1500 kW
< 150M FROM A SAFE HAVEN
200-500
GT
< 3000 kW
500-3000
GT
< 6000 kW
1
1
1
2
1
1 1 1
2
1
1
1
2

3
1
1
2

6
1
1
> 24m
< 200 GT
< 1500 kW
> 150M FROM A SAFE HAVEN
200-500
GT
< 3000 kW
500-3000
GT
< 6000 kW
1
2
1
1
2
1
1 1 1
1
2
1
1
1
1
2

6
1
1
1
6
1
1
6 / 7 6 / 7
NOTES:
1
Ships Cook is required to be carried on yachts of 1000 GT and above
2
Dual purpose (Deck/Engineer) may be considered on a case-by-case basis
For yachts over 3000 GT please refer to manning levels for cargo vessels
The above levels are for guidance only and actual levels will vary according to the size,
total propulsion power and trading pattern of the vessel
KEY:
kW = Kilowatts; GT = Gross Tonnes; M = Miles; OOW (D) = Ofcer of Watch (Deck)
7 / 8
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> 24m
> 200 GT
< 750 kW
< 60M FROM SAFE HAVEN
Rank or Capacity
200-500
GT
< 1500 kW
500-1000
GT
> 1500 kW
Chief Mate
OOW (D)
Deck Rating
Ships Cook
Chief Engineer
2nd Engineer
Assistant Engineer
Total
1
1
1
2
1
Master 1 1 1
2
4
1
1
2
6
1 1
2

1
2
> 24m
< 200 GT
< 750 kW
< 150M FROM SAFE HAVEN
200-500
GT
< 1500 kW
500-1000
GT
> 1500 kW
1
1
1
2
1
1 1 1
3
1
2
4
1
1
2
6
1
1
2
> 24m
< 200 GT
< 750 kW
> 150M FROM SAFE HAVEN
200-500
GT
< 1500 kW
500-1000
GT
> 1500 kW
1
1
1
1
2
1
1 1 1
1
3
1
1
2
5
1
1
2
7
1
1
2
6 7
1000-3000
GT
< 3000 kW
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
2
1000-3000
GT
< 3000 kW
1
1
3
1
1
1
1
7 8
NOTES:
1
Ships Cook is required to be carried on yachts of 1000 GT and above.
2
Dual purpose (Deck/Engineer) may be considered on a case-by-case basis
For yachts over 3000 GT please refer to manning levels for cargo vessels
The above levels are for guidance only and actual levels will vary according to
the size, total propulsion power and trading pattern of the vessel.
KEY:
kW = Kilowatts; GT = Gross Tonnes; M = Miles; OOW (D) = Ofcer of Watch (Deck)
8
1000-3000
GT
< 3000 kW
1
1
1
3
1
1
1
1
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Full
VESSEL REGISTRATION ACTIVITY
Forms & Documentation Interim Provisional
Form CISR 855
Form CISR 856
Supporting Documentation
Bill of Sale
Builders Certicate
Certicate of Good Standing
Certicate of Survey
Tonnage Certicate

Form CISR 854
Shipyard Letter
Charter Party Agreement
Certicate of Registration/
Transcript/Deletion Certicate
Owners/Mortgagees
Consent
Resolution to Sell
Court Order
Declaration of Transmission
Transferees Declaration
Contract
1
2
3
4
5
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
7
6

Demise Charter (In) Transfer of Port (In) Transfer of
Ownership


Comments Under Construction

Transmission



As applicable



2

1

As appropriate

Annex 3: Cayman Vessel Registration & Related Services Matrices


3a: Cayman Vessel Registration Matrix
NOTES:
1
Buyer & Seller
2
Copy(ies) acceptable
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Registration
Anew
VESSEL REGISTRATION ACTIVITY
Forms & Documentation Transfer of
Port (Out)
Voluntary
Deletion
Supporting Documentation:
Bill of Sale
Builders Certicate
Certicate of Good Standing
Certicate of Survey
Tonnage Certicate
Form CISR 857
Letter of Assurance from
Gaining Flag
Letter of Consent from Cayman
Letter of Conrmation
from Gaining Flag
Charter Party Agreement
Certicate of Reg/Transcript/
Deletion Certicate
Resolution to Sell
Letter of Dispensation from Cayman
Contract
1
2
3
4
5
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Statutory Certicates 15
7
6

Transcript
of Register
Change of Vessel
Type (PU to Comm)
Change of Vessel
Type (Comm to PU)

Comments Deletion
(Vessel Sold)

Demise
Charter (Out)


See Note 1
Buyer & Seller
See Note 1
See Note 3
See Note 2
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Load Line
STATUTORY CERTIFICATES TONNAGE CATEGORY
Vessel Gross Tonnage Large Yacht Code Class
300 GT - 399 GT
> 24M / < 300 GT
400 GT - 499 GT
500 GT & >

IOPP/IAPP/ISPP SEC/SAFCON/ISM/ISPS
*

Comments Safety Radio

As applicable*
Owners/Mortgagees Consent
NOTES:
1
Copy(ies) acceptable
2
Where mortgage exists
3
To be returned to Registrar
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Change of
Vessels Name
VESSEL REGISTRATION ACTIVITY
Forms & Documentation Change of
Registered
Owners Name
Change of
Mortgagees
Name
Form CISR 855
Form CISR 854
Form CISR 856 Section 3&4
Form CISR 857
Supporting Documentation:
Certicate of Incorporation
on Change of Names
Certicate of Merger
Corporate Resolution
Letter from Representative Person
Advising New Address
1
2
3
4

Change of
Registered
Owners Address
Change of
Mortgagees
Address
Change of
Representative
Person
Comments Change of
Registered
Ofces Address

Change of
Representative
Person Address

If applicable
If applicable
As applicable
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Mortgage
(Register)
Mortgage
(Transfer)
Mortgage
(Discharge)
Original Mortgage Document
Priority Notice
Power of Attorney
Original Mortgage Document
with Discharge
5
6
7
8
Original Mortgage Document
with Transfer
9
Afdavit of Lost Original Mortgage
Document
10
Record of Lifeboats, Tenders
& Appurtenances
11

Recording Lifeboats
Tenders & Appurtenances
Comments Priority Notice
(Record)

If applicable
2 Originals
Required
Recording of Loss of
Mortgage Document
Form CISR 857
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Annex 4: Fees
1 Fees for Ship and Mortgage
Registration and Related Services
Service/Activity Fee US$
1.1 Ship Registration
a Registration of ships
First registration
Registration of a Demise Chartered ship
transferred IN
Registration Anew or re-Registration
Interim Registration
1
or
Transfer of Registration between British Registers
- GT to 150 400
- over 150 to 400 600
- over 400 to 1500 850
- over 1500 1,200
b Registration under Provisional
Certicate of Registry
1
250


c Registration of a ship under construction 300
d Registration of Transfer or Transmission
of Ownership of gross tonnage
- to 150: 300
- over 150 to 400 400
- over 400 to 1500 450
- over 1500 600
Service/Activity Fee US$
e Registration of -
Alterations to a registered ship
Change of Name of a registered ship or
Change of Address or other particulars
of a Registered Owner, other than
Change of Owner, including re-issuance
of the Certicate of Registry 200
f Authorisation of a Declaration of
Lifeboats and Tenders Attached to a Ship,
when applied for other than at time of
initial Registration of the parent ship 100
g Re-issuance of a Certicate of Registry
and recording changes in the Register with
respect to a pleasure yacht changing status
from private to commercial or vice versa 300
h Processing and approval of application for
reservation of a name
- where application has been made and
fees paid for the registration for which
which the name is requested
2
No additional
charge
- where application is otherwise made
2
600

per hour or
part thereof
for each
alteration
or change
1
Additional charge for issue of the nal Certicate of Registry - see Miscellaneous Fees
2
The name reservation is held for a maximum of 12 months
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Service/Activity Fee US$
1.2 Mortgage
a Registration of -
A Mortgage
Transfer of a Mortgage
Transmission of a Mortgage or
Discharge of a Mortgage
- a ship up to 499 GT 300
- a ship over 499 GT 450
b Recording of a Priority Notice
regarding a Mortgage 200
1.3 Tonnage Measurement and Annual Tonnage Fees
a Survey for tonnage measurement and issue
of appropriate Tonnage Certicate -
Under 24 metres in length
3
450
24 metres
3
and over 900
b Annual Tonnage Fee
4

For Merchant Ships of any Tonnage

-
Minimum Annual Fee 1,000
for the rst 2500 GT
5
1,000
remainder charged at

0.11 per unit GT
Service/Activity Fee US$
For Commercial Tenders up to 200 GT -
Annual Fee 400
For Pleasure Yachts (including Pleasure Yachts
engaged in trade)
6
-
Minimum Annual Fee
7
400
for the rst 1000 GT 600
remainder charged at

0.20 per unit GT
3
Length means the TL as dened in paragraph 2 of the Shipping Notice No. MACI 001A/09 - Notice of Fees and Charges. (available on www.cishipping.com)
4
When an Annual Tonnage Fee is refunded, in whole or in part, a service charge of US$150 is applied.
5
The initial Fee will be pro-rated on a monthly basis for commercial ships over 250 gross tonnage from the month of registration to the end of December for ships coming on to the Register after 31 January.
6
Includes Yachts registered as Commercial Vessels.
7
For Vessels up to 500 GT.
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Service/Activity Fee US$
1.4 Transcripts, Deletions and Miscellaneous Services
a Transcript of Register (Existing or Closed)
Duplicate Certicate of Registry to replace Lost or
Damaged Certicate
New Certicate of Registry following the
lapse of a Provisional Certicate
New Certicate of Registry to extend or
replace an Interim Certicate
Certied Copy of a Document relating to
the Registration of a Ship or Mortgage
Issuance of Certied copies of Documents 200
per item
b Transcript of Register/Deletion Certicate
(at time of deletion) 350
c Inspection of Register Book (per inspection) 100
d Re-processing of a Document not executed
within the specied time frame (e.g. a Carving
and Marking Note) 100
e Out of Ofce Hours Service Surcharge
in addition to the normal fee 250
per hour
or part
thereof
f 24-Hour Service Rush Fee
in addition to the normal fee 75% of
normal fee
g Over-the-Counter Service Surcharge
in addition to normal fee 100% of
normal fee
2 Other Services
Service/Activity Fee US$
2.1 Crew Compliance and Safe Manning:
a Assessment of Application for and initial issuance
of a Minimum Safe Manning Document (MSMD) -
For a vessel less than 500 GT 400
For a vessel 500 GT or more 600
For a sister ship or near sister ship
less than 500 GT 200
For a sister ship or near sister ship
500 GT or more 300
b Assessment of Application to vary and
re-issue an existing MSMD or renewal of an
MSMD upon expiration -
For a vessel less than 500 GT 200
For a vessel 500 GT or more 300
c Assessment of Application for an Endorsement
or Licence recognising a Certicate of
Competence for service in a Cayman
ship and issuance of an Endorsement
or Licence 300
d Processing of Application for a Seamans
Discharge Book or other Seafarers Document 100
e Verication of sea service upon request from a
seafarer who has served on board a Cayman ship 100
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Service/Activity Fee US$
2.2 Documents and Flags, etc.
The following Documents and Publications are available at
www.cishipping.com or through Cayman Registry ofces
Ofcial Log Book 50
GMDSS Radio Log Book 50
Articles of Agreement n/c
Oil Record Book (Non-Tankers) 50
Oil Record Book (Tankers) 50
Cargo Record Book (NLS) 50
Garbage Record Book 50
Cayman Islands Merchant Shipping Legislation Varies
Cayman Islands Ensign (6 x 3 ft/183 x 91cm) 150
Cayman Islands Ensign (8 x 4 ft/244cm x 122 cm) 200
Cayman Islands Ensign (10 x 5 ft/305 x 152 cm) 250
Cayman Islands Ensign (12 x 6 ft/366 x 183 cm) 350
2.3 Miscellaneous Administrative Charges
a Faxing of Registration documents overseas
(per document) 50
b Sending of documents by courier -
Where courier costs paid by The Registry Cost +10%
Otherwise (per package) 25
3 Other Surveys, Inspections & Services
Items for which fees are based on chargeable time at the
appropriate hourly rate
1
Mainstream Cargo Ship Statutory Ship Certicates
Load Line Certicates
Passenger Ships
Yachts, Submersibles, Dynamically Supported Craft (DSC),
High Speed Craft (HSC) and Special Purpose (SP) Ships
International Safety Management (ISM) Code
Compliance and Certication
International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code
Compliance and Certication
Crew Accommodation and Shipboard Living
and Working Conditions
Navigation Lights
Assessment and Approval of Plans, Booklets and Manuals
and similar Documents
Assessment and Approval of Ships Stability
Exemptions, Authorisations and Extensions
regarding Certicates
Miscellaneous Surveys and Services
Air, Noise and Ballast Water Pollution
Port State Control, Flag State Implementation and
Improvement and Prohibition Notices
Note: The above are in summary form and a given item may
involve surveys, inspections, and assessments in addition to the
issuance of the appropriate Certicate or Exemption.
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or non-Convention Certicate, or Exemption.
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4 Hourly Rates & Exchange Rate
4.1 Hourly rates for Chargeable Time
1
US$
a Clerical Rate (CLR) 50
b Administrative Rate (ADR) 100
c Professional Surveyor Rate (PSR) 200
d Consultative Rate (COR) 250
4.2 Exchange Rate
For guidance only, an exchange rate of US$1.00 = CI$0.82
is normally applied when converting between US$ and CI$
amounts. Subject to change without notice.
5 How to Pay Fees
5.1 Cheque, Bankers Draft, Cashiers Cheque, Money Order
or Similar Financial Instrument:
Must be made payable to the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry
and sent to:
Cayman Islands Shipping Registry
PO Box 2256
2nd Floor, Strathvale House
90 North Church Street
Grand Cayman KY1-1107
CAYMAN ISLANDS
Telephone: +1 (345) 949 8831
Fax: +1 (345) 949 8849
E-mail: accounts@cishipping.com
Cheques that are not drawn on a Cayman-located bank must be
in US$ and drawn on a US$ account at a US Bank.
5.2 Wire Transfer:
a Payment in Euros:
To: HSBC Bank PLC, 27-32 Poultry,
London EC2P 2BX
Swift Code: MIDLGB22
Sort Code: 40 05 15
Beneciary Bank: HSBC Bank (Cayman) Limited,
PO Box 1109, Grand Cayman KY1-1102
CAYMAN ISLANDS
Swift Code: HSBCKYKY
Beneciary Account No.: 100-027275-510
Beneciary Name: Maritime Authority
Beneciary Address: PO Box 2256, Grand Cayman KY1-1107
CAYMAN ISLANDS
Reference: Invoice number and the
name of ship or project
b Payment in US$ (USD):
To: HSBC Bank USA,
N.A., 452 Fifth Avenue,
New York, NY 10018, USA
Swift Code: MRMDUS33
Fedwire ABA 021001088
Beneciary Bank: HSBC Bank (Cayman) Limited
PO Box 1109, Grand Cayman KY1-1102
CAYMAN ISLANDS
Swift Code: HSBCKYKY
Beneciary Account No.: 100-027275-501
Beneciary Name: Maritime Authority
Beneciary Address: PO Box 2256, Grand Cayman KY1-1107
CAYMAN ISLANDS
Reference: Invoice number and the
name of ship or project
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hourly rate may apply for any survey, service or related activity.
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Note 1: Please ensure that name of ship or project for which
payment is being made and invoice number(s) are included in the
wire transfer, as indicated under Reference in each of the above.
This will help us to clear your account more quickly.
Note 2: The client or person making payment is responsible for
all bank charges incurred in the wiring or other transmission of
funds. The amount transmitted will need to include such charges
so the net payment is the same as the invoiced amount.
For example, if the invoice total is US$200 and bank charges at
the originating end are US$20 and the bank charges in Cayman
are US$25, please transfer a total of US$245, comprising the
US$200 invoiced amount, US$20 bank charges in the originating
country, and $25 to cover bank charges in Cayman.
A copy of the wiring instructions must be sent to the Cayman
Islands Shipping Registry, either by fax (+ 1 345 949 8849) or
e-mail at accounts@cishipping.com. This will assist in tracking
the wire transfer.
Note 3: For all fees, late payments accrue interest at 10% of the
balance outstanding after 30 days and up to 60 days from the
date of invoice, with an additional 5% (i.e. a total of 15%) for each
30 days or part thereof that the account remains unpaid for more
than 60 days from the date of invoice.
This is designed to ofset the cost of recovery and keep rates as
low as possible for clients who pay promptly. The Registry may
vary late payment charges without notice, though every efort
will be made to give at least 30 days notice of any changes.
5.3 Credit Cards
The Cayman Registry accepts payments from:
VISA
MasterCard
Discover
The Credit Card Authorisation Form is available on
www.cishipping.com under Payment Methods.
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Annex 5: STCW White List Countries,
etc., Recognised by Cayman
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
1
Estonia
Faroe Islands
Finland
France
Germany
Australia
Canada
China (Hong Kong
SAR)
4
India
Iran
Jamaica
Cuba
Sri Lanka
Uruguay
Venezuela
Greece
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Malta
Netherlands
2
Norway
Poland
Malaysia
Myanmar
New Zealand
5
Pakistan
Philippines
Republic of Korea
Republic of Vietnam
Portugal
Romania
Slovenia
Serbia
Montenegro
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom
3
Russian Federation
Singapore
South Africa
Ukraine
USA
1
Includes: Faroe Islands (Associate Member to the IMO)
2
Includes Netherlands Antilles & Aruba.
3
Includes Bermuda, Cayman, Gibraltar and the Isle of Man
4
Includes: Hong Kong, China (Associate Member to the IMO)
5
Includes Cook Islands
6
Procedure requires every Certicate of Competence submitted for recognition be veried by the issuing Administration.
Parties to the International Convention on Standards of Training,
Certication and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as
amended, conrmed by the Maritime Safety Committee to have
communicated information which demonstrates that full and
complete efect is given to the relevant provisions of the Convention.
Non EU/EEA Countries European Countries
Case-by-Case
6
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Key Certicates
Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certicate
Issued to indicate compliance with the relevant parts of Chapter
III and Chapter V of the International Convention for Safety of
Life at Sea, SOLAS, 1974, as amended. This specically covers the
provision of life saving equipment, such as life boats, life rafts, life
jackets, etc. and also covers equipment for safe navigation, such
as radars, compass, echo sounders, etc.
Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certicate
Issued to indicate compliance with Chapter IV of SOLAS, 1974, as
amended, and covers radio communications to comply with the
requirement of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System,
which is essentially a global communication system to aid with
distress and search and rescue functions.
Certicate of Compliance for Large Commercial
Sailing and Motor Vessels
Issued to indicate compliance with the Code of Practice
for Safety of Large Commercial Sailing and Motor Vessels,
introduced in 1998 and revised in 2004. The Code of Practice,
with the appropriate cross references provides a one stop
shop to address the requirements of the various International
Conventions as dened above, in a yacht-specic and above all
yacht-compatible manner.
Certicate of Good Standing
A certicate issued by a Companies Registry attesting to the fact
that a company is in good standing and has led all necessary
returns and fees.
Certicate of Survey
This Certicate is not strictly speaking a survey document but it
contains the tonnage and other particulars of the vessel which
will be entered in the Register, therefore registration cannot
normally proceed without it.
International Air Pollution Prevention Certicate
Issued to indicate compliance with Annex VI of the International
Convention for Prevention of Pollution from Ships, MARPOL 1973,
as amended. Annex VI introduces measures to reduce damage
to the environment through control of emissions generated by
exhaust gases and refrigerant materials. This includes provision
of fuel-efcient and low-emission engines and restrictions in the
sulphur content of fuels.
International Load Line Certicate
The International Load Line Certicate is issued to indicate
compliance with the requirements of the International
Convention on Load Lines, 1966, as amended. The Load Line
Convention essentially covers water-tight and weather-tight
integrity, protection of personnel on deck, and the marking of
freeboards to prevent overloading; with freeboard being dened
as the distance between the deck and waterline in the deepest
loading condition.
International Oil Pollution Prevention Certicate
Issued to indicate compliance with Annex I of the International
Convention for Prevention of Pollution from Ships, MARPOL
1973, as amended. Annex I introduces measures to control
the risk of environmental damage specically caused by oil.
The Annex provides for the retention, ltering and controlled
discharge of oil and oil-contaminated water on board ships to
approved reception facilities rather than the worlds oceans.
International Sewage Pollution Prevention Certicate
Issued to indicate compliance with Annex IV of the International
Convention for Prevention of Pollution from Ships, MARPOL 1973,
as amended. Annex IV introduces measures to reduce damage
to the environment caused by the discharge of sewage from
ships. This provides for the retention and treatment of sewage
produced on board ships and by introducing strict controls on
the discharge of treated and untreated sewage.
Glossary
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International Ship Security Certicate
Issued to indicate compliance with Chapter XI-2 of SOLAS 1974,
as amended, and the International Ship and Port Facilities Code.
This introduces procedures to protect the ship from terrorist or
piracy attacks or similar security threats and also to protect the
Ports in which they operate from such identied threats.
Safety Construction Certicate
Issued to indicate compliance with Chapter II-1 and Chapter
II-2 of SOLAS, 1974, as amended. This essentially covers
hull and machinery construction, vessel stability and sub-
division requirements, and passive and active re protection
requirements.
Safety Management Certicate
Issued to indicate compliance with Chapter IX of SOLAS 1974,
as amended, and the International Safety Management Code.
This introduces procedures for the efective management,
safe operation, emergency preparedness and preventative
maintenance to ensure safe ships and cleans seas.
Key Terms
Authorised Person
Under Section 4 of the Merchant Shipping Law (2008 Revision),
the individual authorised is required to sign and make a
declaration of eligibility, whether for himself or on behalf of a
body corporate, that he or the body corporate is in fact qualied
to be registered as owner of a Cayman ship. The Authorised
Person may also sign other forms and provide supporting
documentation on behalf of the owner, as may be required from
time to time. See also Cayman Representative Person.
Bareboat Charter
A private agreement between two parties, individual or body
corporate, whereby the shipowner leases an entire ship to the
charterer for a particular reason (e.g. conveyance of goods). The
shipowner efectively gives the whole possession, operation
and control of the ship over to the charterer. The charterer then
becomes for the time the owner of the vessel, allowing him to
register with a ag state of his choice. See also Demise Charter.
Bill of Sale
A contract for the sale of a vessel which includes the vessels
description, sales price, buyers name, original signature of seller,
and date.
Builders Certicate
A certicate signed by the builder of a ship and containing a
true account of the particulars of the ship, as estimated by him,
and of the date and place where it was built, and of the name of
the person, if any, for whom, the ship was built, or name of the
person to whom it was delivered.
Cayman Representative Person
Under Section 5, as amended, of the Merchant Shipping Law
(2008 Revision) a ship owned by a non-resident individual or
company may only be registered if a Representative Person
is appointed locally for the purpose of receiving notices and
other documents pertaining to the non-resident shipowner.
A non-resident company is dened as a company that is not
incorporated locally and does not have a place of business in
Cayman. See also Authorised Person.
Charterer
A person or rm who enters into a contract with a shipowner for
the transportation of cargo or passengers for a stipulated period
of time. Also includes a Bareboat or Demise Charterer. See also
Demise Charter or Bareboat Charter.
Charterparty
A contract or agreement by which a shipowner agrees to lease, and
a charterer agrees to hire, an entire ship, or all or part of the cargo
space to carry cargo for an agreed sum under certain conditions.
Classication Societies
To further our service to our valued clientele, the Cayman
Registry partners with a number of recognised and respected
international Classication Societies that are authorised to act
on its behalf. These include: American Bureau of Shipping (ABS,
USA); Bureau Veritas (BV, France); Det Norske Veritas (DNV,
Norway); Germanischer Lloyd (GL, Germany); Lloyds Register (LR,
UK); Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK, Japan), and Registro Italiano
Navale (RINA Class, Italy).
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COLREG
Convention on International Regulations for Preventing Collisions
at Sea.
Demise Charter
Also called a bareboat charter in which the bare ship is chartered
without crew with the charterer, for a stipulated sum, taking over
the vessel with a minimum of restrictions. See also Bareboat
Charter.
DWT
Deadweight tonnes is a measure of the total weight a vessel can
carry when loaded down to its marks, including the weight of
cargo, fuel, stores, water ballast, fresh water, crew, passengers
and baggage. See also GT.
EPIRB
Through the use of satellites, an Emergency Position Indicating
Radio Beacon is meant to help rescuers locate marine vessels in
an emergency situation. These satellite-linked EPIRBs broadcast
a unique, repeating distress signal that can be detected from
virtually any point on earth. When properly registered, the signal
includes a description of the vessel as well as its location. An
activated EPIRB will send critical information via satellite that
is routed directly to rescue units thereby reducing search time
dramatically. See also MMSI.
Flag State
The common legal understanding of ag state is the
administration or government of the State whose ag a ship is
entitled to y.
GT
Gross Tonnage is the total volume of all enclosed spaces of a
ship usable for carrying cargo or passengers measured in cubic
meters using a standard formula under the International Tonnage
Convention for vessels 24 metres and above or under national
regulations for ships under 24 metres in length. See also DWT.
ILO
The International Labour Organization is the United Nations
specialised agency which formulates international labour
standards in the form of Conventions and Recommendations,
setting minimum standards of basic labour rights.
IMO
The International Maritime Organization is the United Nations
specialised agency responsible for prescribing international
standards for safety of life at sea, marine security and protection
of the marine environment.
ISM Code
The International Safety Management Code requires
development and implementation of a safety management
system which addresses all of a companys activities onshore
and on board its ships. The Code places the responsibility for
the safety of ships and the prevention of pollution where it truly
lies, within the company management structure. This means the
whole organisation is responsible for safety, not just the ships
master or shore-based manager. This code is mandatory and falls
under SOLAS Chapter IX.
Large Yacht Commercial Code (LY2)
Large means 24 metres and over in load line length and the Code
of Practice applies to yachts which are in commercial use for
sport or pleasure, do not carry cargo, and do not carry more than
12 passengers.
MACI
An acronym for the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands,
a statutory corporation formed as a separate legal entity under
the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands Law (2005) which
came into efect on July 1, 2005. MACI is wholly-owned by the
Government of the Cayman Islands but governed by a Board
of Directors. It is the parent organisation of the Cayman Islands
Shipping Registry, established in 1903 in the port of George Town.
These are the legal structures that are today referred to simply as
Cayman Maritime and Cayman Registry.
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The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution
of Ships, 1973, as modied by the 1978 Protocol, is the main
international convention covering prevention of pollution of
the marine environment by ships from operational or accidental
causes and governs the design and equipment of ships;
establishes a system of certicates and inspections; and requires
states to provide reception facilities for the disposal of oily
waste and chemicals. It combines two treaties adopted in 1973
and 1978, respectively, and has been updated by amendments
through the years. MARPOL currently includes 6 technical
Annexes dealing with oil, noxious liquid substances, harmful
substances, sewage, garbage, and air pollution, respectively.
MMSI
Maritime Mobile Service Identity is a unique 9-digit number
assigned to a ships radio station. This radio technology allows
enhanced distress radio messages to be sent digitally. It primarily
registers the ships information in national distress databases
worldwide for use in emergency situations. See also EPIRB.
Mortgage (Ship)
A party that lends money.
Mortgagee (Ship)
A party that borrows money.
NOAA
North American Atmospheric Administration, an entity of the US.
Operator (Ship)
An owner or operator of ships that enters into a contract with a
shipper for the transportation of goods.
Owner (Ship)
The registered owner of a vessel who can charter the vessel out
to others.
Power of Attorney
A Power of Attorney is a document that gives someone else the
authority to act on anothers behalf in matters that he species.
The power can be specic to a certain task or broad to cover
many nancial duties.
SMPEP/SOPEP
Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Prevention/
Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Prevention
SOLAS
The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974,
as amended, species minimum standards for the design,
construction, equipping and operation of ships, in respect of their
safety.
STCW
International Convention on Standards of Training, Certication
and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended.
Tonnage Certicate
A certicate stating the size of a vessel expressed in tons; not
necessarily based on weight. National Tonnage Certicates are
issued to vessels under 24 metres and International Tonnage
Certicates are issued to vessels 24 metres and over.
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Cayman Islands Government Ofce
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JAPAN
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