UK Flag Eligibility Opens Up for Others

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

May 19, 2019

Pic: UK Ship Register

Pic: UK Ship Register

UK Ship Register (UKSR) will now allow owners from a broader group of countries to register their vessels in the UK.

UKSR announced that it is set to expand its ownership eligibility, allowing more shipping companies from around the world to flag to the UK.

The criteria has been widened beyond the current areas of the UK and Europe to include Commonwealth countries and bring the UK in line with our Red Ensign Group partners.

The UK Flag is an International Register (not limited to nationally based companies).  

Director of the UK Ship Register Richard Parkes said, “This change will now allow the UK flag to attract first class ships and owners who have their company based outside of the UK. They too will be able to benefit from exceptional service and a global reputation”.  

"Benefits that UK flag customers receive include: 24/7 dedicated account managers, (for those eligible) the Enhanced Authorisation Scheme which allows all survey/audits to be delegated to one of our approved Recognised Organisations and flexible package fee options for registration, inspection and certification, designed to suit customer needs and the demands of worldwide shipping," said a press release.

The UKSR has also introduced a system for bareboat charter-out, so that ships can temporarily reflag for the period of a charter-party before returning to the UK flag when that agreement ends.

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