Registration of Ships
Initial registration (termed as provisional registration) can be undertaken by any Registrar appointed by the Principal Registrar in ports other than Bridgetown or London. A Consular Officer, if one is available at the port where the ship is located, may also undertake provisional registration. The Principal Registrar and Registrars based in the London Registry may undertake provisional and permanent registration of vessels.
The Provisional Certificate states the descriptive particulars of the ship and is usually issued for a maximum period of six months from date of issue. Details of provisionally registered ships are forwarded to the London Registrar, for issue of the permanent certificate of registry when all the requirements have been met. All ships over five years old are required to be inspected on first registration and annually thereafter.