In terms of the South African Ship Registration Act it is not a requirement for vessels that are entitled to be registered and who are operating only in South African waters to be registered, however where a vessel is not registered it must be licenced. There are exceptions where vessels must be registered and these are
- Vessels that trade internationally
- Where a mortgage bond is to be registered over a vessel
- To obtain the right to fish under South African jurisdiction, except in the case of less than 25 gross ton fishing vessels.
- Pleasure vessels undertaking international voyages.
Application for Registration
Check sheet for
Registration of a New Building
Registration of a Sport and Recreation Vessel
Existing Vessel purchased overseas