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Introduction

Registration is a title system for ownership of vessels. It is similar in nature to title systems used for land registry. Registration allows for name approval, mortgage registration and proof of ownership except in the case of a vessel registered in the Small Vessel Register. Every vessel other than pleasure craft must be registered.

The Canadian Register of Vessels is the official register of all registered or listed vessels, vessels under construction and bare-boat charters. It contains information on each vessel, such as ownership and mortgage details, vessel characteristics, such as tonnage, construction material and type.


Eligibility

A vessel must be registered under this part if it

  • is not a pleasure craft;
  • is wholly owned by qualified persons; and
  • is not registered, listed or otherwise recorded in a foreign state.

Every owner of a vessel described above shall ensure that it is registered under the laws. The following vessels may be registered under Part 2 Section 47 of the Canada Shipping Act 2001 (CSA 2001), unless they are registered in a foreign country:

  • a pleasure craft that is wholly owned by qualified persons;
  • a vessel that is owned by a corporation incorporated under the laws of a foreign state if one of the following is acting with respect to all matters relating to the vessel, namely:
    • a subsidiary of the corporation, that is incorporated under the laws of Canada or a province,
    • an employee, or director in Canada of any branch office of the corporation that is carrying on business in Canada, or
    • a vessel management company, incorporated under the laws of Canada or a province; and
  • A vessel that is in the exclusive possession of a qualified person under a financing agreement under which the person will acquire ownership on completion of the agreement.


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Instructions

  • Ship Registration is a title system for the ownership of vessels.
  • This system remains in place at present, but with different objectives. Under the Canada Shipping Act, registration (the documentation of ownership or title) is required for all Canadian commercial vessels, including fishing vessels over fifteen tons and all pleasure vessels, or vessels other than commercial, over twenty tons.
  • The responsibility for registration is vested in the Marine Safety Directorate of Transport Canada.
  • Shipping registers, found at all Ports of Registry across Canada, are generally large bound ledgers or, later, loose-leaf binders containing a vessel’s official registration information.

Canadian Register of Vessels

Small Vessel Register (Commercial)


Required Information

  • Name of Vessel
  • Year of Registration
  • Type of Vessel
  • Port of Registry
  • Where built
    • City/Town/Other
    • Province/State
    • Country
  • Date of Construction
  • Net Tonnage
  • Remarks
  • Official Number
  • Reference Record Group
  • Volume
  • Complementary References (may point to content Microfilm Reel, Old Volume or Volume)


Procedure

To apply for a first registration of a vessel, you must send the following forms to the Registrar at your Port of Registry:

  • Application for Registry;
  • Statement of Qualification for Vessel Registration - Each owner must complete a separate form;
  • Appointment of an Authorized Representative:
    • This form is required if there is more than one owner and must be completed and signed by all of the owners appointing one of themselves as "Authorized Representative".
    • This form is also required if a foreign corporation is the owner. The form must be completed by the owner (foreign corporation) appointing a Canadian representative as the "Authorized Representative".
  • The appropriate fee – please refer to the Vessels Registry Fees Tariff for information on the costs associated with registration or contact your Port of Registry.
  • For additional information and the documents required, please refer to the Procedures for Registration in Canada.

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Required Documents

  • Application for Registry;
  • Statement of Qualification for Vessel Registration - Each owner must complete a separate form;
  • Appointment of an Authorized Representative:
    • This form is required if there is more than one owner and must be completed and signed by all of the owners appointing one of themselves as "Authorized Representative".
    • This form is also required if a foreign corporation is the owner. The form must be completed by the owner (foreign corporation) appointing a Canadian representative as the "Authorized Representative".
  • The appropriate fee – please refer to the Vessels Registry Fees Tariff for information on the costs associated with registration or contact your Port of Registry.
  • For additional information and the documents required, please refer to the Procedures for Registration in Canada.

Fees

Pay the basic registration fee for first registration, which is $250.00. Fees are payable by Visa, Mastercard or AMEX.

If you are choosing to pay by cheque/money order, it is to be made payable to the RECEIVER GENERAL FOR CANADA


Validity

A Certificate of Registry is valid for a period of three (3) years. A Renewal Certificate of Registry is issued to the owner or the owner's authorized representative 30 days prior to the expiration date. In the event that the Renewal Certificate of Registry is not received at least two weeks prior to the date of expiration, it is important to immediately contact the Registrar at your Port of Registry, as a valid Certificate of Registry must be kept on board the vessel at all times.

To ensure that your certificate remains valid, any change(s) to the information shown on the certificate, including a change of address, must be reported, in writing, to the Registrar at your Port of Registry within 30 days of the changes being made. Failure to report may result in the suspension or cancellation of the registry of your vessel and rendering your Certificate of Registry invalid. Anyone operating a vessel with an invalid document is in contravention of the Canada Shipping Act and liable to prosecution.

Documents to Use

Application for Registry

All required forms are available from any Port of Registry across Canada, or online by selecting Vessel Registration Forms or from Transport Canada's Forms Catalogue.


Sample Documents

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Processing Time

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Office Locations & Contacts

Vessel Registration
Operations & Environmental Programs
Marine Safety
Safety and Security
Transport Canada
330 Sparks Street, 10th Floor
Ottawa (Ontario) K1A 0N8
North American toll free no. 1-877-242-8770
Facsimile: 1-613-998-0637
List of Ports of Registry


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Video

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Information which might help

You must submit a letter providing details of the loss to the Registrar at your Port of Registry, which should include the Official Number and vessel's name, along with payment of the appropriate fee. Please refer to the Vessels Registry Fees Tariff for information on the costs associated with the replacement of a Certificate of Registry.

All fees must be paid by a cheque or money order and be made payable to the RECEIVER GENERAL FOR CANADA and sent to the appropriate Port of Registry. Fees are also payable by VISA or MasterCard at most of Ports of Registry. Please refer to the Vessels Registry Fees Tariff for information on the costs associated with registration or contact your Port of Registry.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

A suspended vessel is a vessel which has been temporarily removed from active registry status. The registry of a vessel is suspended as a result of an owner/authorized representative's failure in keeping the registry current by not reporting changes. You may wish to refer to Section 60 of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

External Links

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/oep-vesselreg-registration-menu-2311.htm#forms

http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/ship-registration/001093-130-e.html

Others

Reminder: if your address changes, you must contact us to update your information. Otherwise your registration may be suspended or canceled.

For any information regarding your vessel, you should contact the Registrar at your Port of Registry.

Here is the North American toll-free telephone number: 1-877-242-8770.

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