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Registration of Yacht

Updated: Jan 1



Registration of Yacht


Registering a yacht in Singapore can be a straightforward process, but it's important to understand the different types of registration and the requirements involved. Here's a breakdown of the key steps:


1. Determine the type of registration:


  • Ordinary Registration: This is for yachts exceeding 24 meters in length or exceeding 150 gross tonnage (GT). It grants the yacht Singapore nationality and allows it to fly the Singapore flag.

  • Pleasure Craft Registration: This is for smaller yachts, typically between 7 and 17 meters in length and not exceeding 12 passengers. It doesn't grant nationality but allows the yacht to operate within Singapore port limits.


2. Apply for vessel name reservation (optional):


If you have a specific name in mind for your yacht, you can apply to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to reserve it. This is recommended to avoid delays when registering the vessel.


3. Apply for an official number and call sign:


The MPA will assign a unique official number and call sign to your yacht. These will be used for identification purposes.


4. Submit registration documents:


The required documents will vary depending on the type of registration and the ownership structure of your yacht. Generally, you will need to provide:


  • A duly completed registration form

  • Bill of sale or other proof of ownership

  • Builder's certificate or certificate of survey

  • Insurance certificate

  • Payment of registration fees and annual tonnage tax (if applicable)


5. Pay registration fees and annual tonnage tax:


Registration fees are S$200 for initial registration and change of ownership, and S$50 for annual renewal. Annual tonnage tax is based on the gross tonnage of the yacht.


Additional notes:


  • You can apply for registration online through the MPA's digitalPORT@SG system.

  • If you are not a Singapore citizen or permanent resident, you may need to appoint a local representative to act on your behalf.


Here are some resources that you may find helpful:



Seek professional advice from Bestar to ensure that you comply with all the relevant regulations. Contact Bestar today!

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