Since the closure of the sugar industry in 2005, attempts by government to transform the economy of St. Kitts and Nevis to a more service base economy has resulted in creation of several economic sub-sectors. Among such sector, is the creation and establishment of the St. Kitts and Nevis International Ship Registry.

Established under the Department of Maritime Affairs primarily to provide ship owners around the globe with a high quality service, the ship registry of St. Kitts and Nevis is holding its own and forging ahead especially when compared to other registries such Panama, Liberia and the Bahamas ship registry. In fact, through the ship registry, St. Kitts and Nevis is rapidly becoming one of leading flags under which ship owners can be assured that all their administrative and shipping needs will be fulfilled.

The St. Kitts and Nevis ship registry has no restrictions on ownership of St. Kitts and Nevis ships. It is available and accessible to local and foreign corporations and individuals and any type of ship, including yachts, non-propelled barges, rigs and ships under bareboat charter.

To facilitate speedy registration, a worldwide network of offices, staffed by professional and experience Maritime Registrars and Special Agents to issue pertinent documentation when authorized by head office in the UK. These officers are empowered to accept application documents, deal with questions and procedural aspects of ship and seafarer registration ‘face-to-face’ as the local contact for a ship-owners so avoiding any delays, especially those caused by time zones. The Operational Head Office controls the issuing of all Ship and Seafarer documentation. Located in the suburbs of London, St. Kitts and Nevis International Ship Registry spans the office opening hours of most major shipping and business centres. Ongoing investment in IT and computer facilities allows a rapid analysis of applications for registration, while maintaining adequate controls for the identification of owners, managers and seaworthiness of ships in accordance with National Legislation, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Conventions and accepted international practice. St. Kitts & Nevis is a signatory to all the major IMO Conventions and participates actively in the evolutions of IMO.

Recognized Organizations or Class Societies are authorized…

Recognized Organizations or Class Societies are authorized to carry out statutory surveys and issue statutory certification on behalf of St. Kitts and Nevis. A network of Flag State Inspectors carryout Annual Flag State Inspections and occasional surveys.

Pleasure and Commercial Yachts may be registered. St. Kitts and Nevis International Ship Registry provides for the use of a variety of industry standard Yacht Codes for technical regulation, giving flexibility to the yacht owner. Pleasure yachts may be temporarily registered as operating in a Commercial mode.

Ships registered in St. Kitts & Nevis may be mortgaged. Supporting legislation follows the general legal principal of English Law on ship mortgages. The mortgager mortgages the ship by execution of a simple mortgage deed, registering this at the office of the International Registrar of Shipping and Seamen. By prior arrangements, mortgage documents can be presented at the office of a Maritime Registrar and the mortgage registered. The mortgagee may enforce the mortgage by taking possession of the ship and selling it by private sale or at auction.

Ships may be bareboat chartered both into and out of St. Kitts & Nevis for either long or short periods. St. Kitts and Nevis Ship Registry is a member of MAIIF- the Maritime Accident Investigators International Forum.

A competitive fee structure and fast- turnaround of applications to assist ship owners in today’s world of commercial pressures and instant communication is one of the greatest hallmarks of the St. Kitts and Nevis International Ship Registry.

St. Kitts and Nevis Ship Registry management system is accredited to ISO 9001 by American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).
We welcome your applications for registration and further information can be obtained at

Why Choose St Kitts & Nevis Ship Registry?..

Why Choose St Kitts & Nevis Ship Registry?

  • Worldwide Network of Maritime Registrars and other registration offices for local contact by Owners
  • No restriction on ownership of vessel – St. Kitts & Nevis company not required, though using one will result in a lower registration fee
  • No restriction on nationality of Master, Officers and Crew on board
  • Central control of registration and issuing of documents
  • Rapid turnaround of enquiries and applications
  • Competitive fee structure – no ‘hidden extras’
  • Convenient location of Head Office for World Wide time zones
  • Individuals or corporate bodies can be owners or BB charterers of a ship
  • Recourse to a well established legal system based on English Law
  • Registration under ownership, bareboat charter and for ships under construction
  • Knowledgeable and experienced staff in both Head Office and in the offices of our Maritime Registrars to assist with enquires
  • Merchant Shipping legislation based on British and IMO Models

International Registrar of Shipping & Seamen
Mr. Nigel E. Smith

St. Kitts and Nevis International Ship Registry
West Wing, York House
48-50 Western Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1708 380400
Fax: +44 (0)1708 380401

Department of Maritime Affairs

Department of Maritime Affairs
Ministry of Tourism & International Transport Upstairs Building
# 3-4 PO Box 878 Port Zante
Basseterre St Kitts W.I.

Tel: +1 869 467 1391/2
Direct: + 1 869 467 1385
Fax: +1 869 465 9475

Technical & Survey Office
Mr Alan Crass

Maritime & Corporate Consultancy Services Ltd
PO Box 2009

Tel: +1 869 466 3330
Fax: +1 869 466 8818
Mobile: +1 869 669 0382


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