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Registration is typically effective within two (2) week after applying. The process requires all relevant supporting documentation to be submitted and the vessel’s successful safety inspection. Delays may arise if supporting documentation are not properly filled-in or missing, also the influx of applications during seasonal peaks.
When applying for vessel registration, the registration and safety inspection must be completed and supported by:
- Bill of Sale
- Customs documentation
- Builder's Certificate
- Proof of Nationality (Copy of Saint Lucian ID card/Drivers License/Passport)
(companies a copy of the certificate of registry)
- Deletion Certificate from previous Registry (where applicable)
- Proof of insurance (optional for private vessels)
- Photo of vessel
Any local or foreign company can be registered in Saint Lucia. The Division of Maritime Affairs became an open Ship Registry in 2016, welcoming outside companies to invest in Saint Lucia through vessel registration.
Saint Lucia has formally opened the door for more shipping commerce within Saint Lucian waters and Internationally. This means a vessel registered in Saint Lucia can fly the Saint Lucia flag and the owner(s) may belong to another country.
The flag offers registration processing within 48 hours once all applicable documents are submitted. Annual inspections are conducted by national inspectors to assure Seaworthiness and the issuance of Statutory CertificatesConcessions (duty) for vessels operating within Saint Lucian waters
Once the applicable fees are paid, Certified Copies will be issued in the event of lost or stolen certificates. All certificates must be kept onboard the vessels at all time
All vessels operating in Saint Lucian Waters must be registered. Only Saint Lucian registered vessels can conduct commercial activity with in Saint Lucian waters and must be licensed to conduct local trade.
Typically, after the safety inspection has been conducted. The Safety Certificates may be completed within two (2) working days. These can only be issued if proof of payment and supporting documents have been submitted.
By contacting the Maritime Division and making report to the Director; giving details of the incident in keeping with the Casualty Investigation form.
By using the ‘Change of Name Form’ This change will be reflected on all other certificates issued. The process involves:
- Applying using the change of name form. The intended name as well as two alternative names must be submitted.
- Payment of Applicable Fees
Yes. only if the vessel has been de-registered. If the vessel is re-registered during this period however, it must be reassigned a new name.
Persons must apply through Accredited Training Institutions or persons approved/recognized by the Director of Maritime Affairs. The applicant will have to undergo the six (6) week program. If successful the applicant will receive a Coxswain Certificate. The successful applicant then applies for a Boatmaster’s License with the Maritime Division.
This time frame for this process varies, after applying and paying the appropriate fee, the applicant will be given study material and a two (2) week period to prepare for a theory exam. If successful, applicants must provide their own vessels to undergo a practical exam. The exam may comprise of these three (3)4 parts:
- Written – candidates sit a multiple-choice exam covering questions from the study material.
- Oral (If applicable)
- Practical – candidates demonstrate their ability to handle a vessel of the capacity and size for which the licence is sought.
- For a grade 1 licence there shall be a basic navigation exam and chat plotting exercise.
The License is valid for three (3) years.