Yacht Registration under the Marshall Islands Flag


Marshall Island Flag Registration

The Marshall Island registry is globally recognized, the Marshall Islands is an active member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), it has ratified and implemented all key international conventions and instruments. The Marshall Islands administration continually strives to promote the quality in its Registry and those operating under the Marshall Islands Flag achieve the highest ratings in the port State control (PSC). The Marshall Islands Registry is the only major open registry to be included on the White Lists of both the Paris and Tokyo MoUs and to hold Qualship 21 status with the US Coast Guard for four consecutive years.

Private Yachts off less than 24 meters:

Private yachts 12 m or more but less than 24 m in LOA and under 20 years of age are no longer required to undergo a pre-registration inspection. However, the Administrator reserves the right to require such an inspection as deemed necessary.

Under the new rules, private yacht owners are required to complete MI-127PY, Declaration of Private Use – Not for Hire, acknowledging their responsibility to meet certain safety and environmental pollution prevention measures. However, all private yachts over 20 years of age will still be required to undergo a pre-registration inspection by either an Appointed Representative (AR) or Qualified Individual (QI).

Please note vessels less than 12 meters cannot be registered under the Marshall flag.

Which documents are required:

  • MI-127PY, Declaration of Private use - not for hire
  • List of proposed names
  • Application form
  • Proof of ownership, for example, Bill of Sale, builders certificate
  • Proof of insurance
  • Proof that the boat is free from liens and encumbrance
  • Tonnage and measurement certificate for yachts under 24 meters, issued by an OR or AR
  • All vessels must comply with the relevant national and international requirements.

Homeport

Yacht owners are given a choice of either Bikini or Jaluit as the yacht’s home port.

Who are eligible to register with the Marshall Registration?

Yachts may be owned by a RMI corporation, general or limited partnership, limited liability company, or qualified foreign maritime entity.

How long is the registration period

    Yacht owners may register their yachts with the RMI under a one year program; however, an optional three-year program is offered for private yachts and PYLCs.

MMSI Radio License – for VHF, AIS, radar and EPIRB

It is mandatory in most countries to have a valid MMSI / radio license on your boat so we recommend our boat owners to apply for a MMSI / Radio license when applying for the Polish flag registration. The license permits the following equipment: VHF Radio, radar, epirb, transponder & radar and assigns the numbers needed to operate correctly. We can arrange a Polish or UK MMSI radio license for our clients. The cost is the same but the Polish MMSI license requires a bit more paperwork and the UK MMSI license only requires a passport copy.

You have 2 choices in getting a MMSI license:

United Kingdom MMSI radio license: It only takes us 24 hours to obtain your UK, MMSI license and we only need a copy of your passport to apply. Having a MMSI license onboard avoids problems when you are checked by local authorities. The cost of an MMSI license is only 149 Euro with a boat registration or 199 Euro if registered without. Even if you have a Polish registration, you can still have a UK MMSI license to combine it with.

Polish MMSI radio license: The Polish registration needs the following paperwork

If the owner of the boat is a company
- copy company documents
- device list (brand and model). You can register the following the devices: radio vhf + optional: radar, epirb, transponder and radar.
- declaration of conformity CE for each device (we can help you with this)
- authorization for us to register you (we provide this form).

If the owner of the boat is a private person
- a copy of the radio operator's certificates, can be any European radio operators certificate
- device list (brand and model). You can register the following the devices: radio vhf + optional: radar, epirb, transponder and radar.
- declaration of conformity CE for each device (we can help you with this)
- authorization for us to register you (we provide this form).

Both the UK and Polish MMSI/ radio license cost €149 in combination with any flag registration or €199 if you order it alone.

 
Flag Country Comparison Table
  USA (Delaware) United Kingdom Poland
How fast can it be done? 3 Days 3 Days 2-3 Days (Provisional)
Available for all nationalities Yes Yes Yes
Validation Period 1 or 3 years 5 years For life
Flag certificate Yes Yes Yes
Ownership registration Yes Yes Yes
Survey mandatory No Yes No
Valid worldwide Yes Yes Yes
Suitable for commercial yachts No Yes Yes
Price from 185 USD 549 GBP 469 EUR
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