Application for Registration
An application for registration of a ship shall be made by the person or persons applying to be registered as the owner, as follows-
- By one or more persons or by an agent, in the case of individual ownership or charterer, or
- By an authorized individual in the case of a corporate.
The application for registration of a ship shall be made by both the demise charterer and the owner.
The authority of an agent acting on behalf of an owner or demise charterer shall be testified in writing.
If the agent is acting on behalf of a corporate not possessing a common seal, then the agent shall include a declaration that the body concerned does not possess a common seal. He/she shall also include written consent to be an agent.
Refusal of Registration
If the requirements are not made as per the laws of registering a ship, the Registrar may serve the applicant or the agent with a notice informing him/her of such information necessary for determining whether the ship is registrable. Upon lack of clarification within 30 days since the date of the notice, the Registrar may refuse registration.
A ship that has met the requirements for registration may still not be registered if:
- The ship’s condition for safety and risk of pollution are not met, or
- It does not meet the safety health and welfare of persons employed or engaged in any capacity onboard the ship
- The nature of the use of the ship is deemed inappropriate to Hong Kong or Hong Kong’s laws
- There is difficulty in providing supervision and control of that ship or that class/type of chip in Hong Kong.
Upon successful registration, the Registrar shall grant a certificate of registry, in the specified form, containing the particulars relating to the ship registered.