Registering a caveat

A caveat can be registered by any person claiming an interest in a ship, or a share in a ship. Caveats are only registrable against ships in Part A of the register.

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How to register a caveat

A caveat can be registered by any person claiming an interest in a ship (or in a share in a ship) under any unregistered instrument, or by operation of law.

A person registering a caveat needs to have a reasonable cause to do so under the Ship Registration Act 1992.

Registration of a caveat forbids the entry in the register of any further transactions (except a transmission of the ship by operation of law) until after notice of the caveat is given to the caveator (the person who registered the caveat).

A person wanting to register a caveat needs to send Maritime New Zealand’s Registrar of Ships the following:

  • a caveat form (form SR21) – two originals
  • a fee of NZ$654

Withdrawing a caveat

A person wanting to withdraw a caveat needs to send Maritime New Zealand’s Registrar of Ships a Withdrawal of Caveat form (form SR22). There is no fee to withdraw a caveat.

A withdrawal of caveat is not required if documents lodged for registration vest in the caveator the interest claimed in the caveat.

Related information:

Ship registration fees and charges

Find our ship registration fees, how they are applied and how you can pay them.
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Contact us

If you have any questions about ship registration, contact us.

Phone:
+64 4 473 0111

Email:
ship.registration@maritimenz.govt.nz

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