When and how to close a ship registration (Part A only)

The registered owner must notify Maritime New Zealand’s Registrar of Ships if their ship is no longer entitled or required to be registered or has been lost (at sea).

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About closing a registration

Maritime New Zealand does not charge a fee to close a registration. If however you require evidence that the ship is no longer registered in New Zealand, the Registrar of Ships can issue a certified transcript of the closed registry (deletion certificate). The fee for this is NZ$218.

A new owner may need the certified transcript in order to register the ship in another country.

The approximate processing time to close a registration is five working days from when the Registrar of Ships receives the correctly completed documents.

When a ship is no longer entitled to be registered

A ship is no longer entitled to be registered if it has been sold to, or is owned by, someone who is not a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand body corporate (company). Consequently the registration needs closing.

The ship’s registered owner needs to send Maritime New Zealand’s Registrar of Ships the following:

  • a copy of the Bill of Sale (form SR14) completed in full by the registered owner(s). The nationality of the purchaser(s) must be included on the form
  • Ship’s Certificate of Registry (“the blue book”).

When a ship is no longer required to be registered or has been lost (at sea)

A ship is no longer required to be registered if it is less than 24 metres in length and does not proceed overseas, or if it has been lost (at sea).

The ship’s registered owner needs to send Maritime New Zealand’s Registrar of Ships the following:

  • an Application for Closure of Registration (form SR32) completed in full by the registered owner(s)
  • Ship’s Certificate of Registry (“the blue book”).
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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