Delays in processing your applications
Whilst we continue to work towards a service standard of 20 working days, applications can take approximately 3 months to process.
We apologise for any inconvenience, and we are working hard to improve this.
Please help us by applying early, and follow the details below to contact us if you have any questions.
Submitting your application
We recommend that you only send your applications and documents to us electronically by email:
- The two forms of ID you send in must be certified by the person completing page 9 (Trusted Referee Confirmation of Identity) of the Fit and Proper Person Form. If you are directly affected by COVID-19 and cannot provide these certified items, please contact us on email@example.com or 0508 732 237.
- All other documents do not need to be certified or countersigned.
- Please do not send original documents, only electronic copies.
- If you are renewing a certificate, we do not need you to send the original expiring certificate.
When providing us with electronic copies of documents, please make sure the scanned copies are legible and of a good quality.
If you are unable to provide your application documents to us electronically, we recommend you contact us so we can make alternative arrangements for you.
Find out how to contact us
The best way of contacting us is by email
We are monitoring our email and will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.
Please use the following email addresses:
firstname.lastname@example.org for all seafarer enquiries
email@example.com for vessel related safety and certification
firstname.lastname@example.org for Part A and Part B registrations
email@example.com for all exemptions
firstname.lastname@example.org for all other general enquiries
Alternatively you can use our online enquiry form.
Contact us online
If you don’t have email
We are still answering the phones but there may be a delay in our response times.
New Zealand (toll free): 0508 22 55 22
Calling from outside New Zealand: +64 4 473 0111
Ship registration provides nationality; a registered ship that travels overseas has the protection of the New Zealand Government. The registration papers provide proof of identity.
Additional benefits depend on the type of registration that a ship has. The type of registration required for a vessel depends on several factors, including:
- if the ship will be used commercially or for pleasure
- the length of the ship
- if the ship is New Zealand or foreign owned
- if the ship will go overseas
To determine whether you need to register your ship and, if so, the type of registration you need to apply for, use our flow chart.
Further information can be found in our ship registration guide.
How to register your vessel
There are two types of ship registration and for some ships it is compulsory* to be registered:
All transactions regarding ship registration involve making changes to the New Zealand Register of Ships. For example:
- changing your registered address/vessel ownership
- closing a registration
- appointing a representative person
- getting a replacement Certificate of Registration
New Zealand Register of Ships
The New Zealand Register of Ships is a list of all vessels registered in New Zealand under the Ship Registration Act 1992.
The register, held in Maritime New Zealand’s Wellington office, is available for inspection by the public. The Registrar of Ships is responsible for maintaining the register.
The register has two parts (Part A and Part B) and includes details of those ships which must be registered under the Ship Registration Act 1992 and those ships whose owners have voluntarily chosen to register them.