The vessel registration process is commenced by completing an ‘Application for Registration’ available through a Deputy Registrar (specific to region), who will lead you through the process.
The Application Form is to be accompanied by:
- Company Certificate / CISOA or CIYS membership letter
- Carving and Markings Note, including current photo of vessel ( see website for application form)
- Pre-Registration Inspection ( if applicable)
- Proof of Deletion from previous flag ( if charter registration)
- Proof of suspension from previous flag (if charter registration)
- Completed copies of all previous closed CR ( as per SOLAS Chapter XI-1 Regulation 5-8) ( all vessels over 500GT)
- Copy of P&I policy evidencing financial security for MLC regulation 2.5 and 4.2 ( applicable to all commercial vessels; MCI requires that the MLC financial security is maintained, and will require evidence that it is maintained) ( for commercially operated vessels, excluding unmanned barges)
* Reviewed, signed and sealed by a Justice of the Peace, a Commissioner for Oaths, Solicitor, Notary Public or the Registrar or Deputy Registrar of Ships of the Cook Islands Registry or before any person authorised by law to administer oaths in the country where the declaration is made.
Subject to approval by the Registrar of Ships, and upon payment of the registration fee, a Provisional Certificate of Registry will be issued. This certificate is effective from the date of issue and valid for a period of 3 months. During this time the requirements for permanent registration are to be completed. The Registrar may extend the period of provisional registration in special circumstances.
N.B. The Registrar has the discretion to require, if deemed necessary, additional surveys to be conducted before issuance of a Permanent Certificate of Registry. Failure to submit required documents may delay the registration process.