As a fully licensed international financial services provider in Belize, and duly registered Shipping Agent, BOSL can assist with a full range of ship and yacht registration services in Belize.
If you have all the required documents at hand, you can apply immediately for the permanent registration, which is valid for five years. If the documentation for the permanent registration is not readily available, you can obtain a provisional registration, which is valid for 6 months. Before the expiration of the provisional registration, you are expected to gather all necessary documents for the permanent registration or your registration may be cancelled.
Our fees are very competitive and cover the processing of all applications and liaising with IMMARBE – the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize – as follows:
Application Processing Fee US $500.00
Administration & Miscellaneous Expenses US $200.00
Providing Ship’s or Yacht’s Agent in Belize US $250.00 (per year)
TOTAL FEES US $950.00
Plus fees due to IMMARBE after review of vessel type (see Fee Request Form). Any other work done will be charged at the rate of US$150.00 per hour.
Note: The above does not include fees for transportation, communication, notarization of documents and overseas courier packages.
In accordance with The Registration of Merchant Ships Act 1989, and as subsequently
amended, a provisional registration is valid for six months. During this time, the ship owner or his representative is expected to gather all documents necessary for permanent registration.
The following documentation is required:
For provisional registration, the above-mentioned documents may be scanned and submitted by email to email@example.com.
Vessels under construction may be granted provisional registration under special conditions.
A Provisional Patent of Navigation and a Provisional Ship Station License may be obtained from IMMARBE’s Head Office or from one of the Registry’s Designated Offices worldwide. BOSL can assist in this process and deal with all documentation on your behalf.
Permanent Registration can be effected at any time during the provisional registration period upon submission of the necessary documentation together with the applicable fees.
The following additional documentation is required:
All documents submitted must be in the English language or, if they are in a foreign language, they must be accompanied by an official translation thereof.
If an original is to be submitted, a notary public or other recognized and authorized public official must certify the authenticity of the signature(s) that appear(s) on the document as well as the authority of the person(s) executing the document.
If a photocopy is to be submitted, a notary public or other recognized and authorized public official must certify the authenticity of the signature(s) that appear on the document as well as the authority of the person(s) executing the document, and must certify that the document is a true copy of its original.
New quality criteria were introduced with effect from 1st November 2001. Basically the same procedure for registration is followed as for vessels up to 7500 GT except that:
The registration of fishing vessels is additionally subject to the provisions of the High Seas Fishing Act, 2003. The requirements include the completion of an Application form for a License to Fish on the High Seas as well as the installation of a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) utilizing INMARSAT C or INMARSAT Mini C or INMARSAT D+. Fishing vessels which land their catch at ports of member States of the European Union are required to pass a special sanitary inspection in compliance with the relevant EU/EC Directives.
Fishing vessels are also subject to the international and regional regulations applicable to the area of fishing which are implemented by Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) such as ICCAT, as well as by bilateral or multilateral agreements for the protection of certain areas or endangered marine species. Currently, Belize is:
All Belize registered vessels which are licensed to target tuna or tuna-like species in the Convention areas of the abovementioned Commissions are listed in their respective Regional Vessel Registers.
All vessels registered at IMMARBE are subject to a safety inspection in order to ensure compliance with the national and international regulations. For this purpose an Inspection Fee is charged in the Annual Fees collected for each vessel. The inspection programme contemplates an annual General Safety Inspection, but the Administration may order a reinspection or a special inspection when it is considered necessary.
The General Safety Inspections can only be performed by inspectors who are authorized by IMMARBE for this purpose. They are paid directly by IMMARBE’s Head Office. Each inspection is co-coordinated by the Head Office.
The recording of title deeds, mortgages, liens and encumbrances or any other assignments relating to any registered vessel is governed by the Merchant Shipping Act and may be requested through any Designated Office. Recording of documents may be either:
The preliminary recording of documents may be effected either by the Head Office or by any of the Designated Offices on the basis of an application submitted to the latter and forwarded to the Head Office for the records entry.
The preliminary recording of documents is valid for six calendar months and has the same legal effect as permanent recording. In the event that the permanent recording is not accomplished prior to the expiration of this period, the preliminary recording will lapse.
The permanent recording of documents may be requested at any time within the six months validity of the preliminary recording or immediately if all necessary documents are to hand.
Should the documents for recording be in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a notarized official translation into English. After completion of the procedures, a Certificate of Recording will be produced by IMMARBE and delivered to the applicant.
The recording of the vessel’s ownership title is required for the completion of the vessel’s registration as well as for the recording of mortgages, liens or encumbrances upon the vessel.
Provisional Registration is valid for up to six months and compliance with the following is required:
The following is a list of documents which must be submitted for the permanent registration of a yacht which is already registered provisionally:
Yachts which are proceeding directly for permanent registration must submit all the documents listed under Provisional Registration and where applicable the originals as opposed to copies of the documents listed under Permanent Registration.
All documents must be in the English language or, if not in English, accompanied by a certified English translation thereof.
Note: It is a condition of registration that all yachts should comply with the national legislation and regulations of each State in whose territorial waters they operate.
Every commercial yacht should hold hull and machinery insurance for the yacht itself and another equipment carried thereon e.g. jet skis, etc. Also it should have third party liability insurance including cover for all persons who are part of the yacht’s complement onboard and in respect of any sporting activities in which any persons onboard will engage. Evidence of cover will be required at the time of provisional/permanent registration.
These insurance requirements are also strongly recommended for private yachts.
If you would like to proceed or have any additional questions, please contact us for a free confidential, no-obligation consultation.