Step by step guide to registration of Fishing Vessels joining Part II of the UK Ship Register
This guide is designed to help you through the registration process by identifying the procedures and documentation required for Fishing Vessels applying to join Part II of the UK Ship Register.
A fishing vessel is a boat used to catch sea fish for profit even if only occasionally. All fishing vessels that are sea fishing for profit must have a licence issued by the appropriate Fisheries Department. You are advised to contact your Local Fisheries Office about licensing at the same time as applying for registration.
There are two kinds of registration for fishing vessels.
Full Registration - where the owner of the vessel has to prove ownership by producing documents of sale covering the previous three years (or in the case of a new vessel, a builders certificate). Any changes of ownership must be carried out on proper Bills of Sale. A vessel with full registration can have mortgages registered against it.
Simple Registration - where formal Bills of Sale are not required but a receipted invoice is acceptable. Mortgages cannot be recorded against a vessel with simple registration.