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Transferring ownership of a domestic commercial vessel

What to do for transferring ownership of a domestic commercial vessel.

If you sell a vessel, you must notify us within 14 days. The steps you need to take depend on the type of certificate, approval, or if the vessel is on the Australian general shipping register. 

If you hold a certificate of survey or approval, then the certificate and/or approval is transferable to a new certificate holder. Complete an AMSA 1780 – Application for change of certificate (or approval) holder for a vessel permission.

This also applies to grandfathered vessels. If you purchase a grandfathered vessel, it may not be able to be operated outside of current geographical area restrictions or be modified.

If you hold a certificate of operation and no longer wish to hold the certificate, you can submit an application to suspend or revoke a certificate or approval form 600. Certificates of operation cannot be transferred between operations so a new certificate application will need to be submitted to us.

Certificates of survey, operations and related exemptions do not provide evidence of title or ownership of a vessel or an operator’s competence to operate a certain vessel. If you require evidence of title or ownership of a vessel you will need to register the vessel on the Australian general shipping register.

Australian General Shipping Register

If the vessel you are selling is on the Australian general shipping register, the new owner must notify us within 14 days of the date of acquisition. The seller must provide a Bill of Sale and the original registration certificate to the new owner to facilitate the transfer of ownership. An application for a transfer of ownership or transmission of ownership by operation of law (if applicable) must be submitted to the Shipping Registration Office.

Read more about Transferring ownership of an Australian General Register vessel.

Last updated: 

Monday 2 December 2019