Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Search of the General Register and current title extracts

The Australian General Shipping Register

The Australian General Shipping Register can be searched online at any time using the name of the ship or the official number. You can also download a list of all ships on the Register. The search function and list provides some basic details about a ship. These details are provided in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 and our Privacy Policy.
The list is currently updated fortnightly.

Title Extracts

Details of ownership, ship particulars, and caveats over a registered ship can be obtained from the Register of Ships by applying for a Current Title Extract. The Title Extract includes the particulars of the ship at the date it is produced, and is a certified title extract from the General Register.
To apply for a Current Title Extract, lodge a completed Application for Current Title Extract form and the application fee to the Shipping Registration Office at the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
Other information may be able to be provided on request.

Historical Research

Records that are most likely to be of interest to historical researchers are held by the National Archives of Australia, such as the Australian Registers of British Ships (1834-1982). Microfilm copies of the registers are available for reading at all regional offices of Australian Archives.
Some historical records are kept at the Shipping Registration Office and may be accessed by prior arrangement with the Registrar, who can be contacted by telephone or email.


Fees are payable in advance to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. Please see the shipping registration fees page for more details. GST does not apply to services supplied by the Shipping Registration Office.

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