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Ship registration

Register or transfer ownership of a vessel. Search the international and general register for a ship.

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Register, transfer, update or close a registration

Why you should register your vessel and details of the requirements for each register.

Submit a notice of intention to register a vessel

If you intend to register a vessel without ownership history, you must submit a notice of intention.

Information about vessel registrations

Find our fees and general information.

Find out about a vessel

Search the register, request a title extract, or lodge a caveat.

  • Search for a registered ship on the Australian General and International Shipping Registers.
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  • If you are looking to purchase a vessel and would like to know the current ownership details or you…
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  • Lodge a caveat to make sure no transactions are registered which may affect your interests in a…
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Pleasure craft and fishing boats

Register your yacht or fishing boat, get a temporary pass for a race or rally and find out about taking your vessel overseas.

Brokers and agents

Assisting vessel owners in ensuring they meet registration requirements as a ship broker or registered agent.

  • Obligations of registered agents of Australian registered ships.
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  • These instructions for ship registration and transfer of ownership are provided for ship brokers…
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