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Change of ownership for a domestic commercial vessel

Transferring ownership—what you need to do with certificates and permits if you are buying or selling a commercial vessel.

What you need to do as the seller of a commercial vessel

When you sell a vessel, there are some certificates and existing approvals you can transfer to the new owner, and some you cannot.

You can vary the certificate or approval using the application to vary a vessel certificate or approval form 566 if the vessel has a:

  • certificate of survey
  • load line certificate
  • class C restricted approval and/or
  • non-survey approval.

A certificate of operation cannot be transferred.

If the vessel being sold is listed on a certificate of operation, the seller may need to:

What to do as the buyer of a commercial vessel

A buyer can:

  • add the vessel to their existing certificate of operation by using the application to vary a certificate of operation form 549—if the vessel to be added has the same, or lower, service category (class) and operation type as a vessel already listed on the certificate, or
  • apply for a new certificate using the application for a certificate of operation form 504—if they do not have an existing certificate of operation or, the vessel to be added is of a higher service category (class) and operation type to the vessel(s) already listed on the existing certificate.

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