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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 a non-survey or Exemption 40 approval, then the certificate and/or approval is transferable to a new certificate holder. The new owner must complete an AMSA 1780 – Application for change of certificate (or approval) holder for a vessel permission if they intend to use the vessel as a domestic commercial vessel.

If the new owner does not intend to use the vessel as a domestic commercial vessel, you should revoke your certificate of survey or non-survey or Exemption 40 using AMSA form 600.

If you purchase an existing vessel (as defined in Marine Orders 503, 504 or Exemption 2), 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 wish to cancel the certificate, you can submit an application to revoke a certificate using AMSA form 600.

Certificates of operation cannot be transferred between operations so a new application will need to be submitted to us by the new operator/owner.

If you hold a certificate of operation with more than one vessel listed, please complete AMSA form 504 to remove the vessel that has been sold.

If you hold a certificate of operation without a schedule of vessels, you need to update your safety management system and the list of vessels in your fleet. You will not need to make any applications regarding your certificate of operation.

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: 

Friday 15 October 2021