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Transferring ownership of a registered vessel

Transfer ownership of your registered vessel to someone else.

When an Australian registered vessel is sold or ownership is transferred to someone else, the new owner is required to notify the Registrar of Ships of the change of ownership within 14 days.

Where a vessel is sold to another Australian, who wishes to maintain the registration of the vessel (in the case of a vessel permitted to be registered), or for a vessel required to be registered the new owner must complete an application for the transfer of ownership.

Where a vessel’s ownership is transferred by any other lawful means, other than a transfer of ownership, for example by court order or as the beneficiary of a deceased estate, the ownership of the vessel may be transmitted by a transmission of ownership by operation of law.

If an Australian registered vessel is sold to a non-Australian or is a vessel permitted to be registered and the new owner does not wish to maintain the registration, you can close the registration.

Which transfer do you need to conduct?

Transfer of ownership

What do I need to do?

To transfer the ownership of your ship, you need to:

Transmission of ownership by operation of law

What do I need to do?

To transmit the ownership of your ship, you need to: