Yacht Registration & Management

Our office provides Seychelles yacht registration and management & administration services for yacht owners. Structuring an ownership solution can provide for beneficial VAT planning and tax mitigation and/or deferral.

As regional pioneers in the industry, OCRA Mauritius has considerable expertise in the formation and administration of zero or low tax Seychelles Companies and Seychelles yacht registration.

Our services include:

  • Seychelles yacht registration
  • Yacht management & administration
  • Arranging for yacht finance and insurance
  • Project Management
  • Day-to-day maintenance and management

In short, we take care of all aspects of yacht ownership providing owners with a single and dedicated point of contact for the ongoing management of their asset.

A Guide to Yacht registration in the Seychelles

The Seychelles offers an attractive “offshore” regime for the ownership and registration of yachts. A Seychelles citizen or company must own a yacht in order for it to fly the Seychelles flag.

Seychelles is member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth, the group of non-aligned countries, the Indian Ocean Commission, and the International Maritime Organization, and vessels flying the Seychelles flag benefit from friendly treatment worldwide.

If the vessel is not in Seychelles waters, it can be provisionally registered under a Seychelles flag at a diplomatic or consular representative abroad. It will later be permanently registered with the Seychelles Ship Registrar.

The Seychelles presently recognises the following classification societies:

  • Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (UK)
  • Bureau Veritas (France)
  • Nippon Kaiji Ryokai (Japan)
  • Det Norske Veritas (Norway)
  • America Bureau of Shipping (USA)
  • Germanischer Lloyd (Germany)
  • Provisional Registration

The following particulars will need to be presented for the provisional registration of a yacht:

  • A certificate signed by the builder containing various technical details relating to the yacht
  • Where the yacht has been registered under the law of a foreign country, evidence that registration in that country has ceased
  • Proof of ownership
  • A list of not less than three alternative names under which the ship is proposed to be registered
  • A radio license
  • Permanent Registration

After a period of 90 days, the yacht can be permanently registered. The yacht owner will need to submit further documentation:

  • An application for permanent registration
  • A Bill of Sale
  • Statutory Certificates
  • A Carving and Marking Note, which is issued by the Registrar of Shipping

How to proceed

We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with more information:

Contact us for a FREE consultation if you would like to discuss your requirements with one of our consultants in person.
Alternatively, complete our Online Questionnaire and a consultant will contact you directly.
For professional intermediaries and repeat orders, download the relevant Application Form and return by fax or email.