A ship may be registered under the flag of St. Vincent and the Grenadines if it is owned:

  1. By a citizen of St. Vincent domiciled in St. Vincent or,
  2. A local company having its main office in St. Vincent or,
  3. A foreign company provided that, when the main office is situated outside St. Vincent, a Registered Agent in St. Vincent is appointed.


  1. Letter of application to Registrar of Shipping
  2. Completed application form
  3. Letter of appointment of local registering agent
  4. Bill of Sale of vessel or Builders Certificate
  5. Certificate of Deletion of vessel from previous Registry
  6. Certificate of Survey of vessel, done by a recognized Marine Surveyor. Please forward credentials of surveyor for acceptance, along with request for permission by surveyor to survey on behalf of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  7. Certificate of Classes to prove sea-worthiness of vessel in relation to I.M.O. / SOLAS conventions, particularly if the ship exceeds 500 net tons.
  8. Completion of ships marking and carving note
  9. Declaration of ownership (Notarized)
  10. Certificate of Incorporation of a registered company
  11. Name and Certificate of Competency of present master
  12. Tonnage Certificate
  13. Ship station license for the installation and for the use of radio equipment
  14. Vessel/ship should not be older than eighteen (18) years (15 years for Tanker) unless special permission is granted. This condition does not apply to vessels registered for scrap purposes.

Radio License

All registered ships must have a valid radio license which can be obtained from the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) of St. Vincent & the Grenadines.