D36. What are the UK Overseas Territories?

Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn Island, St Helena and Dependen...

D35. What are the Crown Dependencies, and what Category of register do they have?

The Crown Dependencies include the Channel Islands (the chief islands of which are Jersey and Guernsey, both of which have Category 2 registers) and the Isle of Man, which has a Category 1 register....

D34. What are the two categories of British ship register under The Merchant Shipping (Categorisation of Registries of Relevant British Possessions) Regulations?

Category 1 registers, on which any ship may be registered, without restriction as to tonnage, type or length; and Category 2 registers, on which passenger ships, pleasure vessels of more than 150 tons...

D33. Which ships can be called "British-registered ships"?

Ships registered in the UK, the Crown Dependencies or the UK Overseas Territories....

D32. Which British ships are not normally registered?

Crown (i. e. Government-owned) vessels, e. g. warships; very small vessels; and vessels not used for sea trade (e. g. restaurant ships and museum ships)....

D31. Is registration compulsory for a British ship?

No. It is an entitlement for ships meeting certain ownership criteria....

D30. Which legislation governs UK ship registration?

Part II of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, and The Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Regulations 1993, as amended....

D29. What kinds of assistance is a British ship entitled to by virtue of her British registry?

(1) Assistance from the Royal Navy (e. g. in a war zone or when under pirate attack); and (2) assistance from British consular officials in overseas ports (e. g. for dealing with crew left behind, dea...

D28. What are some of the advantages of registration on the UK Ship Register?

The MCA website lists the following: (1) The UK flag is one of the top performing flags on the Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU White Lists; (2) The UK is included on the US Coastguard's Qualship 21 initiative...

D27. In what way is a second register different from a flag of convenience?

While manning, taxation and other formalities are often simplified (making the second register's flag a more economical flag to fly than the parent country's national flag), there must still be some f...

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