Determining whether the vessel itself qualifies for registration is based on its safety record.
Prior to accepting vessels onto its register, an assessment to ensure vessels proposed for registration meet the Administration’s required standards of quality and suitability. The assessment will be provide an indication whether a vessel is eligible for registration and if any pre-registration conditions may be required. The assessment will be undertaken by the GMA’s survey division.
As part of the process, owners will be required to complete GMA Form 18083F giving general details of the vessel, Classification Society and ISM managers.
Where the owner (in any of the above-referenced forms) is not resident or incorporated in the Gibraltar then a Representative Person (Gibraltar Merchant Shipping (Registration) Regulations 1997 Part III Regulations 5, 6 and 7) must be appointed to represent the owning party for serving any necessary documents and issuing instructions under Gibraltar law. This appointment does not affect the owner’s right to deal directly with the Registry in the interim initial stages (or via their appointed Representative Person or Registered Agent), as necessary. Contact a service provider in Gibraltar.
A Carving and Marking (C&M) Note which specifies how the vessel is to be marked will be issued. Once a vessel is properly marked, an authorised surveyor will verify this by signing and returning the C&M Note to the Registrar prior to registration. The completed C&M Note may be submitted electronically but the original should be returned to the GMA thereafter.
The relevant Certificate of British Registry will be issued once all documentation and fees have been received.