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UK Ship Register contingency plans for essential ship registrations

3 Nov 2021

The UK Ship Register has put in place contingency plans to mitigate disruption to essential ship registration activities during the current worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

When registering, renewing registration or de-registering applicants are asked to make electronic copies of all required documents (including application forms) before submitting to the MCA. If the COVID-19 virus results in disruption to postal services or access to premises issuing certificates, it would then be possible to provide digital scans of all necessary documentation to facilitate the processing of your application.

Documents should be submitted via email to the appropriate processing team. Full postal applications may be submitted but may incur a delay, therefore, email applications are to be the primary route of contact with the Registry. A digital copy of the certificate of registry will be issued.

A contact email address for the processing teams can be found within the application forms.

For Continuous Synopsis Record (passenger ships on international voyages, cargo ships of 500GT and above on international voyages, Class A passenger ships operating domestic services within UK waters), documents should be submitted electronically.  These will processed and issued initially as an electronic version and followed up by issue of a hard copy record.

The UK Ship Register as the Administration would like to confirm that they will follow IMO guidelines in issuing Continuous Synopsis Records. 

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