Yacht Registration in Belgium has always been popular due to the fact that it is a fairly straightforward registration process and is particularly attractive for vessels older than 10 years.
Since July 2018, when the Netherlands ICP lost in popularity because it was no longer permitted to sail under the Dutch flag with an ICP, the interest in the Belgian Certificate of Registry has increased substantially amongst pleasure craft owners.
Point of importance is that non-EU passport holder can not register their vessel in the Belgian ships registrar, only EU nationals can obtain the Belgian Certificate of Registry.
Certificate of Registry
The ships registrar in Belgium is administrated by the Belgian Federal Public Service of Transports, with offices in Antwerp, Brussels, Gent and Oostende. The Belgian Certificate of Registry is subject to renewal every five years and in case of Commercial Cruising Vessels, the vessel also has to be inspected every five years.
Pleasure crafts are defined as vessels with a minimum length of 2,5 meters and a maximum of 24 meters and not being used for any commercial exploitation, such as charter purposes, transport of persons, goods or animals.
The registration process for pleasure crafts can take between two to six weeks, depending on the season.
Besides registration fees, a one-time taxation is imposed. The amount is determined by the age of the vessel and is presently as follows :
- < 1 € 2.478,00
- > 1 € 2.230,20
- > 2 € 1.982,40
- > 3 € 1.734,60
- > 4 € 1.486,80
- > 5 € 1.239,00
- > 6 € 991,20
- > 7 € 743,40
- > 8 € 495,60
- > 9 € 247,80
- > 10 € 61,50
Commercial Cruising Vessels
Vessels used for commercial yachting purposes are considered yachts up to 500 GT with a maximum of 12 passengers. A distinction is made between vessels that navigate
- less than 200 miles off the coast
- more than 200 miles off the coast
- less than 30 miles and <24m in length
Depending on the ‘required mileage’ one wants to sail, determines which regulations the officer in charge will need to meet. There are no specific requirement the working crew on the vessel has to meet.
Commercial Cruising Vessels are also subject to periodical inspections by the Belgium authorities and is valid for the period of 5 years.