Yacht registration in the Netherlands

Yacht registration in the Netherlands, comes in a number of different forms, depending on the type of boat you wish to have registered and for which purpose the vessel will be used.

 

There are two types of registrations possible.

  • International Certificate Pleasure Crafts (unofficial)
  • Certificate of Registry (official)

International Certificate Pleasure Crafts

The ICP is an unofficial ownerships licence which is primarily used for pleasure crafts sailing the inland waters of the EU. The pleasure crafts that can register for an ICP are sailing- and motorboats <24m and water-scooter, jet-skis, canoes, boathouses, etc.

To be noted that the ICP is purely an ownerships licence and it explicitly does not permit the owner to sail under the flag of the Netherlands.

The average duration of an registration is 5 to 10 working days and the costs are relatively low.

 

Particularly interesting for :

  • When a vessel, of age, has not been registered else ware and a Certificate of Withdrawal is required in order to register for a Certificate of Registry. One can apply for an ICP registration and Certificate of Withdrawal at the same time.
  • For ships brokers who temporarily need an ownership document for a vessel, until the new owner has decided under which flag they want to sail
  • For vessels which only sail in inland waters, such as rivers and large lakes like Lago di Garda or Balaton.

Particularly interesting as :

  • EFTA and non-EU passport holders can register in the Netherlands ship registrar
  • No levies are issued during or after the registration process, no matter the size or age of the vessel
  • periodical technical inspections are not required
  • there are no navigational restrictions
  • under certain circumstances it is permitted to commercial exploit the vessel for charter purposes, without having to maintain classification
  • the flag of the Netherlands is ranked Nr. 3 in the Paris MoU ‘White List’
  • the registration process is fairly short

Certificate of Registry

The ships registrar in the Netherlands is administrated by Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency. This agency collects and registers administrative and spatial data on property and the rights involved.

Once the process of registration with the Netherlands’ Cadastre has been initiated, the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate, a department of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, issues the Certificate of Registry and tonnage certificate.

A number of factors determine how long it takes before the registration is formally finalised. An average pleasure craft of <24m will take about two to four weeks to finalise the registration.

This registration can take several weeks before formalised as an inspector of the registrar will physically measure the vessel, brand it and/or apply microdots for identification purposes in case the vessels gets stolen. In practice that means that the inspector travels from the Netherlands to the location of the boat and conducts the very basic inspection.

Sailing- and motorboats which are used for commercial purposes with crew, go through a different procedure then boats used purely for leisure purposes.

Commercial Cruising Vessels require classification, by one of the internationally recognised classification societies, and depending on the number of staff members and guests the boat can accommodate additional requirements are asked to be met. Mind you that certain Commercial Cruising Vessels do not need to be classified, but that is determined by a number of factors.

The advantages of yacht registration in the Netherlands

 

  • EFTA and non-EU passport holders can register in the Netherlands ship registrar
  • No levies are issued during or after the registration process, no matter the size or age of the vessel
  • periodical technical inspections are not required
  • there are no navigational restrictions
  • under certain circumstances it is permitted to commercial exploit the vessel for charter purposes, without having to maintain classification
  • the flag of the Netherlands is ranked Nr. 3 in the Paris MoU ‘White List’
  • the registration process is fairly short