UK flag widens criteria to allow more ship owners to join

The UK Ship Register has expanded its ownership eligibility, allowing more exceptional shipping companies to flag to the UK and take advantage of its 24/7 customer services and no annual flag tax.

The criteria has been widened beyond the current areas of the UK and Europe to include Commonwealth countries and bring the UK in line with Red Ensign Group partners . The UK Flag is an International Register (not limited to nationally based companies).

Director of the UK Ship Register Richard Parkes said: “This change will now allow the UK flag to attract first class ships and owners who have their company based outside of the UK. They too will be able to benefit from exceptional service and a global reputation.”

Benefits that UK flag customers receive include 24/7 dedicated account managers, (for those eligible) the Enhanced Authorisation Scheme which allows all survey/audits to be delegated to one of our approved Recognised Organisations and flexible package fee options for registration, inspection and certification, designed to suit customer needs and the demands of worldwide shipping.

The UKSR has also introduced a system for bareboat charter-out, so that ships can temporarily reflag for the period of a charter-party before returning to the UK flag when that agreement ends.