Yacht Registration and the Cook Islands Registry
The Cook Islands Ship Registry also registers Private and Commercial Yachts. The yacht fleet has rapidly expanded due to the personal service provided, and since achieving full membership of the IMO. The registry is modelled on the British system, with the benefit of nominated jurisdiction for mortgage purposes etc.
Open to private and commercial yachts from 20 metres to unlimited size, the registry operates differently to others, in that a company or representative on the island is not mandatory, this function being performed by membership of a wholly owned yacht club ( Cook Islands Yacht Squadron ). Also, it is not mandatory for yachts under 500 registered tons (GRT) to be in class with a Classification Society, providing they are well constructed and maintained.
Blue Ensign are flag state surveyors and Deputy Registrars for the Cook Islands since 2005, and are able to offer a fast survey and registration service, including Load Line and Tonnage Certificates, MARPOL Certificates, Radio Licences, MMSI numbers, IMO numbers and call signs etc.