A new Circular No.:10/2019 was released on the 23 May 2019 by the Shipping Deputy Ministry addressed to Registered Owners, Registered bareboat charterers, Managers and Representatives of Ships under the Cyprus flag with the subject: New Government Policy on the Registration of Vessels in the Cyprus Register of Ships (“the new Policy”).
By the relevant circular the Shipping Deputy Ministry has announced its decision to amend its policy on the registration of vessels in the Register of Cyprus in order to clarify certain existing discrepancies and also to further develop the competitiveness of the Cyprus flag.
The new Policy has immediate effect and as from the date of the said Circular supersedes and replaces the Government Policy on the Registration of Ships (as per Circular No. 12/2012 and which had been in force since 15 October 2011).
The new policy is attached to the relevant circular and also found below,
1.1 The present Government Policy on the Registration of Ships (“the Policy”) has been determined by the Shipping Deputy Minister to the President pursuant to the provisions of sections 14A and 14B of the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships, Sales and Mortgages) Law 45/63 as amended (“the Law”).
1.2 The Policy states the additional requirements or conditions for the registration of ships and should be read in conjunction with the relevant provisions of the statutes of the Republic of Cyprus.
1.3 The conditions under which the registration of a ship is initially allowed, continue to apply:
(1) irrespective of any subsequent amendments or revisions of the government policy for the registration of ships under the provisions of which the registration of the ship is allowed;
(2) irrespective of any subsequent transfers or transmissions in accordance with the provisions of Part VI of the Law or registration anew in accordance with the provisions of Part XI of the Law;
(3) in the case of registration in the Register of Cyprus Ships of a ship which immediately prior to such registration was registered in the Special Book of Parallel Registration or vice versa, provided the formalities for the registration are completed within 24 hours from the time the ship has ceased to fly the Cyprus flag; and
(4) in case the registration of a ship in the Special Book of Parallel Registration is terminated due to: (a) transfer of ownership; or (b) termination of the bareboat chartering of the ship, and the bareboat charterer applies, before or immediately after such termination, for the registration of the ship in the Special Book of Parallel Registration, provided the formalities are completed within 24 hours from the time the ship has ceased to fly the Cyprus flag.
1.4 The Policy supersedes and replaces the Government Policy on the Registration of Ships which has been in effect since 15.10.2011 (refer to Circular No. 12/2012 dated 7 March 2012).
1.5 Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1.3(1), the registered owner or registered bareboat charterer of a ship whose registration was allowed under the 2 provisions of a government policy for the registration of ships, which was previously in force, may apply for substitution of the conditions which were imposed at the time of the initial registration of the ship with those stipulated in the Policy for ships of the same type and/or age. For this purpose, the age of the ship will be the age the ship had at the time of its initial registration.
2 Eligibility for registration and related requirements
2.1.1 Ships of any type or size, other than those specified in paragraph 2.2, may be registered in the Register of Cyprus Ships or the Special Book of Parallel Registration, provided the applicable age-related requirements specified in paragraph 2.3 and the applicable type-related requirements specified in paragraph 2.4 are complied with.
2.2 Registration Conditions
2.2.1 The Registrar of Cyprus Ships will not consider applications for the registration in the Register of Cyprus Ships or in the Special Book of Parallel Registration of ships which:
(1) at the time of the application for their registration, are banned on port State control grounds by a State member of any one of the Memoranda of Understanding on port State control, from entering the ports of the States party to that memorandum or which have been banned by a State from entering its ports;
(2) have been detained on port State control grounds on three (3) or more occasions during the two (2) years period prior to the date of application for registration by States members of the Paris or the Tokyo or the Mediterranean Memoranda of Understanding on port State control or by the United States Coast Guard; and
(3) have been constructed for exclusive use on inland navigation or which are to be used exclusively on inland navigation (e.g. in internal waters, rivers, inland waterways, canals, natural or artificial lakes, water reservoirs or dams).
2.3 Age-related requirements
2.3.1 For the purpose of the Policy “age” means the age of the ship which is calculated by deducting the year in which the keel of the ship was laid from the year in which the application for its registration was filed with the Registrar of Cyprus Ships, provided its provisional, direct permanent or parallel-in registration is to take place during the same year. Otherwise, the age of the ship will be calculated from 3 the year in which the provisional, direct permanent or parallel-in registration is to take place.
2.3.2 In case a ship has undergone major conversion or reconstruction, the year in which the major conversion or reconstruction began may be taken into account (in lieu of the year in which its keel was laid) for the calculation of the age of the ship, provided the ship, at the end of the major conversion or reconstruction, complied with all the requirements of the applicable international treaties to which Cyprus is a State Party, as if it was a new ship whose keel was laid in the year in which the major conversion or reconstruction begun. In such a case the application for the registration of the ship should be accompanied by documentation from the recognized organization which is surveying and certifying the ship on behalf of its flag State or from its flag State attesting so.
2.3.3 The entry inspection and the additional inspections specified in the table below are required to be carried out in case the age of the ship is equal or greater than the number of years indicated under the related conditions corresponding to the type of the ship.
|Type of ship||Entry inspection required||Additional inspection required|
|Cargo ships||Yes if ≥ 15 years||No|
|Passenger ships engaged on international or short international voyages or engaged on domestic voyages within the territory of a State, other than Cyprus||Yes if ≥ 20 years||Yes if ≥ 20 years Biennially|
|Fishing vessels under 25 years of age||Yes||Yes Annually|
|Ships of types other than those listed above||Yes if ≥ 15 years ( Pleasure yachts, non-propelled craft and other vessels with gross tonnage less than 500 may be excluded from this condition)||No|
2.3.4 All ships (except passenger ships and fishing vessels) having an age exceeding 25 years are required to comply with the following requirements:
(1) The ship in question undergoes an entry inspection with satisfactory results which must be completed prior to the registration of the vessel in the Register of Cyprus Ships;
(2) The ship’s records, age and detention history justify such registration.
2.3.5 The entry inspections and where required, the additional inspections are carried out by the surveyors of the Shipping Deputy Ministry, at the expense of the registered owner or registered bareboat charterer, as the case may be.
2.3.6 Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 2.3.4, the entry inspection of a ship should be carried out within six (6) months from the date of the provisional, or the parallel-in registration, or direct permanent registration.
2.3.7 In case the parallel out registration of a ship, which is required to undergo an entry and/ or an additional inspection, is effected within three (3) months from the date of the provisional, or direct permanent registration, the entry inspection and, where required, the additional inspections, are postponed for the duration of the period the ship is allowed to be registered in parallel in a foreign registry and should be carried out no later than six (6) months from the date of expiry or termination of the period of parallel out registration.
2.3.8 In the case a ship, which is required to undergo an entry and/ or an additional inspection, is laid up or is to be laid up within three (3) months from the date of the provisional registration or the parallel- in registration or the direct permanent registration, the entry inspection and, where required, the additional inspections, are postponed for the duration of the lay-up period and should be carried out no later than six (6) months from the date on which the lay-up period ended.
2.3.9 The additional inspections, where required, should be carried out within three (3) months before or after the anniversary of the date of registration of the ship.
2.3.10 The Permanent Secretary of the Shipping Deputy Ministry may determine, in lieu of the dates specified above, alternative dates on which the entry inspection and/ or additional inspections of a ship should be carried out.
2.4 Type-related requirements
18.104.22.168 The registration in the Register of Cyprus Ships or the Special Book of Parallel Registration of the ships may be allowed provided the requirements which relate to the type of the ship described below, are complied with.
2.4.2 Passenger and cargo ships
22.214.171.124 Passenger ships and cargo ships engaged on international voyages, including short international voyages, should engage for sea training cadets who are permanent residents of the Republic of Cyprus, if requested by the Permanent Secretary of Shipping Deputy Ministry.
2.4.3 Fishing vessels
126.96.36.199 Fishing vessels aged 25 years or more are not accepted for registration in the Register of Cyprus Ships Book of Parallel Registration.
188.8.131.52 For the purpose of the Policy “fishing vessel” means those ships, which are employed in fishing operations or for the processing, storage or carriage of fish (fish is used as a collective term and includes molluscs, crustaceans and any aquatic animal which is harvested) or in any operations (including transhipment of fish) ancillary thereto, but it does not include any ship used for the transport of fish or fish products as part of a general cargo.
184.108.40.206 The Registrar will not consider applications for the registration of fishing vessels unless they are accompanied by an official communication from the Director of the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment, informing the Registrar of Cyprus ships that the registration of the fishing vessel in question is allowed.
220.127.116.11 Fishing vessels which, in accordance with Article 1(1) of the Council Directive 97/70/EC of 11 December 1997 setting up a harmonized safety regime for fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and over, as amended and as it may be amended and in force at the particular time, are outside the scope of the directive, are required, as the Permanent Secretary of the Shipping Deputy Ministry may in each case determine:
(1) to be classed with one of the recognized organizations;
(2) to comply with the codes, guidelines, recommendations and standards of the International Maritime Organization and/or of the International Labour Organization and/or of the Food and Agricultural Organization and/or of the European Union which are relevant to their type and to be surveyed and certified to that effect by one of the recognized organizations.