Frequently asked questions
How long is the Dutch Worldwide Zeebrief Registration valid?
The Dutch Worldwide Zeebrief Registration does not have an expiration date. However it has yearly obligations concerning legal representation, Dutch address, taxes and fees. For this you will receive a yearly invoice.
Are there any restrictions as to who can act as a company director?
Yes, there are a few restrictions as follows:
An undischarged bankrupt.
The company’s auditor.
A person specifically barred by the Courts.
A person who has been convicted on indictment of any indictable offence in relation to a company, or any indictable offence involving fraud or dishonesty, is automatically disqualified for five years (or for such period as the court may order) from being appointed as a director or from being concerned in any way in the promotion, management or formation of any company.
If the proposed Director already holds 25 directorships.
I am an EEA resident, can i set up a company in Ireland acting as sole director?
Yes. You can set up an Irish limited company with a single director who is a resident of EU/EEA. However, by law, you are required to appoint a Company Secretary to take care of your filings to the Companies Registration Office and the Revenue Commissioners, as well as deal with day to day business, needs as they arise.
Are there any restrictions to the selection of an Irish company name?
As a general guide, the Companies Registration Office will refuse registration of a company name if it breaches the following guidelines:-
It is offensive.
It suggests state sponsorship.
It causes phonetically and/or visually similar names.
Names containing certain words cannot be used unless written approval is received from certain bodies, examples include:-
Words such as “bank”, “banc”, “banker” and “banking” must be approved by the Central Bank of Ireland. This includes names containing these words such as “Sallybank”, even through the business does not intend operating in the banking sector.
Words such as “insurance”, “re-insurance” and “assurance” must be approved by the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority.
Words such as “society”, “co-op” and “co-operative” must be approved by the Registrar of Friendly Societies.
Words such as “University” and “Institute of Technology” must be approved by the Department of Education.
“Holding”, “group”, “system”, “services”, “international”, etc. may not be regarded as a sufficient distinction between company names.
Can i register an Irish Limited company if i am not an Irish resident?
You do not need to be a resident in Ireland. However, you must meet several other conditions including:
-You must be over 18 years and older
-You must never have been declared bankrupt
-You will require a registered office address in Ireland
Can i use the Dutch domicile to receive mail, shipments or use it as a address for my insurance company?
No, we do not support such. It is only for the matter of the boat registration!
If i have a EU ICP Light Registration, which is a ownership registration and not a flag certificate, am i allowed to fly the Dutch flag behind my boat?
Yes, there is no limitations in flying the Dutch flag behind your boat when you have the EU ICP Light Registration behind your boat.
How long is the Polish EU Flag Registration valid?
The Polish EU Flag Registration does not have a expiry date. Therefor it is valid as long as you own the boat!
How long is the UK Part 1 Registration valid?
The UK Part 1 Registration is valid for 5 years and then needs to be reconfirmed. Next t the reconfirmation it also has yearly costs for the mandatory UK address, UK Limited company costs, representation, filing of accounts, confirmation statement, taxes and fees. These will be invoiced once a year. Yacht Registration Holland takes care of all obligations so it is a worry free registration.
How many shares can a company have?
A private limited company must have a minimum of 1 shareholder and is subject to a limit of 99 shareholders.
How long is the EU ICP Light Registration valid?
The EU ICP Light Registration needs to be renewed every 2 years. Unfortunately because of new Dutch legislation it is no longer possible for NON Dutch citizens to obtain the ICP Light Registration.
I want to register the boat in a EU country. Do i now need to pay the VAT on the boat (again)?
We are a registrar and do not provide tax related advises. However, if you send us a email with your VAT related question we will send you a tax advise document which has been created by an accountant. Tax is always complicated stuff so make sure you know what you are doing in this matter!
What are the minimal safety equipment requirements to sail under the Dutch flag?
A life jacket for each person on board,
Lifebuoy with light,
Boat horn and manual depth gauge,
Bilge pump or bailer,
Sufficient number of oars,
At least 20 m of rope,
Waterproof, battery-powered torch,
Complete sail kit (for sail boats),
Is there a maximum boat length to make a successful Polish EU Flag Registration request?
Yes, in Poland there is a maximum of 24 meters to make a pleasure boat registration possible. In the case a boat is over 24 meters we advise to make use of one of the other boat registrations we offer.
Is there a maximum boat length to make a successful UK Part 1 Registration request?
No, there is no maximum boat length to make a successful request for the UK Part 1 Registration. Boats over 24 meters have to provide a ITC 69 Tonnage Certificate instead of the normal tonnage and measurement certificate. This certificates needs to be issued by a surveyor from the approved list (https://www.yachtregistration.company/find-a-uk-approved-surveyor-near-you/#uk_part_1)
Is there a maximum boat length to make a successful Dutch Worldwide Zeebrief Registration request?
No, there is no maximum boat length to make a successful request for the Dutch Worldwide Zeebrief Registration. For boats over 24 meters the boat owner has to provide himself the tonnage certificate which needs to be issued by a classification company which has an office in The Netherlands like Lloyds, Veritas, Rina, etc.
Is there a maximum boat length to make a successful EU ICP Light Registration request?
No, there is no maximum boat length to make a successful request for the EU ICP Light Registration
Can i request for a “proof of deletion” certificate after the expiry date of the EU ICP Light Registration?
No, that is not possible. If you require a proof of deletion you have to request that before the expiry date.
Can i be a director of a Irish Limited company if i hold a NON EU passport?
No, a director of a Irish company always has to hold a EU passport. But we offer a nominee director service for our NON EU clients so also our NON EU clients can open a Irish Limited company without any problem.
Can a citizen from a NON EU country register directly on his own name in Poland and without the use of a EU company?
Yes, Poland is the ONLY EU country which accepts yacht registration requests from NON EU citizens
Is a Polish inspection offer request obligation free?
Yes, when you make a Polish inspection offer this is obligation free. You are not obliged to accept the offer.
How often does a Polish yacht inspection needs to be done?
In almost all cases a Polish yacht inspection needs to be redone every 5 years. It might be possible that for very old ships or ships in a moderate / bad technical condition the inspection needs to be redone every 3 years.
Why do i need a Polish yacht inspection?
A Polish yacht inspection is ONLY mandatory for commercial charter yachts. In the case you have a normal pleasure yacht you do NOT need a Polish yacht inspection.
The inspection is needed because for a commercial yacht you need to have the Safety Certificate and the Technical certificate.
Once on board the inspector will inspect the whole ship and based on the outcome of this inspection the Safety and Technical certificates will be issued.
How long is the Polish AIS & MMSI Radio License valid?
The Polish AIS & MMSI Radio License is valid for a period of 10 years. After this period it can be renewed. In that case the provided numbers and call sign will stay the same.
Do i need to have a Polish yacht registration to obtain the Polish AIS & MMSI Radio License?
Yes, you can only obtain a Polish AIS & MMSI Radio License once your Polish yacht registration has been completed. You can upload the Polish yacht registration when making the Polish radio license request.
Do i need to have a radio operators license to obtain a Polish AIs & MMSI Radio License?
Yes, to obtain a Polish AIS & MMSI Radio License you need to have a radio operators license. You can upload it in your radio license request.
How long can i stay, with a NON EU yacht registration, in the European Union with my boat?
This questions provides 3 answers:
1. A non EU flagged boat can stay as long as it wants in the European Union. There is no limitation on it.
2. The persons on board however, when they do NOT have a EU passport, can stay max. 90 days in the European Union. For longer stays they need a residence permit or a Visa.
3. If a NON EU flagged yacht, and for which the EU VAT has not been paid in the EU, stays longer than 18 months in the EU, VAT has to be paid in the EU. This can be easily avoided for the yacht by leaving the EU for 1 days and then come back in the EU. Make sure you can proof that you have left the EU.
Please note that it is always our advise to consult a (tax) consultant who is specialized in these matters.
Can i terminate my boat registration or AIS & MMSI radio license any moment i want?
Yes, that is no problem at all. Just send us a termination request by email and based on the type of registration we will inform you the procedure. In most cases we need to receive back the original registration document to add to the termination dossier which we have to send to the nautical authorities. Once the termination has been processed you will receive a “proof of deletion” which you can use to make a new registration possible.
The documents you need to present when opening a Irish bank account are likely to include:
Two forms of ID, including a photo form such as a passport, for the individual opening the account.
A valid bank mandate form, confirming that you have the authority to open an account on behalf of the business.
Signature samples for anyone with authority to use the account.
Constitution, and Certificate of Incorporation –for limited company only.
Evidence of Partnership – if you are applying as such.
Certificate of Business Name – if applicable.
If you are a new customer, you may need to provide evidence of your banking history (recent statements) to prove you are reliable and a good risk.
Opening deposit.In some cases, you will need to bring original documents to the branch to open the account, in others, copies will be accepted.
What is the process for opening a business bank account in Ireland?
Exactly what documents you need to open a business bank account in Ireland will depend on the type of account you choose. If you are a partnership, you will need to provide documents relating to all beneficial owners or those with a 25% share (or more). If you are a limited company, you need a mandate form signed by all directors to confirm they agree to the opening of the account.
We would like to get an EU resident nominee director. Are you able to offer this solution?
Yes, we do. We have several professional Irish and EU/EEA resident vetted directors who could be integrated into any type of corporate structure you are planning to set up. You could add this service to your cart after you have purchased our non-resident package
Do dormant companies need to file accounts?
Yes, all Irish Limited companies (dormant or trading) must prepare and submit accounts to the Companies Registration Office on an annual basis, regardless of the company’s trading activities.
I live overseas, do you provide a mail forwarding service?
Yes. we will forward all your mail to your chosen correspondence address, globally. The cost will be the An Post fee plus a 15% handling fee.
What is the role of a company secretary?
A company secretary advises the company and looks after compliance and corporate governance matters. They are responsible for filing the company’s annual returns and filing taxes among other administrative functions. In a company with multiple directors, one of the directors can act as a company secretary. If the company is a single-director company, a separate Company Secretary is required by law. Irish Company offers a professional and affordable Company Secretary Service
What is a registered office address?
A registered address is the official address of an Irish limited company where all official government correspondence is being posted to. The registered office address must be a physical address in Ireland. Your company, however, does not need to carry out its business or trade activities from this address. If you do not have a suitable Irish address to use as your registered office, the Non-Residents Package includes a registered office address in Ireland.
Does the EU ICP Light Registration provides the Dutch nationality to a boat?
No. The Dutch EU ICP Light Registration is an ownership registration and not a flag registration. In the case you require a flag (Title) registration we advise you to look for our other options! The EU ICP Light Registration will be issued based on resolution 13 from the Economical Commission for Europe of the United Nations!
Is it mandatory to have an address or domicile in the country where i make a boat registration?
Yes and no. In some countries you need a local address or a local representative to make a boat registration possible in that country. We will arrange the local representation or address when needed. You don’t have to worry about anything!
Can i expect a lot of bureaucracy when making a boat registration with you?
No, in all countries from which we offer boat registrations we have fixed contact persons in the nautical authorities of that country. That means that we work highly efficient and with fixed procedures. The communication is fast and between people who know each other!
Does a boat needs to be registered to have it insured?
Yes, almost all insurers will demand that the boat has a proper boat registration. Please note, when a boat has a expired boat registration most insurers will terminate the insurance policy or, in case of any damage, will not pay the damage amount to the insured person. So it is highly important that the owner will sail with a valid boat registration on board.
If a make a boat registration request, can i decide myself what will be my homeport?
Yes and no. Every type of registration offers a pre-selected list of homeports from which you can pick one of your choice. It is not possible to select a homeport which is not in the list.
Can your boat registrations be used around the globe?
Yes. You can use all of our registrations around the globe. However, when you will sail outside the European Union we strongly advise you to make choice of a boat registration which provides a nationality (Title) to your boat. The Dutch EU ICP Light Registration does not offer a nationality to your boat and is a ownership registration.
Does the EU ICP Light Registration also include registration in the Dutch Cadastre?
No. The EU ICP Light Registration does not include registration in the Dutch Cadastre. If this is mandatory we advise you to select the Dutch Worldwide Zeebrief Registration.
How can Yacht Registration Holland prices be much more attractive in comparison with boat registration prices from other company’s?
That is because we are only specialized in boat registrations! As our volume on a yearly base is the highest in the market we are able to work highly efficient!
What are microdots?
Microdots are a unique way of identifying your yacht no matter where in the world it may end up in the event that it is stolen. They are invisible to criminals but can be detected by authorities. You can request a discount on your premium from your insurance company if you are making use of microdots.
Does the EU ICP Light Registrations have any limitations of sail area / distance from shore?
No. The EU ICP Light Registration does not have any limitations in sail area / distance from shore!
Can the registration documents help in the return of the yacht in the event that it gets stolen?
Yes. Because the yacht is officially registered the chance that the yacht will be identified by the international police authorities became a lot bigger. With the Worldwide Zeebrief Registration you also benefit from the application of microdots on the yacht (optional). This is a unique and effective way to uniquely identify your boat.
Why is it important to have my boat registered?
A boat registration is considered to be the “passport” of your yacht! Most countries in the world will require that a boat has been registered when it enters their waters. Also a boat registration is often mandatory to make use of a marina or if you want to have a boat insurance. Also when traveling internationally it is important that you can proof authorities and the coats guard who is the registered owner of a boat! It is important to choose a boat registration with a good international “reputation”. If you choose a boat registration with a poor reputation this will often result in a lot of checks and delays with the nautical authorities and border police.
Is it possible to register a home-built boat?
Yes, that is possible. But you have to provide us with the invoices of the main elements of the boat like hull, engine, mast, etc. Also we need some pictures of the construction of the boat and a tonnage certificate.
Can i register a yacht when it is not yet fully build?
Yes, that is possible. For this we need to receive a Builders Certificate with all details of manufacturer, boat owner and boat and engine details.
Does the UK Limited company have any administrative obligations?
Yes, but we will arrange all for you so there is nothing you have to think about yourself! A dormant (sleeping) UK Limited company needs to file it’s yearly accounts and file it’s confirmation statements. Also it needs a mandatory statutory address in the UK and has several fees to be paid. All fees and taxes are covered in the yearly invoice we send you to cover all costs to keep the company in good standing! There are no additional costs next to the yearly costs.
Is the UK or Irish Limited company 100% in my ownership?
Yes! You will be the sole shareholder and director of the company. In Ireland a director needs to be a EU citizen. In that case you can appoint a friend or family to be a director in your case. In the case you do not have a friend or family who can be the statutory director we can request our Irish partner company to appoint a director in your place. This is possible at additional costs. But this does not change your company’s ownership in any way!
I am not a EU citizen. Can i make a boat registration in the European Union?
Yes! (except for Poland as it accepts any passport from any country) But to realize that we first have to create for you a simple “workaround” to make that possible. First we will create for you a dormant (sleeping) Limited company for which you are the only shareholder and director. Once this is completed you can create a new bill of sale on name of your new company. Then you are ready to make any boat registration in the European Union which we offer. We have done this construction already for thousands of boat owners!
Can the EU ICP Light Registration be used for commercial boat registrations?
No, the EU ICP Light Registrations is only suitable for pleasure boat registrations.
Can we always update the radio license with new equipment or removed equipment?
Yes, we can update the radio license at any moment. Most of the time the update will be ready the same day. To request us the update we need to receive a email with the old and new radio license details. To update a radio license there are additional costs.
Can i make changes in a boat registration after you have arranged the registration documents for us?
Yes that is possible. When for example a new engine will be installed in the boat it is important that the boat registration documents will be updated. For this you can send us a email with all old and new boat details. Based upon the type of registration we might request you to send us back the original registration document which we need to make the update. There are additional costs for a update of a registration.
Do i have to keep the registration documents of my boat on board?
Yes, you always have to keep the registration documents of your boat on board. The authorities can ask you on any moment to present it to them. Not having these important documents on board can result in serious penalties or the ban on the boat from leaving the marina or country.
Do i have to mark my boat with the homeport of my registration?
Yes, it is normal that you mark your boat with the homeport of your registration. Also it is many times required by the local nautical authorities in your sailing area.
Do i need to mark my boat with the registration number?
Yes, it is normal that you mark your boat with the provided registration number. Also it is many times required by the local nautical authorities in your sailing area.
Can the Polish EU Flag Registration be used for commercial boat registration?
Yes, the Polish EU Flag Registration is very suitable for commercial registrations. We consider it the most attractive commercial boat registration in the European Union. Boats under 15 meters do not even have the need for a safety certificate.
Can the UK Part 1 Boat Registration be used for commercial boat registration?
Yes, the UK Part 1 boat registration is very suitable for commercial boat registration!
Can the Dutch Worldwide Zeebrief Registration be used for commercial boat registration?
No, the Dutch Worldwide Zeebrief Registration is only suitable for pleasure boat registrations!
How long will the “Ultra Fast Procedure” take for the UK Part 1 Registration?
The “Ultra Fast” procedure for the UK Part 1 Registration is just around 3 working days.
The normal procedure takes around 3-4 weeks to complete.
Can you also register a boat which is owned by a company?
Yes, but this needs to be a EU company. Most used type of company is the Limited company. We can arrange an Irish or UK company for you. For this you can make a request on our website https://yachtregistration.company. Of course you are free to use any other type of EU company you want. In such case you have to provide English translations of the company documents.
Why do i have to sign a “Power of Attorney” document?
We have to proof the nautical authorities that the boat owner has provided us with a power of attorney to represent him in the matter of the registration of his boat / yacht. For this we provide you with a standard “Power of Attorney” document which needs to be signed and which we have to provide to the nautical authorities.
Which kind of boats / vessels do you register?
We register any kind of pleasure and commercial pleasure yachts. Also jet ski’s. We do not registers any other type of professional vessels like cargo, professional fishing boats and passenger vessels. It is of course no problem at all to register your pleasure boat which is being used for sport fishing!
Which documents i need to make a Polish EU Flag Registration?
To make a Polish EU Flag Registration we need from you a copy of your valid passport / ID. If the boat is owned by a company we need the company documents and a copy of the valid passport of the director of the company. Also we need the original bill of sale / sales agreement or a notarized copy of it, proof of the dimensions of the boat (CE certificate, Builders certificate, Tonnage certificate, survey report or the boat manual)(one of these documents), Next we need a proof that the previous boat registration has been cancelled and a signed “Registration Authorization” which will be provided by us. As Poland accepts any passports of any country in the world we do not need to create a company first.
Which documents i need to make a UK Part 1 boat registration?
To make a UK Part 1 boat registration we need a valid dormant (sleeping) UK company which we have created for you, scanned copy of a valid passport / ID, proof of title of the last 5 years (who were the boat owners the last 5 years), tonnage & measurement certificate which is issued by a surveyor from the approved list (https://www.yachtregistration.company/find-a-uk-approved-surveyor-near-you/#uk_part_1), bill of sale on name of the UK Limited company (we will provide one to you), proof of cancellation of the yachts previous registration. If the boat is over 24 meters we need also a ITC 69 tonnage certificate instead of the normal Tonnage & Measurement certificate. Next to that we also need a signed “Registration Authorization” which will be provided by us.
Which documents i need to make a Dutch Worldwide Zeebrief Registration?
To make a Worldwide Zeebrief Registration we need a notarized passport of the yacht owner and a signed and stamped bill of sale. If a yacht is owned by EU company we also need the company documents and a notarized passport of the company’s director. Next to that you also have to sign the registration authorization which we provide to you. If the yacht is over 24 meters the yacht owner also has to provide a tonnage certificate issued by a classification bureau which has an office in The Netherlands like Lloyds, Veritas, Rina, etc. Next to that we also need a signed “Registration Authorization” which will be provided by us.