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Within our Registry a Yacht means a vessel that is intended for pleasure or sport, does not operate on a pre-determined route carrying fare paying passengers and does not carry cargo.

A Pleasure Yacht (PL Y) is a yacht that is not engaged in trade, the trade being the carriage of fare paying passengers, and therefore solely used by the owner for pleasure. As soon as the yacht is used by the owner to carry fare paying passengers the yacht becomes a Commercial Yacht (CM Y) and then is subject to greater regulation. And with all yachts as they increase in size the regulation increases (as per international convention) with the lower limit to be fully compliant with mandatory shipping regulation being 500GT.

  • The Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGs)
  • International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (MARPOL Annex I)
  • Certificate of Registry, and
  • Radio Licence

are mandatory for all vessels.

The COLREGs are sometimes known as the Rules Of The Road and provide an international legal structure for navigating vessels.


  • Anti-Fouling Certificate (AFC)
  • Ballast Water Management (BWM)
  • Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS)
  • International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 (Bunker certificate)
  • International Tonnage Convention 1969 (ITC69)
  • Load Line Convention 1966 (LLC66)
  • Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT)
  • MARPOL Annex I – International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPP)
  • MARPOL Annex IV – International Sewage Pollution Prevention (ISPP)
  • MARPOL Annex V – International Garbage Pollution prevention (IGPP)
  • MARPOL Annex VI – International Air Pollution Prevention (IAPP)
  • Recognised Organisation (RO)
  • SOLAS – Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate (CSSCC)
  • SOLAS – Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate (CSSRC)
  • SOLAS – Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS)
  • SOLAS – International Safety Management Document of Compliance (ISM DoC)
  • SOLAS – Long Range Identification and Tracking (L-RIT)
  • STCW – Minimum Safe Manning Certificate (MSMC)
  • Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate (CSSEC)

St Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry (SKANReg)

  • Commercial Yacht (CM Y)
  • Less than (<)
  • More than (>)
  • National Tonnage Certificate (NTC)
  • Pleasure Vessel Safety Certificate (PVSC)
  • Pleasure Yacht (PL Y)

For registration of a PL Y less than 24 m’s we require a yacht to be surveyed to ensure its safety compliance, has a correct tonnage and it satisfies our Pleasure Vessel Regulations. Once a yacht satisfies our regulations and survey requirements we issue:

  • PVSC
  • NTC
  • Pleasure Yacht Greater Than 24 M’s

PL Y more than 24 m’s must also satisfy our Pleasure Vessel Regulations with issue of a:

  • PVSC
  • ITC69

Depending upon the size of the yacht:

  • LLC66


  • IOPP
  • ISPP
  • IGPP
  • IAPP
  • Bunker Certificate

IF > 500 GT

  • MSMC
  • LRIT
  • IOPP
  • ISPP
  • IGPP
  • IAPP
  • Bunker Certificate


A Commercial Yacht (CM Y) must satisfy our Merchant Shipping (Small Commercial Vessels) Regulations. The yacht must be measured by a authorised surveyor for the issue of a

  • SKANReg Certificate Of Inspection – Small Commercial Vessel Regulations
  • Extra operational requirements may be necessary as decided by the Registry


All CM Y’s must satisfy the St Kitts & Nevis Merchant Shipping Act. Additionally we require a MINI ISM certificate to be issued however the type and requirement is dependent upon the type and size of operation of the CM Y.

  • ISM DoC – Mini

If > 400 GT (including any yacht carrying > 15 people)

  • IOPP
  • ISPP
  • IGPP
  • IAPP
  • ITC69
  • Bunker Certificate

Commercial Yachts more than 500 GT

  • MSMC
  • LRIT
  • IOPP
  • ISPP
  • IGPP
  • IAPP
  • ISM DoC
  • AFC
  • BWM – if ballasted
  • Bunker certificate
  • ITC69

It is not a requirement for yachts to be Classed by a Recognised Organisation (RO) at any time while registered with St Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry however it is advisable.

All yachts more than 24 m’s are required to be inspected and classified by one of our Surveyors or RO’s with applicable valid Statutory Certificates carried on board at all times. Our Surveyors or RO’s are authorised to carry out inspections in all facts of yacht operation including the build, refit and within its lifetime cycle. Please see the list of RO’s.

  • American Bureau of Shipping – ABS
  • Bureau Veritas – BV
  • Capital Register of Shipping - CRS
  • China Classification Society - CCS
  • DNV
  • Indian Register of Shipping – IR Class
  • International Naval Surveys Bureau (INSB Class)
  • International Register of Shipping – IRS
  • Isthmus Bureau of Shipping - IBS
  • Korean Register of Shipping – KRS
  • Lloyds Register of Shipping – LR
  • Nippon Kanji Koki – Class NK
  • Phoenix Register of Shipping - PHRS
  • Polski Rejestr Statkow – PRS
  • Qualitas Register of Shipping - QRS
  • Registro Italiano Navale – RINA
  • Russian Maritime Register of Shipping – RS
  • Turk Loydu - TL

Yachts must meet the minimum international safety, environmental and construction conventions as specified under the St Kitts & Nevis Merchant Shipping Act, which satisfies international maritime convention. Failure to maintain Class or valid statutory certificates may result in penalties or detention within a port by Port State Control and or penalties imposed under the St Kitts & Nevis Merchant shipping Act. Each yacht and its operation is different leading to specific technical requirements. This leads the RO’s to develop individual standards for each type of yacht. Please contact the relevant RO or the Registry for further details.

All yachts must carry at least a VHF radio with preference given to VHF DSC. For a more detailed analysis of radio requirements please refer to SOLAS Chapter IV Radiocommunications. Extra operational requirements may be necessary as decided by the Registry.