This information is provided in order to assist in making the registration
of vessels under the german flag as easy as possible.
The BSH explains the steps to be taken, including pointing out special regulations with
the possibilities of obtaining financial aid in bringing vessels under the German
flag. Detailed information is also provided on the registration
and re-registration of vessels under the German flag.
Requirements for ballast water management systems for ships flying the German flag
The BSH offers
the following fields of activity:
- Tonnage certificates for flagging in
A new (German) tonnage
certificate for vessels is required not later than three months after registration
or re-registration under the German flag.
- Certificate for mariners for flagging in
To qualify for
work on board German flagged vessels, marine radio operators with foreign
certificates must obtain endorsements of recognition.
- ISPS documents for flagging in
Since 1 July 2004, it has
been mandatory for vessels to have ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility
Security code) documentation on board. The ISPS documents of vessels to
be re-flagged are checked by the BSH.
- Navigation and radiocommunication equipment for flagging in
valid certificates of the vessel’s former flag state confirming compliance
with SOLAS can be presented, the BSH assumes that operation of the vessel
is safe. Depending on the individual case, different measures have to be
taken by the owner/operator of the ship.
If you intend to register/re-register a vessel, you are required to contact
the BSH on the above subjects and may have to submit an application.
Vessels flying the German flag may apply for financial aid. The BSH
is your competent contact in all questions concerning:
- the International Shipping Register
Merchant vessels flying the
German flag may be entered in the ISR under certain conditions.
- Subsidies to maritime transport
Under certain conditions, vessels flying the German flag may receive financial
aid to reduce non-wage labour costs as well as subsidies to promote the creation
of training places.
The German Dienststelle Schiffssicherheit (BG Verkehr)
answers questions concerning the following subjects in connection with the flagging/re-flagging
- General questions
- Ship safety
- Medical fitness of mariners
- Social insurance
- Working hours
- Recognition of certificates /
training course „German maritime law“
- Signing on abroad
- Aid to German flagged vessels
- Subsidy to German flagged vessels