Tuvalu Ship Registry


International Ship´s Register is the nominated

Ship Registration Agent in Spain






                   There are a range of advantages and benefits that owners of Tuvalu flagged vessels enjoy.


                   These include the following:


                   ● Special discounted fees for:


                            Vessels below the age of 5 years

                            Two or more vessels registered at the same time provided that they are below 12 years of age

                            For passenger vessels exceeding 10,000 gross tonnes

                      For ships that meet the standards of the Tuvalu Merchant Shipping Act, and that comply vigorously

                      to international rules and regulations concerning maritime safety and pollution prevention.


                  ● Additional discounts on top of the "Special discounted fees" are available when an owner registers 10 or more vessels at

                      the same time provided they are below 12 years of age.


                  ● Discounts may still be considered for cases of multiple registrations where some or all of the vessels are above 15 years  
                     of age.


                  ● Fast and convenient 24-hour efficient service, 365 days a year to facilitate owners to sail their vessels within the shortest

                     possible time.


                  ● Efficient telecommunications, financial and legal services readily available to owners to assist them whenever and
                     wherever necessary.


                  ● There is no restriction on the nationality of ownership.


                  ● There is no restriction on the nationality of officers or crew. Crew certification from IMO "White Listed" countries are


                  ● Tax exempt for Tuvalu ships on the income of the shipping entity in respect of capital gains or profits derived from its
                      ownership  or operation, or on any dividends.


                  ● Tuvalu has a reputable maritime training school, and is a country in the IMO "White List", providing well trained and
                      hardworking  seamen to shipowners if required.





                      PERMANENT REGISTRATION

                     Original Documents for submission:

                                Application Form R1-2

                          Bill of Sale (BOS) if change of ownership has occurred or Builder's Certificate (for new buildings) - will be returned to

                          the owner after sighting by the Registrar.


                    Original Certificates for submission:

                          Deletion Certificate from the previous registry for existing vessels

                          If the submission of the original documents are in order, the vessel will be issued:

                                Permanent Certificate of Registry

                                Permanent Minimum Safe Manning Certificate (as required)

                          Permanent Ship Station Licence (as required)

                          No additional fees are charged for the transfer from Provisional to Permanent status except for adjustment in the fees

                          if there is a difference in the final tonnage figures.


                  Tuvalu is a party to the following IMO Conventions:


                         •International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, as amended

                         •Protocol of 1978 relating to SOLAS 1974

                         •Protocol of 1988 relating to SOLAS 1974

                         •International Convention on Load Lines, 1966, as amended

                         •Protocol of 1988 relating to LOAD LINES 1966

                         •International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969

                         •Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREG), 1972

                         •International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978,
                           as amended

                         •International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), 1973

                         •Protocol of 1978 relating to MARPOL 1973

                         •Protocol of 1997 relating to MARPOL 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 RelatingThereto

                         •International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC), 1969

                         •Protocol of 1976 relating to CLC 1969

                         •Protocol of 1992 relating to CLC 1969

                         •International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage

                           (FUND), 1971.

                        •Protocol of 1992 relating to FUND 1971

                        •Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (LLMC), 1976

                        •Protocol of 1996 relating to LLMC 1976

                        •Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation

                                (SUA), 1988

                        •International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001

                        •International Convention on the Control of harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on ships, 2001

                        •International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship's Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004.


                  Classification Societies

                        The following classification societies have been appointed to carry out statutory surveys and issue international

                        convention certificates on behalf of the Tuvalu Ship Registry.

                         1. American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)

                         2. Bureau Veritas (BV)

                         3. Det Norske Veritas (DNV)

                         4. Germanischer Lloyd (GL)

                         5. International Ship Classification (ISClass)

                         6. Korean Register of Shipping (KRS)

                         7. Lloyd's Register (LR)

                         8. Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NK)

                         9. Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS)


                     Proven Track Records

                          These societies have proven track records in terms of classifying ships whose Port State detention rates are very low,

                         and therefore, they have the full confidence of the Tuvalu Ship Registry. Their activities include performing audits

                         and issuing certification under the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. ISM work has been delegated
                         to these societies in order to fall in line with other statutory requirements.



                      Flag StateInspections:
                            Flag State inspections are conducted by maritime surveyors who have been approved by any of the above
                            authorized  classification societies. The aim is to review the general condition of the ship, its operations and 
                           documentation. The Tuvalu Ship Registry carefully monitors Port State Control detentions and follows up on
                           each one of them.
                            If the detention is considered unfair, the registry is willing to discuss the matter with the appropriate Port State.
                            If the vessel  is deficient, then recommendations will be given to ensure that necessary actions are taken to avoid
                            further detentions.

                           Detentions not only result in loss of earnings to the shipowners, but are detrimental to the reputation of the registry.



                                                                                               To contact us:


                                                                       INTERNATIONAL SHIP´S REGISTER,S.L.

                                                                      Avda. Profesor Peraza Ayala, 11-1ş-3

                                                                      Edificio LAS CUMBRES, "B"

                                                                      38001-Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands) - SPAIN

                                                                      Phone: +34 922 270616 / +34 609 930983 (24 hrs.)

                                                                      Fax: +34 922 270616