Changing a ship’s name or port of registry

Read how to change the name of your ship and/or the ship’s port of registry.

You need to do these things:

  1. Complete the Application for Change of Name or Port of Registry (Form SR6)
  2. Pay the registration fee – NZ$402 for a change of ship’s name, NZ$402 for a change of port of registry or NZ$603 if the ship’s name and port of registry are being changed at the same time.
  3. Send your completed application form, telling us the option you used to pay the fee, to Maritime New Zealand by email, courier or post
  4. Send the ship’s certificate of registry to Maritime New Zealand by courier.

When we receive the application and fee, we will tell you if the new name and/or port of registry are approved. You can then mark the new name and/or port of registry on the ship.

If your ship is a pleasure vessel, we will send you a carving and marking note to sign to confirm the ship is marked with the new details.

For commercial ships, a recognised surveyor must view the marking on the ship and sign the carving and marking note.

See recognised surveyors list

When the change of ship’s name and/or port of registry have been registered we will send you a new certificate of registry by courier.

You can send your application via email, courier or post:

Email
ship.registration@maritimenz.govt.nz

Courier
Registrar of Ships
Operator Certification
Maritime New Zealand
1 Grey Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Post
Registrar of Ships
Operator Certification
Maritime New Zealand
PO Box 25602
Wellington 6146
New Zealand

Related information:

Ship registration fees and charges

Find our ship registration fees, how they are applied and how you can pay them.
View fees and more
 

For more information

Contact us

If you have any questions about ship registration, contact us.

Phone:
+64 4 473 0111

Email:
ship.registration@maritimenz.govt.nz

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