Registering a caveat
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How to register a caveat
A caveat can be registered by any person claiming an interest in a ship (or in a share in a ship) under any unregistered instrument, or by operation of law.
A person registering a caveat needs to have a reasonable cause to do so under the Ship Registration Act 1992.
Registration of a caveat forbids the entry in the register of any further transactions (except a transmission of the ship by operation of law) until after notice of the caveat is given to the caveator (the person who registered the caveat).
A person wanting to register a caveat needs to send Maritime New Zealand’s Registrar of Ships the following:
- a caveat form (form SR21) – two originals
- a fee of NZ$980
Withdrawing a caveat
A person wanting to withdraw a caveat needs to send Maritime New Zealand’s Registrar of Ships a Withdrawal of Caveat form (form SR22). There is no fee to withdraw a caveat.
A withdrawal of caveat is not required if documents lodged for registration vest in the caveator the interest claimed in the caveat.