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Our team has expertise in advising on matters regarding the ship & yacht registrations under the Montenegrin flag. Our services include but are not limited to new vessel registration, change of ownership registration, changes of vessel name, mortgage registration, mortgage release registration, renewals, obtaining of Transcript of Registry.

Procedure for registering a ship with the Montenegrin Register of Merchant Ships

Comprehensive set of rules governing procedure for registration of ships in the respective registers are contained in Articles 202-222 of Marine and Inland Navigation Act, 1998 (hereinafter: MINA,1998). Sea-going ship is defined as a vessel intended for sea-going navigation, exceeding 12 meters in length and with GT greater than 15, or authorized to carry more than 12 passengers.

The following ships may be registered with the Montenegrin Register of ships:

  • a ship wholly or partially owned by a foreign national or a Montenegrin citizen domiciled abroad;

  • a ship which wholly or partially owned by a foreign national or a Montenegrin citizen domiciled abroad, and the operator of such a ship is a Montenegrin enterprise or another legal entity with the registered seat in Montenegro or a Montenegrin citizen domiciled in Montenegro, provided that her owner has agreed to the request of the Montenegrin operator to enter such ship in a register of ships, and both the owners and her operator shall entered in the Register and the Certificate of Registry;

  • a ship wholly or partially owned by foreign nationals provided that Montenegro has control over the the ship and if such registration is allowed by the Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs of Montenegro.

Further and in accordance with Article 210, a ship which is entirely owned by a natural or legal person who is a Montenegrin citizen with residence or registered seat in Montenegro must be registered with the Montenegrin Register (mandatory registration).

It is worth noting that there are no specific requirements related to the age of the vessel qualifying for registration in Montenegrin Register of Ships.

The procedure for registration is to be initiated by the Owners of the vessel or by her operators, as the case may be. The application for registration must be filed with Commercial Court of Montenegro through Harbour Master’s Office. The procedure for registration is usually completed within five or seven working days.

Procedure for registering a yacht with the Montenegrin Register of Yachts

The Law on Yachts of Montenegro regulates nationality, identification and inscription of yachts in the Register of Yachts as well as entering, staying and leaving of yachts into Montenegrin territorial waters, and rights and responsibilities when chartering the yachts.

Yacht, defined as vessels intended for sport and leisure, use for private purposes or business activity, of more than 7 meters in length, intended for longer stays at sea may be registered with Montenegrin Register of Yachts kept by Maritime Safety Department of Montenegro - Register of Yachts Division.

The following yachts qualify for the registration with the Montenegrin Register of Yachts:

  • a yacht wholly or partially owned by a Montenegrin citizen or a legal entity with its headquarters in Montenegro;

  • a yacht owned by a foreign citizen or a foreign legal entity;

  • a bareboat chartered yacht may be also registered with the Montenegrin Register of Yachts in favour of her lessee (charterer) and subject to written content of her owner.

Provided that a yacht is wholly owned by a Montenegrin citizen or a legal entity with its headquarters in Montenegro she must be registered with the Montenegrin Register of Yachts (mandatory registration);