SMALL VESSEL REGISTER

In Canada, any small non-pleasure vessel powered by an engine of 10 horsepower (7.5 kW) or more, or commercial river raft must be registered with Transport Canada’s Small Vessel Register (Commercial) or the Canadian Register of Vessels.

CANADIAN REGISTER OF VESSELS

This register applies to vessels of all types and sizes including pleasure and commercial. This type of registration is required for vessels that: 1. Are more than 15 gross tonnes used for commercial purposes 2. Require marine mortgages 3. Travel outside of Canada for extended periods of time

PLEASURE CRAFT LICENCE

Pleasure craft licences are required for vessels used only for recreational purposes, do not carry passengers and are powered by an engine of 10 horsepower (7.5W) or more unless they are registered in the Canadian Register of Vessels.

First Time Registration is for vessels that have never been registered in the Canadian Register of Vessels. If you have recently purchased a vessel that has already been registered, please proceed to the Transfer of Ownership Form to complete your Registry Application

Vessel Transcripts provide complete vessel lien information, along with all active and satisfied vessel mortgages and a complete chain of ownership for a vessel established in a Registered vessel’s history

Utilize this form if you are transferring ownership or shares of ownership of a vessel in the Canadian Register of Vessels. This includes transfers of ownership due to death or bankruptcy of an owner or joint owner.

Utilize this form if your Certificate of Registry has been mislaid, mutilated or wrongfully withheld. A valid Certificate of Registry must be on board the vessel at all times

Utilize this form to apply for a different name or Port of Registry than what is currently on the Canadian Register of Vessels. NOTE: When a vessel is either suspended or closed the name is not available until the Registry is officially closed.

 This form should be submitted if the vessel is in a foreign port and a person intends to register it in the Canadian Register of Vessels; or if the vessel is in a port in Canada and the Chief Registrar is satisfied that permission to operate the vessel should be granted before a Certificate of Registry can be issued.

Use this form to report changes or alterations to a Registered vessel. This includes changes in vessel dimensions, tonnage, fuel type and number of engines, type of propulsion (self-propelled, sail, auxiliary, etc.), hull construction materials, intended use of vessel (pleasure, non-pleasure)

Only vessels registered in the Canadian Register of Vessels may have mortgages. To learn if a registered vessel has a mortgage, please first check the Vessel Registration Query System (VRQS) under the field “Number of Encumbrances”.

Use this form to close the Registry of a vessel from the Canadian Register of Vessels. Examples of reasons to close a vessel’s registry include, but are not limited to: Vessel sold to foreign citizen, change in type of vessel (e.g. non-pleasure to pleasure), vessel is lost, wrecked or removed from service.

Bare-boat Charter” means a vessel charter agreement under which the charterer has complete possession and control of the vessel, including the right to appoint its master and crew. Use this form to register the Bareboat Charter Vessel.

If you require historical data on a registered or closed vessel, we can provide you with the information from the Ship Registration Computer System Database from 1984 to present. If the vessel was registered prior to 1984 (which is the year the automated system was implemented), we can provide you with the information on microfilm from 1904 to 1984

Use this form to notify Transport Canada about a change of address.

NOTE: If you do not contact us about a change of address, and your certificate of registry is returned by the postal authorities, your registration may be suspended or cancelled.

First Time Registration is for vessels that have never been registered in the Small Vessel Register. If you have recently purchased a vessel that has already been registered, please proceed to the Transfer of Ownership Form to complete your Registry Application

Use this form if you are transferring ownership or shares of ownership of a vessel in the Small Vessel Register. This includes transfers of ownership due to death or bankruptcy of an owner or joint owner.

Utilize this form if your Certificate of Registry has been lost, mislaid, mutilated or wrongfully withheld. A valid Certificate of Registry must be on board the vessel at all times

Use this form to close the Registry of a vessel from the Small Vessel Register. Examples of reasons to close a vessel’s registry include, but are not limited to: Vessel sold to foreign citizen, change in type of vessel (e.g. non-pleasure to pleasure), vessel is lost, wrecked or removed from service.

Use this form to notify Transport Canada about a change of address.

NOTE: If you do not contact us about a change of address, and your certificate of registry is returned by the postal authorities, your registration may be suspended or cancelled.

Certificate of Registry (Small Vessel Register) is valid for five (5) years from the issue date. The Vessel Registration Office will notify the owner in writing 90 days prior to the expiry of the Certificate of Registry (Small Vessel Register).

In Canada, commercial river rafts must be registered with Transport Canada’s Small Vessel Register (Commercial) or the Canadian Register of Vessels. Proceed to this form to register a commercial river raft that has not been previously registered

A Certificate of Registry for a commercial river raft registered in the Small Vessel Register is valid for five (5) years from the issue date. Proceed to this form to submit your application for renewal of registration.

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