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Belize Yacht Registration

Belize is a small country located on the east coast of Central America. Its boundaries are shared by Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.

If you're thinking of registering a ship in Belize, you should know that the majority of open registers don't have any restrictions on the nationality or qualifications of the owners, meaning that any citizen commercial or natural person may own a ship with the national flag of Belize.

There are various reasons why Belize is a popular place to register a boat:

Because it is located in Central America and is reachable from both North and South America, it is ideally suited for the registration of vessels intended for use in the area.

Belize's boat registration laws are favourable and offer affordable registration costs.

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Part 1 Key Advantages of flagging with Belize  
 

  1. Processing can be done online 
     

  2. The procedures to verify compliance are efficient, fast, and thorough.
     

  3. Paperwork and bureaucracy are reduced to the minimum necessary to satisfy international requirements.
     

  4. Survey not required for vessel under 24m in private use only, the inspection can be replaced by a self-assessment via form SA-04-SYSC, or by a CE certificate not older than one year from the date of registration.
     

  5. San Marino allows vessels in private use to be temporarily engaged in trade for a period up to 90 days.
     

  6. San Marino allows for commercial registration to be temporarily suspended in order to switch to private use, with a simple online procedure.
     

  7. San Marino allows for commercial registration without differentiating between charter with and without crew.


Part 2 Required Documents:

  1. Application for registration form
     

  2. Application for Ship Radio Station Licence
     

  3. Appointment of San Marino Resident Agent form
     

  4. Builder’s certificate or bill of sale, as applicable
     

  5. Power of Attorney, where applicable
     

  6. Deletion certificate/closed transcript from the previous flag
     

  7. Copies of insurance policies 
     

  8. Charter Agreement (demise charter), , where applicable
     

  9. Certificate of Class, where applicable
     

  10. Previous Continuous Synopsis Records, where applicable
     

  11. Appointment of an authorised surveyor or RO for the issuance of statutory certificates, where applicable
     

  12. Previous International Tonnage Certificate, where available
     

  13. Copy of suspension or letter of approval by the underlying flag (demise charter), where applicable
     

  14. Any mortgage deeds against the vessel, where applicable

Part 3 Pricing:

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