The East Africa Ship Register [EASR] is a neutral, global international registry that operates to the very highest standards of customer care and compliance with maritime regulations.
We appreciate that clients require prompt attention to all matters relating to their ships as they pertain to the register. Therefore we deploy a process of Continuous Service Improvement both to stay abreast of regulatory changes and deliver a first class service to our clients.
Registration with EASR provides specific benefits to owners and stakeholders, such as:
- Commercial activity under a neutral flag, unencumbered by political sanctions or restrictions
- Operation under a stable jurisdiction where mortgage priorities are clear and established
- 24/7 availability of support and services
Services provided by the EASR include:
- Ships on the register of the EASR flag
- Ships on the demise EASR register where the primary registration is with another flag and where demise has been officially sanctioned by that flag
- Ships which have been registered with the EASR flag and have requested demise to another register/flag by mutual agreement between all parties.
Demise Charter Registration may prove commercially useful to owners in certain situations. It is permissible between sovereign states whose legislation permits it (Compatible Registries).
The EASR has implemented a registration process that is designed to be simple and smooth. It involves less than usual paperwork coupled with quicker processing. The relevant forms are available for download.
The registration process proceeds as follows:
- Owner selects a unique name for the ship. This is submitted to EASR for approval in the case of new builds or renaming.
- Owner completes the relevant application form and submits it to the register.
- Owner also submits documentation confirming legal ownership and also details of the ship manager, if applicable.
- EASR prepares and issues the carving and marking note. It shows particulars such as the ship's name, registered tonnage, official number etc. These details are to be carved /marked on the vessel and instructions on how to implement this accompany the note.
- Owner applies to telecommunication documents (required for Radio Station, Radio Licence, Call Sign, MMSI Number and other Ships Radio and Telecommunication Licenses / Certificates Including INMARSAT. These are regulated and issued by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Uganda.
- The EASR surveyor will first contact the owner or representative to explain procedures and schedule the survey.
- The survey is carried out, which includes ensuring that the name and numbers on the ship match the application, and validates the bill of sale or the builder’s certificate.
- The surveyor confirms the details back to EASR administration, whereupon the ship is duly registered and the certificate of registry is passed to the owner, along with any other relevant certification documentation.
A transcript is a statement of current registered particulars of a ship, such as registered owners and applicable mortgages in force. A transcript may be requested from EASR at any time by the owner or official representatives. If a ship leaves the register, EASR will prepare a closed transcript that will show closure of registry entries in the EASR register.
Demise registration enables ship owners to enjoy benefits of operating under a selected flag while retaining still retaining principal registration under a different jurisdiction, which may provide benefits of stability regarding mortgages and ownership legislation. Not all states operate a demise register and the EASR will deal with this on your behalf.
Therefore, a ship registered with the EASR may choose to fly the flag of another state and opt to be “demised out” to that flag.
Likewise, a ship that is registered with another state may select to operate under the flag of the EASR to enjoy operational or commercial advantages. In that case the ship is “demised in” to the EASR register. The EASR will issue a Certificate of Demise Registry confirming the demise charter being the owner, while re-stating the state and register of principal registration.
Upon expiry or termination of a demise charter, the registrar of the “demised in” state will supply confirmation of deletion of the registration.
EASR administrative staff will be happy to discuss demise requirements and options, as well as guiding owners as regards documentation and processing.