Bareboat registration of a cargo vessel into the NOR

  • Published: 17/06/2020

Please find the full details and documentation requirements for the formal registration below the index.

1. Application for Certificate of Name

Kindly send the signed application, KR-0019, to A Norwegian call sign and IMO number will be assigned upon receipt of this application.

2. Notification for registration

The form KR-0030 must be signed with binding signature by the owner or owner's process agent (representative) and sent to

3. Tonnage Certificate

A Tonnage Certificate must be issued or approved by the NMA, section for cargo vessels, prior to registration. Certificates approved or issued by one of the recognized classification societies may be accepted for cargo vessels of 500 gross tons and more in international trade. The shipowner must have a written agreement with the classification society for delegation according to the Class Agreement Annex III.

4. Confirmation of survey

A valid Trading Certificate or Safety Certificates must be on board before the vessel may sail. Such a certificate will be issued after a document control and survey of the vessel has been carried out. Kindly send a request for survey as outlined here. 
If the company has chosen voluntary delegation to a Recognized organization (RO) a “Declaration of safety” shall instead be sent to NOR by the RO, ref. IC-4-2012.

5. Confirmation from the primary register

The primary register must give its consent to the ship’s bareboat registration into the NOR for the duration of the bareboat charter period and for the ship to sail under the Norwegian flag for that period. The following must also be stated: registered owner, registered owner’s full style address, registered mortgages, and other legal rights and that the ship is not allowed to sail under the primary register’s flag during the bareboat charter period. 
Registration may take place upon receipt of a PDF copy. Final registration will be conditional upon receipt of the original confirmation, amended with an Apostille or legalized by a Norwegian Consular Station within three weeks from the ship's entry into the NOR.

6. Confirmation from the registered owner

Registered owner under the primary flag must consent to the ship being bareboat registered into the NOR and for the ship to sail under the Norwegian flag during the bareboat charter period. 
To be signed with binding signature by the registered owner, notarized with regards to issuer’s identity and authority to sign and, thereafter, amended with an Apostille or legalized by a Norwegian Consular station. 
Registration may take place upon receipt of a PDF copy. Final registration will be conditional upon receipt of the original confirmation within three weeks from the ship's entry into the NOR.

7. Consent from all mortgagees/holder of legal rights

Each mortgagee/holder of legal right must give their consent to bareboat registration of the ship into the NIS.  The declaration(s) must be forwarded in original.

8. Bareboat charter party

The bareboat charter party must state name and full style address of the registered owner and charterer as well as the validity of the charter party. A copy must be sent to prior to registration.

9. The charterer’s nationality

Ref. the Norwegian Maritime Code Section 1. To ensure fulfilment, a declaration must be submitted. Please choose the correct form, KR-0001 - KR-00007. To be signed with binding signature and sent to

Additional documentation requirements for charterers who satisfy the requirements set out in the Maritime Code Section 1 third paragraph (EEA), not resident in Norway:

For companies: management agreement confirming that the vessel is part of the charterer’s economic activities established in Norway and that the vessel is operated from Norway. BIMCO’s standard agreement may be used. Please send a certified “true copy” to 

If the owner does not satisfy the requirements set out in the Maritime Code: application for dispensation may be directed to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Maritime Department. 

10. Company documentation, if the charterer is a foreign registered company

For Norwegian registered companies, the NOR relies on registered information in the company register in Brønnøysund. Foreign charterers must prepare equivalent documentation prior to registration. Read more about the requirements here. To be forwarded in original.

11. Appointment of ISM-liable company

The form, KR-0014 is to be signed by both parties and forwarded to the Department of Ship Registration with all signatures in original.

12. FORM 2

Amendment to the Closed CSR from the primary register, KR-IMO-02-BB
Kindly note that each CSR document is to be accompanied by a FORM 3, KR-IMO-03: Index of amendments to that specific document. Send to

13. Registration fees per 1 July 2020

NOK 3 600, - for the formal registration of the ship. An invoice will be sent out after registration has taken place. To ensure correct invoicing we kindly ask the recipient to fill in the payment information form, KR-0070. Send a signed copy to

In addition, there will be charged initial- and annual fees according to the ship's NET, annual fee to maintain the registration as well as fees for dispensation applications and certain certificates ref. the NMA's Tariff of Fees / Fees Regulations.
Imported ships which have previously been registered in NOR or NIS are exempt from the initial fee.
Ships are exempt from the annual fee the year the ship is registered in the NIS register. 

See the Tariff of Fees S. 6 for special certificates and permits not covered by initial- and annual fees. 

Initial and annual fees may be calculated by the use of this form. 

14. Is the ship situated abroad at the time of delivery?

The nearest, Norwegian Consular Station will be contacted for assistance with issuance of a Provisional Certificate of Nationality/Registry upon registration. An original certificate will then be on board prior to departure. Provide us with the necessary information to proceed on KR-0011. Send to

15. Please note

All documents, notarial statements etc. must be issued in one of the Scandinavian languages, English or translated by a licensed translator.

All documents related to the registration process must be sent directly to the Department of Ship Registration
The Norwegian Maritime Authority, Department of Ship Registration
Visiting address: Nygårdsgaten 114, NO-5008 Bergen
Mailing address: P.O.Box 73 Nygårdstangen, NO-5838 Bergen

Contact us and we will guide you through the registration process
Phone (+47) 55 54 12 50, e-mail: 

16. Remember to apply for ship certificates 

Safe manning:  the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) determines so-called safe manning levels upon applications from shipowners. Read more about the manning requirements and the application process here. 
Certificates and documents for vessels. The vessel’s type, tonnage and cargo determines which certificates that are relevant. Read more about the different certificates and the application process here. 
Kindly send applications to

17. Qualification Requirements

Maritime personnel must possess either Norwegian certificates of competency or a Norwegian endorsement on their national certificates. See our guidance on endorsements. 
Any questions regarding personnel certificates may be directed to Section for seafarers on phone no.(+47) 52 74 50 00.

18. Please also remember to apply for a radio license

Maritime radio licenses are issued by Telenor Kystradio. Follow this link to Telenor Kystradio for license application for commercial vessels.

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