Qualified Owners

Who is eligible to register a vessel in the Isle of Man?

We can accept individuals, bodies corporate and limited partnerships as owners of Manx ships, subject to the following criteria:

Requirements for Individuals

We accept individuals who are:

  • British Citizens
  • British Overseas Territory Citizens
  • British Subjects
  • British Nationals (Overseas)
  • A citizen of any of the countries listed in Schedule 1

Requirements for Body Corporate

Bodies Corporate incorporated in any of the following countries and having their principal place of business in any of the following countries:

  • The Isle of Man
  • The United Kingdom
  • The Channel Islands
  • Any of the countries listed in Schedule 1

Requirements for Limited Partnerships

To be eligible to own a Manx ship, a Limited partnership must satisfy ALL of the following criteria:

1) have their principal place of business in:

  • The Isle of Man
  • The United Kingdom
  • The Channel Islands, or
  • Any of the countries listed in Schedule 1, AND

2) be registered in any of the countries listed in Table 1; AND

3) have a general partner which is:

  • i) an individual resident in any of the countries listed in Table 1; OR
  • ii) a body corporate incorporated and which has its principal place of business in any of the countries listed¬†Table 1

SCHEDULE 1

EU EEA British Overseas Territories Other Countries
Austria Iceland Anguilla Australia
Belgium Liechtenstein Bermuda Bahamas
Bulgaria Norway British Antarctic Territory Canada
Croatia British Indian Ocean Territory China
Cyprus British Virgin Islands Hong Kong
Czech Republic Caymans Islands Indian
Denmark Falkland Islands Japan
Estonia Gibraltar Liberia
Finland Montserrat Marshall Islands
France Pitcairn Islands Monaco
Germany St Helena, Ascension and Tristan Da Cunha New Zealand
Greece South Georgia Pakistan
Hungary South Sandwich Islands Panama
Ireland Sovereign base areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia Russia
Italy Turks and Caicos Islands Singapore
Latvia South Africa
Lithuania South Korea
Luxembourg Switzerland
Malta United Arab Emirates
Poland United States of America
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
The Netherlands