Owners of a Bermuda flagged ship or yacht who are not resident in Bermuda, or do not otherwise have their principal place of business in the jurisdiction, are required to appoint a local Principal Representative in Bermuda in connection with the vessel. Conyers is able to provide Principal Representative services in connection with any Bermuda ship or yacht owned by a non-resident owner.

Requirement for Principal Representative

In order for a ship or yacht to be registered in Bermuda, it must be at least majority-owned by a person qualified to do so under the Merchant Shipping Act 2002, as amended by the Merchant Shipping Amendment Act 2004 (the "Shipping Act").

In Bermuda, international ship owners are eligible to register vessels owned by companies incorporated in the UK, any British territory and most European countries, as well as the following jurisdictions:

  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Canada
  • China PR
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Japan
  • Liberia
  • Marshall Islands
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Panama
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America

Where a Bermuda registered ship is owned by a majority interest that is not resident in Bermuda, the Shipping Act requires a 'representative person' (generally known as a Principal Representative) to be appointed before applying for registration. The appointment of a Principal Representative must be maintained for as long as the ship is registered on the Bermuda Register.

Who can be a Principal Representative?

A principal representative is required to be a resident of Bermuda, or a company incorporated in Bermuda with its principal place of business on the island.

Provision of Principal Representative Services

Conyers Corporate Services is able to act as Principal Representative in respect of Bermuda Registered vessels. For the purposes of the Shipping Act, an owner can appoint Conyers Corporate Services to act as Principal Representative on their behalf in respect of the vessel. November

About Conyers Corporate Services

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Originally Published by Conyers, November 2020

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