Canadian Register of Vessels

Register a commercial vessel or a pleasure craft, transfer ownership, report a change, add or discharge a mortgage.

Services and information


Vessel registration, requirements, reserve a vessel name.

Managing ownership

New owner, add an owner, transfer on death or bankruptcy.


Reporting a change

Change owner or mortgagee details, change vessel name or port of registry, vessel alterations.

Managing registration

Renew vessel registration, replace a certificate, close a vessel’s registry.


Managing marine mortgages

Register, transfer or discharge a marine mortgage, builder’s mortgage, death of mortgagee.

Recording a vessel under construction

Vessels under construction in Canada by a Canadian builder.


Bareboat vessels

Bareboat charters in and out of Canada, list a vessel in the Canadian Register of Vessels.


We want to hear from you! Transport Canada proposes to introduce a regulatory charge that would be paid by vessel owners. This charge would finance a vessel remediation fund that would help the government to deal with abandoned, wrecked or hazardous vessels.

You can read the charge proposal and submit feedback online until January 14, 2022.