Once a vessel has been registered in the Canadian Register of Vessels, it always keeps its official number. This is the case even after its registry is closed. Be sure to enter the official number in the documents you submit.
For example, a vessel registered in the Canadian Register of Vessels could be sold to a foreign owner. In this case, its Canadian registry is closed and the vessel is registered in the new owner’s country. If that vessel returns to Canada under Canadian ownership and operation, it can be re-registered in the Canadian Register of Vessels.
Once a vessel’s registry is closed, the vessel name becomes available for others to claim. When you re-register a vessel, you may have to choose a different name.
Read registry form help for more details about how to fill out the forms.
- To re-register a vessel, complete and send in:
- Form 1—Application for Registry [PDF, 48 KB], or for government-owned vessels, Form 17—Application for Registry of a Government Owned Vessel [PDF, 37 KB]
- Form 3—Statement of Qualification for Vessel Registration [PDF, 100 KB], one per applicant (not required for government-owned vessels)
- Tonnage measurement
- If the Registry was closed before February 24, 2000, the vessel must be re-measured and you must select a measurement method
- If the Registry was closed after February 24, 2000 and there were:
- modifications made to the vessel following the closure, the vessel must be re-measured, and you must select a measurement method
- no modifications made to the vessel following the closure, you must provide a letter confirming that the vessel has not undergone any change in description, propulsion or tonnage since it was removed from the Registry
- Evidence of ownership for each of the owners since the Registry was closed
- Form 14—Appointment of Authorized Representative [PDF, 35 KB], if applicable (only required if there’s more than 1 owner or if a foreign corporation owns the vessel)
- Submit and pay