The UK Ship Register (UKSR) offers straightforward international ship registration services, wide-ranging integrated services and 24-hour support through the UK Flag.

Those on the UK flag can access world-class surveyors and regulation through the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). The Red Ensign is recognised around the world for the delivering high standards of maritime safety and the welfare of seafarers. UKSR customers get greater asset assurance and access to the best talent in the industry. 

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Joining the UK Flag gives you access to expert maritime knowledge and experience, tailored to your commercial needs. Our customers receive a personalised, round-the-clock service, with benefits and fee packages to suit their needs. We are at the forefront of the maritime industry and are committed to improving our offer and responding to the needs of the shipping industry.

Benefits of the UK Flag

  • Being part of a Register with an exemplary safety record and non-negotiable safety standards.
  • The freedom of an international flag, offering a choice of 120 territories where owners or incorporated companies of vessels can be based. 
  • The recognition of 75 states’ officer training qualifications.
  • Emergency access to a professional and highly qualified MCA surveyor, anytime, anywhere.
  • A personal technical and commercial service – with a named customer service manager and key account manager.
  • Access to practical decarbonisation support, to allow safe and regulated development of new fuels and technologies.
  • Access to government funding and support for research and development for UK businesses and UK vessels.
  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) considering the UK flag when assessing the value that companies who want to take part in Tonnage Tax will bring to the UK (in the “strategic and commercial management” test).