The Small Ships Register (SSR) provides a simple form of non-title registration for eligible UK residents who own pleasure vessels that are less than 24 metres in overall length.
Our online service enables owners to register small vessels that have not previously been registered with the SSR or make alterations to existing registrations, such as changes of ownership, changes of vessel details (including vessel names) and changes of address. Owners can also use this service to close registrations.
Guidance notes which provide important information about the SSR eligibility criteria can be found on the following registration pages.
Personal information which you supply to us is primarily used for vessel registration purposes and for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to carry out our function as the register of British Ships in the United Kingdom as stated in the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. The register shall be maintained in accordance with the private law provisions for registered ships. The register shall be available for public inspection. To find out more about how the MCA looks after personal data, your rights, and how to contact our data protection officer, please go to
Please note that only individuals (not companies) can register with the SSR. If you are ordinarily resident in the UK, your vessel is less than 24 metres in length and it is not currently registered elsewhere (eg: with a foreign register or Part 1 of the UK Register), please press PROCEED to continue.
For alternative forms of registration on the UK Ship Register and further information, please visit our pages on the GOV.UK website -
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