Registration in the Danish Ship Registry
Yachts under 20 GT (volume dimensions – not the weight of the boat) can NOT be entered into the Danish Ship Registry, and consequently no sea bond can be issued in the yacht. However, in the event of a mortgage, these boats can be registered in the general National Morgage Registry for vehicles.
Yachts over 20 GT, on the other hand, are subject to registration, which means that the owner are abliged to let the yacht register. This typically applies to boats over 50 feet or 15 feet of hull length.
To be able to make such a registration, the yacht must have a Tonnage Certificate (performed by an authorized Danish Tonnage Measurer), which must be filled in a apploication of the yacht for registration and a application of purchaser as the owner (shipowner). These registrations can be performed online (Virk.dk) and can be signed using NemId.
For the registration to be completed, the Danish Maritime Authority must have documentation that the boat is not mortgaged elsewhere, and proof of ownership (Bill of Sale)
This is done by documenting thevarious ownership all the way back to Builders Certificate, or back to a registration in another country’s registry.
In addition, if you trade abroad, you must obtain either a Deletion Certificate or a Certificate of Non-registration (non-Reg) in the country from which it is purchased.
Without these documents, the Danish Maritime Authority may refuse to register the yacht, as a registration of the yacht is Danish Maritine Authorities proof that the yacht is owned your and free from other ownership and debt/morgage obligations.
When the registration has been completed, the Ship Registry issues a Certificate of Nationality