What are the conditions and requirements for a commercial cruising vessel ?

Registration of commercial cruising vessel in the Dutch registry (Certificate of Registry) is governed by the Civil Code (Burgerlijk Wetboek), the Commercial Code (Wetboek van Koophandel), the Ships Register Code (Kadasterwet) and the Certificates of Registration Act (Zeebrievenwet).


commercial cruising vessel, the Conditions

  • It concerns a merchant vessel, a commercial cruising vessel or a pleasure craft;
  • The vessels is owned by one or more private individuals who have the nationality of a member state of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland or who, under the relevant Community law, enjoy equal status to EU nationals;
  • The vessels is owned by one or more partnerships or legal entities established according to the law of a member state of the European Union, one of the countries, islands or areas referred to in article 299, paragraphs 2 to 5 and 6c of the
  • Treaty establishing the European Community, a member state of the European Economic Area, or Switzerland;
  • The vessel is owned by other private individuals, partnerships or legal entities who, under an agreement between the European Union and a third state, may claim freedom of establishment in Europe;
  • The owner or ship manager must have a head or branch office in the Netherlands under Dutch law.


commercial cruising vessel, the Requirements

The following data or documents concerning the vessel must be available at all times at the owner’s or ship manager’s office in the Netherlands:

  • position of the vessel;
  • technical maintenance records;
  • names, positions and certificates of competence of all crew members on board;
  • all data on the crew, in accordance with Article 3 of the Manning Act (Zeevaartbemanningswet);
  • individual and/or collective employment contracts of all crew members on board;
  • if applicable, names of passengers or other persons on board;
  • if dangerous or hazardous goods are being transported, all details of the cargo in accordance with Chapter VII of the SOLAS Convention 1974 (amended by the 1988 protocol) and related legislation.



The requirements a vessel has to meet and the documents needed to acquire a Certificate of Registry for a commercial cruising vessel are determined by so many factors, that we can not post a simple list. We compile a list of requirements and documentation on a case-to-case basis.

The registration of a commercial cruising vessel is very much a measure made service we offer. Factors, amongst others, that determine the exact requirements are :

  • Measurements
  • Number of passengers and crew
  • Tonnage
  • Engines
  • etc.

In all cases the minimum requirement is that the vessel has been classified and has maintained its classification.




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