It is pointed out that Mr. De Latte retired on 1 November 2016. This site will not be updated any more with the possible exception of aspects and news items other than those related to the ship registration business as such.
Since 1 February 2017 the new 'Belgian Ship Registry' is headed by Ms Anne-Catherine
De Ridder, 'adviseur-generaal / conseiller général'.

Welcome to Shipregistration.be
The site of the Belgian ship mortgage registrar

The Belgian ship mortgage registry, also called "ship registry" or "registry", is established at B-2000 Antwerp, Italiëlei 4 - bus/box 3 
(for further information about the registry, see Contact).

The business of the ship registry is to register ships under Belgian flag, to record property interests and other rights in rem in ships as well as mortgages, arrests and other charges against ships, and to issue certificates related to these registrations and entries.

The site aims at guiding you through the main aspects of the procedure of ship registration in Belgium.

offered by the Belgian flag and the Belgian registry
  • a multilingual (Dutch, French, English, German) efficient and reliable service
  • location of Belgium at the very heart of Europe; its capital Brussels hosts many prestigious international organizations (European Parliament, European Commission, NATO headquarters…)
  • Antwerp is the second largest port in Europe and a center of maritime excellence ; the best legal knowhow, outstanding ship management companies, proficient maritime industries and efficient maritime financial services are available
  • tax incentives for shipping business and investors
  • solid reputation enjoyed by Belgian flag; no port state control measures to be feared
  • registration in Belgium of a ship belonging to a foreign shipowner may also be applied for by a Belgian operator.
Feel free to send any remarks, comments or suggestions you might have.
!!! Private Maritime Security Companies: see this site > ships > technical documents (at the bottom of the page)!!!

 Important notices

Documents can only be downloaded by registered users. Registration does not entail any commitment on the part of the users. The information given by the registered users will be treated discreetly and confidentially in accordance with the Belgian privacy legislation. This information is only intended to help the registrar update and improve the site, thereby taking into account the specific needs of the users.

The information displayed on this website is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular case. Although the registrar endeavours to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate on the date it is received nor that it will continue to be so in the future.

The contents may be reproduced free of charge on condition that acknowledgment is given to Shipregistration.be.

The opinions expressed are those of Mr. Guido De Latte, retired ship mortgage registrar. They do not commit the Belgian Finance Department (Patrimonial Documentation) nor the Directorate General Maritime Transport in any way.

14 February 2017