Yacht Registration

Advantages and Procedures for the Registration of a pleasure Yacht in Gibraltar

There are a number of advantages to registering a yacht/vessel under the flag of Gibraltar and owned by a Gibraltar company:

Vessels registered in Gibraltar and registered as British flag vessels and fly the Red Ensign flag.

Gibraltar is a full EU member but is exempt from VAT since Gibraltar does not form part of EU Common Custom Tariff area. Therefore if you register your yacht in Gibraltar you would not pay VAT in Gibraltar, Import Duty, nor Tax on the sale of the vessel.

Any British national, citizen of the European Union and any Gibraltar company may register a vessel in Gibraltar. Therefore, any non-British national/non- EU citizen may register a vessel in Gibraltar under a Gibraltar company, with nominees holding all the shares of the company.

Registering the vessel under a Gibraltar company avoids exposure to the publicity, Capital Gains Tax, Capital Transfer Taxes and/or Wealth Tax. It would also avoid possible problems that might be raised upon the death of the owner in terms of hereditary and death duties. The Company, being the registered owner of the vessel, may issue a Power of Attorney in favour of the beneficial owner, the Captain or any other party which would utilise the vessel.

  • Our services include the following:
  • Yacht Registration
  • Provision of Tonnage Plate and Red Ensign
  • Yachting Radio License
  • Provision of Registered Agent
  • Survey of Tonnage Measurement application
  • Yacht Registration Renewal
  • Yachting Radio License Renewal

Please note that most clients prefer to incorporate a tax efficient company to own the vessel and this will be additional. For full details on how to register your yacht in Gibraltar,

Please telephone on  00350 200 77779 or email info@octopus.gi