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Only fishing vessels that intend to fish in Cook Islands waters or in the waters of Regional Fisheries Management Organisations to which Cook Islands is a party can be registered by Cook Islands Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR).

Here are the steps on how you can register a fishing vessel.

  1. To apply for the procedure complete an ‘Application for Registration’ available through a Deputy Registrar (specific to region), who will assist you in processing your application.
  2. When you submit your application don't forget to attach these documents:
    Company Certificate / CISOA or CIYS membership letter
    Carving and Markings Note, including current photo of vessel ( see website for application form)
    Pre-Registration Inspection ( if applicable)
    Proof of Deletion from previous flag ( if charter registration)
    Proof of suspension from previous flag (if charter registration)
    Completed copies of all previous closed CR ( as per SOLAS Chapter XI-1 Regulation 5-8) ( all vessels over 500GT)
    Copy of P&I policy evidencing financial security for MLC regulation 2.5 and 4.2 ( applicable to all commercial vessels; MCI requires that the MLC financial security is maintained, and will require evidence that it is maintained) ( for commercially operated vessels, excluding unmanned barges)
    Reviewed, signed and sealed by a Justice of the Peace, a Commissioner for Oaths, Solicitor, Notary Public or the Registrar or Deputy Registrar of Ships of the Cook Islands Registry or before any person authorised by law to administer oaths in the country where the declaration is made.
  3. Pay the registration fee.
  4. Once your application is approved by the Registrar of Ships, a Provisional Certificate of Registry will be issued. The certificate is effective from the date of issue and valid for a period of 3 months. During this time the requirements for permanent registration are to be completed. The Registrar may extend the period of provisional registration in special circumstances.

Note: The Registrar may require you to submit, if deemed necessary, additional surveys to be conducted before issuance of a Permanent Certificate of Registry. Failure to submit required documents may delay the registration process.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed Form 3 Registration Enquiry Form - FV
  • Ext. Form 8 CISOA Application for Membership v 3
  • Photo of the markings and
  • Photo of the vessel in its entirety
  • Scanned copy of form 10 Carving and Marking Note v6
  • If Owner is a company:
    • Attach copy of incorporation document
    • Supply director details below and provide a scanned passport of the primary point of contact
  • If Owner is an individual, attach copy of Passport.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Maritime Cook Islands (MCI)
PO Box 882
1st Floor, Browne’s Building
Avarua, Rarotonga
Cook Islands

Phone: +682 23 848
Skype: mcicooks2
Email: [email protected]

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Only fishing vessels that intend to fish in Cook Islands waters or in the waters of Regional Fisheries Management Organisations to which Cook Islands is a party can be registered by Cook Islands Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR).


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Provisional Certificate of Registration: 3 months

Documents to Use[edit]

To download these form click the - Forms

  • Form 3 Registration Enquiry Form - FV
  • Form 10 Carving and Marking Note v6
  • Ext. Form 8 CISOA Application for Membership v 3
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All vessels will be vetted before it is registered. Vetting consists of a risk analysis for both the vessel and the manager. Provided the risk is acceptable the vessel will be offered registration.

Get in touch with your deputy registrar for a registration quote and a copy of the registration application form.

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