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Nigeria - Cancellation of registration with n Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)

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Application for the Registration of Nigerian Ships are made to the Registrar of Shipping in Lagos. Nigeria does not operate an open registry and therefore a Nigerian Consul is not permitted to accept registration documents and cannot issue certificates. However, the Registrar may temporarily accept facsimile copies of documents supporting an application for registration but it is assumed that the originals will follow shortly thereafter in order for the vessel to be registered.

The Nigerian Registry of Ships makes a distinction between provisional and permanent registration. Provision Registration may be granted to a ship to enable it to sail and operate within territorial waters, pending the issuance of a permanent certificate of registration.

If the application is made by an individual owner he will be required to submit the following documents in addition:

  • Declaration of an individual owner or transferee;
  • Particulars of citizenship;
  • Personal Income Tax Clearance Certificate;

Upon completion and submission of the above mentioned forms and the accompanying documents, the Registrar of Ships shall assess and advice on the statutory fees for cancellation of registration of the vessel.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Log book of the ship to be inspected by the Registrar of ships.
  • Evidence of financial resources sufficient for operation and maintenance of the ship
  • Vessel class certificate.
  • Proof of Payment of Registration fees.
  • Deletion certificate.
  • Call sign certificate
  • Load line certificate
  • Bill of sale/Builders certificate (evidence of title)
  • Class certificate
  • Plan/specific approval of the new building.
  • Applicant certificate of incorporation
  • Applicant current company form CO7 with a share capital of N25 Million.
  • Applicant memorandum and Articles of Association.
  • Applicant tax clearance certificate.
  • Vessel's insurance policy.
  • Bank reference letter
  • Picture of the Vessel showing hull and deck

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

NIMASA Head Office

Maritime House

4, Burma Road, Apapa

PABX: 5804800 - 4 Tel: 01 453 1466



ICT Contact


Phone: 08072894437


2 River Benue Street,

Off Ibrahim Babangida Way,

Maitama, Abuja, FCT.


Western Zone Office

88, Marine Road,


Tin-Can Island Port Office

NPA Commercial Building,

Tincan Island,Lagos.

Apapa Port Office

Atlantic House

2, Wharf Road,


Search & Rescue Base Clinic (SARBC)

3, Azare Crescent,Apapa GRA,


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  • All Ship Owners in Nigeria are eligible to apply for Ship cancellation if the shipowner have registered with Nigerian Maritime administration and safety Agency in Nigeria.


  • For a ship under 600 tonnes N500.00
  • For a ship 600 tonne s but under 1,600 N500.00
  • For a ship 1,600 tonnes but under 3,000 N500.00
  • For a ship 3,000 tonnes but under 5,000 N500.00
  • For a ship 5,000 tonnes but under 6,000 N500.00
  • For a ship 6,000 tonne s but under 10,000 N500.00
  • For a ship 10,000 tonnes but under 20,000 N500.0


Cancelled id valid until a new certificate is issued.

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Processing Time[edit]

Processing takes 30 working days

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If Ship Appears to be registered also in a foreign country then it should be cancelled if the ship Ceases to comply with the requirements for qualification to own Nigerian ships under Merchant Shipping Act 2007. If the the ship Appears to be lost, abandoned or broken up then it should be cancelled.

Required Information[edit]

  • Vessel Age;
  • Current Tax Clearance Certificate of the Company and its Director/s
  • Survey Report Indicating Condition of Ship
  • Copies of all Statutory Certificates
  • Classification /Society Certificate
  • Charter Party
  • Provisional Registration Certification
  • Certificate of Build for newly Built Ships
  • Corporate Applicant must submit Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Names and address of the Charterer's Shareholders.

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Need for the Document[edit]

Under the Merchant Shipping Act 2007, the Registrar shall cancel the registration of a ship registered in Nigeria at any time the ship:

  • Appears to be registered also in a foreign country
  • Ceases to comply with the requirements for qualification to own Nigerian ships under Merchant Shipping Act 2007
  • Appears to be lost, abandoned or broken up

The owner may also apply for the cancellation of registry of the ship supported with the following documents:

  1. Board Resolution authorizing the cancellation
  2. Return of certificate of registry
  3. Evidence of payment of official fees for issuance of certificate of cancellation

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