Vessels nationality and the right to fly the Finnish flag.

Are you applying a permission for your vessel to fly the Finnish flag or is your intention to transfer your vessel outside the EEA? See instructions here.

Nationality decision – Permission to fly the Finnish flag

1: Check the documents

You need to provide the extract from the Trade Register and the articles of association for the owner who is to be marked in the register. If the vessel is in the Finnish register and being transferred to a foreign owner, you need to provide the decision to keep the vessel in the Finnish register. If the vessel is in a foreign register and being transferred to the Finnish register, with the owner remaining abroad, you need to provide the decision to register the vessel in Finland. In either case, the decision can consist, for example, of the minutes from a board meeting.    

If you don't have a right to sign for the shipowner, you will also need a power of attorney.

You also need to provide the vessel’s charter party and proof of title. If the ship is owned by the owner entered in the register, only the ship register extract is required. Otherwise, the bill of sale must also be submitted.

If the vessel is being transferred to the Finnish register with the owner remaining abroad, you need to also provide the deletion certificate or the certificate of non-registration. The first of these is a certificate issued by the ship registration authorities to the effect that the ship has been deleted from the register of ships of the country of sale, and that the ship is free of encumbrances. The second is a certificate showing or that the ship has not been entered in the register of ships.

2: Submit a free-form application

Check that you have entered the contact details of the applicant or the agent so we can easily be in contact you with, if need be.

3: Send the documents

Send the documents either by email to kirjaamo@traficom.fi or by post to Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom, PL 9, 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland.

Handling time is normally about 15 working days.

Nationality decision – permission to register abroad

1: Check the documents

You need to provide the owner’s extract from the Trade Register and articles of association. In addition, you need to provide evidence of the decision to register the vessel outside of the European Economic Area. This can consist, for example, of the minutes from a board meeting.

If you don't have a right to sign for the shipowner, you will also need a power of attorney.

You also need to provide the vessel’s charter party. If the owner of the vessel is not the same as the owner marked in the register, you will also need to provide proof of title.

2: Submit a free-form application

Check that you have entered the contact details of the applicant or the agent so we can easily be in contact you with, if need be.

3: Send the documents

Send the documents either by email to kirjaamo@traficom.fi or by post to Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom, PL 9, 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland.

Handling time is normally about 15 working days.

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