Registration of Ships


Registration in the official Dutch B-Ships Register (inland vessels, ex professional vessels and yachts)

Do you want to register your ship or boat in the official Dutch B-Register? Doeve Brokers and Valuers will be happy to assist you. Read on this page what we can do for you.

This Register is also open for foreigners sailing around on European inland waters and if you wish you can sail as foreigner under the Dutch flag and you have, according to the Act of Mannheim rules, free access to all inland waters without any problems under the condition of course that you must have the right license as a captain, according to the EU legislation.

In the Netherlands there is no mandatory registration for pleasure crafts, so when your craft has a displacement/loading capacity of less than 10 m³ (this is total tanks capacity + total berths on board which are counted for 100 kg each + ballast weight) registration for your inland vessel is not necessary but you are free to do so. For ex professional vessels rebuilt for "Living on Board" vessel and with a displacement/loading capacity more than 10 m³ registration is an obligation.

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Who can register


It is good to know that registration gives you unconditional juridical ownership, even when your craft is stolen and sold several times!

Dutch B-Register broker   

A lot of vessels sailing or lying in the UK or on the continent are still registered in the Dutch B-Register, sometimes still on a previous owner’s name which means that you are not the juridical owner. When you send us an email with the branding number we can take a look in the Ships Register and are able to tell you how the vessel has been registered. Most of the times Doeve Brokers and Valuers can arrange the transcript on your name in the Register.

In our company Mr. Sander Doeve is declared competent by the Dutch Ministry of Justice, to register, transcribe or delete in the B-Register, and we are also able to see if there is a mortgage on a craft.

For whom can we register ships and boats   

Registration is possible for any private person, it doesn't matter in which country you live or where the craft is lying. Most of the times it is not necessary that the owner comes to the Netherlands. Registration of a ship can usually happen by post or by email. Branding of the registration number can often happen in another country as well.

Contact us for a ship registration


You can always get in contact with us, by phone or by email. We will give you a quote what it will cost when you hire us in this registration matter.