How to Change the Name of a Ship or Yacht In Bahamas

 Change the Name of a Ship or Yacht In Bahamas By Online

Apply in-person:

  1. To change the Name of a Ship or Yacht in person, the Owners, agents or managers have to initially make contact with the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) by email to or by phoning any BMA office. link to contacts
  2. Visit the office to get an application form for changing the name of a ship or Yacht. The form is available from the appropriate department. Download the application form using this page: YR102 – Application to register/change Name of a Ship
  3. Complete the application form and provide pertinent information for the sections that are relevant.
  4. After filling out your application, be sure to attach all documents that are listed within the “Required documents” section of this page.
  5. Then, hand this in person in the appropriate office.
  6. Once your application is submitted, your application along with any supporting documents will be sent to additional confirmations.
  7. When all the internal procedures have been completed, applicants will be informed of the instructions for changing their name.

Documents that are required

Formula R102 Application to Register a Ship change the name of the name of a Bahamian Ship

Notification: This form provides the BMA with the essential details required to secure the name that is proposed to be in the Register and begin registration. There isn’t any obligation or formal commitment to register by you submit this form.

Office Locations and Contacts

The Bahamas Maritime Authority
Nassau Office
Shirlaw House
226 Shirley Street
PO Box N-4679
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel. +1 242 356 5772
Website: Link
Contact Details: Link


Registered vessels owned by the Bahamian government of any size, size, operational status or operating area, in the event that they are controlled by:

  • Bahamian citizens
  • Bahamian companies
  • The Bahamas is a permanent home for residents who are Bahamas


  • The details of the fees can be obtained from the Registrar , or with the reference the BMA Information Bulletin No. 81 Link
  • Click here to calculate the fee by using BMA’s Fee Calculator on the BMA website: Link


The name will remain valid until the owners or Managers, Agents or Owners notify BMA Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) to request changing the name.

Documents to Utilize

Processing Time

Processing time can be up to a month.

The Information You Need

  • Applicant Type
  • Application Type
  • Names(s), Address(es) of Owner(s)
  • Nationality of the Owner
  • Email Address
  • Phone
  • Date of Birth of Applicant
  • The Owner’s Birth Date (DD/MM/YYYY)
  • A valid ID for the applicant.
  • Signature of Agent or Owner

The Document is required

  • Names of vessel is usually changed whenever the owner for the vessel change.
  • Owners, managers, or agents who wish alter the names of their boat or yacht will need go through this process in order to change the name.

Information that can be useful

“Yacht” or “yacht” does not get specified within the Bahamas merchant shipping law, however it is widely believed to refer to the vessel that was designed to:

  • for pleasure or sport
  • to be used for commercial purposes for hiring by charter (up to 12 people)
  • to be used for personal use only by its owner and guests (up to 36 persons)

A yacht does not:

  • transport cargo
  • charge a carriage fee
  • Travel on pre-defined routes
  • Follow the itinerary

Other uses for the document/certificate

The same application form could be used to register the vessel or yacht that is operating under the Bahamian flag.

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