How do I change the name or hailing port of my vessel?

You may change the name and/or hailing port by navigating to the following page and completing the online form: Change of Vessel Name/Haling Port

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Changing the name or hailing port of a vessel is a process that involves legal and administrative steps to ensure compliance with maritime regulations. Here’s a general guide on how to change the name or hailing port of your vessel:

  1. Check Legal Requirements:
    • Research the laws and regulations governing vessel name and hailing port changes in your country. These regulations can vary by jurisdiction, so it’s important to understand the specific requirements that apply to your situation.
  2. Complete Necessary Forms:
    • Obtain and complete the required forms for the name and/or hailing port change. These forms typically request information about the vessel, including its current name, official number, new name, and new hailing port. Be sure to provide accurate and complete information.
  3. Pay Applicable Fees:
    • Depending on your jurisdiction, there may be fees associated with changing the name or hailing port of your vessel. Check with the relevant maritime authority for fee information and payment instructions.
  4. Submit Documentation:
    • Submit the completed forms and any required documentation to the appropriate maritime authority. This may involve mailing or delivering the paperwork in person.
  5. Receive Approval:
    • Wait for the maritime authority to review your request and grant approval. The processing time can vary, so be prepared for some waiting.
  6. Update Documentation:
    • Once your request is approved, you will receive updated documentation, which may include a new Certificate of Documentation (in the U.S.) or similar documents depending on your country’s requirements. These documents will reflect the new name and/or hailing port.
  7. Update Physical Identification:
    • Physically update your vessel’s name and hailing port on the boat itself. This typically involves painting or affixing new markings that match the updated information on the official documents.
    • Maintain Records:
      • Keep copies of all documentation related to the name and hailing port change in a safe and easily accessible location.

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It’s crucial to follow the specific procedures and requirements set forth by your country’s maritime authorities, as they can vary significantly from one jurisdiction to another. Consulting with our consultant can also be helpful to ensure compliance with all regulations and a smooth transition for your vessel’s name or hailing port change.

If you require assistance with your online application, you may contact a documentation processor to walk you through the process at 1(866) 981-8783. For additional information or inquiries, email