The Jamaica Shipping Registry (JSR), in cooperation with Mega Yacht Registry Services (MYRS), admiralty attorneys, documentation agents, and industry professionals has simplified and personalized the chore of yacht registration. It is done through a single process, normally via email, with supporting documents. 


With a dedicated team of professionals, we work with you every step of the way. Our goal is to provide solutions, not problems.  Customer service is second to none.

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Types of Registration


Private:  the yacht is used for recreation by the owner and immediate family.  Certain yachts may carry more than 12 guests.


Private Limited Charter:  the yacht may charter up to 84 days per calendar year where permitted.


Commercial:  the yacht may charter full time and receive all the rights/privileges associated with a commercial vessel.  This is the same as being “MCA.” 

Under Construction


Yachts not yet delivered and/or under construction may also be registered to facilitate ownership transfer, financing requirements, and mortgages. 


Jamaica has been reviewed and accepted by multiple major banks and underwriters.


Download:  Advantages of the Jamaican Flag

Ports of Registry


Yacht owners may choose from any of the eighteen (18) different ports of registry available.


These include such famous locations as Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Falmouth, and Port Antonio.


There is no requirement to physically visit your port of registry or any location in Jamaica, although the yacht will be very welcomed.


Download:  Ports of Registry in Jamaica

U.S. Cruising License


Cruising licenses exempt certain pleasure yachts from having to undergo formal entry and clearance procedures with U.S. Customs. This includes such actions as filing manifests, obtaining permits to proceed, and the payment of tonnage tax, entry, and clearance fees at all but the first port of entry. 


Jamaica is one of a select few countries allowed this prestigious privilege.

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Based upon British law and a member of the Commonwealth, but fully independent from the United Kingdom, MCA, and Red Ensign Group.


Top-tier recognition by the U.S. Coast Guard and European Maritime Safety Agency.


Member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).


Ownership can be with any legal entity in good standing or an individual.  There is no requirement to create a new owning entity in Jamaica.