Cayman Islands Shipping Registry

The Cayman Islands Shipping Registry is the shipping registry responsible for registering vessels in the Cayman Islands. Commonly referred to as CISR, the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry aids the administration and activities performed by the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands (MACI). Vessel owners wishing to register their yacht or ship under the flag of the Cayman Islands, it is essential to register with the CISR. This process can be lengthy and so it is advised to enlist the services of a professional consultancy firm.

Scope and responsibilities of the CISR

The Cayman Islands Shipping Registry was established in 1903 and was formed in an effort to regulate and monitor the maritime activity within the boundaries of the Cayman Islands. The CISR has obtained the status of Category 1 of British Registries along with countries such as Gibraltar, Isle of Man and the UK. A category 1 status means that the registry has the permission and resources to register vessels of any size.

Although the scope of the CISR is vast, and ranges from regulating and enforcing maritime law, to monitoring and protecting CISR registered vessels at sea, the main activity of the registry is to register vessels.

In order for the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry to register a vessel, it is paramount that the vessel meets all the necessary marine related international requirements as set by the CISR.

The main responsibilities of the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry include, but are not limited to:

  • Vessel registration
  • Mortgage registration
  • Marine surveys and auditing services
  • Implementing policies to prevent marine pollution and ensure maritime safety
  • Carry out investigations for marine casualty cases in relation to Cayman Islands registered vessels regardless of where the incident occurred, or foreign flagged ships whereby the incident occurs in the Caymans flag state territory
  • Facilitate the ongoing development and growth of the Cayman Islands as an internationally recognized maritime center