Yachting regulations under the Thai Vessel Act 2/3

Thailand’s maritime legislation and its relevance for pleasure yacht and sport vessel owners. Part 2: Yacht registration

Application: To apply for yacht registration in Thailand, it is required to provide evidence for yacht ownership and for compliance with yacht ownership requirements as mentioned above. The incorporation document of a Thai yacht company, the vessel certificate of survey, and details where and when the yacht construction has been completed, are part of the application documents as well. The yacht shall be provided with a permanent mark thereto in accordance with the Ministerial Regulation. From the date of its registration through the date of its effectiveness, the vessel controller shall maintain such mark and shall not change or conceal it, except for the execution of this Act or other law.

Survey: The yacht needs a certificate of survey, certifying that such vessel has been inspected by the survey officer of the Harbour Department under the law on navigation in Thai waters, produced to the Vessel Registrar. The Vessel Registrar keeps the certificate of survey under custody together with the certificate of vessel constructor or the certificate of vessel transfer if any.

Certificate of Registration: After the registration is accomplished, the Vessel Registrar issues the certificate of registration  (or registration certificate) in the form of the Harbour Department. This document has to be kept at the yacht as long as it is registered in Thailand. No person shall take such a certificate away from the vessel unless for purposes described in the laws. Upon the request of the survey officer, the vessel controller must produce it to him or her immediately. Lost documents have to immediately replaced by a substitute certificate under the defined procedure. 


Change of registration: If there is a change in the ownership of the yacht, the Vessel Registrar of the registration port shall record such a change in the registration certificate. If the change is made outside the registration port, a vessel registrar or a Thai consulate official of the port where the change takes place or the next arrival port, as the case may be, shall note such change in the registration certificate.     

Loss: If the Thai yacht is lost, destroyed in a fire, sunk, damaged or abandoned, the owner of such vessel shall inform the matter to the Vessel Registrar of the registration port within thirty days. Then the Vessel Registrar shall record such information in the registration book as evidence. If the registration certificate has not been lost nor destroyed, the vessel controller shall return such certificate to a vessel registrar or a Thai consulate official of the port where the situation occurred or the next arrival port, as the case may be. 

Temporary transit: Within the Thai waters, if any vessel wishes to enter into any port for registration purposes and wishes to enjoy the privilege under Thailand’s yacht legislation during its journey, the vessel controller has to apply for a temporary transit to the master of the harbor of such port. A temporary transit has the same effect as the registration certification according to conditions imposed therein. The master of the harbor of such port may not grant permission to the application for temporary transit if he or she thinks it is not appropriate. 

#ThaiYachtLawTrilogy: Part 1 of the Thai Yacht Law Trilogy has the topic “Yacht ownership in Thailand“. Part 3 of the Thai Yacht Law Trilogy has the topic “The transfer of yacht ownership

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