Change of ownership


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If a Danish ship that has been registered in the Danish International Register of Shipping (DIS) changes its owner, the change of ownership must be reported to the Register of Shipping. The reporting is made by forwarding a document proving who is the new owner of the ship. The document will typically be a deed or a Bill of Sale.

The purchaser must be registered as a shipping company

When the change of ownership is to be reported, the purchaser must always be registered as a shipping company. This is done by filling in and submitting the right R form. See the forms in the box at the bottom of the page.

Documentation of ownership

In order for the Register of Shipping to register the change of ownership, it must have documentation of the right of ownership. This is documented by means of a so-called document of title which is typically a ship's deed or a Bill of Sale. The document must be forwarded to the Register of Shipping. Inter alia the following requirements are made for the document:

 - The forms B1 (builder's certificate), B2 (deed) and B2 (Bill of Sale) must be used. Find the forms below. 

Protection of rights

The Register of Shipping and the Danish International Register of Shipping are protective registers for ships as is the land register for real property. When the document of title is registered, the owner thereby acquires protection of his right of ownership to the ship.

The documents must be in Danish or English. An invoice or a receipt of purchase does not suffice as a document of title.

The document must contain a date of acquisition.

Administration of an estate

If the ship is acquired in connection with a death, the probate court has appointed one or more persons who can act on behalf of the estate. These are the persons who are to sign the deed if the estate sells the ship. If the ship is to be sold, the original certificate issued by the probate court must be forwarded to the Register of Shipping together with deed form B2. You can find the form below.

Undivided possession of an estate

In case of undivided possession of an estate, the probate court will issue a certificate stating that the surviving spouse retains undivided possession of the estate. The surviving spouse can be registered as the owner of the ship by forwarding the original certificate issued by the probate court to the Register of Shipping.

The company is dissolved through liquidation

The signatures must be in order

All signatures must be original and furnished with a date of signature. The names of the signatories must be repeated in block letters or typescript, by means of a stamp or the like.

All signatures must be original and furnished with a date of signature. The names of the signatories must be repeated in block letters or typescript, by means of a stamp or the like.

Merger

When companies have merged, the new merged company must be registered as the owner of the ship. This means that an original, written request for registration must be forwarded to the Register of Shipping. The request must be accompanied by a CVR transcript, documenting that the merger has been completed.

Demerger (split) and injection of assets (contribution in kind)

Demerger means that a company is split - i.e. the opposite of a merger. When this occurs, a deed form (B1) or similar document of title must be forwarded. The documents are found below. If the change of ownership is exempted from the registration fee, a declaration hereon must be made. For more information, see consolidated act no. 462 of 14 May 2007 and the tax authorities' (SKAT) legal guidance.

Regulations

  1. Consolidated act no. 68 of 17 January 2014 (promulgation of the act on the Danish International Register of Shipping)
  2. Consolidated act no. 75 of 17 January 2014 (promulgation of the merchant shipping act)
  3. Order no. 1157 of 1 October 2013 (order on the Danish International Register of Shipping)
  4. Order no. 1132 of 25 September 2013 (order on the registration of ships that are not considered to have a Danish owner)
  5. Consolidated act no. 462 of 14 May 2007 (act on registration fees)