Sale to a non-Danish owner
If a ship is sold to a foreign company or person, the ship must normally be deleted from the register. You can do this by filling in and forwarding form S4. Remember that the seller must sign the form and that you must forward the original document - not a copy.
Scrapping and loss
If a ship is lost or if you have it scrapped, you must report this by forwarding form S5 (in case of loss) or form S6 (in case of scrapping). If the ship has been scrapped, a public authority - typically a harbour master - must certify that the ship has been scrapped.
It is also possible to delete ships in the following situations if the owner so desires:
Ship owned by a foreign company
If a ship is owned by a foreign company, it can be deleted upon the owner's written request.
Danish owner operating a ship from another EU or EEA country
When notifying the deletion, the Danish owner must declare that the ship is operated, i.e. administered, controlled and directed, from another EU or EEA country with which the Danish owner has a real affiliation.
Danish owner wanting to register a ship in a third country
When notifying the deletion, the Danish owner must declare that the ship is still administered, controlled and directed from Denmark.
- Consolidated act no. 68 of 17 January 2014 (promulgation of the act on the Danish International Register of Shipping)
- Consolidated act no. 75 of 17 January 2014 (promulgation of the merchant shipping act)
- Order no. 1157 of 1 October 2013 (order on the Danish International Register of Shipping)
- Order no. 1654 of 20 December 2017 (order on the registration of ships whose owner is not considered to be Danish)