7. What are the documentary requirements for registration?
Russian ship registers have different documentary requirements. The SSR registration requires a completed application form, ship documents, foundation documents of the company which applies, documents of title with regard to a ship, certificate confirming that a ship was deleted from any previous register. The BCR registration requires a decision on provisional granting to a ship of the right to fly the Russian flag. The decision is provided by the Federal Service of Supervision in the Sphere of Transport (FSSST) of the Ministry of Transport, or, in the case of fishing vessels, by the Federal Fishing Agency of the Russian Federation. After the decision is obtained, the bareboat charterer should collect and submit for BCR registration the documents as mentioned for the SSR registration and certain additional documents. These documents are:
• the bareboat charterer's foundation documents, state registration certificates;
• written consent from the owner and mortgagee(s), if any, to the bareboat charter registration; and
• a written confirmation from the underlying flag country that the ship's right to fly their flag has been suspended for the period of bareboat charter registration.
The ISR registration may be applied either by the owner or the bareboat charterer. If the ISR registration is required by the owner then the documentary requirements will be the same as for the SSR registration. If the ISR registration is required by the bareboat charterer then the applicant should collect and submit the same documents as mentioned with regard to the BCR registration. The SVR registration requires a completed application form, owner identification documents (with regard to a person), or foundation documents of a company, documents confirming the title of a ship, certificate confirming the deletion of a ship from any previous register, and the ship's technical documents.
It should be noted that registration authority may request additional documents and information if necessary. All the documents and information should be submitted in Russian or with a certified translation into Russian. If they originate from abroad, such documents should be legalised or apostilled.