There is no navigation limit. Only the regulations governing the construction category (A to D) are recognized. The construction category does not limit navigation to a navigation distance, so there is no nautical limit under the Polish flag. In addition, the liferaft is not required in the safety equipment, regardless of the navigation zone.
Time limits for obtaining and validity
It takes about a month to obtain the registration certificate. The deadline is longer in July and August. Possibility of express processing. Consult us. The certificate is valid for an unlimited period.
For the most common cases, it is sufficient to present a title deed, a sworn translation (provided by our services, included in the price), a simple identity document (identity card or passport), the written declaration of CE conformity, radiation and / or copy of previous registrations. For more details, see the « Procedure » section.
Maritime equipment is reduced to the strict minimum. Each person is responsible for adapting it according to their program and the places of navigation:
Maritime waters: Any pleasure craft (except canoes, kayaks and windsurf boards)
• A life jacket for each person on board, a luminous lifebuoy if the vessel is sailing during the night, effective distress signals including rockets
• Nautical instruments: a magnetic compass, navigation lights, a foghorn and a hand probe
• Equipment: an anchor, a hammer, a boat hook, a pump or a scoop, a sufficient number of oars with their ladies, 20 meters of line for common maneuvers, an electric lamp to give light signals, a fire extinguisher (for motor yachts), a complete set of sails (for sailboats)
• Sanitary equipment: a waterproof box containing the necessary bandages and other common pharmaceutical products
Survival is not compulsory under the Polish flag whatever the type of navigation (coastal or offshore).
A sea license (coastal, sea card, etc.) remains compulsory to navigate in the maritime domain, only for boats that can travel at more than 20 km / hour (= 10.8 knots) or if the hull exceeds 15 meters. Note: Whatever your license, you will not be limited in navigation distances.
You will be attached to the Polish port of GDANSK or SZCECIN. It must appear on the hull of the boat. This has no impact on where the boat is moored nor for its tax dependence if applicable.
The change of flag must be reported to your insurer. Check with your insurance company BEFORE registration. If you encounter any difficulties or if you wish to obtain an insurance quote on your pleasure craft, you can contact our insurance partners by sending them the following information directly:
• Your full contact details (address, telephone, internet address)
• The description of the boat as well as its characteristics (Type, model, manufacturer, year of construction, length, materials, type of engine, number of engines, brand and power, flag nationality)
• The insurance value (hull, engine, personal effects, etc.)
• History for 5 years
• The use you want to make of the boat (private navigation, rental with or without a crew, etc…)
• The navigation area: Europe, Africa, Asia, etc….
To date, there is no annual tax in Poland. As a reminder, boats taxable in France belonging to French residents remain dependent on the annual tax (annual navigation fee or passport fee), which remains due under a foreign flag. The place of collection depends either on its usual home port or on the place where the request for a foreign ship’s passport was made.
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Contact Geoffrey DELAIRE
Tel 02 49 98 85 00 / 06 85 09 96 49
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Jean Sébastien BERTHELOT
Tel +377 97 70 12 05
Fax +377 97 70 12 07
Name of the boat
The name of the boat being UNIQUE in Poland, you will be forced to make several proposals in case the current name is already in use. You may therefore have to change the name of the boat.
Since 2016 (LAW No. 2016-816 of June 20, 2016 for the blue economy), the advantages of the foreign flag (no limit in nautical distances, choice of safety equipment under your sole responsibility) no longer apply to French residents sailing in French maritime territorial waters. They must respect French law.
Any French resident boater, owner and / or user of a boat flying a foreign flag (only for a hull length from 7m and / or administrative engine power from 22 HP), is subject to an ANNUAL tax called ” PASSPORT RIGHT ”. Its amount is calculated according to the same methods as the francization tax. Since January 1, 2013, jetskis from 90 KW are also subject to passport duty.
The foreign ship passport is issued by the customs office where you must declare yourself as soon as you obtain your foreign registration certificate.
If the boat, registered in France previously, is exempt from the francization tax (<7.00 m. And / or administrative power <22 CV) or benefits from an allowance (for obsolescence or parking in Corsica), it will benefit from the same advantages. to his passport fee.
If the francization tax has already been paid for the current year, it will be transferred to passport duty.
If it is a first entry into circulation, the tax will be calculated on a pro rata basis for the current year (any started month is due).
List of documents to be supplied
For a natural person (individual): copy of the valid identity document (Identity card or passport).
or a legal person (company or association): extract of registration of the company in the trade register (or receipt of declaration of creation of association + copy of the articles of association) and copy of the identity document of the legal representative.
ORIGINAL title deed (invoices or bill of sale) of the boat and the engine, if the engine was purchased separately or changed recently and is not that indicated on the original bill of sale. The documents will be returned to you.
If you no longer have the originals, provide a certified true copy with legalization of your signature by a notary, a town hall or any other competent authority in the matter.
For boats placed on the European market since 1998, provide the EC declaration of conformity : The EC declaration of conformity is compulsory for any boat placed on the European market since 06/16/1998. This document is drawn up by the builder and must be delivered to the owner of the boat when it is purchased and then handed over to all successive owners. If this document is no longer in your possession, you can claim it either at the place of the first registration, or directly from the manufacturer. This document is also mandatory for all ski jets put on the market since 01/01/2006.
For boats put on the market before 1998, provide a technical sheet of the boat or a measurement certificate or any other document indicating the measurements of the boat (possibly technical expertise).
The CE declaration of conformity for engines put into service from January 1, 2006 OR its technical sheet specifying the engine power.
Copy of previous registrations since placing on the market.
Notice of cancellation of the previous flag or original registration certificate of the current flag to obtain the cancellation.
If you are using a fixed or portable VHF radio, beacon or other radio equipment on board, a license is required. This license must be issued by the country on which the vessel is registered. The request can only be made once the boat is registered. A copy of the registration certificate is required.
If the radio equipment you use justifies it, a 9-digit numeric code called MMSI will be assigned to your station (eg: VHF DSC, EPIRB beacon, ..). In the event of distress at sea, the MMSI allows a safe and rapid identification of the vessel and its owner by the rescue centers.
To obtain a radio license under the Polish flag, you must provide the following documents:
⦁ Registration request form.
⦁ Power of attorney to authorize us to take the necessary steps on your behalf.
⦁ A copy of the vessel’s registration certificate.
⦁ A copy of the CE certification of the device (s) on board
⦁ Copy of your radio license permit (CRR certificate)
Payment of fees:
– by check payable in France made out to VGD,
– by transfer to the following account:
IBAN : BE40 3631 5419 3563 – BIC : BBRU-BE-BB-010
– by credit card by telephone
Send all the documents and the forms to download to:
VGD – Registration department
636 Avenue de l’Océan
Regulatory safety equipment:
There is no list of regulatory safety equipment in Poland; it is necessary to refer to its country of main navigation. For information, below is the minimum recommended list if you are sailing in international waters or outside your country of primary residence.
a life jacket for each possible person on board a luminous lifebuoy if the vessel is sailing during the night effective distress signals: 3 hand flares, 2 red flares.
a magnetic compass for the navigation lights a fog horn if on gas, a reserve bottle a hand or electric probe.
an anchor, a boat hook, a pump or a bailer, a pair of oars, 20 meters of rope for running maneuvers, an electric lamp to give light signals, a fire extinguisher, for motor yachts a complete set of sails for sailboats
a waterproof box containing the necessary bandages and other common pharmaceutical products
nautical charts corrected for the region sailed (date last corrected) * tide directory * international regulations to prevent collisions at sea (RIPAM) * radio license and license for the use of radio devices double of the insurance policy registration document and Polish national flag
* Nautical charts, tide tables and RIPAM are integrated into the Coastal Block or the Marine Block. Available for sale on request
Download here free of charge the documents useful for your administrative procedures:
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APPLICATION FOR POLISH REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE OR CANCELLATION
SHIP STATION LICENSE APPLICATION (for radio devices)