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Survey & Audit Certification

As a Category 1 British Registry, the Cayman Islands is authorised to certify all sizes and types of vessel.

The survey and audit certification requirements for Cayman Islands-registered ships are based on International Conventions that take effect through the passage of Cayman Islands legislation. These survey and audit requirements are also guided by policies and procedures that are agreed upon among the members of the British Registers, the Red Ensign Group.

Our Approach

The Cayman Islands maintains a dynamic Survey and Inspection programme for Yachts and Merchant Ships to assist clients and to ensure the quality of their fleet is maintained. Yacht Code Compliance surveys are generally conducted by the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry's exclusive surveyor networks, however, many of the statutory surveys relating to International Conventions on both Yachts and Merchant Ships are delegated to the six recognised classification societies through a formal agreement between the Cayman Islands and each of the respective societies as listed:

  • American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
  • Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Det Norske Veritas - Germanisher Lloyd (DNV-GL)
  • Lloyds Register (LR)
  • Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK)
  • Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)


Ship's Electronic Statutory Certificate Verification

The Cayman Island Shipping Registry issues electronic statutory certification to its ships. The certificates meet the security and functional requirements of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Guidelines for the Use of Electronic Certificates -FAL.5/CIRC.39/Rev.2

A key aspect of this functional requirement is that the authenticity and status of the statutory certificates can be independently verified.

Please see the latest version of Guidance Notice 06/2021 for further instructions.

Verify a Cayman Islands Ship's Electronic Statutory Certificate here: