Newbuildings (coordinating the departments of the Ship Safety Division):

Berufsgenossenschaft Verkehrswirtschaft Post-Logistik Telekommunikation (BG Verkehr)
Dienststelle Schiffssicherheit
Brandstwiete 1
20457 Hamburg

Referat Nautik


Peer Lange
Phone: +49 40 361 37-319
Fax: +49 40 361 37-204
Mobile: +49 171 882 70 68



Flag State Interpretations:


Alexander Dierichs
Phone: +49 40 361 37-244
Fax: +49 40 361 37-204

Radio and navigation equipment of newbuildings:

Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78
20359 Hamburg

Matthias Lafrentz
Phone: +49 40 31 90-7210
Fax: +49 40 31 90-50 00



Webcode for this Content: 16183882

Newbuilding and conversion

Check list for newbuildings

Design and construction of seagoing ships under the German flag is actively supported by the German flag state administration.

All relevant items are clearly listed in the following check list for newbuildings.

  • DS = Dienststelle Schiffssicherheit der (Ship safety division of the) BG Verkehr
  • BSH = Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency)

1. Submission of the announcement of newbuilding to the DS (who will forward it to the BSH)

2. Plan approval

3. Ship construction

4. Application for tonnage measurement by the BSH and for the International Tonnage Certificate (ITC 69) (Application tonnage measurement, in German only)

5. Application for registration in a German shipping register and for the ship certificate at the responsible district court of the envisaged home port

6. Application for registration in the German International Shipping Register (GIS) at the BSH, if applicable (Application for GIS, only in German)

7. Application for assignment of numbers for mobile maritime radio service (call sign, MMSI, ATIS; ship station licence) (in German only) at the Bundesnetzagentur (German Federal Network Agency).

8. Ship survey

    • by a recognized organisation (classification society) for ships with class notation (which is the norm), or
    • by the DS in case of ships without classification, as well as
    • by the BSH with regard to navigational and radio equipment as well as equipment according to COLREG 72 (Application for on-board survey)

9. Application for ship safety certificates (please state the date of the ship’s delivery):

10. Fitting out of the ship in accordance with the National List of Equipment for sea ships under German flag and with medical equipment.

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Additional information on newbuilding of ships

Further to the above check list the following links provide the most important information and requirements relevant to newbuildings under the German flag:

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Flag State Interpretations of shipbuilding regulations

Legal texts usually leave some room for different meanings. When a ship is newly built or converted, shipyards, designers and operators have to know exactly which rules apply.

We, as the Flag State Administration, offer you uniform interpretations of international as well as national regulations on shipbuilding matters. With our "Flag State Interpretations" (FI), we ensure a consistent standard in the interpretation of the sets of rules for sea-going ships flying the German flag.

Given the number of legal standards, we cannot cover all areas with uniform interpretations. We will, however, continually extent and update our "Flag State Interpretations" (FI).

  1. Intact Stability

  2. Damaged stability
    • No Flag State Interpretations available as of yet
  3. International Load Lines
  4. National Load Lines
  5. Structural condition
  6. Regarding all topics

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Plan approval for ship’s equipment

For any newly constructed, modified or refitted ship under the German flag a plan approval of the ship’s equipment is required. By means of drawings and documents it will be verified that all requirements regarding arrangement, fitting and installation of the ship’s equipment are complied with. Plan approval is the preliminary stage to the ship’s survey and helps to avoid costly modifications, which might otherwise become necessary.

Follow the link for further information on plan approval and on the surveys for navigational and radio equipment.

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Flag document

Information about the flag document can be found under Flag documents.

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