Fees of the Ship Safety Division:

BG Verkehr / Dienststelle Schiffssicherheit
Gebühren
Brandstwiete 1
20457 Hamburg

Christiane Kolz
Phone: +49 40 361 37-242
Fax: +49 40 361 37-204



Fees of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH):

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

Phone: +49 40 31 90-0
Fax: +49 40 3190-5000



Fees os the Federal Network Agency (maritime radiocommunication):

Bundesnetzagentur
Außenstelle Hamburg
Sachsenstrasse 12 und 14
20097 Hamburg

Phone: +49 40 23655-0
Fax: +49 40 23655-182



Fees of the shipping registers:

Seeschiffsregister
Liste der Seeschiffsregister in Deutschland:

Webcode for this Content: 16190572

Fees

Low priced fees under German flag

Ship surveys, issuance of certificates, verifications of documents – the costs of these and other services of the German flag are covered by fees. The fees of the German flag are very reasonable: especially the costs of certificates regarding the ship are low priced in comparison to other flag states. The annual registration fee for ships does not exist under German flag either.

The costs of ship surveys of ships with a class are usually settled between shipowner and classification society in, so called, block fee contracts.

Changing to the German flag is particularly good value when the ship is already registered in a German shipping register and is currently trading under a foreign flag – this is the normal case. This is when no registration fees apply but only minor costs for the certificate of registry and further documents, if applicable, need to be covered.

For crew members working on German-flagged ships the medical fitness examination for seafarers is free of charge as the BG Verkehr covers the costs.

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Ordinances on fees are the basis

The fees for the services of the German flag are established in several ordinances on fees (Gebührenverordungen), among others these are:

These ordinances contain annexes (Anlagen) with lists naming the individual service fees.

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Different kinds of fees

Most fees are fixed amounts. In addition, there are sliding-scale fees where the exact amount is based on the actual work but with a minimum and maximum amount. Fees can also be based on expenditure of time alone. Here, travel time, preparation and post-processing time and, potentially, waiting times that are not caused by the administration factor in as well. In addition to the fees, expenditures (e.g. travel costs) may apply.

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No block fee agreements possible

Block fee agreements, which are common for contracts with classification societies for example, are not available at the German flag because the amount of the individual fees is defined in statutory ordinances. Sliding-scale fees allow for reductions when several applications are filed at the same time.

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Overview of the most relevant fees

The following table gives examples of fees of the German flag. Please take into consideration that only the rates listed in the fee ordinances are applicable and, particularly in regard to ship surveys, additional expenditures may accrue. Therefore, this table only serves as a guide.

If you want to know which certificates are necessary for a ship, we recommend our directory for ship certificates.

Service Fee in € Authority Legal basis

I. Documents and certificates refering to seafarers (details)

Seafarer’s Card

25

BSH

Nr. 2005 Anlage BSHGebV

Certificates of Competency, Certificate of Proficiency, Marine Radio Certificate of Proficiency (price reduction with several applications at the same time)

50

BSH

Nr. 2001 Anlage BSHGebV

Endorsements

100

BSH

Nr. 2005 Anlage BSHGebV

Complete medical fitness examination for seafarers (self-pay patient = not insured with BG Verkehr)

100

SD

Nr. 3002 Anlage BGVGebV

II. Documents and certificates referring to ships

Shipping register

Changing to the German flag: changes in the certificate of registry

25

Shipping register

Nr. 14261 Anlage 1 GNotKG

Changing to the German flag: certified copy of the registration page (for BSH)

20

Shipping register

Nr. 17001 Anlage GNotKG

Registration in the German International Shipping Register (GIS)

106

BSH

Nr. 1005 Anlage BSHGebV

Safety

Minimum Safe Manning Certificate

60

SD

Nr. 3201 Anlage BGVGebV

Load Line Certificate (no newbuilding) incl. confirmation of the surveys

945

SD

Nr. 0002 Anlage BGVGebV

Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate for SOLAS-ship incl. confirmation of the surveys

745

SD

Nr. 0202 Anlage BGVGebV

Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate for SOLAS-ship incl. confirmation of the surveys

745

SD

Nr. 0202 Anlage BGVGebV

Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate for SOLAS-ship

155

SD

Nr. 0701 Anlage BGVGebV

ISM Code: DoC after renewal verification incl. confirmation of the annual verifications

800

SD

Nr. 1002 Anlage BGVGebV

ISM Code: SMC after renewal verification incl. confirmation of the annual verifications

390

SD

Nr. 1012 Anlage BGVGebV

Security

Int. Ship Security Certificate (ISSC) or interim-ISSC

107

BSH

Nr. 8006 Anlage BSHGebV

Continiuous Synopsis Record, CSR

94

BSH

Nr. 8008 Anlage BSHGebV

Confirmation of Conformity of the Ship Security Alert System (SSAS)

1011

BSH

Nr. 8002 Anlage BSHGebV

Maritime radiocommunication

Assignment of frequencies for maritime radiocommunication (call sign, MMSI, ATIS-number) for Ship Station License

51

Bundesnetzagentur (German Federal Network Agency)

Nr. D.12 Anlage 1 TnGebV

Protection of the marine environment

IOPP Certificate (prevention of oil pollution) for an existing ship incl. the confirmation of the surveys

375

SD

Nr. 2102 Anlage BGVGebV

ISPP Certificate (prevention of pollution with ship’s sewage) for existing ship

145

SD

Nr. 2302 Anlage BGVGebV

IAPP Certificate (prevention of air pollution) incl. confirmation of the surveys

375

SD

Nr. 2402 Anlage BGVGebV

IEE Certificate (International Energy Efficiency) for existing ship

145

SD

Nr. 2404 Anlage BGVGebV

Approval of the shipboard emergency plans (SOPEP/SMPEP)

60

SD

Nr. 2558 Anlage BGVGebV

Maritime labour law

Interim Maritime Labour Certificate

230

SD

Nr. 3101 Anlage BGVGebV

Maritime Labour Certificate

460

SD

Nr. 3102 Anlage BGVGebV

Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance (DMLC)

1140

SD

Nr. 3103 Anlage BGVGebV

Liability certificates

Liability certificates (e.g. civil liability certificate for oil tankers)

118

BSH

Nr. 7001 Anlage BSHGebV

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Abbreviations:

  • BSH: Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency
  • SD: Ship Safety Division of BG Verkehr
  • BGVGebV: BG Verkehr-Gebührenverordnung
  • BSHGebV: BSH-Gebührenverordnung
  • GKNotG: Gerichts- und Notarkostengesetz
  • TnGebV: Telekommunikations-Gebührenverordnung