Life saving appliances:

BG Verkehr / Dienststelle Schiffssicherheit
Referat Nautik
Brandstwiete 1
20457 Hamburg


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



Fire protection equipment:

BG Verkehr / Dienststelle Schiffssicherheit
Referat Brandschutz
Brandstwiete 1
20457 Hamburg

Axel Lichtwald
Phone: +49 40 361 37-812
Mobile: +49 171 636 11 36


Jens Niehus
Phone: +49 40 361 37-201
Fax: +49 40 361 37-204

Carsten Hackl
Phone: +49 40 361 37-241
Fax: +49 40 361 37-204


John Martens
Phone: +49 40 361 37-269
Fax: +49 40 361 37-204



Navigational and radio equipment:

Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie
Sachgebiet S 21
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78
20359 Hamburg

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



Medical equipment:

BG Verkehr / Dienststelle Schiffssicherheit
Seeärztlicher Dienst
Brandstwiete 1
20457 Hamburg


Jan Schultz
Phone: +49 40 36137-335
Fax: +49 40 36137-333

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Equipment for the ship

No conversions for a change of flag

The German flag stands for high safety standards. This does not mean, however, that a ship has to undergo conversion construction upon changing the flag. German special provisions are a thing of the past. Although, different to other flag states, the German flag state applies the recommendations of the International Maritime Organization on a mandatory basis. An example: in the SOLAS Convention, chapter II-2, regulation 13, 4.2, emergency exits in the engine room are recommended to offer seafarers an easy way to escape in case of fire. Present-day ships readily fulfill these safety standards. On older ships additional Emergency Escape Breathing Devices (EEBD’s) make up for the poor accessibility of emergency exits.

At a change of flag, ship’s equipment with a SOLAS-approval which does not meet the requirements of the Marine Equipment Directive (so called wheel mark) may remain on board and does not have to be exchanged.

We have compiled the few additional German/ EU requirements regarding ship safety in the list "Additional statutory requirements".

Equip your ship: bring legislative texts on board and install new home port

Although the shipping industry is very international, a change of flag always means a change to the legal requirements of the respective flag state. Please equip your ship for a change of flag with the legislative texts and information boards according to our equipment list. You can bring the legislative texts as electronic data on board.

With a change of flag the home port of the ship changes too; the new German home port needs to be installed at the stern of the ship. A new load line mark is not necessary, however.

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Up-to-date on-board pharmacy for change of flag

According to the Maritime Labour Convention seafarers on board a seagoing vessel are entitled to a comparable medical standard to the one in their homeland. Hence why, the German flag stipulates higher medical requirements in comparison to the international standard. For a change of flag, you, as shipowner, have to equip the on-board pharmacy to German standard. The easiest way to go about this is to contact a pharmacy with experience in medical equipment for seagoing vessels. Read about the necessary medical equipment on board (“State of medical knowledge”) under our heading "Maritime Medicine".

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Flagging-in ships with asbestos