Maritime Resident Agents
Service Providers can also be appointed as a Representative Person (Maritime Resident Agent) for a ship. Maritime Resident Agents are required, as stipulated in Clause 6 of the Merchant Shipping Act for vessels with a length of 24m or more.
In the case of ships where the registered owner is a company established under the Nevis Business Ordnance, the Maritime Resident Agent is accepted as being the same of the resident agent for the company and that resident agent will need to confirm their acceptance of the appointment as MRA. This acceptance can be in the format of a letter sent directly to SKANReg within 30 days of the registration of the ship.
In other cases – Maritime Registrars are encouraged to direct their clients to service providers (law offices, company formation agents etc.) in SKN and to use those businesses as the Maritime Resident Agent. Such business will have to prove the appointment by submission of a letter/agreement/contract between themselves and the registered owner.