Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What documents are needed to register?

  1. EU passport OR European ID card *if registering as company can be non - EU passport
  2. Proof of ownership of the vessel - this can be a sales agreement or insurance policy - as long as the hull and engine numbers are shown on it.

Can I change the Ships name?

Yes you just put the Ship name when you fill in the registration form online.

Can I put any base port?

Yes The ICP Dutch Flag accepts any base port. This base port has to be indicated on your vessel.

For Spanish Residents only, do I have to pay transport taxes (Impuesto de matriculacion) in Spain, even when sailing under the Dutch flag?

The Spanish law different form other European countries states that any resident in Spain should pay his taxes on his vessel. But there are several different cases:  For a new boat the tax has to be paid, stating that the vessel will not sail under the Spanish flag.  If the boat is on the 6a list and no taxes have been paid due to tax exemption on this vessel, the tax would have to be paid when changing to a foreign flag.  If the boat was registered under the Spanish flag and taxes were paid , it is very important to keep the documents as this tax only has to be paid once and you need the documents to prove it.  If the Boat was registered under the Spanish flag before the Impuesto de matriculacion was established, the tax department considers the tax paid.

No Dutch Taxes

The Netherlands do not tax the ICP Dutch Flag, nor are there yearly fees, just a biannual renewal fee.

Navigation areas

There are no navigation areas under the Dutch legislation like in some other countries. For Home build vessels/ Amateur contrsuction they recognize Cat A,B,C or D, but as the category doesn’t limit the navigation distance, it is the responsibility of the builder to know until how far they can sail out.

Boating License

You’ll need a boating license to sail at sea if your boat goes faster than 20 km/h or is longer than 15 metres.

I am not an EU Citizen, can I sail under the Dutch Flag?

The Dutch ICP is open for EU citizens or passport holders of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Lichtenstein. However we can also offer ICP services for non eu citizens by setting up a UK LTD. This process take just 24 hours and costs 349 EUR for the first time setup and 249 annually. The ltd will own the vessel thus you do not need to pay any taxes or do any government filings. Once the Ltd has been setup a bill of sale will be created and then we’ll register the Uk ltd owner of the vessel and you’ll receive your ICP Dutch flag 3 days later.

Documents needed for the register

EU passport or ID card and proof of ownership of the vessel of private owners, this can be a sales agreement, insurance policy etc.. as long as the yacht details of hill and engine numbers are shown on it)

Is the Dutch flag ICP for pleasure vessels only?

Yes, it can only be used for non-commercial purposes.

  • Rescue Equipment

    • Life vest/jacket : one per person on board
    • Lifebuoy with light, in case of night operating
    • Effective distress signals, including flares
  • Nautical Instruments

    • Magnetic compass
    • Navigation lights
    • Boat horn and manual depth sounder
  • Armament Equipment

    • Anchor, hammer and boat hook
    • Bilge pump or bailer
    • Sufficient number of oars with oarlocks
    • Minimum of 20 m of rope for usual operations
    • Waterproof electrical torch allowing to give light signals
    • Fire extinguisher (for motorboats)
    • Complete sails kit (for sailboats)
  • First Aid Kit

    • Waterproof box with necessary bandages and other usual pharmaceutical products