Boats can also be registered as property in the same way as
real estate. Registration only takes place when legal
ownership has been demonstrated and has been granted by the
The Tonnage Department (Scheepsmetingsdienst)
then applies a permanent 'brand' incorporating or referring to
a 'sea letter', the measurement institute (R for Rotterdam, G
for Groningen, A for Amsterdam etc.) and the year of
This not only endows the
ownership with international recognition, it can also be used
to establish a mortgage.
Using our on-line connection
with the property register, it is possible to check the
ownership and other details of a registered vessel.