The Ship Register holds data about the Estonian marine and inland vessels (incl. fishing vessels), non-propelled floating vessels and vessels being in construction. In addition to the vessel’s technical data, the registry stores data about the vessel’s owners, ship mortgages, usufructs and prohibition notations, and other restrictions regarding the vessels. The data in the Ship Register have legal force. Any transaction made with a registered vessel enters into force only after the transaction has been entered into the Ship Register.
The Ship Register is kept by the registry departments of the Harju County Court, the Tartu County Court and the Pärnu County Court. The Harju County Court also keeps the Ship Register for the jurisdiction of the Viru County Court. The Ship Register is kept in an electronic form.
The data entered into the Ship Register is available for everybody. The prerequisite for a query is the Estonian ID card and an ID card reader. Queries to the Ship Register are free-of-charge.