About Us

The Gibraltar Maritime Administration (GMA)


Gibraltar has been involved in the registration of vessels for over 70 years and 1997 was awarded Category 1 Red Ensign Status allowing it to register vessels of all types and tonnage.


The GMA administers the Gibraltar ship and yacht registers on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar. Both registers enjoy and benefit from a comprehensive framework of maritime legislation, based on English Common Law supported by a first-rate legal and fiscal environment.


As an Internationally recognised high quality registry, it provides owners with an efficient and cost-effective service and is an ideal choice for ship and yacht owners who want the confidence of belonging to a British Register and flying the Red Ensign.


We are fully committed in working with and supporting our clients, to achieve the highest standards of safety, protection of the marine environment and crew welfare. The GMA remains focused on supporting and encouraging green shipping and the reduction of greenhouse emissions.


The organisation has been accredited to ISO 9001:2015 quality standard, has obtained 'White List' status within the Paris Memorandum on Port State Control and is also recognized as one of the flag states on the US Coast Guard’s ‘QUALSHIP 21’ programme. 


As a member of the British Red Ensign Group, there is flexibility to transfer to and/or from other Red Ensign ports in an efficient manner.  It also offers a wide range of services including the registration of legal mortgages that provides security for mortgagees and through inspection of the register, any interested parties can ascertain whether a vessel is free from encumbrances or if it has any registered liens. 


Our comprehensive Merchant Shipping Legislation offers unrivalled mortgage protection provisions, which secure the rights of mortgagees and financing institutions.


Our client focused and highly responsive service, offers a swift turn-around on the provision of official documentation.