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Apply for a death certificate in the event of death on a German seagoing vessel


The death of a person during the voyage on a seagoing ship flying the federal flag must be certified by the competent authority.

This also applies if the death occurred during the sea voyage outside the seagoing vessel, but not on land or in a port in Germany and the deceased was taken in by a seagoing ship flying the federal flag.

If the death occurred outside a seagoing vessel entitled to fly the federal flag and the deceased has not been found, it is not possible to register it in the death register. This applies even if the death has been established in a maritime authority ruling. In this case, only a declaration of death or determination of death and time of death by the district court competent for the last residence of the missing person is possible.

The skipper must record a record of the notification of death, which must be signed by him and by the complainant. The skipper must hand over the minutes and a copy of the minutes to the seafaring office, where it is first possible.

The Seamen's Office shall send the minutes to the competent authority; the copy shall be kept at the Seamen's Office.

The responsibility lies with the registry office I in Berlin.

Documents may be required. Please contact the competent authority.

Fees may apply. Please contact the competent authority.

The skipper must be notified of the death by the notifier in accordance with § 28 of the Civil Status Act (PStG) immediately and at the latest on the third working day following the death.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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