Fishing boat registration letters:

21st September 2016

We’re familiar with the concept of vehicle registration plates and the historical changes that reflect the age of the vehicle, including the change which occurred in 2001 which also added regional provenance. Laypeople may not be aware that the fishing industry also has its own registration system which identifies the port of origin of each vessel. It is the law in the United Kingdom (including Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales) as well as some other European countries that commercial fishing boats are registered. Once registered, each boat is issued with a carving and marking note that must be, as the name would suggest, both carved and marked on the vessel.

This process is an official one and requires the boat to be measured by either an approved surveyor or the local coastguard depending upon the overall length of the vessel. The carving and marking note is valid for five years and, if you continue to fish for profit, must be renewed regularly.

Only boats that have been surveyed and conform to the latest (or prevailing if built before 2007) standards for safety and seaworthiness.

All of this compliance comes at a cost to the operators of a vessel but remain an important part of the strict procedures operated by the UK Government to keep standards as high as possible across the industry.

Knowing the registration letters of boats operating in the British Isles can give a quick glimpse of the demographic of vessels in any given port at any given time. We’ve pulled together a quick guide to give you an overview of the letters in use but you can purchase a comprehensive guide.

If you want to sell your fishing boat you can list it here.

British Isles & Ireland

Scottish Fishing Boat Registration Letters

  • A Aberdeen
  • AA Aloha
  • AD Ardrossan
  • AH Arbroath
  • AR Ayr
  • BA Ballantrae
  • BCK Buckie
  • BF Banff
  • BO Bo’ness
  • BRD Broadford
  • BU Burntisland
  • CN Campbelltown
  • CY Castlebay
  • DE Dundee
  • DS Dumfries
  • FR Fraserburgh
  • GH Grangemouth
  • GK Greenock
  • GN Granton
  • GW Glasgow
  • IE Irvine
  • INS Inverness
  • K Kirkwall
  • KY Kirkcaldy
  • LH Leith
  • LK Lerwick
  • ME Montrose
  • ML Methil
  • OB Oban
  • PD Peterhead
  • RO Rothesay
  • SMH St. Margaret’s Hope
  • SR Stranraer
  • SY Stornoway
  • TN Troon
  • TT Tarbert, Loch Fyne
  • UL Ullapool
  • WK Wick
  • WN Wigtown

English Fishing Boat Registration Letters

  • BD Bideford
  • BE Barnstaple
  • BH Blyth
  • BK Berwick on Tweed
  • BL Bristol
  • BM Brixham
  • BN Boston
  • BR Bridgewater
  • BW Barrow
  • CH Chester
  • CK Colchester
  • CL Carlisle
  • CS Cowes
  • DH Dartmouth
  • DR Dover
  • E Exeter
  • F Faversham
  • FD Fleetwood
  • FE Folkestone
  • FH Falmouth
  • FY Fowey
  • GE Goole
  • GR Gloucester
  • GY Grimsby
  • H Hull
  • HE Hayle
  • HH Harwich
  • HL Hartlepool
  • IH Ipswich
  • LI Littlehampton
  • LL Liverpool
  • LN Kings Lynn
  • LO London
  • LR Lancaster
  • LT Lowestoft
  • MH Middlesborough
  • MN Maldon
  • MR Manchester
  • MT Maryport
  • NE Newcastle
  • NN Newhaven
  • P Portsmouth
  • PE Poole
  • PH Plymouth
  • PN Preston
  • PW Padstow
  • PZ Penzance
  • R Ramsgate
  • RN Runcorn
  • RR Rochester
  • RX Rye
  • SC Scilly Islands
  • SD Sunderland
  • SE Salcombe
  • SH Scarborough
  • SM Shoreham
  • SN North Shields
  • SS St. Ives
  • SSS South Shields
  • ST Stockton
  • SU Southampton
  • TH Teignmouth
  • TO Truro
  • WA Whitehaven
  • WH Weymouth
  • WI Wisbech
  • WO Workington
  • WS Wells
  • WY Whitby
  • YH Yarmouth

Welsh Fishing Boat Registration Letters

  • AB Aberystwyth
  • BS Beaumaris
  • CA Cardigan
  • CF Cardiff
  • CO Caernarfon
  • LA Llanelli
  • M Milhaven
  • N Newport
  • PT Port Talbot
  • SA Swansea

Northern Ireland Fishing Boat Registration Letters

  • B Belfast
  • CE Coleraine
  • LY Londonderry
  • N Newry

Misc. British Isles Fishing Boat Registration Letters

  • J Jersey
  • GU Guernsey
  • CT Castletown, Isle of Man
  • DO Douglas, Isle of Man
  • PL Peel, Isle of Man
  • RY Ramsey, Isle of Man

Republic of Ireland Fishing Boat Registration Letters

  • C Cork
  • D Dublin
  • DA Drogheda
  • DK Dundalk
  • G Galway
  • L Limerick
  • NS New Ross
  • S Skibbereen
  • SO Sligo
  • T Tralee
  • W Waterford
  • WD Wexford
  • WT Westport
  • Y Youghal
Rest of Europe (Belgium to Denmark)

Belgian Fishing Boat Registration Letters

  • A Antwerp
  • B Blankenburg
  • BOU Bouchoute
  • C Coxyde
  • D Doel
  • H Heyst
  • K Kieldrecht
  • M Middelkerke
  • N Nieuwpoort
  • O Ostende
  • OD Oost Duinkerke
  • P La Panne
  • Z Zeebrugge

Bulgarian Fishing Boat Registration Letters

  • AH Ahtopol
  • AX Ahtopol
  • BCH Balchick
  • BH Varna
  • BL Byala
  • BS Burgas
  • HC Nessebar
  • KB Kavarna
  • KV Kavarna
  • NS Nessebar
  • PM Pomorie
  • PR Primorsko
  • SHB Shabla
  • SZ Sozopol
  • TSR Tzarevo
  • VN Varna

Danish Fishing Boat Registration Letters

  • A Aalborg
  • AA Aabenraa
  • AS Aarhus
  • E Esbjerg
  • F Fano
  • FL Finsterwolde
  • FN Frederikshaven
  • H Helsingor
  • HG Hjoring
  • HK Holbaek
  • HM Hanstholm
  • HV Hadersley
  • K Kopenhagen
  • KE Koege
  • KR Korsor
  • L Lemvig
  • LN Lokken
  • M Marstal
  • MT Middlefart
  • N Nakskov
  • ND Nyord
  • NF Nykjobing
  • NG Nyborg
  • O Odense
  • R Ribe
  • RI Ringkobing
  • RO Ronne
  • RU Rudkjobing
  • S Skagen
  • SB Svaneke
  • SE Svaneke
  • SG Svendborg
  • SO Sonderborg
  • T Thistead
  • TN Torshavn
  • TR Tonder
  • V Varde
  • VE Vejle
Rest of Europe (Faroe Islands to France)

Faroese Fishing Boat Registration Letters

  • TG Trangisvaag
  • FD Fuglefjord
  • KG Klaksvig
  • LL Limassol
  • TN Thorshavn
  • VA Sandevaag
  • VN Vestmanhaven

Finnish Fishing Boat Registration Letters

  • AAL Ahvenanmaa
  • FIN –nn- K Lymi
  • FIN -nn- L Lappi
  • FIN –nn- O Oulu
  • FIN –nn- T Turku
  • FIN –nn- U Uusimaa
  • FIN –nn- V Vaasa

French Fishing Boat Registration Letters

  • AC Arcachon
  • AD Audierne
  • ARC Arcachon
  • AU Audierne
  • AY Auray
  • BA Bayonne
  • BL Boulogne
  • BR Brest
  • BX Bordeaux
  • C Caen
  • CAN Cancale
  • CC Concarneau
  • CH Cherbourg
  • CL Calais
  • CM Camaret
  • CO Coursuelles
  • CT Trouville
  • D Dunkirk
  • DI Dieppe
  • DIN Dinant
  • DK Dunkirk
  • DP Dieppe
  • DZ Douarnenez
  • EL Etel
  • F Fecamp
  • G Granville
  • GRA Gravelines
  • GV Guilvinee
  • HO Honfleur
  • I Isigny
  • IO Isle d'Oleron
  • L Lannion
  • LA La Rochelle
  • LH Le Havre
  • LO Lorient
  • LS Sables d'Olonne
  • MA Marseilles
  • MN Marennes
  • MT Martigues
  • MX Morlaix
  • NA Nantes
  • NI Nice
  • NO Noirmoutier
  • P Paimpol
  • PL Paimpol
  • PV Port Vendres
  • R Rouen
  • SB St. Brieuc
  • SM St. Malo
  • SN St. Nazare
  • ST Sete
  • St.B St. Brieue
  • St.VC St. Valery en Caux
  • St.VSS St Valery sur Somme
  • TL Toulon
  • TR Trouville
  • VA Vannes
  • YE Isle D'Yeu
Rest of Europe (Germany to Lithuania)

German Fishing Boat Registration Letters

  • AA Westeraccumersiel
  • AB Bensersiel
  • ABH Bremerhaven
  • AC Calolinensie
  • ACC Accumerseil
  • AD Langeoog
  • AE Emden
  • AF Friesdrichs Schleusses
  • AG Greetseil
  • AH Ditzum
  • AJ Juist
  • AL Langeoog
  • AL Leer
  • AM Leerort
  • AN Norderney
  • AO Oldersum
  • AQ Retzmarsiel
  • AR Rhaudermoor
  • ARN Arnis
  • AS Spickeroog
  • ASS Assel
  • AT Terborg
  • AU Baltrum
  • AV Norden
  • AW Wilhelmshaven
  • AX Borkum
  • AY Norddeich
  • AZ Neuharlingsersiel
  • BB Bremen
  • BEI Beidenfleth
  • BEN Bensersiel
  • BIN Bingum
  • BOG Borgerende
  • BON Bongsiel
  • BOR Borkum
  • BRA Brake
  • BRE Bremen
  • BRO Brokdorf
  • BRU Brunsbuttelkoog
  • BUR Burgstaaken
  • BUS Busum
  • BV Bremen - Vegesack
  • BX Bremerhaven
  • CUX Cuxhaven
  • DAG Dagebull
  • DAH Dahme
  • DAN Dangast
  • DED Dedesdorf
  • DIT Ditzum
  • DOR Dorum
  • DRA Drage
  • DRE Oehe-Drecht
  • ECKE Eckernforde
  • ELM Elmhorn
  • ELS Elsfleth
  • EMD Emden
  • FAL Falshoft
  • FED Fedderwardersiel
  • FLE Flensburg
  • FRI Friedrichskoog
  • GEV Geversdorf
  • GLU Gluckstadt
  • GOT Gothmund
  • GRE Greetsiel
  • GRO Grossenbrode
  • GRÖ Gromitz
  • HAF Haffkrug
  • HAR Harlesiel
  • HAS Audeich/Kreuzdeich
  • HAT Hatzum
  • HBK Hamburg - Kleinfahrzeuge
  • HC Cuxhaven
  • HEI Heikendorf
  • HEIL Heiligenhaven
  • HEL Helgoland
  • HEN Hennstedt
  • HF Hamburg - Finkenwerder
  • HH Hamburg
  • HOH Hohwcht
  • HOO Hooge
  • HOR Horumersiel
  • HÖR Hornum
  • HUB Hubertsberg
  • HUS Husum
  • JEM Jemgum
  • KAP Kappeln
  • KAS Kasenort
  • KEL Kellenhusen
  • KET Ketelsby
  • KIE Kiel
  • KNO Knork
  • KOL Kolberg
  • KRA Krakstorf
  • KRO Kronsgaard
  • LAB Laboe
  • LAN Langeness
  • LANG Langholz
  • LBB Leerort
  • LE Finkenwarder
  • LEE Leer
  • LEM Lemkenhafen
  • LF Altenwerder
  • LIP Lippe
  • LIST List auf Sylt
  • LK Lubeck
  • LOG Loga
  • LUN Nesserdeich – Wollersum
  • MAA Maasholm
  • MEL Meldorf
  • MUN Munkmarsch-Sylt
  • NB Emden
  • NC Cuxhaven
  • NES Nessmersiel
  • NEU Neufeld
  • NEUK Neukirchen
  • NG Ditzum/Emden
  • NIE Niendort
  • NOR Norddeich
  • OB Brake
  • OE Elsfleth
  • OHR Ohrfeldhaf
  • OLA Hallig
  • OLD Oldersum
  • OLP Olpenitz
  • ON Nordenham
  • OO Oldenburg
  • OR Wilhelmshaven
  • ORD Ording
  • ORT Orth
  • OTT Otterndorf
  • OV Varel
  • OW Wangeroog
  • OX Bexen
  • PAP Papenburg
  • PC Cranz an der Elbe
  • PEL Pellworm
  • PET Petkum
  • PG Geestemunde
  • POG Pogum
  • R Rostock
  • RAD Radeland
  • RAN Rantum - Sylt
  • ROD Rodenkirchen
  • ROS Rostock
  • RUG Rugennealder Munde
  • RYS Rysum
  • SA Amrum
  • SAS Sassnitz
  • SB Burgstaaken
  • SC Busum
  • SCHL Schlutersiel
  • SCHLE Schleswig
  • SCHLU Schlutup
  • SCHÖN Schonberger Strand
  • SD Altona
  • SD Friedrichskoog
  • SE Elmshorn Seester
  • SEE Seestermuhe
  • SG Gluckstad
  • SH Husum Heiligenhaven
  • SIE Sierksdorf
  • SK Keitum Kiel
  • SL Travemunde
  • SM Muhlenberg Maasholm
  • SN Schleswig Neustadt
  • SO Schleswig Niendorf
  • SP Pellworm
  • SPI Spieka
  • SR Kirkeby auf Rom Eckernforde
  • SS Wedel-Schulau
  • ST Schleswig Tonning
  • STA Stade
  • STEI Stein
  • STO Stolpemunde
  • STRA Strande
  • STRU Strukkamp
  • SU Schleswig Husum
  • SV Schleswig Hornum
  • SW Wyk auf Fohr
  • SY Teufelsbruk
  • SX Schleswig Helgoland
  • TER Terborg
  • TIM Timmerdorfer Strand
  • TÖN Tonning
  • TRA Travemunde
  • UBT Uetersen
  • UEK Uekermunde
  • VAR Varel
  • WACK Wackerballigau
  • WAR Warnemunde
  • WES Westeraccumersiel
  • WIL Wilhelmshaven
  • WIS Wischhaven Wismar
  • WRE Wremen
  • WULF Wulfen
  • WYK Wyk auf Fohr

Icelandic Fishing Boat Registration Letters

  • AI Akureyri
  • AR Arnes Syssel
  • BA Bardastradn Syssel
  • DA Dala Syssel
  • EA Eysafjord
  • GK Grindavik
  • HU Hunavatn
  • IS Isafjordur
  • KE Keflavik
  • NK Neskaupstadur
  • NS Seydisfjordur
  • OF Olafsfuordu
  • RA Rangarvalla
  • RE Reykjavik
  • SA Sandfor Sando-Syssel
  • SF Skaptafells
  • SH Olafsvik Grundarfjordur Stykkisholmur
  • SI Siglufjordur
  • SK Skagefjord
  • ST Stranda Syssel
  • SU Sudurmula
  • TH Thingo Syssel
  • VE Vestmannaeyjar

Latvian Fishing Boat Registration Letters

EE Engure LA Liepaja LU Lielupe LVL Liepaja LVR Riga LVV Ventspils MR Mersrags PO Pavisosta RA Roja RG Riga SE Skulte SG Salacgriva VP Ventspils

Lithuanian Fishing Boat Registration Letters

KL Klaipeda LT-P- Klaipeda N Neringa

Rest of Europe (The Netherlands)

AK Andijk AL Ameland ALK Alkmaar AM Amsterdam ARM Arnemuiden AV Avenhorn AW Aengwirden BH Brouwershaven BR Breskens BRU Bruinisse BU Bunschoten BZ Bergen op Zoom CG Callantsoog CLN Clinge CP Colijnsplaat CZ Cadzand DD Dordrecht DV Deventer DW Doniawestal DZ Delfzijl EB Elburg EE Eenrum EG Egmond aan Zee EH Enkhuizen EWD Ellewoutsdijk EZ Ezinge FN Franeker GA Gaasterland GD s'-Gravendeel GG Geertruidenberg GM Genemuiden GO Goedereede GOE Goes GRA Grauw GRO Groningen GS Gasselte GT Grafhorst HA Harlingen HAL Halsteren HAS Hasselt HB Het Bildt HD Den Helder HI Hindelopen HK Harderwijk HL Hemellumer HN Hoorn HO Hoogeveen HOE Hoedekenskerke HOK Hoek HON Hontenisse HP Hoofdplaat HR Herkingen HS Haamstede HT Heenvliet HV Hellevoetsluis HVH Hoek van Holland HVL Hoogvliet HW Hoogwoud HZ Huizen IL Ilpendam IJM Ijmuiden KB Krabbendijke KD Kattendijke KE Kerkwerve KH Kolhorn KK Koudekerke KL Klundert KN Kruiningen KO Koog aan der Zaan KP Kampen KU Kuinre KW Katwijk LE Lemsterland LM Landsmeer LP Loppersum LS Leens LW Leewarden MA Maassluis ME Medemblik MG Middelburg MK Marken ML Maasland MO Monnikendam MP Meppel MU Muiden NB Nieuw Beierland ND Nieuwe Niedorp NI Nieuwendam NK Nijkerk NTO Nieuwe Tonge NV Nieuw Vossemeer NW Noordwijk NZ Terneuzen OD Ouddrop OBD Oudenbosch OH Oosthuizen OK Ouwerkerk OL Oostdongeradel OO Oosterland OS Ossenisse OV Oud Vossemeer OWS O & W Souburg OZ Oostzaan PI Philippine PM Purmerend PR Pernis PS Sint Philipsind PU Putten PV Poortvliet RD Ransdorp RL Rilland RO Rotterdam RP de Rijp SAL Sint Annaland SCH Scheveningen SDM Schiedam SH Schellinkhout SI Scherpenisse SL Stellendam SLO Sloten Friesland SMA Smallingerland SMD St. Maartensdijk SMI Smilde SNE Sneek SP Spaarndam SRN Schermernorn ST Stavoren STL Schoterland STO Stoppeldijk SV Stavenisse SVG Sas van Gent TB Ten Boer TD Tietjerksteradeel TH Tholen TM Termunten TR Terschelling TX Texel UD Utingeradeel UK Urk UQ Usquert V Veen VD Volendam VE Veere VH Venhuizen VL Vlaardingen VLI Vlissingen VN Vollenhove WAN Wanneperveen WAR Warder WB Wijmbritseradeel WDN Wijdenes WF Werveshoof WFD Wolfartskijk WIN Winkel WK Workum WL Westdongeradeel WM Willemstad WMD Wemeldinge WMH Warmenhuizen WOE Woensdrecht WON Wonseradeel WR Wieringen WRW Wieringerwaard WSW Westerschouwen WU Wilsum WV Wildervank WW Weststellingwerf YE Yerseke YT Yist YM Ymuiden ZA Zaabdam ZD Zuidwolde ZE Zwolle ZIJ Zijpe ZK Zoutkamp ZL Zwaluwe ZO Zoutelande ZS Zwartsluis ZU Zuid Scharwoude ZV Zandvoort ZVC Zalk en Veecaten ZW Zwartewaal ZZ Zierikzee

Rest of Europe (Norway to Portugal)

Norwegian Fishing Boat Registration Letters

A Akershus AA Aust - Agder BD Buskerud F Finnmark H Hordaland M Mor og Romsdal N Nordland NT Nord-Trondelag O Oslo Ø Ostfold R Rogaland SF Sogn og Fjordane ST Sor-Trondelag T Troms TK Telemark V Vestfold VA Vest - Agder

Polish Fishing Boat Registration Letters

CHA Chalupy CHY Chlopy DAB Dabie DAR Darlowo DBK Dabki DEB Debki DWI Dzwirzyno DZI Dziwnow FRO Frombork GDA Gdansk GDY Gdynia HEL Hel JAN Jantar JAR Jaroslawiec JAS Jastarnia JEL Jelitkowo KAM Kamien Pomorski KAT Katy Rybackie KMN Kamienica Elblaska KOL Kolobrzeg KRM Krynica Morska KRS Karsibor KUZ Kuznica LBN Lubin LEB Leba MEC Mechelinki MIK Mikoszewo MIW Miedzywodzie MIZ Miedzyzdroje MRZ Mrzezyno NIE Niechorze OBL Obluze OKS Oksywie ORL Orlowo PAS Nowa Pasleka PIA Piaski PRZ Przytor PUC Puck REW Rewa ROW Rowy RWL Rewal SOP Sopot STE Stegna STL Stolczyn STP Stepnica SUC Suchacz SWA Swarzewo SWB Swibno SWI Swinoujscie SZN Szczecin SZT Sztutowo TOL Tolkmicko TRB Trzebiez UNI Uniesty USM Ustronie Morskie UST Ustka WAR Nowe Warpno WLA Wladyslowowo WOL Wolin WSG Gorki Wschodnie ZAG Gorki Zachodnie

Portugese Fishing Boat Registration Letters

AH Angra do Heroismo AL Albufeira AN Ancora AV Aveiro BR Barreiro CM Caminha CS Cascais E Ericeira ER Ericeira ES Esposende FF Figueria da Foz FR Faro FZ Fuzeta L Lisbon LE Leixoes LG Lagos LX Lisbon N Nazare NZ Nazare O Olhao OL Olhao PE Peniche PM Portimao PS Porto Santo PT Douro PV Povoa de Varzim Q Quarteira QT Quarteira RE Regua RG Ribeira Grande SA Sagres SB Sesimbra SE Setubal SM Sao Martinho do Porto SN Sines T Tavira TR Trafaria TV Tavira VC Vila do Conde VF Vila Franca do Campo VI Viana do Castelo VV Vila Praia da Vitoria VX Vila Franca de Xira

Rest of Europe (Romania to Sweden)

Romanian Fishing Boat Registration Letters

CT Constanta HR Harsova MG Mangalia MM Mamaia SL Sulina TL Tulcea TO Tomis

Slovenian Fishing Boat Registration Letters

IZ Izola KP Koper PI Piran

Spanish Fishing Boat Registration Letters

AL Algeciras AM Almeria AT Alicante BA Barcelona BI Bilbao CA Cadiz CO Coruna CP Castellon CT Cartagena FE Ferrol GC Gran Canaria GI Gijon HU Huelva IB Ibiza LU Lugo M Melilla MA Malaga MH Menorca PM Mallorca RE Region Ecuatorial SE Sevilla SS San Sebastian ST Santander TA Tarragona TE Tenerife VA Valencia VC Sahara Espanol VI Vigo VILL Villagarcia

Swedish Fishing Boat Registration Letters

AS Ahus CN Cimbrishamn FG Falkenberg GE Gefle GG Goteborg HA Haparanda HD Halmstad HG Helsingborg HL Hudiksvall HND Harnosand KA Karlskrona KD Kristianstad KN Karlshamn KR Kalmar LA Landskrona LA Lulea LL Lysekil LNG Linkoping MD Marstrand MM Mom MO Malmo NG Nykoping NKG Norrkoping OK Ornskoldsvik ON Oskarshamn PA Pitea RY Rannsby SA Skelleftea SB Sodertelje SD Stromstad SE Sodertetje SG Solveborg SL Sundsvall SM Stockholm SN Soderhamn TG Trelleborg U Umea UA Uddevalla UM Umea UPA Upsala VK Vostervik VS Visby WG Warberg YD Ystad


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