Registration Requirements

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Registration of Ships

Ships intending to fly the Maltese Flag must be registered with the Registry in the Merchant Shipping Directorate of Transport Malta.

Bareboat Charter Registration

The Act defines a “bareboat charter” as the contract for the lease or sub-lease of a ship, hereinafter referred to as charter, for a stipulated period of time, by virtue of which the charterer shall acquire full control and complete possession of the ship. This includes the right to appoint her master and crew for the duration of the charter but excluding the right to sell or mortgage the ship.

International Conventions and Obligations

The Maltese registry prides itself to be a flag of excellent repute. Malta adheres to the Major International Conventions as well as European regulations and directives which strive to ensuring that the vessel and crew are safe and that the marine environment is adequately protected.