Malta Maritime Register

The Maltese mercantile flag owes its origin to the Merchant Shipping Act enacted in 1973. Since then both the legislation and the administration have undergone a number of changes, which have rendered the Malta Shipping register to be known across the globe as a register of repute. Various are the ship owners, management companies and even financiers who have opted for the confidence that the Maltese flag assures.

All types of vessels may be registered under the Malta flag, such as pleasure or commercial yachts, passenger vessels, bulk carriers, oil rigs, drill ships and technical support ships. No restrictions are imposed on the nationality of the shareholders and directors of the local shipping company or albeit that of the vessels master, officers or crew.

Vessels under construction may also be registered given that they are wholly owned by legally constituted bodies corporate or by European Union citizens.

Although as a general rule, trading ships of 25 years and over are not registered, this may be considered in particular circumstances. Ships of 20 years and over but under 25 years are required to successfully undergo an authorised flag State inspection prior to provisional registration, whereas ships of 15 years and over but under 20 years are required to successfully undergo an inspection by an authorised flag State inspector before or within one month of provisional registration.