Malta is one of the most popular EU ports of registry for yachts.
Oceanskies (Malta) Limited is a Malta based yacht documentation agency that is responsible for a significant percentage of yacht registrations in Malta and the purpose of this guide to highlight the many advantages of the register and to introduce the Maltese yacht registration services that we provide.
The Republic of Malta is situated in the centre of the Mediterranean, south of Sicily, east of Tunisia and north of Libya.
Malta gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 and became a republic in 1974. In 2004 Malta joined the European Union.
Malta has a centuries old Maritime tradition and is well regarded as a leading international maritime service centre.
History of the Malta Register of Ships
The modern day Malta Register of Ships was established in 1973 as an open international register of shipping.
The regulator of the Malta Flag, the Malta Maritime Authority, was set up In 1991 the Malta Maritime Authority was established as the regulator and administrator of the Malta Register of Ships.
In 2010, the Malta Maritime Authority was incorporated into Transport Malta (TM) which is a governmental body responsible for maritime, land and air transport in Malta.
Port of Registry
The sole port of registry under the Malta flag is Valletta. This means that the word VALLETTA appears on the stern of all Malta registered vessels.
The Flag (‘Ensign’)
The Malta merchant ensign was adopted on the 12th November 1965. The design of the ensign was based on the flag flown by the Knights of the Order of St. John in Malta up to 1798 to which a white border has been added.
The Certificate of Malta Registry
Upon completion of registration formalities a Malta registered yacht is issued with a Certificate of Malta Registry valid for one year from the date of issue.
Eligibility – Yachts
Malta will accept private pleasure yachts of any size and commercial yachts over 15 metres in length that are based and operated anywhere in the world.
Eligibility – Owners
Malta is an international register meaning that the register is not just restricted to Malta registered companies or Maltese citizens; in fact the following citizens and companies may register a yacht in Malta in their own name:
A European citizen or a non-Malta company registering their yacht in Malta is known as an international owner.
An international owner must appoint a local resident agent in Malta to act as a channel of communication between the international owner and the registry in respect of all matters relating to the upkeep of their yacht’s registration and to act as the owner’s judicial representative in Malta.
Oceanskies provides this service on behalf of international yacht owners through Oceanskies (Malta) Limited.
Summary of Features & Benefits of Yacht Registration in Malta
Malta Yacht Registration By Oceanskies
Oceanskies (Malta) Limited provides a fixed fee yacht registration service to all yacht owners wishing to take advantage of the benefits of Malta registration for their yacht.
The registration service results in Oceanskies taking responsibility for the entire registration process on behalf of the owner.
Our fees include all registry fees and disbursements to provide the internationally recognised Certificate of Malta Registry valid for ten years and, if applicable, a radio licence for the vessel.
Crew Employment & Payroll for Malta Registered Yachts
Through Oceanskies Crew Limited we are able to provide crew payroll outsourcing services from for crew working onboard Malta registered vessels.
This service is a very popular ‘bolt on’ service for our clients as it simplifies the employment of the crew of their Malta registered yacht.
The yacht owner engages Oceanskies Crew Limited to employ and pay the crew of their vessel through a crew services agreement. As employers, Oceanskies Crew Limited issues the crew with contracts in line with the Marine Labour Convention guidelines, pays them, issues payslips, sea service testimonials etc.
Oceanskies Crew Limited can also handle Malta social security contributions.
For further information please refer to the crew employment and payroll section of our website at the following link:
Other Malta Yacht Registration Services by Oceanskies
Oceanskies are able to provide a range of stand alone fixed fee additional registration services including:
Please do not hesitate to contact for a free no obligation proposal for any of our Malta yacht registration services or any general yacht registration query that you might have.
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