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Malta Yacht Registration

posted by Dan Armsden

Company

  • EU jurisdiction
  • Required as yacht owner for Maltese lease structure lessor, but not for lessee

Port of Registry

  • Full EU status
  • Port of registry is ‘Valetta’
  • Open to non Maltese owners but Maltese resident agent required
  • Vessels under construction may be registered
  • Initial 6 months provisional registration prior to full registration
  • Original title documentation and deletion certificate required from last flag (if applicable) for full registration
  • Annual renewal of Certificate of Registry
  • Commercial yachts must comply to the Maltese commercial code
  • Full tonnage/safety survey with engine room dimensions required – ITC69 for yachts over 24 meters
  • Radio installation form to be completed and signed by authorised surveyor with copy of EPIRB test report etc

When considering which flag to use for say a Maltese ownership/lease structure, documentation required and fees to register a yacht at Malta are more than at most other jurisdictions. Unless MCA manning requirements are an issue (depending on size and use of yacht) we would recommend using the British flag of London as this is a widely used cost effective and respected EU alternative.

We oversee the whole registration process resulting in the delivery of the Certificate of Registry