Malta Yacht Registration – let us take care of it!

The registration process in Malta is very straight forward, if you know your way around it. Malta Yacht Registrations can register your vessel with a provisional registration of 6 months within 2/3 days, if you have provided us with the correct documents. This provisional registration can be used all over the world while we continue with your permanent registration.

Anyone can own a yacht under the Maltese flag but EU, EEA and Swiss nationals may hold the yacht under their personal name while others would need to hold the yacht through a Maltese or foreign company. It is not required that the owner of the yacht resides in Malta or even in the EU. The place of residence of the owner is not relevant at all.

If the owner is not resident in Malta or the yacht is not owned by a Maltese company we will act as the vessels resident agent. This is a big advantage when compared to other EU vessel jurisdictions which usually require the person to be resident in the country concerned.

In order to receive the permanent registration, we will have to send Maltese Registrar of Ships additional documents but as mentioned we have 6 months to comply. If you cannot get all paperwork finished within 6 months we will apply for an extension giving us another 6 months to collect the papers needed.

Documents needed for provisional 6 months registration:

  • Application for registration by the owner or an authorized representative. (we take care of this)
  • Application for Ship Radio Station License (we take care of this)
  • Bill of sale or any other document by which the vessel was transferred to the applicant or if new vessel a builder’s certificate in the name of the applicant.
  • In the case of non-resident owners, appointment of a resident agent (included in our fee)
  • Current registry copy or deletion certificate of previous registry (only if applicable)
  • CE Marking Certificate (only if applicable)
  • Declaration of ownership for private owned vessel or if owned by company, a copy of the document of incorporation. (see below details)
    • If the owner of the ship is an EU / EEA / Swiss national, we require a declaration appointing us as Malta resident agent (notarized and apostilled) and a certified copy of owner’s passport (notarized and apostilled).
    • If the owner of the ship is a Maltese company created by us, we will provide all the required documentation.
    • If the owner of the ship is a foreign corporate entity, we require a declaration appointing us as resident agent (notarized and apostilled), certified copies of the certificate of incorporation, statute and good standing certificate (notarized and apostilled) and a signed legal opinion confirming that the records of the entity have been examined and giving details on the directors and holders of office and of the persons authorized to represent the entity and to bind it with their signature and to appoint a registered agent.

EXTRA – only If vessels are larger than 24 meters

  • For Commercial yachts of more than 24 meters, application for Minimum Safe Manning Certificate.
  • Copy of the current International Tonnage Certificate & Load Line Certificate
  • In cases of commercial yachts over 500 gross ton, copy of the last updated Continuous Synopsis Record issued by the Administration where the yacht was last documented.

Which type of vessels can register under Maltese flag?
All types of vessels can register under Maltese flag, from small pleasure yachts to large cruise ships.

Restrictions on certain vessels
There are no age restrictions on pleasure yachts or yachts registered under the commercial yacht code.

Note on older vessels:

  • Vessels of 15 years and over, but under 20 years must pass an inspection by an authorized flag state inspector before or within a month of provisional registration; and
  • Vessels of 20 years and over but less than 25 years must pass an inspection by an authorized flag state inspector prior to being provisionally registered.
  • Vessels of 25 years and over require express permission by the authorities to be registered.