Registration of Ships under the Maltese Flag

Vessel registration under the Malta flag and the operation of Maltese ships is regulated by the Merchant Shipping Act, a law based mainly on UK legislation but subsequently revised and amended in 1986, 1988 and 1990.


  low company formation and ship registration costs.

  complete tax exemption to owners, charterers and financiers of Maltese ships of over 1.000 net tons; this exemption may also be extended to smaller ships.

  no restrictions on the nationality of the master, officers and crew.

  no restrictons on the sale or transfer of shares of a company owning Maltese ships.

  no restrictions on the sale and mortgaging of Maltese ships.

  no trading restrictions and preferential treatment to Maltese ships in certain ports.

  offshore companies operating ships can enjoy all the exemptions and benefits provided for by the offshore legislation.

  twenty four hour, seven day a week service in respect of urgent matters

  Malta is an international maritime centre providing the whole range of maritime services.

  Eligibilty for registration, Procedure Bareboat charter registration and Manning Registration fees.

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