Maritime Malta


Malta has a centuries old Maritime tradition. The strategic location of the Maltese Islands at heart of the Mediterranean Sea, its natural harbours, and the entrepreneurial and maritime skills of its people have, since time immemorial, conspired with its history and millennial culture to transform this European sovereign state into an international maritime service centre.


Malta’s long tradition and revival as a maritime services provider has led to the establishment of the Maltese flag as a reputable flag of choice and quality through the open Maltese register for ships, bare boat charters and mortgages.

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MLC 2006

The Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to inform all concerned that Malta ratified the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) on 18 January 2013. The Convention entered into force for Malta on 20 August 2013.  The MLC has been transposed into domestic legislation through the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) Rules, 2013.

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Latest MS Notices


MS Notice 149 - Issued 17 December 2018 NEW

Non-Convention Vessel (NCV) Code


MS Notice 148 - Issued 20 December 2018 NEW

Amendments of 2016 to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

Guide to Ship Registration















Latest MS Notices

MS Notice 147 - Issued 17 December 2018 NEW

Application of Regulation (EU) 1257/2013 on Ship Recycling


Consolidated Version - Issued: 24/08/2018


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To be a world class organization that is committed to preventing loss of life, continuously improving maritime safety, protecting the marine environment and maintaining a position of strength and leadership in the field by means of growth through quality.

We will provide services of the highest quality and value with a direct focus on meeting the needs of our customers. We will respond to the customer with promptness, sensitivity, respect and always with integrity.  


Tel: +356 21 250 360
Fax: +356 21 241 460
AOH Registry Matters: +356 9949 4315/7
AOH Technical Matters: +356 7943 4316/7
AOH Seafarer Certification: +356 9906 7197