Ship Registration

  • Ships may be registered in the name of legally constituted corporate bodies or entities irrespective of nationality, or by European Union citizens
  • Low company formation, ship registration and tonnage tax costs; progressive reduction in registration and tonnage tax costs for younger ships
  • Attractive incentives to owners, registered charterers and financiers of Maltese ships of over 1,000 net tonnage; these incentives may also be extended to smaller ships
  • No restrictions on the nationality of the master, officers and crew
  • No restrictions 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
  • Malta is an international maritime centre providing the whole range of maritime services.

The Flag of Confidence

  • Serious and efficient maritime administration
  • Flag state inspectorate to ensure adherence to international standards
  • Twenty four hours, seven days a week service in respect of urgent matters
  • Sound multilateral and bilateral relations
  • Active participation in international shipping fora.

Advantages of Registering a Ship under a Maltese Flag

  • ships may be registered in the name of legally constituted corporate bodies or entities irrespective of nationality, or by European Union citizens and by European Free Trade Area Nationals (Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein). 
  • low company formation, ship registration and tonnage tax costs;
  • progressive reduction in registration and tonnage tax costs for younger ships
  • these incentives may also be extended to smaller ships
  • no restrictions on the nationality of the master, officers and crew
  • no restrictions 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
  • twenty four hour, seven days a week service in respect of urgent matters
  • Malta is an international maritime centre providing the whole range of maritime services.
  • attractive incentives to owners, registered charterers and financiers of Maltese ships of over 1,000 net tonnage;

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