Authorised Recognised Organisations

A merchant vessel at the time it is being registered as a Maltese ship and during the period of its registration under the Malta flag must be classed with a classification society authorised to issue statutory certificates on behalf of the Government of Malta.

The list of these classification societies has been revised as follows:

  • American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
  • Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • China Classification Society (CCS)
  • Croatian Register of Shipping (CRS)
  • ClassNK (NK)
  • DNV-GL
  • Indian Register of Shipping (IRS)
  • Korean Register of Shipping (KRS)
  • Lloyd’s Register (LR)
  • Polish Register of Shipping (PRS)
  • Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)
  • Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS)


Existing procedures requiring a ship by ship authorisation for a classification society listed above is to issue statutory certificates on behalf of the Government of Malta shall remain in effect.