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Passenger Yacht Code

As large commercial yachts grow in size, the 12 passenger limitation has become more perceptible and a number of Administrations, including the Malta Merchant Shipping Directorate, spurred on by encouragement from the yachting industry, have developed their own Passenger Yacht Code in order to tackle this industry demand. In this regard, we have the pleasure to present you with the Passenger Yacht Code (PYC).

The PYC has been drawn up in consultation with various industry stake holders including yacht designers, yacht builders, yacht managers, yacht builders’ associations, repair yards, specialised service providers and manufacturers and Appointed Surveyors and Recognised Organisations, as a wider representation of the industry.

A Passenger Yacht, registered under the Malta Flag, shall meet SOLAS and other applicable Conventions’ requirements. In lieu of certain disproportionally onerous Conventions’ requirements the Passenger Yacht may meet the requirements of the PYC which includes a number of dedicated equivalencies.

This Code is specifically designed and intended for Passenger Yachts, which carry more than 12 passengers up to 36 passengers, which carry not more than 200 persons, which do not carry cargo and which are engaged on international voyages.


Passenger Yacht Code

Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) Synopsis

MS Notice 171 - Adoption of the Passenger Yacht Code