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Registration Procedure

The following documentation is required for registering a yacht under the Malta Flag.

A yacht is first registered provisionally under the Malta flag for six months (extendible for a further period, or periods not exceeding in the aggregate six months) during which period all documentation needs to be finalised.

The requirements for provisional registration are:

  • Application for registration by the owner or an authorised representative, including, if required, application for change of name of yacht.
  • Proof of qualification to own a Maltese Yacht; in the case of a body corporate, the document of incorporation.
  • In the case of non-resident owners, appointment of a resident agent
  • Where applicable, copy of the current yacht’s International Tonnage Certificate
  • Declaration of ownership made in front of the Registrar by the owner or an authorised representative.
  • For Commercial yachts of more than 24 metres, application for Minimum Safe Manning Certificate.
  • Application for Ship Radio Station Licence.
  • Compliance with Commercial Yacht Code for operational certificate.
  • Payment of initial registration fees and annual tonnage tax.

The following documents are to be submitted during provisional registration:

  • Where there was previous ownership, a bill of sale or any other document by which the vessel was transferred to the applicant for registry; otherwise a builder’s certificate in the name of the applicant.
  • Where applicable, cancellation of registry certificate issued by the Administration where the yacht was last documented.
  • In cases of commercial yachts over 500 gross tonnes, copy of the last updated Continuous Synopsis Record issued by the Administration where the yacht was last documented.
  • Certificate of Survey and a copy of the International Tonnage Certificate issued by an Appointed Surveyor or Recognised Organisation.
  • Evidence that the yacht has been marked in accordance with law.
  • Where applicable, copy CE Marking Certificate.

Where valid appropriate convention certificates are not in place the yacht will be issued with a non-operational certificate of registry.

A certificate of Malta registry is subject to renewal on the anniversary of the Maltese registration.



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