The registration of ships under the Maltese flag is regulated by the Merchant Shipping Act of 1973 (with all its subsequent revisions and amendments), which Act is further supplemented by subsidiary rules and regulations.
Malta has, furthermore, adopted all the major international maritime conventions. Besides this simple yet highly effective legislative framework, Malta also boasts low operating costs, stable political factors and technical expertise in the industry. All these factors have contributed to Malta having the largest maritime registry in the European Union and to having established itself as an exceptionally respected flag State.
Our specialist team provides the following services to yacht and ship owners:
- Advice on VAT and tax efficient vessel-owning structures
- Registration of yachts and ships
- Commercial vessels certification