Malta thanks to its strategic and central position on the major sea route in the mediterranean, offers a wide range of international maritime facilities and services.
These include an active and reputable International Ship Register which currently ranks as the largest merchant flag in Europe and sixth worldwide.
The Malta Ship Registry completes the wide range of services that Maritime Malta can offer to the international shipping community.
The Merchant Shipping Act, Cap.234, and as subsequently revised, regulates the Vessel registration under the Malta Flag. Later amendments include important measures for control and added safeguards for financiers.
All types of vessels, trading or under construction, as well as Yachts, Super Yachts and Cruise Liners may be registered under the Valletta Flag provided that they are wholly owned by citizens of Malta; EU, EEA, Switzerland or Maltese shipping organizations.
“International Owners” may also register vessels under the Malta Flag provided that they appoint a “Resident Agent” in Malta.
Malta shipping company formation is a straightforward process with no restrictions on the nationality of shareholders and directors.
Maltese Law also provides for bareboat charter registration.