Ship Management: Procedure

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December 03 08:45 2015 by The Editor Print This Article




A vessel is first registered provisionally under the Malta flag for six months (extendible to one year) during which period all documentation must be finalised.
The requirements for provisional registration are:
  • An application for registration by the owner or an authorised representative;
  • An application for a change of name, if required;
  • A copy of the ship's International Tonnage Certificate, where applicable;
  • Proof of qualification to own a Maltese ship - in the case of a body corporate, the memorandum and articles of association;
  • A declaration of ownership made before the Registrar by the owner or an authorised representative;
  • Evidence of seaworthiness; in the case of trading vessels, confirmation of class;
  • Payment of initial and annual registration fees. 
The following documents must be submitted during provisional registration:
  • A builder's certificate if the vessel has not been registered elsewhere; otherwise, a bill of sale or any other document by which the vessel was transferred to the applicant for registry;
  • A cancellation of registry certificate from the last country of registry, showing the vessel to be free from encumbrances or otherwise;
  • A certificate of survey and a copy of tonnage certificate certifying that the vessel has been surveyed in accordance with Maltese regulations;
  • Evidence that the vessel has been marked in accordance with the law;
  • At least one crew list accompanied by photocopies of the officers' certificates.