Ship Management: Manning

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December 03 08:48 2015 by The Editor Print This Article


Maltese ships are subject to the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act (1973) and ancillary regulations concerning the competency of officers and seamen.
Malta is a member of:
  • the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)
  • The International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Malta has ratified all the major maritime conventions including:
  • SOLAS 1974/1978
  • COLREG 1972
  • Tonnage Measurement 1969
  • Load Lines 1966
  • International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage 1969
  • International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage 1971
  • London Dumping 1972
  • MARPOL 1973/1978
  • STCW 1978
  • Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise, 1948 (No. 87)
  • Medical Examination (Seafarers), 1946 (No. 73)
  • Medical Examination of Young Persons (Sea), 1921 (No. 16)
  • Minimum Age, 1973 (No. 138)
  • Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining, 1949 (No. 98)
  • Seamen’s Articles of Agreement, 1926 (No. 22)
  • Seafarers’ Identity Documents, 1958 (No. 108)
  • Unemployment Indemnity Shipwreck, 1920 (No. 8)
Survey, tonnage and convention certificates may be issued on behalf of the Maltese Government by the following classifications societies: American Bureau of Shipping, Bureau Veritas, Det Norske Veritas, Germanischer Lloyd, Hellenic Registrar of Shipping, Korean Register of Shipping, Lloyd's Register, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, and Registro Italiano Navale.
The following classification societies have partial recognition to issue survey, tonnage and convention certificates, which is only applicable in certain circumstances: China Classification Society, Croatian Register of Shipping, Polski Rejestr Statkow and Russian Maritime Register of Shipping. 
Registration, transfer and discharge of Mortgages may be effected immediately on presentation of the relative documents to the Registrar. The 1986, 1988, and 1990 amendments introduced important safeguards to the mortgagees of Maltese ships, making financing more attractive.
The registry of a Maltese ship may be closed at the request of the owners provided all liabilities and obligations in respect of the ship towards the State of Malta have been paid and the consent of all registered mortgagees is produced.