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Ship & Yacht Registration

Malta has a long and varied maritime tradition due to its strategic position in the Mediterranean region, establishing the island as a leading maritime hub and service centre. Maltese authorities have developed a competitive legal and regulatory platform, placing Malta as a highly reputable international shipping register, with its register being one of the largest in the world.

The Merchant Shipping Act, Chapter 234 of the Laws of Malta, and subsequent rules and regulations, regulate vessel registration and the operation of Maltese flagged vessels.

Ship and Yacht Registration - Benefits of the Maltese Flag

Malta has the largest ship register in the European Union and one of the largest registers in the world for several reasons, which include:

  • Low company formation, ship registration and tonnage tax costs. No other hidden costs or inspection fees;
  • A thorough legislative framework which safeguards the interests of ship financiers;
  • Vessels can be registered in the name of a properly legally constituted corporate body or entity, without distinction of nationality, or by EU citizens;
  • No nationality restriction for shareholders and directors of Maltese shipping companies; no restrictions on the nationality of the master, officers and crew of Maltese vessels;
  • A number of double taxation and bilateral maritime agreements with other maritime nations;
  • Malta is on the White List of Paris and Tokyo MoU;
  • Wide range of ship services provided around the clock;
  • Constant commitment on a governmental level in supporting and developing the maritime industry.

For a more detailed list of Malta’s unique advantages and eligibility for registering a vessel you can download Malta - Ship and Yacht Registration document.

Why use Contact Advisory Services to register a vessel?

Contact Advisory Services has the in-house capacity to provide corporate services in all aspects of shipping work, including company formation, ship finance, commercial yacht registration, ship registration, tax structuring and advice, port regulation, and other general advisory matters. Contact us at or call us on +356 2757 7000 to discuss your requirements in more detail.