Malta Flag Yacht Registration

Backed by our expertise, high level of service, our dedication as well as our contacts within the super yacht industry in Malta, CSB Group is uniquely able to offer an integrated service for our clients’ yachting requirements. As a one-stop shop, CSB Group is one of the Malta-based specialists in yacht services with the necessary expertise to handle a variety of services including the registration under the Malta Flag. Under the Malta Flag a yacht may be registered as a Private yacht or a Commercial yacht.

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Yachting in Malta

Malta has, for years, been a maritime nation of repute. Its strategic location in the centre of the Mediterranean, natural harbours and extensive range of maritime services such as shipbuilding and repair, Freeport, bunkering, ship supplies and towage services have contributed to making Malta a leading maritime hub. The island’s location has given it great strategic importance and Malta is now recognised as being an entree-port to the EU.

Besides offering world class berthing facilities to the super yacht industry, Malta offers yacht owners several attractive solutions. As a one-stop shop, CSB Group, via their dedicated team can provide the required professional and dedicated assistance on temporary importation, onward supply relief, commercial yacht registration and VAT-efficient finance leasing structures to name a few.

The benefits of registering a vessel under the Malta flag

  • Competitive yacht registration costs;
  • Low company formation and registration costs;
  • Attractive tax incentives to yachts and superyachts owners encouraging commercial operation;
  • No restrictions on the nationality of the master, officers and crew, serving on Maltese vessels;
  • No restrictions on the nationality of shareholders and directors of Maltese shipping companies;
  • No restrictions on the sale and mortgaging of Maltese registered yachts;
  • No trading restrictions
    Straightforward Registration Process;
  • Serious and efficient maritime administration;
  • Flag state inspectorate to ensure adherence to international standards;
  • A sovereign state, member of the European Union with political, fiscal and social stability;
  • A dynamic registration with one of the largest ship registers in the world and very active in EU for and international organisation such as the IMO;
  • Easy access to decision-makers within the competent authorities, backed by a qualified and efficient team of technical officers available for urgent matters on a 24-hour basis.

Malta Yacht Registration Process

The CSB Group team of advisors provides full support throughout the whole process required to register a yacht in Malta.

Structuring of tax efficient yacht owning framework.

After that the necessary documentation is provided and if the application for registration of a vessel under the Malta flag is to the satisfaction of the Authority for Transport in Malta, a non-operational Provisional Certificate of Malta Registry will be issued against payment of the relative fee. The same Authority will immediately communicate to the indicated classification society requesting inspection with a view to the issue of the relative documentation (if required).

For permanent registration to be obtained, additional documentation will be required after the first month and the sixth month of the provisional registration of the yacht. If the vessel has not been permanently registered, after a year, registration must commence anew and the appropriate forms re-submitted and fees paid anew. Additional specific requirements may be imposed by the Maltese Transport Authority. The permanent Certificate of Malta Registry is renewable on an annual basis from the date of initial registration at a fee.

Ancillary Yacht Services

Structuring of tax efficient yacht owning framework.

Enabling yacht owners to stay within the EU and move freely within territorial waters for a specific period of time.

Sorting out of all necessary elements for commercial yacht certification.

Evaluation of loan and security agreements, mortgages and more.

Registration, amendments, transfer & discharge of contracts registered over Malta registered yachts.

Against Malta registered yachts or within Maltese territorial waters.

Handling on-going formalities with the relevant Maltese authorities.

Key Contacts

Amanda Camilleri

Corporate Services Executive

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Testimonial

We have used CSB Group's Yachting Services in Malta and we would like to highlight the team's professionalism and reliability throughout the registration process of our vessel. We were very pleased and very appreciative of the great availability of the staff to help us and answer our questions.

Tikiaora Inc Limited of Tikiaora | Stephanie Butikofer

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CSB Group is authorised by the MFSA to register vessels under the Maltese flag in terms of the Company Service Providers Act, 2013. Get support from our specialised professionals.