Malta is a popular vessel registry with its long-lasting maritime tradition and culture. Malta’s benefits to the maritime industry are geographical, reputational, and financial.
We harness the unique strengths of each of the company’s specialised units to provide customised services continuously. Register your ships and yachts in Malta with the guidance of Integritas.
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Who can register vessels in Malta?
Any EU citizen who resides in Malta may register a vessel under the Malta flag. Maltese corporate entities may also register ships under the island country’s flag. EU citizens not residing in Malta and corporate entities not registered in Malta may also register a vessel under the Malta flag, provided a resident agent has been appointed. Non-EU citizens who own a business in Malta may also register a vessel under the company’s name.
Transport Malta is the authority in Malta for registering your yachts. There are two uses of yachts in Malta:
Pleasure Yacht Registration in Malta
Private yachts are any pleasure yachts six (6) metres long or more, without passengers for reward, not engaged in trade, and used solely by the owner.
Commercial Yacht Registration in Malta
Commercially registered yachts are fifteen (15) metres long or more, operated by the owner or a body corporate owning the vessel for commercial use. These yachts do not carry cargo and carry not more than 12 passengers.
The Maltese Register is the sixth-largest maritime register in the world and the largest in the European Union. We conform with EU Directives and International Maritime Organisation (“IMO”) Conventions, registering all types of vessels under the Malta flag. You may register even ships under construction as non-EU/EEA residents and owners.
The advantages of registering your vessel in Malta are not limited to the country’s reputation. The accompanying substantial fiscal benefits also extend to the quality of comprehensive local services.
VAT leasing structures
VAT is due on the leasing of yachts and superyachts for pleasure at reduced rates calculated on the effective use and enjoyment of the vessel in EU waters, with no VAT chargeable on the use of the yacht by the lessee in non-EU and international waters. There are also VAT benefits for the short-term chartering of pleasure boats and the fulfilment of several conditions. The yacht has to be at the customer’s disposal in Malta, in satisfaction with the place of supply rules.