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Malta Yacht Registration Summary

Malta yacht registration summary is a free information resource designed to inform the boating public about vessel registry requirements, recording methods, and title search guidelines for the Republic of Malta. The data is maintained as an open wiki forum where readers are encouraged to participate by sharing knowledge and experiences with this particular country. Simply click on the "Wiki-Share" link to contribute further details or suggest a revision.

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Registry Overview Malta has a federal registration system for ships and yachts. This is administered by the Merchant Shipping Directorate. The country has two official languages including Maltese and English. It is a Southern European island country located in the Mediterranean Sea. Malta is one of the more popular locations in Europe for offshore yacht registration.
Registry Administration It has been reported that the Merchant Shipping Directorate office is reasonably responsive although some persistence may be required. Their personnel will readily correspond in English by either telephone, email, or regular mail. Contact information may be found by visiting their website.
Registration Requirements The Merchant Shipping Directorate considers a private registered yacht to be any pleasure yacht, of 6 meters in length or more, which does not carry passengers for reward and is not engaged in trade but is used for the sole purpose of the owner.
Ownership and Liens Malta yacht registration is evidenced by a Certificate of Registry which is supported by an underlying Transcript of Registry. The transcript is basically an abstract of title which shows ownership data, vessel specifications, any encumbrances, and a history of such recordings.
Title  Searches In order to determine the current registered ownership, vessel particulars, and any encumbrances for a Malta registered yacht it will be necessary to obtain a Transcript of Registry. These may be ordered by contacting the Shipping Directorate. Their office will in turn send ordering instructions by fax or email. Payment may be effected by credit card or through a bank wire transfer.
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