Smart Marine Services Malta
Smart Marine Services Malta


Maritime Services

Provisional Requirements

application for registration

by the owner or an authorised representative, including, if required, application for change of name of ship

proof of qualification

to own a Maltese ship

in the case of a body corporate

the memorandum and articles of association

appointment of a resident agent

in the case of non Maltese owners

International Tonnage Certificate

where applicable, copy of the current ship‘s certificate

declaration of ownership

made in front of the Registrar by the owner or an authorised representative

evidence of seaworthiness

to show evidence of vessel's seaworthiness


The process for the incorporation and management of the Malta entity for the purposes of ship registration may be completed within 48 hours from submission of full documentation at a very accessible cost. <br/ ><br/ >As a general rule, vessels older than 25 years are not eligible for registration. Ships of 15 years and over but under 20 years must pass an inspection by an authorised flag state inspector before or within a month of provisional registration. On the other hand, ships of 20 years and over up to a maximum of 24 years, must pass an inspection by an authorised flag state inspector prior to provisional registration. 

At an initial stage, applicants will be issued with a provisional registration valid for 6 months. This provisional registration, which may be extended by a further period of 6 months, has the same effect of a permanent registration. However, permanent registration shall only be granted once the Authorities are satisfied that the vessel is in conformity with all relevant international conventions.