Maritime Malta


Malta has a centuries old Maritime tradition. The strategic location of the Maltese Islands at heart of the Mediterranean Sea, its natural harbours, and the entrepreneurial and maritime skills of its people have, since time immemorial, conspired with its history and millennial culture to transform this European sovereign state into an international maritime service centre.


Malta’s long tradition and revival as a maritime services provider has led to the establishment of the Maltese flag as a reputable flag of choice and quality through the open Maltese register for ships, bare boat charters and mortgages.

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MLC 2006

The Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to inform all concerned that Malta ratified the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) on 18 January 2013. The Convention entered into force for Malta on 20 August 2013.  The MLC has been transposed into domestic legislation through the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) Rules, 2013.

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Latest MS Notices

MS Notice 107 (pdf) - Issued 19/09/2013
Medical Fitness certificate
Form - Medical Fitness certificate

MS Notice 105 (pdf) - Issued 20 /02/2013
Guidelines for the Implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

Technical Notice SLS.2 Rev 1 – 7 February 2013
Periodic Servicing of Launching Appliances and On-Load Release Gear

Technical Notice SLS.21 - 18 January 2013
Steering Gear Test



Technical Notice SLS.22 - 18 January 2013
Brigde Navigation Watch Alarm System (BNWAS) on Commercial Yachts

Guide to Ship Registration
















Latest MS Notices

Technical Notice SLS.28 – 22 January 2016
Carriage of Bauxite that may liquefy
MS Notice 127 (pdf)  - Issue 11/01/2016
Guidelines for the ascertainment of seaworthiness of vessels being registered as Maltese ships
MS Notice 126 (pdf)  - Issue 24/12/2015
New Emission Control Areas in China
MS Notice 125 (pdf) - Issued 02/09/2015
Restrictive Measures


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To be a world class organization that is committed to preventing loss of life, continuously improving maritime safety, protecting the marine environment and maintaining a position of strength and leadership in the field by means of growth through quality.

We will provide services of the highest quality and value with a direct focus on meeting the needs of our customers. We will respond to the customer with promptness, sensitivity, respect and always with integrity.  


Tel: +356 21 250 360
Fax: +356 21 241 460
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