visionally under the Malta flag for six months (extendible to one year) during which period all documentation must be finalised.
The requirements for provisional registration are:
- An application for registration by the owner or an authorised representative;
- An application for a change of name, if required;
- A copy of the ships International Tonnage Certificate, where applicable;
- Proof of qualification to own a Maltese ship in the case of a body corporate, the memorandum and articles of association;
- A declaration of ownership made before the Registrar by the owner or an authorised representative;
- Evidence of seaworthiness; in the case of trading vessels, confirmation of class;
- Payment of initial and annual registration fees.
The following documents must be submitted during provisional registration:
- A builders certificate if the vessel has not been registered elsewhere; otherwise, a bill of sale or any other document by which the vessel was transferred to the applicant for registry;
- A cancellation of registry certificate from the last country of registry, showing the vessel to be free from encumbrances or otherwise;
- A certificate of survey and a copy of tonnage certificate certifying that the vessel has been surveyed in accordance with Maltese regulations;
- Evidence that the vessel has been marked in accordance with the law;
- At least one crew list accompanied by photocopies of the officers certificates.