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The Commercial Yacht Code was developed in line with international regulations and other industry standards and caters for yachts of 15 meters in overall length and that do not carry cargo and do not carry more than 12 passengers. Over the years the Code has been updated and refined to reflect changes in today’s yacht market, not only in terms of the increasing size and complexity of yachts being designed and built, but also to cover recent industry developments. The Code was developed in such a way to facilitate it’s use by surveyors as well as non-technical personnel involved in the day to day management of yachts and superyachts.

Passenger Yacht Code

The Malta Passenger Yacht Code was published in response to the increasing size of commercial yachts, and the need for larger yachts to accommodate more than 12 guests.

A Passenger Yacht, registered under the Malta Flag, shall meet SOLAS and other applicable Conventions’ requirements. In lieu of certain disproportionally onerous Conventions’ requirements the Passenger Yacht may meet the requirements of the PYC which includes a number of dedicated equivalencies.

This Code is specifically designed and intended for Passenger Yachts, which carry between 13 and 36 passengers, which carry not more than 200 persons onboard, which do not carry cargo, and which are engaged on international voyages.

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The New Malta Passenger Yacht Code

July 7, 2021

The Merchant Shipping Directorate recently published Merchant Shipping Notice 171 announcing the entry into force of the Malta Passenger Yacht Code (hereinafter ‘PYC’) with effect from 25th May 2021. The drafting and issuance of the PYC is a clear indication of Malta’s commitment towards the super-yacht industry.

The PYC was drawn up in consultation with various industry stake holders including yacht designers, yacht builders, yacht managers, yacht builders’ associations, repair yards, specialised service providers, manufacturers, surveyors, and recognised organisations (ROs); as a wider representation of this industry.

Before the coming into force of the PYC, commercial yachts registered under the highly prestigious Malta flag and carrying more than twelve (12) passengers were obliged to satisfy requirements similar to those applicable to passenger ships due to the fact that such commercial passenger yachts did not fall within the scope of the Malta Commercial Yacht Code. As a result of the increasing size of commercial yachts and the burdensome requirements relating to passenger ships, the Merchant Shipping Directorate acknowledged the necessity to develop the PYC catering for larger commercial passenger yachts carrying more than 12 passengers.

The PYC has been made applicable to passenger yachts:

  • carrying more than 12 passengers and not more than 26 passengers;
  • carrying a total compliment of persons of not more than 200;
  • which do not carry cargo; and
  • which are engaged on international voyages.

The PYC defines a “Passenger” as including “every person other than:

  • the master and the members of the crew or other persons employed or engaged in any capacity on board a ship on the business of that ship; and,
  • a child under one year of age.”

The PYC also provides guidelines for static chartering of passenger yachts , such that in instances where the passenger yacht will remain static; berthed or anchored at sea, the yacht may be allowed to carry more than 36 passengers. For a passenger yacht to be able to be chartered on a static basis, the yacht would need to be issued with a statement by Flag Authority, allowing static charters to be held onboard.

The PYC does not apply to:

  • commercial yachts carrying 12 or fewer passengers (the Malta Commercial Yacht Code applies in this case);
  • passenger commercial/cruise vessels engaged exclusively in domestic navigation;
  • passenger commercial/cruise vessels carrying more than 36 passengers;
  • vessels engaged in the ferrying of passengers;
  • military vessels;
  • vessels belonging to the State and used for non-commercial purposes;
  • pleasure craft and yachts not employed in commercial use;
  • fishing vessels;
  • vessels owned or operated on non-commercial services; and
  • Passenger ships whose total complement of persons onboard is greater than 200 persons.

Once owners comply with the standards set out in the PYC; that is, they submit the necessary documentation and complete the designated survey and inspections, the Maltese Flag Authorities would issue the vessel with a Statutory Certificate.

Additionally, all passenger yachts must be classed by a RO and must maintain valid classification throughout the validity period of the yacht’s statutory certificate. The applicable RO Rules for classification purposes are those used for the classification of passenger ships. Upon the satisfactory completion of all the required surveys or audits, the yacht’s RO would issue a certificate confirming compliance with the Malta PYC.

Passenger Yachts certified under the remit of the PYC may carry out International (Unrestricted) Voyages or Short International Voyages, as defined by SOLAS.

It should be noted that existing Commercial yachts registered with the Malta flag , may convert to passenger yachts subject that they meet all the requirements of the PYC and of the applicable passenger ship Conventions.

The introduction of the PYC is undoubtedly a welcome development for those who are desirous to register larger commercial yachts under the Malta flag as it tackles many of the technical issues and concerns which were previously faced by prospective registrants.

Should you require any assistance or advice relating to the PYC or the registration of a passenger yacht, please contact us on [email protected] and we will put you in touch with one of our legal professionals.

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Maltese authorities for transport recently launched the Malta Passenger Yacht Code (the “Code”). This came in force on 25 May, 2021 and is a tangible sign of Malta’s commitment towards the super-yacht industry.

The Malta Passenger Yacht Code 2020 is aimed and intended for Passenger Yachts ≥ 500 GT, carrying between 12 to 36 passengers and not more than 200 persons, which do not carry cargo and which are engaged on international voyages. 

The Malta Passenger Yacht Code 2020 has been drawn up by the Authority for Transport in Malta, in consultation with various industry stakeholders including yacht designers, yacht builders, repair yards, specialised service providers and manufacturers and Appointed Surveyors and Recognised Organisations, as a wider representation of the industry.

The Code and Synopsis may be downloaded from the following links:

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Rules for the Charter of Yachts Over 24 Metres under the Malta Flag

The purpose of this guide is to provide information concerning the flag state rules applicable to Malta registered yachts over 24 metres in load line length that are operated for charter through the Malta Commercial Yacht Code.

The Malta Commercial Yacht Code was launched in 2006 and last updated in 2020 by Transport Malta.

Transport Malta are the authority of the Malta government holding responsibility and accountability for land, sea and air transport in Malta including the development and oversight of Maltese merchant shipping regulations and their enforcement.

A copy of the Malta Commercial Yacht Code 2020 can be accessed at the following link:

Malta Commercial Yacht Code CYC 2020

All commercial yachts over 24 metres in length are issued with a Minimum Safe Manning Certificate. Transport Malta has, over the years, built considerable experience in this field. Malta recognises training and certification from the most reputable training establishments and countries. There are no restrictions on the nationality of the crew.

All yachts covered by the Code are required to be surveyed, certified and maintained in accordance to their respective category requirements. An Initial Survey is first carried out when a commercial yacht is joining the Malta flag for the first time. Upon satisfactory completion of the Initial Survey a 5 year valid Certificate of Compliance to Trade as a Commercial Yacht (COC) is issued.

Subsequent to Initial Certification, during the 5 year validity of the COC, yachts less than 24m length have to undergo an Intermediate Survey whilst yachts greater or equal to 24m in length have to undergo annual surveys. The COC is renewable every five years and surveys may be carried out by Appointed Surveyors or by Recognised Organisations.

Red Ensign large yacht coded vessels  and ‘Codice dell Noleggio’ certified charter yachts transferring to the Malta Registry may be issued with an operational Commercial Yacht Code Certificate, immediately, upon the initial application for a period of three months to complete any necessary surveys and formalities.

It should be remembered that the coding of a yacht used for charter is only one stage of the process and that advice should always be taken in respect of local legal and fiscal obligations prior to the commencement of any commercial activity.

Oceanskies in conjunction with our partner surveyors is able to provide a complete charter yacht registration package combining commercial Malta flag yacht registration with coding certification and the employment of crew through Oceanskies Crew Limited in a Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) environment and, where applicable, with deduction and payment of Malta social security contributions.

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Malta Passenger Yacht Code Overview

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The revised Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) was introduced by the Transport Malta Directorate on the 25th of May 2021, the code may be accessed here .

This code was born out of necessity to cater to the needs and realities of the ever-expanding yachting industry in Malta .  The code was drawn up by the Merchant Shipping Directorate within Transport Malta in close coordination with various major stakeholders in the industry, ranging from yacht manufacturers, appointed surveyors, and recognized organizations, aiming to serve as a widespread representation of the industry.

Which yachts fall under Malta’s Passenger Yacht Code?

This revised code is specifically designed for and applicable to passenger yachts which:

  • Carry more than 12 people but no more than 36 (no more than 200 total persons) ;
  • Do not carry cargo;
  • Are engaged in international voyages.

Requirements to be satisfied to be registered under PYC

Passenger yachts which are registered under the Malta flag are required to meet SOLAS and other applicable Conventions’ requirements.

Additionally, passenger yachts qualifying under the PYC must be surveyed, certified, audited, and issued with Class and Statutory Certificates by Recognised Organisations.

It is important to note that the revised PYC does not apply to:

  • Commercial yachts carrying 12 or less passengers (the Malta Commercial Yacht Code applies in this case);
  • Passenger commercial/cruise vessels engaged exclusively in domestic navigation;
  • Passenger commercial/cruise vessels carrying more than 36 passengers;
  • Vessels engaged in the ferrying of passengers;
  • Pleasure craft and yachts not employed in commercial use;
  • Fishing vessels;
  • Vessels owned or operated on non-commercial services;
  • Passenger ships whose total complement of persons onboard is greater than 200 persons.

Malta Passenger Yacht C ode (PYC) vs Malta Commercial Yacht Code (CYC)

In 2020, the Merchant shipping directorate along with Transport Malta, drew up a revised CYC which became effective as of 1 st January 2021.

The CYC distinguishes itself from the PYC by applying to:

  • Yachts engaged in commercial operations which do not carry 12 or more people;
  • Yachts ≥ 15 m in length overall and < 24 m in length;
  • Yachts ≥ 24 m in length and < 500 GT;
  • Yachts ≥ 500 GT.

Another difference can be seen when it comes to commercial yachts certified in accordance with CYC, where such yachts may be granted one of three navigation notations as follows:

  • Navigation within 60 miles from a safe haven (Short Range);
  • Navigation within 150 miles from a safe haven;
  • Unrestricted Navigation.

Whilst passenger yachts certified under the remit of the PYC may carry out International (Unrestricted) Voyages or Short International Voyages, as defined by SOLAS:

  • International (Unrestricted) Navigation is an unrestricted navigation notation;
  • Short International Navigation is a navigation notation concerning an international voyage in the course of which a ship is not more than 200 miles from a port or place in which the passengers and crew could be placed in safety.

To summarise

Prior to the Passenger Yacht Code introduction, yachts carrying more than 12 passengers that fell outside of the Malta Commercial Yacht Code’s scope had to satisfy similar requirements to those applicable to passenger ships. These requirements were often regarded as being impractical and limiting in functionality when considering a passenger yacht’s design and general operations.

This newly revised PYC shows that the Merchant Shipping Directorate is committed to keeping up with the requirements of the flourishing yachting industry in order to maintain Malta’s status as a quality flag, this indication of commitment to future growth is wholly welcome as it signifies the close eye Transport Malta along with the Merchant shipping directorate, are keeping on the practical needs and demands required to nurture long term growth in this sector .

The article is intended to serve as a general guide on the subject matter. For further information and guidance on the subject we recommend seeking professional assistance.

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Adoption Of The Maltese Passenger Yacht Code

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The Malta Merchant Shipping Directorate has announced the entry into force of the Passenger Yacht Code (PYC), with effect from the 25 th  of May 2021.

It is widely recognised that when considering the operational pattern and risk profile of commercial yachts, the requirements for commercial passenger ships are in some instances disproportionately onerous and impracticable in terms of design and operations. Moreover, as large commercial yachts grow in size, the 12 passenger limitation has become more and more perceptible and the Maltese Merchant Shipping Directorate, spurred on by encouragement from the industry, have developed equivalent arrangements in the form of a Passenger Yacht Code.

The Malta Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) has been drawn up in consultation with various industry stake holders including yacht designers, yacht builders, yacht managers, yacht builders' associations, repair yards, specialised service providers and manufacturers and Appointed Surveyors and Recognised Organisations, as a wider representation of the industry.

A Passenger Yacht, registered under the Malta Flag, shall meet SOLAS and other applicable Conventions' requirements. In lieu of certain disproportionally onerous Conventions' requirements the Passenger Yacht may meet the requirements of the PYC which includes a number of dedicated equivalencies. This Code is specifically designed and intended for Passenger Yachts, which carry more than 12 passengers up to 36 passengers, which carry not more than 200 persons, which do not carry cargo and which are engaged on international voyages.

The proactive approach taken by the Maltese Shipping Registry in fine tuning its regulations, give testimony to the fact that the Malta Flag is further consolidating its reputation as the primary Flag of Confidence of choice.

The Passenger Yacht Code and a Synopsis of the code, may be downloaded from the following links:-

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Malta is a well-known and popular jurisdiction within the yachting sector. It has the largest shipping register of vessels in the EU and the 6 th largest in the world. It is also a jurisdiction that is ‘leading the way’, with a number of initiatives in this sector.

Current Obligations

Yachts need to meet obligations for ‘commercial passenger ships’ and it is widely recognised when considering the operational pattern and risk profile of yachts, that these requirements, are in some instances disproportionately onerous and impractical in terms of design and implementation.

As the trend for larger commercial yachts increases, the 12 passenger limitation rule has become more problematic and has resulted in an increase in administration for a number of organisations, including the Malta Merchant Shipping Directorate. This, combined with encouragement from the yachting industry, has provided impetus for Malta to develop the ‘Passenger Yacht Code’, to meet industry demands.

The Malta Passenger Yacht Code

The Malta Passenger Yacht Code is applicable to passenger yachts, which carry between 12 and 36 passengers, do not carry cargo, and which sail internationally. The Code is intended to cater exclusively to the yachting sector of the market, it is not intended to apply to the excursion and/or ferry passenger sectors of the industry.

The new yacht code has been drafted by the Authority for Transport in Malta, in consultation with various industry stakeholders including; yacht designers, yacht builders, repair yards, specialised service providers and manufacturers, appointed surveyors and recognised organisations. This has been to ensure a wide representation of the industry.

Details of the Malta Passenger Yacht Code

A passenger yacht must be; surveyed, certified, audited and issued with Class and Statutory Certificates, applicable to passenger vessels, by a recognised organisation. Class Rules relating to passenger vessels will apply. Approval staff, auditors and surveyors must be experienced and qualified in passenger ship planning, audits, and surveys.

The Malta Passenger Yacht Code provides addition regulation, in particular in relation to safety, for example; life- saving appliances and arrangements, life at sea safety, navigation safety, and protection of personnel.

Passenger Yachts Chartered on a Static Basis

Where a passenger yacht remains static; berthed or anchored at sea, the yacht may be allowed to carry more than 36 passengers, as provided for in The Malta Passenger Yacht Code. For a passenger yacht to be able to be chartered on a static basis, the yacht would need to be issued with a statement by the Flag Authority, permitting static charters.

The Certification Process

Once owners submit the necessary documentation and complete the designated survey and inspections, the Maltese Flag Authorities will issue the vessel with a Statutory Certificate.

All passenger yachts must, in addition, be classified by a Recognised Organisation (RO), and must maintain a valid classification throughout the validity period of the yacht’s statutory certificate. The applicable RO Rules for classification purposes are those used for the classification of passenger ships. Upon satisfactory completion of  the required surveys or audits, the yacht’s RO needs to issue a certificate, confirming compliance with the Malta Code.

Passenger yachts certified under the remit of the Code may carry out International (Unrestricted) Voyages or Short International Voyages, as defined by The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).

Advantages of the Malta Passenger Yacht Code

The introduction of the Malta Passenger Yacht Code is a welcome development for those who plan to register larger commercial yachts under the Malta flag. It enables larger yachts to carry between 12 and 36 passengers.

It offers a solution to the many technical issues and concerns which were previously faced by prospective registrants.

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If you would like further information regarding the registration of a yacht and opportunities available through Malta, please speak to  Jonathan Vassallo :  [email protected] , at the Dixcart office in Malta or your usual Dixcart contact.

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A Passenger Yacht Code for the Maltese Flag

The Malta Flag Administration has recognized that the ever-increasing build of yachts means that they can cater for more than 12 passengers.

Under the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS), any vessel carrying more than 12 passengers should be treated as a passenger ship: its construction and equipment therefore have to be adapted to such intended use. While SOLAS only applies to ships over a certain size, smaller yachts may still be equipped for more than 12 passengers and thus, it was seen as desirable to contemplate the operation of charters for more than 12 passengers.

The Merchant Shipping Directorate of Transport Malta has drawn up a code, titled Passenger Yacht Code ( PYC ) , to regulate such yachts after having consulted with major industry stakeholders.

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In principle, passenger yachts should comply with SOLAS, but these requirements are sized down for smaller yachts that will carry 12 passengers, due to the disproportionately onerous nature of the SOLAS provisions and technical annexes for smaller yachts.  It also lays down equivalences for the Load Lines Convention.  These equivalencies have been notified to the International Maritime Organisation . This code came into effect on the 25 th May 2021.

The SOLAS equivalencies relate to various construction requirements including double-bottom requirements, safety and survivability, subdivision and stability, materials used for certain parts of the yacht and low flame spread characteristics of exposed surfaces.

Recognized Organizations are given an oversight role, while port and flag state inspections are possible and the yacht is required to comply. The owner and master have an obligations to report incidents to the Maltese authorities as and when they occur.

The PYC came into force on the 25 th May 2021.

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    Moreover, as large commercial yachts grow in size, the 12 passenger limitation has become more and more perceptible and a number of Administrations, including the Malta Merchant Shipping Directorate, spurred on by encouragement from the yachting industry, have developed their own Passenger Yacht Code in order to tackle this industry demand.

  18. Malta

    The Malta Merchant Shipping Directorate has announced the entry into force of the Passenger Yacht Code (PYC), with effect from the 25 th of May 2021.. It is widely recognised that when considering the operational pattern and risk profile of commercial yachts, the requirements for commercial passenger ships are in some instances disproportionately onerous and impracticable in terms of design ...

  19. Malta Implements a New Passenger Yacht Code: More Than Twelve

    The introduction of the Malta Passenger Yacht Code is a welcome development for those who plan to register larger commercial yachts under the Malta flag. It enables larger yachts to carry between 12 and 36 passengers. It offers a solution to the many technical issues and concerns which were previously faced by prospective registrants.

  20. A Passenger Yacht Code for the Maltese Flag

    The Merchant Shipping Directorate of Transport Malta has drawn up a code, titled Passenger Yacht Code , to regulate such yachts after having consulted with major industry stakeholders. In principle, passenger yachts should comply with SOLAS, but these requirements are sized down for smaller yachts that will carry 12 passengers, due to the ...

  21. Passenger Yacht Code

    The entry of the Passenger Yacht Code has been announced by Transport Malta on 25 May through MS Notice 171. A Passenger Yacht, registered under the Malta Flag, shall meet SOLAS and other applicable Conventions' requirements. In lieu of certain disproportionally onerous Conventions' requirements the Passenger Yacht may meet the requirements ...

  22. Merchant Shipping Directorate Passenger Yacht Code (PYC)

    This Code is being issued without prejudice to other applicable requirements. Enquiries may be directed to: Merchant Shipping Directorate Malta Transport Centre Hal Lija LJA 2021 Malta. T: +356 2291 4200 F: +356 2124 1460 E: [email protected] W: www.transport.gov.mt. 3.