Yachting and Aviation

Malta has proven to be a valuable place for the yachting and the aviation industry providing beneficial incentives for those looking to register their yacht or aircraft on the island.

The Maltese flag is vastly recognised around the world for being the largest merchant flag in Europe and the seventh in the world. Registration of a ship under the Maltese flag is an effortless procedure and is regulated by Transport Malta. Registration under the Maltese flag is available to vessels owned by Maltese and non-Maltese owners as well as any kind of vessel.

Malta also provides many initiatives which contribute to the growth of the aviation industry, the island has a business-friendly regulatory framework addressing the challenges the aviation industry poses. The Aircraft Registration Act along with other legislative packages ensures that Malta continues to develop as a leading jurisdiction for aircraft registrations.

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Yachting Services

Any careful yacht owner will agree that choosing the right jurisdiction to register the boat or yacht is key. Malta has one of the largest shipping registries in the European Union. Malta has also internationally distinguished itself as a white flag state and has become a convenient port for all yachts and superyachts that cross the Mediterranean. Malta’s success in being a well-known maritime jurisdiction has been aided by the local authority which regulates this sector, Transport Malta.

The Regulator in Malta

The Ports & Yachting Directorate has a regulatory role in monitoring the maritime activities which take place within the internal and territorial waters of Malta. As well as, managing port facilities that are under the control of Transport Malta.

Malta Flag Registration

Zeta has extensive experience within the yachting industry and can assist clients in registering private and commercial yachts in Malta. The Malta flag is a reputable international ship register which grants a number of benefits to those seeking to register their vessel under the Malta flag.

Some benefits of registration under the Malta Flag are:

  • Exceptional administrative services that offer around the clock service in respect of urgent matters;
  • No restrictions on the sale or transfer of shares of a company owning a Maltese yacht;
  • No restrictions on the nationality of the master, officers, and crew;
  • The process for company formation and yacht registration in Malta is straightforward with competitive incorporation and registration fees;
  • Vessels can be registered in the name of legally constituted corporate bodies or entities irrespective of nationality, or by European Union citizens.

How Zeta Can Help

Malta offers an array of international maritime services and facilities as a part of a comprehensive package designed for the yachting industry. When purchasing and registering your yacht with Zeta, We can assist in all matters relating to registration of yachts both private and commercial under the Maltese flag. Our services include:

  • Registration of yachts under the Maltese flag;
  • Formation of a company to own or lease yachts;
  • Accounting and bookkeeping services for yacht owners and yacht leasing companies;
  • Payroll Services for the crew;
  • “International Owners” may also register vessels under the Malta Flag provided that they appoint a “Resident Agent” in Malta. Zeta is authorised to act as a resident agent on your behalf.

Aviation Services

In 2010, the Aircraft Registration Malta Act came into force, the main aim of this act is to regulate the registration of an aircraft in accordance with Maltese law. The Act also takes into consideration the registration and enforcement of aircraft mortgages and the implementation of the Cape Town Convention.

Malta is a highly competitive jurisdiction with high economic development in several areas of the aviation industry and a well-established legal infrastructure. Not to mention the freedom of movement within European Union Member States on international and internal flights has made Malta an ideal jurisdiction for private aircraft registration.

The Regulator in Malta

Maltese registered aircrafts are documented in a register by the Director General whose authority falls under the Civil Aviation Directorate, this is the main authority responsible for aircraft registration.

Registration of an Aircraft

Malta has successfully positioned itself as one of the primary aviation hubs in the EU by strengthening its aviation registry. Malta’s aviation legislation provides the aviation industry with a solid foundation along with competitive aviation registration costs, the authority’s expertise of the aviation sector, and favourable corporate structures. Malta’s aviation industry offers a variety of added benefits to those seeking to register an aircraft on the island.

The main advantages of registering aircraft in the Maltese jurisdiction are:

  • An attractive corporate tax system;
  • Robust legislative framework and an extensive network of double taxation treaties;
  • Robust legislative framework and an extensive network of double taxation treaties;
  • High standards of safety and security.
  • No withholding tax on lease payments where the lessor is not a tax resident of Malta;
  • Transparency of rights and interests in aircraft;
  • Competitive minimum depreciation periods for aircraft;
  • An extensive network of double taxation treaties; and
  • No taxable fringe benefits arising from the private use of the aircraft by non-resident individuals who are shareholders, employees or officers of companies involved in the international transport of goods or passengers.

How Zeta Can Help

There are a variety of advantages to having a Malta-registered aircraft. Since the inception of the Malta Aircraft Registration Act in 2010, Malta has become one of the most reputable aircraft registers which have boosted the country’s aviation sector.

Due to this and the strategic location of Malta the country is becoming a top jurisdiction for aircraft leasing and registration.

When purchasing and registering your aircraft Zeta can assist you throughout the process. Our services include:

  • Registration of aircrafts in Malta;
  • Formation of a company to own or lease aircrafts;
  • Assistance in enrolling under the Maltese VAT Aircraft Leasing Scheme;
  • Assisting with obtaining an Air Operator Licence;
  • Accounting and bookkeeping services for aircraft ownership and aircraft leasing companies;
  • Payroll services for the crew;
  • “International Owners” prior to registering an aircraft must appoint a “Resident Agent” in Malta. Zeta is authorised to act as a resident agent on your behalf.