Maltese ships are subject to the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1973 ancillary regulations and the STCW 78 Convention (as amended) concerning the manning and certification of seafarers.
Minimum Safe Manning Certificate
A valid Minimum Safe Manning Certificate must be carried by all Maltese merchant ships of 500 gross tonnage and over. On the entry of a ship in the Malta Register, the Merchant Shipping Directorate will issue a Minimum Safe Manning Certificate valid for five years from the date of provisional registration. Therefore, prior to the expiry of the certificate or upon any change in the equipment, construction or trading of the ship, the Directorate will issue a new certificate, again valid for 5 years, to coincide with the date of the renewal of the certificate of registry.
There are no restrictions on the nationality of the Master, Officers and Crew engaged on Maltese ships. However, the crew on Maltese trading ships must be in possession of a recognized valid certificate of competency issued in terms of the 1978 STCW Convention.
Conditions of employment
A contract of employment in the form of a Crew Agreement must be made between the master and seamen.
Crew and Officers
The Master and Officers must be certified by recognized authorities in order to be acceptable to the Malta Registrar. Copies of certificates of competence will be required.
The Registrar will require a crew list indicating ranks and seamen book numbers and nationality. This information is required to ascertain that the vessel is manned in accordance with the Minimum Safe Manning Certificate.