Aspects of Registration of Vessels under the Malta Flag

Course Outline

The course aims to give an introductory overview of the various aspects that relate to ship registration in Malta and the related industry.

Who should attend

Lawyers, accountants, local representatives of P & I Clubs, local ship agents and students interested in pursuing a career in shipping law.


A certificate of attendance will be issued to all participants indicating the attended lectures.

Venue and Dates

Institute of Legal Studies Tuition Centre,
19/12 Vincenti Buildings, Strait Street, Valletta VLT1432

20th, 24th & 27th September;  4th, 8th, 11th, 15th  & 17thOctober 2012

Participation Fee

Regular Fee €270; cheques are payable to Institute of Legal Studies;
Special student rate €100


To apply kindly use our online registration form.


Session 1 – Wednesday 17th October, 2012; 1600 – 1800hrs (NEW DATE CONFIRMED)
Malta as an Open Registry – the Role of the Flag
Lecturer : Dr. Christopher Sammut; Transport Malta

Session 2 – Thursday 20th September, 2012; 1600 – 1900hrs
Lecturer : Dr. Jotham Scerri Diacono; Ganado & Associates, AdvocatesShip Types; Classification of Vessels and Classification Societies; The Paris Memorandum of Understanding and Flag State Inspection
Lecturer : Mr. Sergey Kuzmenko
Telecommunications and Radio Equipment on Board Vessels
Lecturer : Mr. Lino Axiaq; Transport Malta

Session 3 – Monday 24th September, 2012; 1600 – 1800hrs
An Overview of the Procedure for the Registration of Vessels in Malta
Lecturer : Mr. Michael Sillato; Ganado & Associates, Advocates

Session 4 – Thursday 27th September, 2012; 1600 – 1800hrs
The Major Maritime Conventions
Lecturer : Mr. Sergey Kuzmenko

Session 5 – Thursday 4th October, 2012; 1600 – 1900hrs
Registration of Mortgages and Recent Developments
Lecturer : Dr. Karl Grech Orr; Ganado & Associates, Advocates
Recent Legal Developments:
– Malta Companies for non Malta-registered Ships
Lecturer : Dr. Jotham Scerri Diacono; Ganado & Associates, Advocates
– Ship Management Companies
Lecturers : Dr. Jotham Scerri Diacono; Ganado & Associates, Advocates
Dr. Jan Rossi; Credence Corporate and Advisory Services

Session 6 – Monday 8th October, 2012; 1500 – 1800hrs
Marine Insurance
Lecturer : Dr. Carmel Cascun; Island Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Session 7 – Thursday 11th October, 2012; 1600 – 1900hrs
Safe Manning Requirements on Board Maltese Vessels
STCW & The Manila Convention
Lecturer : Lt. Cdr. Roger Baldacchino RN
Social Security and Crew
Lecturer : Dr. Matthew Brincat; Ganado & Associates, Advocates

Session 8 – Monday 15th October, 2012; 1600 – 1800hrs
Commercial Yacht Registration
Discussion / Question Time
Lecturer : Ing. Paul Cardona (Sn); MICS Ltd – Malta

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