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, auditors, ship owners, marina managers, ship builders, marine insurers, 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

12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 25th & 26th November; 2nd 4th & 10th December, 2013

Participation Fee

Regular Fee €325; Special student rate €100; Cheques are payable to Institute of Legal Studies


To apply kindly use our online registration form. 


Session 1: Tuesday 12th November; 1600 – 1800hrs
Lecturer: Dr. Jotham Scerri Diacono, Ganado Advocates
Malta as an Open Registry – the Role of the Flag
Lecturer: Mr. Peter Buhagiar, Transport Malta 

Session 2: Thursday 14th November; 1600 – 1830hrs
Ship Types; Classification of Vessels and Classification Societies; The Paris Memorandum of Understanding and Flag State Inspection; ISM Code
Lecturer: Mr. Sergey Kuzmenko, DPA/CSO, Troy Ship Management Ltd
Telecommunications and Radio Equipment on Board Vessels
Lecturer: Mr. Lino Axiaq

Session 3: Tuesday 19th November; 1600 – 1800hrs
An Overview of the Procedure for the Registration of Vessels in Malta
Lecturer: Mr. Michael Sillato, Ganado & Associates, Advocates 

Session 4: Thursday 21st November; 1600 – 1800hrs
The Major Maritime Conventions
Lecturer: Dr. Norman Martinez, (IMLI) 

Session 5: Monday 25th November; 1600 – 1800hrs
Security: The ISPS Code, Piracy and Maltese Regulations Concerning PCASP.
Lecturer: Captain Reuben Lanfranco, Maritime Consultant & Marine Surveyor

Session 6: Tuesday 26th November; 1600 – 1830hrs
Registration of Mortgages
Recent Legislative Developments concerning Ship Finance
LecturerDr. Karl Grech Orr, Ganado Advocates
The CLC Conventions and P&I Clubs
Lecturer: Dr. Peter Spiteri Gonzi, Chief Executive, Bureau Veritas Malta

Session 7: Monday 2nd December; 1600-1800hrs
Recent Legal Developments:
– Malta Companies for non Malta-registered Ships
Lecturer: Dr. Jotham Scerri Diacono, Ganado Advocates
– Ship Management Companies
Lecturers: Dr. Jotham Scerri Diacono, Ganado Advocates; Dr. Jan Rossi, Vella Advocates

Session 8: Wednesday 4th December; 1600 – 1900hrs
Safe Manning, STCW & The Manila Convention
Lecturer: Lt. Cdr. Roger Baldacchino RN
The Maritime Labour Convention
Lecturer: Dr. Stefan Sant

Session 9: Tuesday 10th December; 1600 – 1900hrs
Yacht Registration
Lecturer: Dr. Anthony Galea; DF Advocates
Commercial Yacht Registration
Lecturer: Ing. Paul Cardona (Sn), MICS Ltd – Malta
Yachts – Malta Tax Aspects
Lecturer Christine Cassar Naudi, Ganado Advocates
Discussion / Question Time

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