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What does it entail to get a Commercial Vessel Certificate, for the carriage of cargo, equipment and passengers and other vessels employed in port services and the servicing of ships?


Steps to get a Commercial Vessel Certificate:

1.    Research for information:

·         Visit Malta Transport Centre

·         Visit the Malta Transport Authority website Commercial Vessel Licensing – Code of Practice for the Safety of Commercial Vessels – 11th Edition.


2.    Applying for a Commercial Vessel Certificate:

·         Applications for a Commercial Vessel Certificate can be obtained from the Authority for Transport in Malta, Ports and Yachting Directorate, or downloaded from Transport Malta’s website;

·         An application must be submitted for each craft. In order to obtain such certificate, relevant documentation and certificates including also Certificate of Class from recognised classification societies and/or Certificate and Report of Survey from Government Appointed Surveyors or any other equivalent certification from any other recognized entity according to the type of vessel (as already listed in the application form) should also be submitted;

·         In cases where the owner/s of craft differ from the licence holder, a no objection letter stating that owner has no objection for his craft to  be operated under the respective Commercial Vessel Operator’s Licence must be submitted;

·         The Authority will advise of any further requirements;

·       Upon completion of the relative Commercial Vessel Certificate/s, the due fees for the operations requested will need to be paid;

·         A vessel which is not suitable for single-handed operations will also be issued with a Minimum Safe Manning Document valid for 5 years.

·         A list of all craft with a valid Commercial Vessel Certificate is uploaded on Transport Malta’s website every week.


3.    Renewal of a Commercial Vessel Certificate:

·         The Authority sends a renewal reminder two months before the expiry date of the Commercial Vessel Certificate/s in order to inform respective clients that their Commercial Vessel Certificate/s are due to expire. The relative application form in order to renew such certificate/s is also sent to client for ease of reference;

·         The Client should return the completed form including any required documentation to the Authority at least 3 weeks prior to the expiry date of such certificate/s in order for the Authority to process such renewals;

·         Upon completion of the relative Commercial Vessel Certificate/s, the Authority issues a billing sheet for payment.

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