Extraordinary measures in light of COVID-19 Pandemic for Malta commercial yachts – Implementation of Remote Surveys

5th May, 2020

Author:  Alison Vassallo, Partner and Head of the Yachting Department

As part of the measures that are being undertaken by Transport Malta to ease the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on commercial yachts registered in Malta, the maritime administration has implemented a procedure wherein the periodical surveys pertaining to the Certificate to Trade as a Commercial Yacht (CoC) and to the related Statutory Certificates (issued to Commercial Yachts) may be extended/postponed by carrying out remote surveys.

The intention behind this measure is for the remote survey procedure to be used solely in exceptional cases when a surveyor cannot physically attend on board a Malta flagged commercial yacht to carry out periodical surveys. The scope of the remote survey is intended solely for postponing the CoC periodical survey and related Statutory Certificates’ periodical surveys (annual, intermediate or renewal) due date by a period of up to 6 months.

The procedure is effective as of the 1st May 2020 even though, on a case by case basis and at the discretion of the Administration, the procedure may also be applied to periodical surveys which were due in the first months of 2020.

The text of the relative procedure may be viewed here.

For more information kindly contact Alison Vassallo, Head of our Yachting Department, on alison.vassallo@fenlex.com or on 00356 21 241 232.

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