As from the 1st January 2017 The Authority for Transport Malta introduced new provision that allows yachts, which are registered for pleasure use, to carry more than 12 people (excluding the crew) without being compulsively submitted to the Convection for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) or the Passenger Yacht Code (PYC).
The previous Legislation stated that the private yacht capacity corresponded to the amount of 12 passengers on board. The only exception to this limit was in the case in which the yacht would had been under construction according to SOLAS and PYC regulations and registered with the Red Ensign Flag.
These new guidelines draw a set of requirements for pleasure yacht, to be able to carry more than 12 people, and they complement the Commercial Yacht Code introduced in 2010 (latest version dated 2015):
Furthermore, the law requires an intermediate survey to be effected every two and a half year, for all those yachts who obtain the permission to carry more than 12 people. The aim of this test is to verify the constant compliance with the minimum requirements.
This new set of guidelines will – with no doubt – consolidate Malta’s position as the largest registry in Europe and as one of the strongest in terms of reputation.
Simona Angotzi is a Corporate Officer in White November Group Corporate Department.