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Ship Registration

Minimum Safe Manning

Minimum Safe Manning:

Malta has adhered to the IMO Convention STCW 1978 and therefore vessels registered under Malta flag should comply with the requirements stipulated by this convention.

There are no restrictions regarding the nationality of the Master or officers on Maltese registered vessels as long as they are duly qualified and have applied for, or are in possession of, the relevant endorsement issued by the Malta government attesting the recognition of their certificate of competency.

According to international requirements, a vessel of 500 GRT and over should be in possession of a Minimum Safe Manning Certificate.  Upon registration, this certificate is obtained for a period of five years upon receipt of the relevant application form.  To renew this certificate, the same application form duly signed and completed should be forwarded at least two weeks prior to expiry date in order to avoid any delays.

For your guidance should there be any changes in the equipment, construction, trading area, name of vessel or any detail which might affect the minimum manning requirements, a new application form showing the changes effected will be required.  Kindly allow at least two weeks for the certificate to be issued.

Hereunder please find the minimum manning requirements according to IMO Resolution A481 (XII)

DECK DEPARTMENT

GROSS TONNAGE  Under 500   500-999 1000-1599 1600-2999  3000-4999 5000-14999 15000 & Over
Master 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Chief Officer 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Officer in charge of a navigational watch - 1* 1* 1 1 2 2
Deck Rating 2 2 3 3 4 5 6

* in Restricted Trading one Deck Officer may be omitted

Note: At least two Deck Officers must be holders of a recognised GMDSS General Operator’s certificate (G.O.C.) or otherwise  vessel  must  carry  a  dedicated  Radio Officer, holder of a least a recognised GMDSS General Operator’s certificate (G.O.C.)

 

ENGINE DEPARTMENT

KILOWATTS 350-750 751-1500 1501-3000 3001-7450 7451-11200 11201 & Over
Chief Engineer 1 1 1 1 1 1
Second Engineer 1* 1* 1 1 1 1
Officer in charge of an engineering watch - - 1** 1** 1** 2**
Engine Rating 1 1 2*** 3*** 3*** 3***

* On ships with a UMS Certificate one Second Engineer may be omitted

** On ships with a UMS Certificate one Engineer Officer may be omitted

*** On ships with a UMS Certificate one Engine Rating may be omitted

 

 On tankers of 1000 GT and over an extra Engine Rating is required

Good relations with the Merchant Shipping Directorate (formerly Malta Maritime Authority) can prove useful when a reduction in manning requirements is requested.  Therefore, should the need arise; kindly send your request in writing to enable us to take up the matter with the local authorities.

Ship Registration

Minimum Safe Manning

Minimum Safe Manning:

Malta has adhered to the IMO Convention STCW 1978 and therefore vessels registered under Malta flag should comply with the requirements stipulated by this convention.

There are no restrictions regarding the nationality of the Master or officers on Maltese registered vessels as long as they are duly qualified and have applied for, or are in possession of, the relevant endorsement issued by the Malta government attesting the recognition of their certificate of competency.

According to international requirements, a vessel of 500 GRT and over should be in possession of a Minimum Safe Manning Certificate.  Upon registration, this certificate is obtained for a period of five years upon receipt of the relevant application form.  To renew this certificate, the same application form duly signed and completed should be forwarded at least two weeks prior to expiry date in order to avoid any delays.

For your guidance should there be any changes in the equipment, construction, trading area, name of vessel or any detail which might affect the minimum manning requirements, a new application form showing the changes effected will be required.  Kindly allow at least two weeks for the certificate to be issued.

Hereunder please find the minimum manning requirements according to IMO Resolution A481 (XII)

DECK DEPARTMENT

GROSS TONNAGE  Under 500   500-999 1000-1599 1600-2999  3000-4999 5000-14999 15000 & Over
Master 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Chief Officer 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Officer in charge of a navigational watch - 1* 1* 1 1 2 2
Deck Rating 2 2 3 3 4 5 6

* in Restricted Trading one Deck Officer may be omitted

Note: At least two Deck Officers must be holders of a recognised GMDSS General Operator’s certificate (G.O.C.) or otherwise  vessel  must  carry  a  dedicated  Radio Officer, holder of a least a recognised GMDSS General Operator’s certificate (G.O.C.)

 

ENGINE DEPARTMENT

KILOWATTS 350-750 751-1500 1501-3000 3001-7450 7451-11200 11201 & Over
Chief Engineer 1 1 1 1 1 1
Second Engineer 1* 1* 1 1 1 1
Officer in charge of an engineering watch - - 1** 1** 1** 2**
Engine Rating 1 1 2*** 3*** 3*** 3***

* On ships with a UMS Certificate one Second Engineer may be omitted

** On ships with a UMS Certificate one Engineer Officer may be omitted

*** On ships with a UMS Certificate one Engine Rating may be omitted

 

 On tankers of 1000 GT and over an extra Engine Rating is required

Good relations with the Merchant Shipping Directorate (formerly Malta Maritime Authority) can prove useful when a reduction in manning requirements is requested.  Therefore, should the need arise; kindly send your request in writing to enable us to take up the matter with the local authorities.