Maritime Law

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Chetcuti Cauchi is considered a one stop shop; the services about Maritime Law from our Maritime team range from day to day ship and yacht registrations to high profile matters such as corporate structure and tax planning. 

Maritime Law – Malta and Cyprus

Maritime Law services in Malta have developed marginally, mainly due to Malta’s geographical location and its EU membership. These reasons, together with other reasons such as low company formation costs, efficiency of registration of vessels in Malta, attractive fiscal incentives to owners and preferential treatment to its ships in certain ports have helped the Malta Ship Registry to become the 7th largest registry in the world and the largest in the European Union.

The Maritime Practice team at Chetcuti Cauchi is vigorously linked with all the sectors of the maritime law industry.  The Maritime team has lawyers working specifically an on maritime law services which includes:

  • Malta yacht registration,
  •  Malta ship registration,
  • Malta Bareboat charter registrations,
  • Incorporation of ship owning and ship management companies,
  • Assistance with the attainment of financing,
  • Setting up of leasing and chartering arrangements,
  • Drafting and reviewing of security documentation,
  • Mortgage registration and,
  • Discharge and structuring and tax planning. 

Our services are complemented by tax advisers and accountants that provide corporate structure and tax planning solutions. Our Maritime team also acts as a project manager, leading to negotiations with counter-parties, banks and authorities.

The client list in the Maritime department ranges from recreational boaters to international shipping organisations. It also includes charters, brokers, vessels owners, ship management companies, transportation companies and bankers.  The Maritime Practice team also provide legal administration which includes cargo ships, super yachts, cruising yachts and pleasure yachts.  Organisations such as financial institutions, vessel-owners and ship companies who seek the most adequate and advantageous set up for maritime activities in Malta consider Chetcuti Cauchi as their preferred firm of choice. 

In Cyprus the Maritime Practice team specialises in the use of Cyprus companies in local and international ship ownership and vessel management.  The team’s aim is to put the clients projection into existence in the most proficient and constructive manner.

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Dr Silvana Zammit

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