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Malta:

Commercial Yacht Code 2020


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The Merchant Shipping Directorate within the Authority for
Transport in Malta (the ‘Directorate‘),
has recently issued the revised Commercial Yacht Code 2020 (the
CYC 2020‘) which succeeds the former
Commercial Yacht Code 2015 (the ‘CYC
2015
‘).

The feedback received by the Directorate from customers,
regulators, stakeholders and other interested parties led to the
changes implemented in the CYC 2020. The central aim of these
improvements is to elevate Malta’s commercial yacht regulatory
regime by addressing the needs, challenges and technological
realities of the market whilst ensuring conformity with
international safety regulations and standards. In fact, many of
the developments introduced by the CYC 2020 are safety oriented and
technical in nature, reflecting the endless technological
advancements of this dynamic industry.

The CYC 2020 comes into force on the 1st of
January 2021 and is applicable to all commercial yachts. Those
commercial yachts which have already been certified under the CYC
2015 are obliged to comply with the requirements of the new law by
no later than the yacht’s first periodical survey carried out
after the 1st June 2021. A degree of consideration
is being afforded by the Directorate and the law itself to the
phasing-in of the new or optimised applicable requirements imposed
on existing yachts.

A list of the main improvements introduced in the CYC 2020 can
be found in Annex 1 of the law. The full text of the CYC 2020 can
be accessed 
here
.

The Directorate has also recently published a draft version of
the Malta Passenger Yacht Code 2020 (the ‘PYC
2020
‘) for consultation purposes. With encouragement
from the yachting industry, the Directorate aims to regulate
passenger yachts exceeding 500GT, which carry more than 12
passengers up to 36 passengers, which carry not more than 200
persons, which do not carry cargo and which are engaged on
international voyages. The PYC 2020 draft legislation shall remain
open for consultation until the end of February 2021. The full text
of the draft PYC 2020 can be accessed 
here
.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.

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