In December 2016, Transport Malta issued guidelines allowing the carriage of more than 12 passengers on board private superyachts over 500gt provided that appropriate safety and security measures have been implemented on board. Prior to these new guidelines, private yachts were unable to carry more than 12 guests unless they were built in accordance with SOLAS regulations or, more recently, in accordance with the Passenger Yacht Code and registered with a Red Ensign flag.
Transport Malta has recognised the tendency for owners to commission superyachts that fall below the international 500gt limit for conventions … Yachts of 499gt and similar sizes will also be able to benefit from the guidelines
In order for a superyacht to qualify for this new certification it must be over 24m, not navigating beyond 150nm from safe haven, be in class and in possession of the necessary stability booklet, comply with the Maltese Commercial Yacht Code and all applicable international conventions and carry appropriate safety equipment depending on the expected persons on board. It should also be noted that these new guidelines are not strictly limited to vessels over 500gt. Transport Malta has effectively recognised the tendency for owners to commission superyachts that fall below the international 500gt limit for conventions. Yachts of 499gt and similar sizes will also be able to benefit from the guidelines (subject to the discretion of Transport Malta).