Malta has a centuries old maritime tradition. The strategic location of the Maltese Islands at the heart of the
Mediterranean Sea, its natural harbours and the entrepreneurial and maritime skills of its people have transformed this European Sovereign State into an
international maritime services centre.
From its position astride one of the major arteries of shipping, Malta offers a whole
range of maritime facilities: deep natural harbours and well equipped ports which offer a haven for international shipping, extensive bunkering, ship supplies and towage services, ship building and ship repair yards which can take the largest ships afloat, modern facilities
for transhipment and distribution, high level training for both deck and engineering
officers, international yacht marinas and of course, an international ship register which
is now long established as one of the largest in the world.
Malta also hosts the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea, the IMO, International Marine Law Institute and the International
The Island is committed to further expansion as an international service centre. This is manifested by the continuous development of what already is a sophisticated legal and financial regime, suported by an extensive infrastructural investment and highly trained professionals.
The Malta maritime flag is a flag of a well established, yet dynamic, maritime centre. The Malta Ship Register completes the wide range of maritime services available and at the same time, draws its strength from being an intergral part of a truly international maritime and service centre.