Transport Malta has issued Commercial Yachting notices 7 and 8.
CY7 is a notice to Yacht Owners, Yacht Operators, Managers, Masters, Owners’ Representatives, Appointed Surveyors and Recognised Organisations and describes the Pleasure Yacht Changeover Guidelines.
For Maltese-registered yachts, there is no limit on the number of changes and the change duration. A change from Pleasure Yacht to Commercial Yacht is subject to the fees and provisions of the First Schedule of the Merchant Shipping Act (CAP.234) Para A.iii. Furthermore, it is strongly recommended that Yachts which change from Commercial to Pleasure continue with the same survey and certification regime as required for Commercial Yachts.
Prior to applying for changeover, the local Maltese representative shall always receive an undertaking from the yacht’s owners/managers confirming that the current Certificate of Registry will be returned to the Administration once the new certificate of Registry is received onboard. A copy of the undertaking shall be attached to the application.
CY8 is a notice directed to the same audience as CY7 (see above) and draws the attention to all concerned that following feedback from industry stakeholders and after careful consideration, a decision has been taken to amend, with immediate effect, the requirement concerning 9 GHz X-Band radars for yachts < 300 GT as detailed in the CYC 2020 Section 220.127.116.11.
CYC Code Section 18.104.22.168 should now read: “All yachts shall be equipped with a MED or CE Certified (for yachts < 300 GT) 9 GHz X-Band radar capable of determining and displaying the range and bearing of radar transponders (SARTs), and of other surface craft, obstructions, buoys, shorelines and navigational marks to assist in navigation and in collision avoidance. For yachts ≥ 300GT the unit shall be capable of triggering a SART transponder within at least a 5nm radius.” Any active recommendations concerning the replacement of the 9 GHz radar on yachts < 300 GT, requiring compliance with the 5nm triggering radius, shall be duly deleted and the owners/managers shall be informed by their respective RO/Appointed Surveyor accordingly.
For full details, please visit the Commercial Yachting notices section of the Transport Malta website.
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