The Merchant Shipping (Ships Eligible for Registration) (Amendment) Regulations, 2015 amend the Ships Eligible for Registration Rules. The term international owner is now taken to constitute either:
- a foreign body corporate or other entity which enjoys legal personality under the law in which it was established and which has satisfied the Register-General that it is able to ensure due observance of the merchant shipping laws of Malta; or
- an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen not residing in Malta.
Moreover, it is provided that an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen residing in Malta is qualified to own a Maltese ship or a share therein.
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