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Special COVID-19 Remote Survey Procedures

Special COVID-19 Remote Survey Procedures

Malta commercial yacht COVID Special Survey Measure.


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The Government of Malta and Transport Malta, in addition to measures previously adopted to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the shipping industry, has introduced new procedures allowing owners and operators of commercial yachts to extend or postpone remote surveys required to obtain a Certificate to Trade as a Commercial Yacht (CoC) and to the related Statutory Certificates.

Procedures for Remote Surveys apply only to commercial yachts already issued with a CoC and Statutory Certificates.

The remote surveys will allow a commercial yacht

  • to postpone any annual, intermediate or renewal survey that is due, for up to six months; and
  • provided that the yacht’s Master and Chief Engineer complete our procedures and checklists under the close supervision of an RO or appointed Surveyor.

The yacht’s Surveyor/RO will still need to attend the yacht to complete the surveys once before the six month postponement comes to an end.

Such special procedures do not apply for new registrations.

Although such procedures are applicable as from 1 May 2020, Transport Malta may extend such exemption, at its own discretion, to such periodical surveys due during the first months of 2020.

The KPMG Malta Shipping Team is closely following the everchanging scenario and consequences that COVID-19 is having on ship owners, ship managers, surveyors, classification societies and of course the most affected category, seafarers.

Should you require additional information please do not hesitate to contact Stephan Piazza or Francesca Ferrando.

Special COVID 19 Remote Survey Procedures

The information contained herein is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act on such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation.

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