Malta to issue seaman’s record books to non-Maltese crew
Good news for crew on Maltese – flagged vessels, with the government of Malta agreeing to issue Maltese Seaman’s Record Books to non-Maltese nationals for the first time.
Seaman’s discharge books are the primary way for crew to record their sea-time, a now-compulsory requirement for crew on all MLC-compliant vessels. Until this new directive, it has been difficult for those working on Maltese registered yachts who couldn’t get one from their own maritime authority, as Transport Malta would not issue a seaman’s discharge book to non-nationals.
The rules have now changed to allow the crew of all ships registered under the Merchant Shipping Act to apply for a Maltese Seaman’s Record book, as well as Maltese Nationals and those holding a Maltese Certificate of Competency.
This is a welcome change of heart by the Maltese government, as it makes recording sea time and remaining MLC compliant simpler for the crew and the management of Maltese flagged-vessels.
Applications for a Maltese Seaman’s Record Book should be submitted to the Merchant Shipping Directorate, either by the crew member or the employing company. Applying crew will have to provide proof of STCW training certificates, any qualifications, a statement from the Master or employing company stating employment on the ship, proof of identification and photos. The application process will cost 60 euros, with an extra 25 charged if the crew member requests secure delivery of their Record Book. The forms are available to download, and can be submitted via email, by post or in person. Please see below for application forms and further details of requirements.Notice 118