• IN546 - Maltese Shipping - The Tonnage Tax System and Advantages for Shipping Companies

    Over the past decade, Malta has consolidated its status as an international, Mediterranean centre of maritime excellence. Currently Malta has the largest shipping register in Europe and the sixth largest in the world. In addition, Malta has become a world leader in terms of commercial yacht registration.

    In order to avoid the risk of shipping companies relocating or flagging to low-tax countries … more

  • IN538 - Imminent Introduction of the Portuguese Tonnage Tax Scheme for Ships - What benefits will it offer?

    The Portuguese tonnage tax and seafarer scheme was approved by the European Commission on 6 April 2018, in line with EU State aid rules, in particular the Guidelines on State aid to maritime transport. The Portuguese measures will enhance the competitiveness of the Portuguese shipping sector and, simultaneously, protect know-how and jobs in the EU maritime transport sector.

    The law proposal had … more

  • IN518 - Why the Madeira International Shipping Register (MAR) is so Attractive and the Advantages of Registering a Vessel in Madeira

    The International Shipping Register of Madeira (MAR) was established in 1989 as part of the Madeira International Business Centre (“MIBC”) “package” of taxation benefits. Vessels registered with MAR carry the Portuguese flag and are subject to the International Treaties and Conventions entered into by Portugal.

    Over half a million vessels are now registered with MAR and it is ranked the fourth … more

  • IN512 - The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry: 10 Years of Success

    The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry was established by the Isle of Man Government in 2007, primarily to bring additional economic prosperity to the Isle of Man’s private sector. From a very small beginning, the team now comprises around 20 aviation specialists with the business ethos of ‘Safety and Service’.

    Currently led by the Director of Civil Aviation, Simon Williams, the registry continues to … more

  • IN494 - Madeira International Shipping Register (MAR) - White Listed on Both Paris and Tokyo MOU

    MAR: Recognition as an International Shipping Register

    The recent publication of the 2016 Annual Report Paris MOU on Port State Control (PSC) has confirmed Portugal’s international shipping register (MAR) as highly rated in terms of quality and safety standards.

    MAR is also “White Listed” in the 2016 Annual Report of the Tokyo MOU, which is one of the most active regional PSC organisations in … more

  • IN493 - The Isle of Man Shipping Registry - An Innovative Approach

    Advisers often need to guide clients on the most suitable jurisdiction to flag an owner’s vessel. Historically, advisers have preferred tried and tested jurisdictions, but this is starting to change, due to the increasing importance of jurisdiction perception, international transparency, time differences, different legal systems and growing costs associated with certain jurisdictions. 

    Criteria … more

  • IN465 - 2-REG Channel Islands Commercial Aircraft Registry: Case History Highlighting the Advantages of Temporary Registration

    Established in December 2013, “2-REG”, the Channel Islands Aircraft Registry, is the aircraft registry of the States of Guernsey. The nationality mark is ‘2’ followed by four letters, allowing for attractive registration marks.

    There have been 94 registrations to date of lessor owned aircraft, corporate aircraft, including a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, and locally owned aircraft. The registry is … more

  • IN457 - Thinking of Flagging or Reflagging a Vessel? - Malta Could be the Answer

    A lot of uncertainty has been generated within Europe following on from the Brexit vote, and certain other countries who are beginning to reassess their position within the EU. This is having an impact on the marine industry, with a number of vessel owners seeking to reflag ships and yachts.

    The choice of flag registration is an important decision and a jurisdiction must be selected that … more

  • IN448 - What Does Malta Offer as a Jurisdiction for Aviation?

    Malta’s reputation, within the EU, as an efficient and relevant jurisdiction for aircraft registration is growing rapidly. 

    Brexit negotiations could have a significant impact on UK registered aircraft doing business in the EU. Airline operators who receive their operating licences from the UK Civil Aviation Authority may no longer be deemed Community Carriers and may no longer enjoy the right … more

  • IN428 - Why The Madeira (Portugal) Shipping Register is so Popular: Flexibility and Other Advantages

    Background

    The International Shipping Register of Madeira (MAR) is Portugal’s second shipping register, created in 1989, within the framework of the International Business Centre (IBC) of Madeira.

    The objective of MAR was to offer a credible alternative to other international registers. The high quality and safety standards of a conventional register have been maintained within an attractive … more

  • IN398 - Why is Cyprus an Attractive Jurisdiction for the Registration of Aircraft?

    In March 2014 the Cypriot Tax Authorities issued new guidelines for the  registration of private aircraft, making Cyprus one of the most attractive jurisdictions in the European Union.

    The guidelines clarified the VAT treatment provided through the Cyprus Aircraft Leasing Scheme, and the potential VAT rate for aircraft registration in the EU can be effectively reduced to as low as 5% if … more

  • IN312 - Aircraft Registration: Guernsey, Isle of Man, Malta and Portugal

    Dixcart provides aircraft registration services in a number of jurisdictions. These jurisdictions have registries which offer a variety of advantages and tax efficiencies. 

    Dixcart can advise on aircraft registration and help coordinate the aircraft registration process in: Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Malta and Portugal. This can include establishing and administering the relevant ownership … more

  • IN275 - A Consideration of Shipping in the Jurisdictions of Cyprus, the Isle of Man, Madeira (Portugal) and Malta

    Dixcart can provide clients with a number of alternative ship registration solutions. 

    This note provides a brief overview of the shipping regimes in Cyprus, the Isle of Man, Madeira (Portugal) and Malta. More detailed information is available on request regarding shipping in each of the jurisdictions considered in this Article.

    Cyprus

    Cyprus is a major ship management centre attracting … more