Introduction of the Small Commercial Yacht Code (sCYC) 2024

2024-04-12T15:29:46+02:00April 12th, 2024|News and Events|

Introduction of the Small Commercial Yacht Code (sCYC) 2024

Transport Malta’s Merchant Shipping Directorate has announced the implementation of the Small Commercial Yacht Code (sCYC) through Commercial Yachting Notice 12, effective from March 20th, 2024. This code is specifically designed for small commercial yachts ranging from 12 to 24 meters in length, catering to vessels engaged in commercial operations with a passenger limit of 12.

Key Features of sCYC:

  • The sCYC substitutes the provisions of the Commercial Yacht Code 2020 for commercial yachts under 24 meters.
  • It applies exclusively to commercial yachts with hull lengths of 12 to 24 meters, extending the registration scope under the Malta flag to vessels starting from 12 meters.
  • Existing commercial yachts certified under the CYC must transition to the sCYC by their first renewal survey conducted on or after June 1st, 2024.

Transition Process:

  • Yachts transitioning to the sCYC must adhere to specified surveys and inspections outlined in the code.
  • Upon successful completion, Merchant shipping directorate will be issued a Small Commercial Yacht Certificate.

Extended Range Tender Guidelines:

In conjunction with the sCYC, Transport Malta also released Commercial Yachting Notice 2 Rev.1, which pertains to the Commercial Yachts Extended Range Tender Guidelines. These guidelines, effective from April 1st, 2024, apply to Malta Flag Commercial Yachts’ Tenders that are 24 meters and under in length and are exclusively engaged in the business of the Mother Yacht.

Compliance Requirements:

  • Existing Extended Range Yacht Tenders must comply with the revised guidelines by their Mother Yacht’s first periodical survey on or after June 1st, 2024.
  • Guidelines are to be applied alongside the requirements outlined in Section 22 of the CYC, as amended, and Section 19 of the sCYC, as amended.


The introduction of the sCYC and the revised Extended Range Tender Guidelines underscores Transport Malta’s commitment to enhancing safety standards and regulatory practices within the yachting industry. Should you wish to schedule a meeting please do not hesitate to call SMM Group on +35621237167, by sending an email to, or by filling in our contact form.

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