The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) oversees all matters related to the licensing, certification and regulation of aircraft, flight crew, aviation security and the safety regulatory oversight. Aircraft ranging from corporate and private executive jets, helicopters, aircraft leased to public transport, undertakings and white tailed aircraft awaiting leasing or sale, and engines spare parts whether or not attached to an airframe and flight stimulators (Foreign Aviation Equipment – FAE) can be registered in Mauritius.
The Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) 1986, as amended, together with any Regulations made under the CAR and the proposed Foreign Aviation Equipment (Ownership and Security Interests) Registration Act will govern all aspects of operations of aircraft registered, mortgaged and leased, in Mauritius.
Acceptability of more than one set of airworthiness design requirements codes. (Only aircrafts designed and built to standards such as JAR, FAR, BCAR of French DGAC are accepted)
Acceptability of Flight crew licences issued according to ICAO standards
Recognised and responsible licensing procedures
Flexible maintenance and operational requirements
Bilingual (English/French) international registry.
Mauritius is a signatory member to the following:
The Chicago Convention of 1944 on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention or ICAO Convention)
The 1948 Convention on the International Recognition of Rights in Aircraft (Geneva Covention)
The New-York Convention on the Recognition And Enforcement Of Foreign Arbitration
The Hague Convention
The Montreal Conventions
The Tokyo Convention
The aircraft must be flown for the purpose agreed as defined in the certificate of Airworthiness (i.e. private, public, passenger transport etc.)
Yearly renewal of the certificate of airworthiness
Obligation to comply with the Department of Civil Aviation for flight operations and maintenance conditions
Obligation not to operate air transport service with Mauritius as its base of operation
To have Aircraft Radio Station licence issued by the Mauritius Telecommunications Authority
The aircraft must not concurrently be registered in another country and shall not be subject to any undischarged mortgage
The owner, operator, lessor, lessee or sublessee of the aircraft or FAE is a qualified person
It is suggested that the application for approval in principle and application for the registration must be submitted through a licensed Aircraft Management Company and/or a licensed Offshore Management Company.
Applicants may also be required to submit such documents and evidence as may be necessary, relating to the aircraft, the ownership, and chartering or leasing
Certificate of insurance, title deed for aircraft-bill of sale, proof of deed need to be submitted
Upon registration, the aircraft will be assigned a nationality and registration mark, a serial number and a certificate of registration
Deregistration / cancellation or Amendment of the Register
The registration of title to the aircraft/FAE constitutes prima facie evidence of ownership of the aircraft.
Application for deregistration must be made by Trustlink on behalf of the owner/operator of the aircraft. This is usually in the form of a letter requesting deregistration accompanied by a certified resolution signed by the directors of the company.
Cancellation – The registration will be cancelled where there has been a change of ownership, particulars of application, destruction or permanent withdrawal from use of the aircraft.
Amendments – The register may be amended to update or correct particulars relating to change of ownership or otherwise.
Trustlink has extensive experience in the registration, acquisition, mortgaging and disposal of ships, yacht and the administration of international ship owning companies.
We offer full package of services ranging from the formation and administration of vessel owning companies through to the final registration of the vessel on the Mauritius register.
Mauritius offers many advantages for international shipping industry including:
Eligibility for registration for every type of sea worthy vessel of less than 15 years old including lighter, barge structure or launch, however propelled, intended for use in navigation is eligible.
Ownership of the vessels must be through a Mauritius registered offshore business entity.
Permanent, provisional and parallel registration of vessels.
A professionally managed registry of registration and mortgages
Tax efficient corporate ownership structures
Low registration fees
No annual tonnage or other costs
Our services include:
Maintenance of bookkeeping records
Preparation of reports and financial statements
Administration of corporate invoicing
Provision of full technical or crewing ship management
Provision of company directors with maritime experience.
Ensuring compliance with Radio Operator& other licences Requirements
Fiscal Incentives & Advantages
Mauritian registered vessels are exempt from tax on freight earnings or dividends received from the Mauritian shipping company
Ship’s stores, consumables, spare parts and bunkers are exempted from customs and excise duties
All personnel working on board a Mauritian Flag ship are exempted from payment of income tax and social security contribution
No capital gains tax is payable upon the sale or transfer of a ship or of the shares in a shipping company
No estate duty is payable on the inheritance of shares in a shipping company
The requirement of a work permit for foreigners is waived in the case of personnel working on a Mauritian Flag ship
No restrictions on the nationality of the crew
Mauritius has ratified most of the international conventions on maritime safety, prevention of pollution and training and certification of seafarers.