Aircraft Registration & Ship Management


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.


Legal Framework

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.

Attractive Features 

 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.