The right of all states to conduct marine scientific research emanates from the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea subject to the rights and duties of other states. The Continental Shelf Department, within the Ministry for Energy and Water Management, is responsible for licensing and regulating marine scientific research on Malta’s continental shelf (including the internal waters and territorial waters) in accordance with Regulation 6 of the Continental Shelf Regulations (S.L. 535.02).

What you'll get

If the application is approved, applicants will be granted a licence to conduct marine scientific research within a specified period of time and in accordance with the proposal made in the application. The licence will contain conditions which include but are not limited to the provision of a copy of the data and a final report. The Continental Shelf Department will consult with other entities prior to granting a licence, and other permits may be required from other entities depending on the type and location of the research


Applicants need to have the necessary qualifications, experience and equipment to carry out the research stipulated in the application.

How to apply

Fill in the online form and submit.

In accordance with Regulation 6 of the Continental Shelf Regulations (S.L. 535.02) research entities interested in carrying out marine scientific research are to apply to the Director General, Continental Shelf Department on [email protected] by submitting an application for consent. Each application shall be accompanied by a non-refundable administrative payment of €300.

Please contact the Director General on [email protected] for the necessary bank details.