MEET THE YACHTING SERVICES BUSINESS SECTION
The Yachting Services Business Section within the Malta Chamber, which represents one of the largest business sections in terms of members, has over the past years been heavily involved in tackling challenges to the industry and working closely with the authorities in responding to issues arising from time to time concerning the practical application of procedures that have an effect on the industry. As a result of this work a number of procedures and guidelines have been adopted and refined which ultimately contribute to Malta’s attractiveness to yacht owners and operators as a whole.
The vision of the Committee for the next two years is that of continuing to offer a powerful platform for the industry and to collaborate with the authorities and other entities for the strengthening of Malta’s success as a yachting jurisdiction.
Dr Alison Vassallo - Chairperson
Alison Vassallo is a Partner of Fenech and Fenech Advocates and heads the Yachting Department. She also works within the Marine Litigation Department.
She qualified in 2004 with a Doctorate of Laws from the University of Malta and obtained her Masters Degree in International Maritime Law from the International Maritime Law Institute in 2005.
She joined Fenech and Fenech Advocates in 2006. For the past 15 years she has advised and co-ordinated projects for owners and financiers relating to the acquisition and sale of private and commercial yachts with regard to registration, financing, importation, chartering, leasing and fiscal requirements and solutions. Furthermore her areas of practice within the firm embrace all aspects of maritime law including EU shipping law. She publishes and speaks regularly at international yachting fora and was heavily involved in spearheading discussions with the authorities on a number of measures aimed at strengthening the yachting industry in Malta.
Alison has chaired the Yachting Trade Section within the Chamber of Commerce since 2015 and is a Council and Executive Board Member within the Malta Chamber of Commerce since 2019. She has also recently been appointed as Deputy Chairperson of the Services Economic Group within the Chamber of Commerce. Alison is also a Committee Member of the Malta Maritime Law Association (MMLA) and a Board Member of the yachting sub committee formed within the MMLA.
Mr Nicholas Travers Tauss - Deputy Chairperson
Joining family-run Esprit Yachting Malta in late 2005, Managing Director Niki Travers Tauss threw himself into the establishment of the Azimut Yachts brand in Malta. Esprit Yachting Malta invested in building Marina di Valletta to offer a 360-degree service. The company also has a yacht finance company in partnership with Italian principals and local partners.
Niki has been involved within The Malta Chamber for several years and has been involved in the Yachting Services Executive Committee for the fourth term. He believes that the experience is rewarding, as he gets to network peers to lobbying with Government Agencies and Authorities to shape the industry to always offer a better product and service.
Mr Matthew Gusman
Following a decade in the yachting industry, Matthew Gusman set up Gusman Yachting in 2016, a superyacht agency that offers bespoke shore support, port facilities and concierge services that extends beyond Malta through extensive experience, local knowledge and a worldwide network of support service providers.
That same year he joined The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry to further his professional network and involve himself with the Yachting Business Section, to put forward ideas and help execute changes to try and improve the local yachting industry.
Mr Peter Fiorini Lowell
Peter Fiorini Lowell has been working in the Yachting Industry for nearly 38 years through S&D Yachts Ltd., a family run business that offers Yacht Agency, Yacht Brokerage and Charter among other related services.
Peter was eager to join not only The Malta Chamber of Commerce but specifically the Yachting Business Section. He believes that, together, positive change can be brought forward through a vibrant committee made up of diverse members from different Sections within the Yachting Industry.
Ms Pauline Micallef
Pauline Micallef is an ACCA qualified and warranted CPA Accountant, a Master’s in Business Administration graduate from the University of Reading, Henley Business School, and a fellow member of the Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA).
Pauline has over 10-years’ managerial experience within the largest pharmaceutical company in the world, Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd where she also acted as a director. She then held the position of Technical Strategy Manager at the MIA and is now the Chief Executive Officer of the leading maritime education school in Malta, MaritimeMT.
She has become a Manager at a very young age and has led large teams through large projects and multimillion implementations, mainly business development and SAP implementations. She also lectures Financial Management and Microsoft Excel workshops.
Mr Jonathan Vassallo - Co-opted
Jonathan Vassallo joined Dixcart in September 2009. He is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Malta Institute of Taxation and Malta Institute of Accountants.
Jonathan has incepted the Dixcart Air Marine Section within the company which has grown exponentially throughout the years.
He is involved in various highprofile yachting transactions and assists clients in crewing, flagging, registration, VAT aspects, and structuring of both private and commercial yachts.
Dr Anthony Galea - Co-opted
Dr Anthony Galea joined the Vistra Group in December 2015, when Vistra acquired DF Marine. Anthony was engaged to set up the Marine & Aviation practice, after over 12 years of experience building and leading DF Marine. Vistra Marine & Aviation Limited focuses on the superyacht and business aviation sectors, amongst other providing registration, company formation and administration services, tax compliance, and legal services.
Dr Galea is a regular speaker in fora relating to the Yachting sector and sits on a number of committees, whose aim is to continue increasing awareness and improve yachting in Malta. Moreover, he is keen on improving the yachting sector globally and promoting the industry’s value.
Dr Anthony Galea graduated from the University of Malta in 2003 as a Doctor of Laws, and was admitted to the Bar of Malta in 2004.
Ms Sarah Gauci Carlton - Co-opted
Sarah Gauci Carlton is General Manager of Creek Developments Plc, operators of the 735 berth Msida & Ta’ Xbiex Marina. Working at Creek since 2010, she has a Masters in Business Administration from Henley Business School, and Diplomas in Human Resources Management and Employment Law. She is a Council member of the Malta Employers Association. She gained her management experience during 18 years of supplying the Cyclops electronic service line calling equipment to the international tennis tour, learning to be adaptable and calm under pressure. During those years, she was also able to indulge a passion for the sea and the environment by working as a scientific diver with the environmental monitoring company Ecoserv Ltd.
Living on a yacht as a child, she grew up around the sea, sailing and windsurfing before turning to diving. She is delighted to be given the opportunity to contribute to the Yachting Services Executive Committee and hopes that her Marina experience will help to highlight the needs of the owners of boats of less than 22m LOA.