French Desk Associate - Shipping Department
T: (+356) 27 237172
Languages: French, English and Spanish
François qualified as an Avocat (French lawyer) in 2016 and created the French Desk at Mifsud & Mifsud Advocates.
He is also presently a Marine Consultant, a listed Marine Surveyor at the Rouen Appeal’s Court, a Maritime Arbitrator at the ‘Chambre Arbitrale Maritime de Paris’, and a Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitration Association as well as a member of the Malta Maritime Law Association.
He started his marine career in 1986 and is a Master Mariner and a Chief Engineer. He was a Master of crane barges, drill-ships and semi-submersibles, on anchors and DP systems. He was then a Le Havre port Maritime Pilot from 2000 to 2013, during which time he participated in and was a speaker on legal aspects at the European Maritime Pilots Association and International Maritime Pilots Association events.
After starting to read law in 2003, he obtained a PhD in Law from Sorbonne University in 2012 and is the author of articles, in English and French, for law journals and maritime publications. Locally, he was elected Judge for the Commercial Court of Le Havre where he served for several years.
For many years, François has been an active member and is a Fellow of The Nautical Institute. He is the Vice-chairman of The Nautical Institute Technical Committee and has been a delegate at the IMO since 2009.

Professional Memberships
  • Barreau de Paris
  • World Link for Law

  • Sept. 2015: 
    • Technical Editor and Co-author of the book “Improving Ship Operational Design”, 2nd Ed., The Nautical Institute. 
  • May 2015: 
    • Co-author of the book “The Nautical Institute on Command, 3rd Ed., The Nautical Institute. 
  • Spring 2015: 
    • "Le “squat”", in Gazette de la Chambre, n°37, pp.4-5 of the CAMP. 
  • Nov. 2014: 
    • « Le pilotage portuaire en France », in Questions Internationales, La documentation Française, n°70, pp.53-55. 
  • Aug. 2014: 
    • Co-author of “Fasc. 1181 Pilotage”, in JCl Transport, LexisNexis. 
  • Spring 2014: 
    • "Immunity and Exemptions", Section 1.4 in Chapter I Legal and Statutory, in IMPA on Pilotage, Witherby Seamanship International. 
  • Winter 2012/2013:
    •  Article on the first ship in the world specially designed and built to accommodate Nickel ore that can liquefy: « Le “Jules Garnier II” », in Gazette de la Chambre, n°30, p.8 of the Paris Maritime Arbitral Chamber (CAMP). 
  • 2011/2012:
    •  « La liquéfaction des chargements de nickel », in Gazette de la Chambre, n°26, pp.2-3 and n°27, p.4 of the CAMP. 
  • Spring 2011: 
    • « Le concept « e-navigation » », in Gazette de la Chambre, n°25, p.3 of the CAMP. 
  • May 2011: 
    • « L’acquittement d’un pilote du Saint-Laurent », in French Maritime Law Journal, Le Droit Maritime Français (DMF) n°725 of the, pp.460-467. 
  • Jan. & Feb. 2011: 
    • « La responsabilité disciplinaire et pénale du pilote maritime », in DMF n°721, pp.3-12 and n°722, pp.103-114. 
  • Jun. 2010: 
    •  "Criminalisation – Pilots in the hot seat", in Seaways, June 2010, p.21. 
  • Mar. 2010: 
    •  « OMI LEG 96 », in DMF n°712, pp.235-237. 
  • 5th Jun. 2009:
    • « La criminalisation du pilote », in Merchant Navy Journal, Journal de la Marine Marchande n°4672 of the, pp. 18-19. 
  • Jul. – Aug. 2008: 
    •  « La responsabilité civile du pilote », in DMF n°694, pp. 595-609.
Malta boasts one of the leading and largest Ship Registries in the world. It is a flexible registry, imposing very few restrictions. The success Malta has achieved in this industry is due to a well-balanced structure of maritime services and fiscal incentives coupled with the Government’s desire to promote the industry, which it seeks to achieve by means of numerous attractive benefits to ship owners. The Maltese Ship Registry includes all types of ships including oil-rigs, pleasure yachts and passenger cruise ships amongst others.
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