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Fuel Oil Consumption Data Collection System

The Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to remind all those concerned that the amendments to MARPOL Annex VI introducing the IMO fuel oil consumption data collection system (IMO DCS) will come into force on 1 March 2018.

To read Merchant Shipping Notice 141, click here.

Should you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Dr Jotham Scerri-Diacono or any other member of the shipping team at GANADO Advocates.

Authorised Classification Societies

A merchant vessel both at the time that is being registered as a Maltese ship and during the period of its registration under the Malta flag must be classed with a classification society authorised to issue statutory certificates on behalf of the Government of Malta.

To read Merchant Shipping Notice 96 Rev.2, click here.

Should you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Dr Jotham Scerri-Diacono or any other member of the shipping team at GANADO Advocates.

Fire Safety Hazards Associated with Wood Pellets

The Directorate wishes to draw the attention of all concerned to the Marine Safety Investigation Report No. 26/2017. This Report highlights the potential fire safety hazards when carrying cargo in Bulk, particularly to hazards related to the carriage and handling of wood pellets.

To read Information Notice 28, click here.

Should you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Dr Jotham Scerri-Diacono or any other member of the shipping team at GANADO Advocates.

Amendments to MARPOL Annex V

The Directorate would like to remind all concerned to the entry into force on 1 March 2018, of the latest amendments to MARPOL Annex V adopted through Resolution MEPC.277 (70). Attention is also drawn to Resolution MEPC.295 (71) containing the revised Guidelines for the Implementation of MARPOL Annex V.

To read Technical Notice MARPOL.6, click here.

Should you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Dr Jotham Scerri-Diacono or any other member of the shipping team at GANADO Advocates.

National and Public Holidays

Information Notice 27, published by the Merchant Shipping Directorate on the 26 December 2017, would like to draw the attention of all those concerned to the dates of the national and public holidays in Malta during 2018.

To read the notice, click here.

Registration to Thetis MRV

Further to Merchant Shipping Notices No.133 and No.137 concerning the implementation of  Regulation (EU) 2015/757 on the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of Carbon Dioxide Emission from Maritime Transport, the Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to remind all concerned that, in accordance with Article 6 of the aforementioned Regulation, the submission of the monitoring plans to the verifiers should have been completed by 31 August 2017 for those ships falling under the scope of the said Regulation. Furthermore, it is recalled that on 1 January 2018, companies shall start the per-voyage and annual monitoring of the parameters specified in Regulation (EU) 2015/757.

To read Merchant Shipping Notice 140, click here.

Should you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Dr Jotham Scerri-Diacono or any other member of the shipping team at GANADO Advocates.

Labelling of Medical Stores

The Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to draw the attention of all those concerned to the interpretation of rule 101 (1) (a) of the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) Rules, in relation to the labelling requirements of medical stores.

To read Technical Notice SLS.32, click here.

Should you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Dr Jotham Scerri-Diacono or any other member of the shipping team at GANADO Advocates.

Use of Electronic Certificates

The Merchant Shipping Directorate refers shipowners, ship operators, managers, masters, owners’ representatives and recognised organisations to the Guidelines for the Use of Electronic Certificates (FAL.5/Circ.39/Rev.2) adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The Guidelines provide guidance to facilitate the use and acceptance of electronic certificates with the aim to reduce the administrative burden on Administrations, port State control officials, ships’ crew and other stakeholders caused by, amongst other reasons, the reliance on traditional paper certificates.

To read Merchant Shipping Notice 139, click here.

Should you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Dr Jotham Scerri-Diacono or any other member of the shipping team at GANADO Advocates.

Accident and Incident Safety Investigations

The Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to remind all concerned that, in addition to the reporting obligations in terms of Section 307 of the Merchant Shipping Act, any occurrence happening on board a Maltese ship anywhere in the world and any ship within Maltese waters shall be reported to the Marine Safety Investigation Unit in terms of the Merchant Shipping (Accident and Incident Safety Investigation) Regulations, 2011, Subsidiary Legislation 234.49, published on 12 July 2011.

To read Technical Notice 94 Rev.1, click here.

Should you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Dr Jotham Scerri-Diacono or any other member of the shipping team at GANADO Advocates.

The Directorate’s New Registered Address and Relocation Notice

The Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to draw the attention of all concerned about a change in its registered address.

To read Information Notice 25, click hereInformation Notice 26, that can be accessed by clicking here, provides further details of the Directorate’s relocation plan.