The Directorate would like to draw the attention of all concerned to a port State control Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) that will be launched jointly by the Paris MoU and the Tokyo MoU on MARPOL Annex VI. The Campaign will commence on 1 September 2018 and end on 30 November 2018.
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The Directorate wishes to draw the attention of all concerned to the Marine Safety Investigation Report No. 06/2018. This Report highlights the potential safety hazards associated with lack of communication and assistance amongst the crew members while working in enclosed spaces on board a vessel.
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The Directorate reminds all concerned of Directive 2014/90/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on marine equipment and repealing Council Directive 96/98/EC (hereinafter referred to as “the MED”). The MED applies to equipment placed or to be placed on board a Maltese ship and for which the approval of the Directorate is required by international instruments, regardless of whether the ship is situated in the European Union at the time when it is fitted with the equipment. The MED has been transposed into Maltese legislation through the Merchant Shipping (Marine Equipment) Regulations (S.L.234.40).
To read full details of Merchant Shipping Notice 145, click here.
The Directorate reminds all concerned to the entry into force on 1 July 2018, of new provisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for
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The purpose of this Notice is to inform all interested stakeholders regarding the acceptance of electronic Record Books (e-RBs) on board Malta flagged vessels for record keeping requirements related to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Convention).
To read full details of Technical Notice MARPOL.7, click here.
The Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to invite all those concerned to visit our website (www.transport.gov.mt/ship-registration).
To read full details of Merchant Shipping Notice 99 Rev 2, click here.
In accordance with the provisions of Regulation 32.3.2 cargo ships, other than bulk carriers (as defined in SOLAS 74 Chapter IX Regulation 1), may be exempted from the requirement of Regulation 32.3.2 when such ships are constantly engaged on voyages within “warm climates”. Following consideration of the guidance provided in MSC/Circ 1046 – Guidelines for the Assessment of Thermal Protection, this Administration has defined the following sea areas for the scope of application of the exemption provision:
- the sea area between the parallels of latitude 30º North and 30º South;
- the sea area of the Mediterranean Sea south of latitude 35º North;
- the sea area within 20 nautical miles from the coasts of Africa not included in the sea areas above.
To read the complete Technical Notice SLS.8 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.
The Directorate would like to inform all concerned that the Inmarsat-3 (I-3) constellation of satellites are reaching the end of their lifespan, having made it necessary for Inmarsat to roll out the end of life process for several of their legacy services and to migrate those that will continue onto Inmarsat-4 (I-4).
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In order to streamline the system of registration of shipping organisations that wish to benefit from the benefits contemplated in the Merchant Shipping (Taxation and Other Matters
Relating to Shipping Organisations) Regulations, 2018, and for a ship to be declared a tonnage tax ship in terms of the said Regulations, the Directorate recommends adoption of the
following procedure with effect from 1 May 2018:
- The written request for the registration of the shipping organisation should be submitted in the format of the sample letter as per the Annex to this Notice;
- The request letter shall be addressed to this Directorate;
- On confirmation of the accuracy of the details submitted and compliance with the provisions of the Regulations, the Registrar will confirm whether a ship can be declared as a tonnage tax ship.
In order to ensure that the system is implemented in a proper manner in the interest of all parties, existing shipping organisations having ships already registered in terms of the Merchant
Shipping Act and wishing to benefit from the benefits contemplated in the Regulations, shall submit the written request by not later than 1 July 2018.
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