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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.

Calibration Means for Portable Gas Detection Instruments

The Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to draw the attention of shipowners, ship operators, managers, masters, owners’ representatives and recognised organisations to Regulation 7 of SOLAS Chapter XI-1 and announces that it accepts the practice of sending atmosphere testing instrument(s) to manufacturer’s approved shore facilities for calibration (with the corresponding calibration certificate issued as a documentary evidence) as one of the “suitable means”.

To read Technical Notice SLS.31, 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.

Implementation of the International Ballast Water Management Convention

The Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to inform all those concerned that Malta ratified the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (Convention). The Convention was transposed into the Laws of Malta through the Merchant Shipping (Ballast Water Management Convention) Regulations, 2017.

To read MS Notice 138, 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.

Regulation (EU) 2015/757 – Thetis MRV

Further to Merchant Shipping Notice No. 133 concerning the “Implementation of EU Regulation 2015/757 on the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Maritime Transport”, the Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to inform all those concerned that the Thetis MRV automated EU information system, developed and operated by the European Maritime Safety Agency, has been made available as from 7 August 2017.

To read Merchant Shipping Notice 137, 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.

Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Safety of Navigation

Through Information Notice 24, the MSD draws the attention of all concerned to a PSC Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) that will be launched by the Paris MoU in conjunction with the Tokyo, Black Sea and Mediterranean MoUs. The Campaign will commence on 1st September and run for three months until the end of November 2017.

Whilst the campaign will affect all vessels subject to port State control under the above mentioned MoUs, all concerned should pay particular attention to the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), the Voyage Data Recorder (VDR), the Bridge Navigational Watch & Alarm System (BNWAS), the Automatic Identification System (AIS), the Passage Plans, the Emergency Steering Gear and the Navigational Signals to ensure compliance.

Information Notice 24 further provides a questionnaire intended to aid all concerned in the preparation for this additional inspection and also includes references to international guidelines and performance standards which are to be readily available. The notice also highlights the responsibility of all concerned to take the necessary actions to ensure that the aforementioned areas are in order prior to entry into port. It is also expected that all concerned make every effort towards attaining the ultimate objective of ensuring safety of life at sea and security, and prevention of marine pollution.

To read Information Notice 24, 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 Control Plan Graphical Symbols

The MSD issued Technical Notice SLS.30 revoking the previous Technical Notice SLS.7 regarding the use onboard of graphical symbols on Fire Control Plans.

SOLAS consolidated edition 2001 Chapter II-2 regulation 20 and SOLAS amendments 2000 Chapter II-2 regulation 24 require the use of fire control symbols on Fire Plans in accordance with IMO Resolution A.654 (16).

SOLAS 74, consolidated edition 2004 & 2009, Chapter II-2 Regulation 15.2.4 requires that the graphical symbols used in Fire Control Plans onboard all Maltese registered ships shall be in accordance with the symbols set out in the IMO Resolution A.952 (23).

IMO Resolution A.654 (16) Graphical Symbols for Fire Control Plans, adopted on 19 October 1989, is applicable for ships constructed before 1 January 2004.

To read Technical Notice SLS.30, 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.