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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.

Concentrated Inspection Campaign in Chinese Ports

Information Notice 23 draws the attention of all concerned to a PSC Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) launched by the China Maritime Safety Administration between 15 June to 31 December 2017.

To read Information Notice 23, 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.

Closed CSRs issued by the Malta Flag Administration

The Malta Flag Administration has recently introduced a new requirement whereby CSR (Continuous Synopsis Record) Amendment Forms 2 & 3 need to be submitted before it releases a Closed CSR. Previously, the Flag Administration would release the Closed CSR (and Deletion Certificate) to ships that change flag on presentation of the last issued Maltese certificate of registration and the last renewal certificate, together with payment of all outstanding fees.

This policy has now been changed and the Malta Flag now requires owners to also provide copies of the CSR Amendment Forms to enable release of the Closed CSR.

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.

Compliance with the new Marine Equipment Directive

Through Shipping Notice 136, the MSD reminds all concerned of the implementation 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.

For more information, ship owners and other relevant persons can access MS Notice 136 here.

For any questions concerning this regulation, please contact Dr Jotham Scerri-Diacono or any other member of the shipping team at GANADO Advocates.

Revised format of certificates issued in terms of the STCW Convention

The Merchant Shipping Directorate announced that, with effect from 2 May 2017, a new format for all certificates issued in terms of the STCW Convention issued by the Republic of Malta will be introduced. In order to fully implement the revised requirements for certificates in accordance to the 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention, the Directorate will be introducing a new format for all certificates.

For more information, ship owners and other relevant persons can access MS Notice 135 here.

For any questions concerning this regulation, please contact Dr Jotham Scerri-Diacono or any other member of the shipping team at GANADO Advocates.

Restrictive measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)

The Merchant Shipping Directorate reminds all concerned of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2321 (2016), and Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/849 concerning restrictive measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as amended.

Particularly, attention is drawn to the prohibition of the direct or indirect supply, sale, transfer or export by nationals of EU Member States, or through or from the territories of Member States, or using the flag vessels or aircraft of Members States of:

  1. Arms and related material of all types;
  2. All items, materials, equipment, goods and technology which could contribute to the DPRK’s nuclear-related, ballistic-missile-related or other weapons of mass destruction-related programmes or which could contribute to its military activities;
  3. Certain key components for the ballistic-missile sector.

For more information, ship owners and other relevant persons can access MS Notice 134 here.

For any questions concerning this regulation, please contact Dr Jotham Scerri-Diacono or any other member of the shipping team at GANADO Advocates.

Implementation of EU Regulation 2015/757 on the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Maritime Transport

Following the coming into force of Regulation (EU) No.2015/757 on the monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport, and amending Directive 2009/16/EC on 1 July 2015, shipowners and operators are required to monitor, report and verify CO2 emissions from ships above 5,000 GT and which call at any port under the jurisdiction of an EU Member State.

For more information, ship owners and other relevant persons can access MS Notice 133 here. For any questions concerning this regulation, please contact Dr Jotham Scerri-Diacono or any other member of the shipping team at GANADO Advocates.