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National and Public Holidays 2019

Information Notice 31, published by the Merchant Shipping Directorate on the 10 December 2018, would like to draw the attention of all those concerned to...

Publications to be Carried Onboard Malta Flagged Vessels

The Merchant Shipping Directorate draws the attention of shipowners, ship operators, managers, masters, owners’ representatives and recognised organisations to Regulation 19.2.1.4 and Regulation 27 of Chapter V of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended, that require...

Concentrated Inspection Campaign on MARPOL Annex VI

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. Read full...

Fatalities Associated With Lack of Communication and Assistance

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. To...

Compliance with Directive 2014/90/EU on Marine Equipment

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...

Implementation Of The International Convention Of Standards Of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping For Seafarers, As Amended

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 Seafarers. To read full details of Merchant Shipping Notice 144, click...

Electronic Records Books for MARPOL Related Record Keeping

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...

Contact Details of the Merchant Shipping Directorate

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...

Immersion Suits and Anti-Exposure Suits

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...

MIGRATION OF INMARSAT I – 3 TO I – 4 SERVICES

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...