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Minimum Basic Wage

The Directorate would like to draw the attention of all concerned that in accordance with Rule 51 of the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) Rules, the minimum basic wage for a calendar month of service for an able seaman shall not be less than USD 618 on the 1 July 2019. To read the complete...

Fire Control Plan Graphical Symbols

The purpose of this Notice is to update the Merchant Shipping Directorate's previous Technical Notice SLS.30 regarding the on-board use of graphical symbols on Fire Control Plans. To read the complete Technical Notice SLS.30 Rev.1, click...

Preparing for the Implementation of the 2020 Sulphur Limit

The Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to remind ship-owners, ship operators, managers, masters, owners’ representatives and recognised organisations that the global 0.50% m/m limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships established by Regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex VI shall enter into...

Non-Convention Vessel (NCV) Code

The Directorate would like to remind all those concerned that following consultation with all stakeholders and interested parties involved, it has issued the Non-Convention Vessel (NCV) Code. The NCV Code creates synergy and incorporates the requirements that were previously set by the CVC Code (Code...

Revised Consolidated Format for Reporting Alleged Inadequacies of Port Reception Facilities

The Directorate wishes to draw the attention of all concerned to the revision of MEPC.1/Circ.834 that consolidates and supersedes a number of other Circulars concerning the Guidance for Port Reception Facility Providers and Users. It is to be noted that such revision has been made in order to include...

Amendments of 2016 to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

The Directorate draws the attention of all concerned to the entry into force of the 2016  amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, on 8 January 2019. The 2016 Amendments to the Code of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 introduce  provisions to better protect seafarers against shipboard...

Application of Regulation (EU) 1257/2013 on Ship Recycling

The Merchant Shipping Directorate reminds all concerned that Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013 on ship recycling and amending Regulation (EC) No 1013/2016 and Directive 2009/16/EC  will become  applicable on 31 December 2018. To read...

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...