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Authorised Classification Societies

A merchant vessel both at the time that is being registered as a Maltese ship and during the period of its registration under the Malta flag must be classed with a classification society authorised to issue statutory certificates on behalf of the Government of Malta. To read Merchant Shipping Notice...

Fire Safety Hazards Associated with Wood Pellets

The Directorate wishes to draw the attention of all concerned to the Marine Safety Investigation Report No. 26/2017. This Report highlights the potential fire safety hazards when carrying cargo in Bulk, particularly to hazards related to the carriage and handling of wood pellets. To read Information...

Amendments to MARPOL Annex V

The Directorate would like to remind all concerned to the entry into force on 1 March 2018, of the latest amendments to MARPOL Annex V adopted through Resolution MEPC.277 (70). Attention is also drawn to Resolution MEPC.295 (71) containing the revised Guidelines for the Implementation of MARPOL Annex...

National and Public Holidays

Information Notice 27, published by the Merchant Shipping Directorate on the 26 December 2017, would like to draw the attention of all those concerned to the dates of the national and public holidays in Malta during 2018. To read the notice,

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...

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,

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...

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...

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...

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)...