Pink October at Transport Malta

Transport Malta held a Pink October Awareness Day last week. 

Medical students offered various heald checks for Transport Malta Employees. In a dedicated room, students from the Malta Medical Students Association took blood samples, measured blood pressure and weighed TM employees to check the BMI and for diabetes, among others. 

Mrs Michelle Muscat from the Marigold Foundation visited Transport Malta’s offices in Lija and introduced two breast cancer survivors who shared their experience with cancer.  They encouraged all those present to keep on the lookout and perform check-ups to prevent cancer.

National Bicycle Ride 2018

For the fifth consecutive year, Transport Malta organized the National Bicycle Ride on 21st September, Independence Day.  The aim of this event is to raise awareness that road users can share the road with cyclists and that every cyclist on the road is one less car in traffic. As part of the ride, five lucky participants won a cash grant to purchase a pedelec in a draw that was held after the ride. While ten participants were selected to win €100 vouchers to be spent on cycling equipment.

This initiative is part of European Mobility Week, a campaign launched annually by the European Commission to promote sustainable mobility at locality level.  Each year, the campaign is held between the 16th and 22nd September.  Activities to promote sustainable transport are held every day throughout the week with the peak being the 22nd where Europe joins the rest of the world to celebrate World Car Free Day.  On the day, people all over the world are encouraged, for just one day, to make use of alternative means of transport to get to their destinations. 

Malta joined the festivities this year and the focus of the event took place at the Strand Sliema.  Other events were held throughout the entire week including in Mqabba, Ħad-Dingli, Għarb, Ħal Safi, St Paul’s Bay and Ħaż-Żebbug.

Maltex 2018: Success

 National Exercise to prevent pollution at sea, Maltex 2018

Transport Malta hosted a national pollution response exercise, off Maltese shores, last week.  The scenario saw a large oil spill from a vessel following a collision with another.  The pollution response involved the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), several local and international entities.  EMSA made available new equipment from its assistance service arrangement located in Ravenna, Italy. The equipment was deployed in the Mediterranean for the first time.

The aims of the exercise were several.  Maltese responders, from various national entities and private contractors, had the opportunity to exercise for the eventuality of a real spill, testing both the communication systems, the equipment and to make sure all roles and responsibilities of the personnel listed in the National Pollution Contingency Plan will be effective during an actual response.  Transport Malta took the opportunity to test the communication systems and equipment in the newly set up Emergency Control Centre (ECC) at the Port Operation Centre in Marsa and the new equipment provided by EMSA and other owned by the Authority and private contractors.

The following participated in this exercise:

• TM Units & Departments

• Armed Forces of Malta – Maritime Squadron/Ops Room

• Civil Protection Department 

• Malta Police

• Accident & Emergency Unit, Mater Dei Hospital

• Environmental Health Department

• Environment & Resources Authority

• Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture

• European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)

• REMPEC

• Tankship Management (EMSA chartered response vessel)

• Falzon Marine (EMSA chartered response vessel)

• Tug Malta Ltd

• Malta Maritime Pilots

• Port Logistics Operations

• Cassar Maritime Services

• OSRA Int

• Zammit Group

• Dept of Geosciences, UoM

• Partners and stakeholders of the CALYPSO SOUTH project

Maltex 2018

A National Exercise to prevent pollution at sea, Maltex 2018

Transport Malta will be hosting a national pollution response exercise, off Maltese shores, tomorrow.  The scenario purports a large oil spill from a vessel following a collision with another.  The pollution response will involve the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), several local and international entities.  EMSA has made available new equipment from its assistance service arrangement located in Ravenna, Italy.  EMSA has never used this set during a real spill; this exercise will provide a very good opportunity for the operators to get familiar with this equipment and test its deployment at sea.

EMSA have made available new equipment from Ravenna in Italy, which equipment has never been used during a real spill.  The participants in this exercise will thus be testing its deployment at sea. 

As part of the exercise, at 12:50  today, Malta requested international assistance through the EU’s Common Emergency Communication Information System (CECIS).  All stakeholders and participants were notified to put their resources on standby.  

Weather permitting, the actual response at sea will then commence tomorrow at 08:00, where vessels will be deployed at sea to simulate the oil spill.  The scenario will take into account simulated weather conditions with the potential of an escalation.  The information to the participants will be provided as the exercise unfolds.

The aims of the exercise are several.  Maltese responders, from various national entities and private contractors will get the opportunity to exercise for the eventuality of a real spill, testing both the communication systems, the equipment and to make sure all roles and responsibilities of the personnel listed in the National Pollution Contingency Plan will be effective during an actual response.  Transport Malta will also take the opportunity to test the communication systems and equipment in the newly set up Emergency Control Centre (ECC) at the Port Operation Centre in Marsa and the new equipment provided by EMSA and other owned by the Authority and private contractors.

Following an analysis of the decisions and actions taken, the exercise will help provide guidance about the best practice and procedures to be implemented in future scenarios.  The exercise will also help give an insight into the effectiveness of the coordination between different teams during an emergency.  Transport Malta will present a report to EMSA during the third week of October.

The following are participating in this exercise: 

• TM Units & Departments

• Armed Forces of Malta – Maritime Squadron/Ops Room

• Civil Protection Department 

• Malta Police

• Accident & Emergency Unit, Mater Dei Hospital

• Environmental Health Department

• Environment & Resources Authority

• Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture

• European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)

• REMPEC

• Tankship Management (EMSA chartered response vessel)

• Falzon Marine (EMSA chartered response vessel)

• Tug Malta Ltd

• Malta Maritime Pilots

• Port Logistics Operations

• Cassar Maritime Services

• OSRA Int

• Zammit Group

• Dept of Geosciences, UoM

• Partners and stakeholders of the CALYPSO SOUTH project

TM Careers

TM Careers is an app that provides a valuable insight into the careers available at Transport Malta. Each profile for individual careers and internship opportunity is categorised according to the following sectors: Professional/technical; Managerial/administrative; Information Technology; Economics and Statistician and Others.

Your Gateway to a career at Transport Malta

It provides a full description of the skills and competences of each career and serves as a platform to launch work placements, vacancies and any other schemes that may be available from time to time. Video clips and news feeds are uploaded to explain the context within which each career can be pursued. Details of projects undertaken and the general work environment will be displayed. 

Users can build their own CV and select the sectors they are interested in.  They will receive a notification whenever a vacancy, work placement and/or other schemes arise and when new careers are uploaded.  The app makes it easy for users to apply for job vacancies and to ask any queries they might have on the particular post.

The app will inform and answer the general queries and expectations of prospective employees of Transport Malta.  

Get inspired

Here’s a number of interviews with persons who have careers within the Transport Industry and Transport Malta, to give you an idea what such careers would entail.

Kevin Ghirxi

Head of Marine Safety Investigation

Kevin Ghirxi

Antoinette Conti

Project Leader – Kappara Project

Antoinette Conti

Mark Chapelle

Senior Manager – Merchant Shipping Directorate

Mark Chapelle

Clint Taliana

Head of Flight Operations Inspectorate

Clint Taliana

Maria Gove

GIS Manager

Maria Gove