Dangerous boulders removed

Transport Malta removed dangerous concrete boulders from Ħondoq Bay, the picturesque Gozo Bay overlooking Comino, yesterday morning.

The boulders were a potential danger for divers who could hit the boulders when jumping off the shore.

The boulders ended up at the bay following one of the major storms that have hit the islands over the past months.

Transport Malta’s contractor used a specialised crane to lift the boulders from the sea bed.

Memorandum of Understanding between Transport Malta and Brazilian Authorities about air services

Yesterday, representatives from the Civil Aviation Directorate within Transport Malta met with their Brazilian counterparts in Lisbon, Portugal, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding on air services and cooperation between the aeronautical authorities of both countries. The ddelegations also initiated an Air Services Agreement between the respective Governments.

By means of this Memorandum, both sides reached agreement on a common regulatory framework which would permit the operation of air services between Malta and Brazil.  Moreover, this would open up new opportunities to the respective airlines and investors of both sides as they would be able to cooperate between themselves and enter into arrangements on various routes linking Malta to Brazil.

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Ian Borg, said that this is another positive news for the aviation industry which is a very important segment for the Maltese economy. This is in line with Government’s policy to continue increasing the connectivity of Malta to the rest of the world.  Civil Aviation Directorate Director General, Captain Charles Pace, said that other similar initiatives are also in the pipeline and work has already started with other South American countries which include Colombia, Chile and Argentina.

50 swimmer zones for Summer

“As summer has begun, the beach and leisure season, it is important to enjoy ourselves responsibly and in a way that does not put us or others in danger,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and capital Projects Ian Borg while he was launching the second part of the ‘Be Safe at Sea’ campaign, promoting responsible behaviour and safety at sea. Minister Borg reminded those present that this year in May he launched the first part of the campaign, aimed at those making use of sea vessels, i.e. those that drive boats, and said that on this occasion of the first day of summer, the second phase of this campaign is being launched with swimmers as its audience.

The Minister made reference to the bay known as Exiles in Sliema and said that this is one among 50Swimming Zones designed by Transport Malta. These zones, which can be identified by signs installed by the Transport Authority as well as by the fact that they are segregated by buoys, are dedicated to swimmers and boats cannot enter, so people should make use of them for increased safety.

He added that the Authority will be delivering the educational messages of this campaign through several means, including radio and social media as well as through information near these swimming zones, while there will also be a strong presence of enforcement officials at sea, as was done last year. Minister Borg explained how last year saw more than 1,000 inspections on sea vessels, which resulted in more than 200 warnings, more than 200 administrative charges, and more than 400 fines, while more than 550 vessels were found to be in good order. He said that apart from these figures, more than 1,000 additional inspections were carried out on commercial boats in Comino’s Blue Lagoon.“Enforcement is important, but as always, I stress that each and every one of us should do our best to be responsible for our behaviour, not because of enforcement but because we understand what irresponsibility can lead to. I thank Transport Malta workers, especially enforcement officials who work while others are enjoying themselves, and I emphasise once more the importance of being safe at sea. Our life is precious, and we should see to its safety and the safety of the lives of others and take this seriously,” concluded Minister Ian Borg.

Other Notes

Among rules for swimmers:

  • We advise the public to swim in swimming zones, not exceeding the red and yellow buoys.
  • Swimmers will find relevant information and emergency contacts on a number of boards in these
  • zones.

Among rules for boats:

  • Driving a boat of more than 30 HP requires a nautical licence, an insurance certificate and a registration certificate.
  • Speed in ports, 300 metres out of sandy beaches and 200 metres out of rocky beaches is limited to 10 knots.
  • Speed in marinas and near berths is limited to 3 Knots.
  • Every boat should have all necessary safety equipment and someone who will not be on the boat should be told where you plan to go and when you plan to come back.
  • What is known as the 1/3 Rule is important – when using a boat make sure that you have enough fuel to go, enough to return and as much as you used to leave in case of emergency.
  • Always follow the Notices to Mariners available on the Transport Malta website, while checking the weather forecast.
  • Officials at sea will be distributing information during their patrols.

Swimmer Zones

  • Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa
  • Ir-Ramla – Gozo
  • Il-Bajja ta’ San-Pawl il-Bahar – Buġibba (opposite Dolmen Hotel) Qawra
  • Il-Bajja tas-Salina (opposite Coastline Hotel)
  • Il-Bajja ta’ San Ġorġ (San-Ġiljan)
  • Sliema (Font Għadir)
  • Ir-Ramla ta’ Għajn Tuffieħa
  • Il-Bajja taċ-Ċirkewwa (Paradise Bay)
  • Salina Bay (Suncrest Hotel)
  • Mġarr ix-Xini – Gozo
  • Il-Bajja tax-Xlendi – Gozo
  • Il-Bajja tal-Qbajjar – Gozo
  • Il-Bajja ta’ Marsalforn – Gozo
  • Il-Bajja ta’ San Blas – Gozo
  • Il-Bajja ta’ Ħondoq ir-Rummien
  • Il-Bajja ta’ l-Armier
  • Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa – It-Tunnara
  • Il-Bajja ta’ L-Imġiebaħ
  • Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl il-Baħar (Selmun)
  • Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl il-Baħar (Tal-Fekruna)
  • Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl il-Baħar (Xemxija)
  • Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl il-Baħar (Għajn Rażul – Veċċja Breakwater)
  • Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl il-Baħar (Għażżelin)
  • Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl il-Baħar (Buġibba Square)
  • Ix-Xatt ta’ Spinola (opposite Cavallieri Hotel)
  • Ix-Xatt ta’ Spinola (St. Julians)
  • Ix-Xatt ta’ Spinola (Sliema)
  • Ta’ Xbiex (Marsamxett)
  • Valletta – Waterpolo Pitch (Marsamxett)
  • Il-Bajja tar-Rinella
  • Il-Bajja ta’ Marsascala (Waterpolo Pitch)
  • Il-Bajja ta’ Marsascala (opposite Ex Jerma Hotel)
  • Il-Bajja ta’ San Tumas
  • Xrobb l-Għaġin (Dellimara)
  • Kalanka it-Tawwalija (Dellimara)
  • Il-Bajja ta’ Birżebbuġa (San Gorġ)
  • Il-Bajja ta’ Birżebbuġa
  • Il-Bajja tal-Ġnejna
  • Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa (Golden Sands)
  • Tigne
  • Marsaxlokk
  • Iċ-Ċirkewwa
  • Spinola Bay (Balluta Bay)
  • Il-Bajja ta’ B’Bugia (Qajjenza)
  • St. Peter’s Pool
  • Kalkara
  • Marfa (Ir-Ramla tal-Bir)
  • Torri l-Abjad

Memorandum of Understanding between Transport Malta and The Port System Authority of the Eastern Sicilian Sea

Earlier today Transport Malta signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Port System Authority of the Eastern Sicilian Sea. The aim of this agreement is to strengthen the relationship between both parties due to the fact that both authorities are responsible for the respective ports.

The Parties shall collaborate to provide safe, secure and efficient services and facilities, remain updated and relevant as technological opportunities and customer needs change, becoming an innovative and customer-oriented port and terminal operator safeguarding and enhancing market positioning and develop environmentally friendly initiatives in line with climate change initiatives and obligations.  The purpose of this MOU is to lay down the general framework by virtue of which both Parties shall cooperate and pool resources in the above fields.

Transport Malta Chairman and CEO, Mr. Joseph Bugeja, said that after months of discussions and work, this is a positive step towards the right direction. “With this agreement the two authorities will be enhancing their knowledge to work better in the sector”.

The MOU shall remain valid for a period of three (3) years.

Transport Malta was represented by the Chairman and CEO Mr. Joseph Bugeja, Captain David Bugeja, Mr David Sutton and Mr Ivan Sammut. The Sicilian delegation was composed by the President of the Eastern Sicily Port System – Mr Andrea Annunziata, Head of the General Affairs Office – Mr Massimo Scatà & RINA – Palermo Management System Certification Analyst – Silvia Guzzi.

Organ Donation at Transport Malta

A number of Transport Malta personnel attended an information meeting on organ donation and registered for this noble aim.

Transport Malta certifies Malta Air, a subsidiary of Ryanair Group

Malta Air, company within Ryanair Group, will be the 37th airline operator registered in Malta

The Civil Aviation Directorate (CAD) within Transport Malta announced that Malta Air has been awarded an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and Air Operator License (AOL) to become the 37th. air operator operator to select Malta as their jurisdiction of choice. Malta Air is a subsidiary of Europe’s largest airline Ryanair.

The airline will be based in Malta and other countries within the European Union.

Ryanair Chief Executive Officer, Michael O’Leary, said that Ryanair is pleased to welcome Malta Air to the Ryanair Group of airlines. Malta Air will proudly fly the Maltese name and flag to over 60 destinations across Europe and North Africa as we look to grow our Maltese-based fleet, routes, traffic and jobs over the next three years.

O’Leary said that Ryanair appreciates the expertise of the Maltese Civil Aviation Directorate in licensing Malta Air to operate the B737 aircraft and look forward to working closely with the Maltese Transport Authority  over the coming years with the aim of adding over 50 more aircraft to the Maltese register.

Captain Charles Pace, Director General of the Civil Aviation Directorate within Transport Malta, stated he is thrilled with this announcement and would like to thank Ryan Air and Malta Air for choosing Malta.

He went on to thank Minister Ian Borg and Chairman Joseph Bugeja for their support. A special thanks goes to the CAD employees for their efforts in processing the application over the last three months of intensive review. CAD looks forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Malta Air and to push for further growth in the Malta Aviation Cluster. He added that although a lot of work has already been done by the Directorate, the coming months will see much more activity with additional aircraft being added to the registry, making Malta Air one of the major airlines in Europe.

The first aircraft will be registered as B738 S/N 44782 bearing registration marks 9H-QAA.

Award-winning cabin crew training organisation to start operating from Malta

The Civil Aviation Directorate within Transport Malta awarded a Cabin Crew Training Organisation (CCTO) certificate to Corporate Flight Training (CFT) to start operating from Malta. CFT is an award-winning Cabin Crew and Aircrew Training Organisation, voted best UK Safety Training Provider in the Air Transport Awards of 2019.

The company delivers aircrew and cabin crew safety training courses from their Luton Airport Training centre and are now are able to offer training in Malta. The company specialises in third party training provision for business aviation operators, the issuance of Cabin Crew Attestations and through their new CCA EU Academy training provision for European commercial aircraft operators and airlines.

As well as being a well-regarded business aviation training provider who works with many business aircraft operators, the company has been instrumental in promoting increased safety and service standards for corporate aircrews. Yasmin Milner, CFT Head of Training, said that given the number of business aviation operators based in Malta, it was a natural progression to move the CCTO to Transport Malta’s Civil Aviation Directorate (CAD-TM).

Training courses will be delivered twice monthly in both Malta and Luton, in the United Kingdom.

Captain Charles Pace, Director of the Civil Aviation Directorate said that CFT joined many others who have selected Malta and CAD-TM as their jurisdiction of choice offering a wide range of opportunities within the Malta Aviation Cluster.