New Lighthouse Lanterns

Seafarers can now see the lanterns of Malta’s lighthouses from as far as 20 nautical miles away.

Transport Malta has installed new lanterns for the light houses in Delimara, St. Elmo, Valletta and in the iconic Fanal tal-Ġordan in Għasri, Gozo.

The new lanterns use LED technology and thus use up much less energy than their sodium-based predecessors.

TM has also installed new LED lights at the Mgarr Harbour terminal in Gozo and on the Marfa pier.

Burnt yacht wreckage recovered

The wreckage of the pleasure craft, that caught fire and sank off Bighi last week, has been recovered from the sea bed yesterday afternoon. The wreckage has been towed ashore and placed on land for further investigations.

Transport Malta monitored the situation closely since the accident and was in contact with the owner of the craft and the Police. As soon as the Police gave their authorisation, the Authority instructed the owner to remove the wreckage, as soon as possible, to minimise any associated risks or dangers.

The owner cooperated fully and engaged the services of a firm, to remove what was left of the boat from the seabed, using divers and specialised equipment. TM officers from the Vessel Traffic Services, Port Inspectors Unit and Maritime enforcement officers ensured that the operation was carried out safely.

On the day of the accident, TM officials were on site to monitor for any kind of spillage or potential contamination. Personnel from the Marina itself, Civil Protection Department and other entities, collected debris which resulted from the fire, more specifically debris which could have posed a danger to the navigation of other vessels.

The Authority kept monitoring the wreckage and cooperated with other entities to minimise any potential contamination. It was aware of a thin sheen that formed off Kalkara following the accident, however, nothing could be done to recover it. The sheen has since evaporated and dispersed naturally.

Transport Malta takes this opportunity to highly commend the brave actions of the Marina employees, whose quick thinking and effective action helped avoid a much more serious accident.

Nautical Licence and small ship register

Transport Malta notifies that with immediate effect and until 31st December 2019, the Completion Certificates issued by the relative Training Centres, signed and stamped by the Transport Malta examiner indicating a “PASS” in 2019, are considered as equivalent to the official Nautical Licence issued by Transport Malta.  A copy of this Certificate should always be carried on board in lieu of such Nautical Licence. Certificates issued prior to 2019 are not considered as equivalent to the official Nautical Licence and application for the Nautical Licence must be immediately done.

Registered owners of small ships (S Register) are further reminded that, subject to no changes made to the small ship’s details, the renewal of the registration and the presentation of the Insurance Certificate (when applicable), can be effected by one of the methods listed hereunder:

Online: By visiting www.licenzji-tal-bahar.gov.mt. Small ships’ (S Register) owners are required to be in possession of an e-ID account. A copy of a valid Insurance Certificate may be required when applicable.

Mail: By using the Transport Malta self-addressed envelope provided with the renewal notice and sending a cheque payment payable to Transport Malta.

SSR Office: By calling at the Small Ships Register Office at the Malta Transport Centre, Triq Pantar, Ħal Lija. Office hours are Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays), between 08:30hrs and 13:00hrs.

Renewal of Nautical Licences can be effected by mail using the Transport Malta self-addressed envelope provided with the registration renewal notice.

Transport Malta reminds that all drivers of craft equipped with an engine or engines with a combined power of 30HP or more, must be in possession of a valid Nautical Licence.

The Authority wishes to remind all owners that a Certificate of Registry is valid until date of expiry thereof.  In this respect, the Authority hereby advises that failure to renew the registration on time and within 30 days following the expiry date, the registration will be closed and the small ship in question will be subject to a re-registration process.  Such process includes the submission of all required documentation and subject to the payment of the applicable fee.

This new procedure shall be applicable as from 1st June 2019.

The Authority takes this opportunity to remind all in respect of the offences and applicable fines laid down in the Third Schedule to the Small Ships Regulation (S.L. 499.52).

Abandoned wreckage outside Paradise Bay

A local diver has uploaded the video below on social media.  The video shows what seems to be an abandoned ship that sank outside Paradise Bay.  
Transport Malta was not informed about this incident by the master or the operator, as required by law and only got light of the wreckage through the video. The Authority is currently establishing whom the owners of the vessel are, in order for them to take the necessary action and remove the wreckage.

Transport Malta would like to thank the producer of this video for his contribution and encourages others who come across such irregularities to report them.  The public can get in touch with Transport Malta by sending an email on info.tm@transport.gov.mt, by calling on the free phone 80072309 or through a private message on Transport Malta’s Facebook Page.

No pollution risk following vessel grounding in Qawra

No pollution risk following vessel grounding in Qawra 
Transport Malta’s maritime pollution response team, together with the civil protection and the  Police were on site since this morning and keep monitoring the small vessel, Hephaestus, a 60-metre tanker registered in Togo, that grounded early this morning at Qawra due to the inclement weather.  
All crew are safe onshore. The tanker had no cargo onboard and there are no pollution risks. The vessel has approx 4 cubic meters of fuel onboard but there is no risk of that seeping out. ERA officials are monitoring the site as well, to pre-empt any environmental damage.
 
The authorities are currently investigating the accident and planning a salvage operation that will be put in action as soon as weather conditions improve.

Transport Malta to remove obstructing vessel from Magħluq Bay

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Transport Malta will be removing the vessel San Marco that is obstructing Magħluq Bay in Marsaxlokk during the weekend.

The contractor is setting up rigging today and will be mobilising machinery on the Bay tomorrow for the salvage operation to start on Sunday.  The excavator will help dig up the wreckage while a crane barge will pull the vessel towards deeper waters. Divers have checked the sea bottom to ensure there will be no obstructions that might damage the hull or the seabed during the pulling.

For safety reasons, the beach and the surrounding area at sea will be restricted.  Transport Malta and Police officers will be on site both on land and at sea to condone off the area.  We appreciate your collaboration and apologise for the inconvenience.

Magħluq Bay can once again be fully enjoyed by sea-goers from next week.