Avoid Azure Window Area

Notice to Mariners to keep safe distance from the former Azure Window

Transport Malta, together with the Environmental Resources Authority and the Malta Tourism Authority declare the former Azure window site as a cautionary area for mariners, scuba divers and bathers.

Mariners, scuba divers and bathers are advised to keep a safe distance from the area, in the interest of public safety and until the required surveys and inspections have been carried out to ensure safety and conservation concerns have been mitigated.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate within Transport Malta, has issued a notice to mariners to caution mariners when approaching the site around the former Azure window in Dwejra. The recent collapse of the Azure window has caused a change in seabed and coastal topography of this area and is thus un-surveyed.

Mariners are advised not to navigate in the area.  

Moorings in Qawra and Salina

Transport Malta held a meeting with owners of boats moored in Qawra and Salina. The meeting provided information on the plan to re-organise the bay.

Boat owners were urged to apply for a mooring.

Download Mooring Application

Kindly attach the following with the application form

To register an existing mooring

  • Photocopy of ID Card
  • North & East Coordinates of mooring (taken with a GPS)
  • Photo of the Area (or a site map indicating the position of the mooring)
  • Photo of boat on mooring (if no photo is available an affidavit needs to be presented).  Affidavit needs to include: Name, Surname, I.D card number, location of mooring, GPS co-ordinates and for how long the mooring has been in use.
  • Copy of a valid boat certificate
  • Copy of a valid boat insurance (where applicable)

To register a new mooring

  • Photocopy of ID Card
  • Copy of a valid boat certificate
  • Copy of a valid boat insurance (where applicable)

Oil Spill Training

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This is a drill

Preventing accidents at sea

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Transport Malta participates in a project “Preventing incidents and accidents for safer ships in the Oceans”

Transport Malta together with 14 partners from nine other European countries, is participating in the Picasso Project, a project aiming at preventing incidents and accidents for safer ships in the Oceans.  Safety on Land and on Board Ships, Emergency Simulations, and Training and The Human Factor are the three main factors in the project.

The project which is co-funded by the European Commission, is designed to improve maritime safety through training of staff which is a key element in preventing accidents at sea, evacuation drills in ports and development of new technologies. This project is designed to improve maritime safety through training and the development of new technologies and is headed by the Spanish Maritime Rescue and Safety Agency.

The project has a budget of 3.8 million euro and is part of the overall goal of developing Motorways of the Sea, in line with European Union maritime transport policies. It was approved in July 2016 and is scheduled to end in July 2018.

Transport Malta’s role in the project is to organise a mass evacuation exercise in the port of Valletta. This exercise is planned to be held during Malta’s EU Presidency and different stakeholders will be involved.

Beware of Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Transport Malta has issued an information notice to Shipowners, operators, masters to warn about the possibility of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 catching fire.  Such a fire could be of particular concern if it occurs on boar a ship.

The Authority recommends:

  • Informing all persons about the use and carriage of such devices when booking a passage or a cruise.
  • Turning off the phone.
  • Disconnecting the device from charging.
  • Stopping all applications that could activate the phone.
  • Keeping the device at close proximity.
  • Placing warning signs in the garage decks, accommodation areas and on the relevant websites.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was not sold in Malta.

Link for official Notice

Maltese flag wins at the Hague

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Arbitral Tribunal renders Award in favour of Malta in proceedings concerning Maltese-registered ship

On 22 October 2013, Malta had instituted arbitral proceedings against the Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe under Article 287 and Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in respect of a dispute concerning the Maltese-registered vessel mv Duzgit Integrity

Following an exchange of written pleadings and a hearing at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Peace Palace in The Hague, on 5 September 2016 the Tribunal constituted in terms of UNLCOS issued an Award in respect of the said dispute. The Tribunal found, unanimously, that it had jurisdiction over the dispute and that Malta’s claims were admissible.

The dispute concerned the arrest by São Tomé of the Maltese registered ship when it attempted to undertake a ship-to-ship cargo transfer in São Tomé’s archipelagic waters, and the subsequent measures taken by São Tomé in relation to the vessel, its master, cargo, owner and charterer.

The Tribunal determined that Article 49 of UNCLOS, which relates to the exercise of a State’s sovereignty over its archipelagic waters, was applicable. The Tribunal noted that, under international law, enforcement measures taken by a coastal State in response to activity within its archipelagic waters are subject to the requirement of reasonableness, which encompasses the general principles of necessity and proportionality. The Tribunal found that the initial measures taken by São Tomé fell within the exercise of its law enforcement jurisdiction.

The Tribunal, however, found that the other penalties imposed by São Tomé – the prolonged detention of the master and vessel, the monetary sanctions, and the confiscation of the entire cargo – when considered together, could not be regarded as proportional when considering the original offence or the interest of ensuring respect for São Tomé’s sovereignty. The Tribunal found, by majority, that the disproportionality was such that it rendered the cumulative effect of the sanctions incompatible with the responsibilities of a State exercising sovereignty on the basis of Article 49 of UNCLOS. Consequently, the Tribunal held, by majority, that Malta was entitled to claim reparation regarding certain heads of claim in a later phase of the arbitration.

This case has highlighted the commitment of the Maltese Government, particularly through Transport Malta, as a leading flag Administration, to afford the necessary support to operators operating their ships under the Malta flag. This has continued to provide the necessary assurance to shipowners of the firm commitment and support of the Malta flag Administration afforded to their operations.

The full details of the Tribunal decision may be found here  

Boats: stay away from Azure Window

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Azure Window in Gozo

Transport Malta issued a Notice to Mariners to ban boats from getting close to the Azure Window in Gozo.  The Authority issued the notice following recent reports that parts of the structure are crumbling. 

Transport Malta asks boat drivers to heed the notice for their safety and the safety of persons or passengers on board.

World’s largest platform decommissioning vessel flies the Maltese Flag

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The motor vessel Pioneering Spirit completed its first heavy lift 100 kilometres off the coast of Norway on Monday.  The Maltese-flagged vessel removed a Repsol oil platform which has been unmanned since 2012. This is the first time that a vessel lifted a platform of this size out of water. Before Pioneering Spirit, workers had to dismantle the platform, module by module. 

 

Pioneering Spirit is one of the World’s biggest ships at 382 metres of length and 124 metres’ width.  It is a little shy of the length of four football fields and can lift an impressive 48,000 tonnes; the weight of approximately 32,000 cars.  The Pioneering Spirit has 6 special purpose cranes, space for 27,000 tonnes of pipes and a massive helipad on its deck.  It can work in any water depth, in polar regions and hostile seas.  

 

The vessel is very well posed for a break in the market for scrapping ageing North Sea equipment.  Numerous oil platforms in the North Sea are set to be decommissioned over the next ten years.  The vessel was built for single-lift-installation and removal of large offshore, oil and gas platforms.  With its double hull, it can straddle a platform and lift the top part with eight sets of lifting beams.