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

Swimmer Zone in Blue Lagoon

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Swimmer Zone in Blue Lagoon, Comino

It is that time of the year again.  The weather is hot, almost too hot to bear.  A trip to the beach becomes a staple occurrence.  Those who own a boat might decide to take a dip or two in the clear waters of Blue Lagoon.

The following arrangements will be in place until the 15th October.

Swimmer Zone

No vessels or objects which may endanger the safety of bathers shall be used within the swimmer zone.  The swimmer zone is reserved exclusively for bathers.

Mooring Areas

Two mooring areas are being assigned for commercials vessels.

Fairway

A fairway has been established.  It shall be used solely for navigation and will be kept clear at all times.

Safety

A minimum safety clearing distance of 5 metres from the swimmer\’s zone is to be maintained.  Transport Malta urges all mariners to heed these arrangements for the safety of all swimmers and boat occupants.

Please keep a good lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speeds in the channel between Comino and Cominotto.

It is prohibited to secure / moor any vessel to any of the marker buoys, swimmer zone delineation markers and related gear.