Transport Malta at the Gadgets Expo

Transport Malta participated in the Gadgets Expo that took place at MFCC between the 10th and the 12th of May. We invited our local partners to join us and promote the concept of Transport Sharing services that are all currently available around the island. The mentioned partners for this event were namely: GOTO, Ioscoot, Malta Public Transport and Greenroads Malta. We also offered the general public a chance to test drive a Renault Twizy in the designated outside parking area to which we received very good feedback.

Vacancies


Project Manager within Chairman’s Office – Malta National Electromobility Platform Unit

Jobsplus Permit: 152/2019                             Vacancy Number: 345986

The chosen candidate will coordinate the implementation of the assigned project/s according to the rules and regulations set by the respective Funding Programmes, the respective Application Forms, approved projects and Grant Agreements. The role includes the coordination of all aspects of the public procurement process, ensuring the effective disbursement of funds and sound management of assigned project’s budget.  Maintain set deadlines and standards during the implementation of actions and contracted project deliverables. 

Applicants for this post must be in possession of the following:-

Essential Qualifications and Experience:-

  • Qualified (Bachelor’s Degree/qualification at a tertiary level) in Project Management/Economics and/or Business Management/Accounting or a related field.
  • Two years experience in a similar position including experience in public procurement process and EU funds management.

Projects Manager – Smiths Project within the Malta National Electromobility Platform Unit

Jobsplus Permit:  153/2019                            Vacancy Number: 345991

The chosen candidate will coordinate the implementation of the assigned projects in their entirety according to the rules and regulations set by the respective Funding Programmes, the approved projects and the respective Grant Agreements. The role includes the coordination of all aspects of the project implementation including: the physical implementation of the project, projects supervision and supervision of contractors. The coordination of the public procurement process, ensuring the effective disbursement of funds and sound management of assigned project’s budget and maintain set deadlines and standards during the implementation of actions and contracted project deliverables.  Coordinate and oversee subcontractors’ deliverables by (among other measures) carrying out site visits, certify subcontractors’ works on behalf of the Authority, coordinate and follow up on permits required by PA/ERA and other relevant entities, coordinate and compile as necessary the progress, financial and monitoring reporting as required. Assist as necessary in the implementation of other projects, be they EU or nationally funded.

Applicants for this post must be in possession of the following:-

Essential Qualifications and Experience:-

  • Warranted Perit/Civil Engineer
  • Three (3) years proven experience in Project Management in the field of Transport / Civil Engineering / Geography or a related field

Airworthiness Inspector – Civil Aviation Directorate

Jobsplus Permit: 146/2019           Vacancy Number: 345994

The chosen candidate shall ensure that the Maltese civil aviation industry complies with the applicable national and European Union regulatory requirements, in the field of airworthiness.

Applicants for this post must be in possession of the following:-

Essential Qualifications & Experience:-

  • Have held a similar position of Airworthiness/Engineering Inspector with a national aviation authority for at least 3 years.

or

  • Hold a type rated Category B1.1, B2 or C Part 66 aircraft maintenance licence or an aeronautical/engineering university degree recognized by the Civil Aviation Directorate;
  • Have held managerial positions in Quality/Continuing Airworthiness/Maintenance;
  • Experienced in conducting airworthiness reviews, ARC recommendations and aircraft physical inspections;
  • Have had at least three years proven experience in Quality Auditing/Management or Continuing Airworthiness Management in the Civil Aviation field.

Inspecting Officer (Flight Operations) – Civil Aviation Directorate

Jobsplus Permit: 145/2019                             Vacancy Number: 346001

The chosen candidate will assist the Head of Flight Operations Inspectorate on matters related to air transport operations, specifically in determining and reporting upon the level of operational safety of the holders of Air Operators Certificates, by means of inspections and surveillance.

Applicants for this post must be in possession of the following:-

Essential Qualifications and Experience:-

  • Extensive experience in dispatch operations generally not less than 5 years as a dispatcher or operations officer.

or

  • Extensive experience in ground operations, not less than 5 years in a medium-high management position within a commercial air transport operator.

or

  • Extensive experience in a role related to management systems generally not less than 5 years in the field of safety and compliance management.

Flag & Port State Control Inspector

The chosen candidate will be expected to support the Merchant Shipping Directorate in ensuring that the Maltese Flag and Register continue to retain their excellent reputation amongst the World’s merchant fleets.

Applicants must be in possession of:

Essential Qualifications

  • A Certificate of Competence as a Master Mariner or a Chief Mate or equivalent; or
  • A Certificate of Competence as a Chief Engineer or a Second Engineer Officer or equivalent; or
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture, Engineering or in an equivalent discipline, including safety management.  
Photo by Peter Paul Barbara

Experience

  • Practical Experience in shipping

Applications accompanied by a recent Police Conduct Certificate, are to be sent to recruitment.tm@transport.gov.mt by not later than noon of Monday, 25th February 2019.

All applications will be acknowledged and treated in the strictest confidence.

Late applications will not be considered. 

Stormwater works in Mqabba

The Works and Infrastructure Department within the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects is currently leading a project in Triq Karmenu Ciantar in Mqabba.

This work will serve to direct rain water into a new stormwater culvert system. Therefore, this road will be closed to traffic from Monday 4th February until Wednesday 20th February.

Drivers are encouraged to drive carefully and to be cautious when nearing the zone, while being requested to follow the given directions.

We thank the public for their cooperation during these improvement works, forming part of the Mqabba Regeneration Project .

Malta’s Aviation Industry gears up to fight climate change

Malta’s aviation industry plans to grow  without further increasing emissions  from the year 2020 (carbon neutral growth), to contribute to the global fight against climate change.  Through the ICAO initiative CORSIA, the aviation industry is working to limit the amount of its carbon emissions to the 2020 level and will offset any further emissions over that level in the following years.

Human-generated Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere is a major contributor to global warming, the climatic phenomenon that is wreaking havoc for the World’s climate, causing unprecedented extreme weather and weather-related natural disasters.  The aviation industry has agreed to a series of measures to reduce carbon dioxide and thus fight climate change in line with the aspirations of the Paris Agreement of the UNFCCC.

The initiative CORSIA stands for Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation.   It is the first ever sector-wide carbon-ofsetting programme.  Starting this year, each operator will record the amount of CO2 emissions for every international flight.  The information recorded will be verified and submitted to the Competent Authority, who will collaborate with Transport Malta to validate it and who will in turn submit to ICAO’S central registry system.  The average of the total CO2 emissions of 2018 and 2019 will provide the baseline against which the excess carbon emissions will be calculated in the following years.  This excess will then need to be offset through the use of sustainable fuels or by buying credits from the carbon market, that is, contribute to projects that actively reduce carbon emissions.

CORSIA is a market based measure and is one of a variety of measures that the International Aviation industry is implementing to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change.  ICAO actively encourages operational improvements, efficient routing, new aircraft technology and sustainable aviation fuels.

Earlier this week, Transport Malta gave an overview of the Corsia initiative during a workshop that the Malta Resources Authority organised for Airline Operators holding a Maltese licence. As an EU Member State, Maltese operators also take part in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and the workshop also updated the operators with the latest developments in the EU legislation relating to ETS and the European implementation of CORSIA

Skypeople from the UK sets up shop in Malta

Transport Malta has just approved Flypeople Limited, a subsidiary of the renowned Skypeople, as an organisation entitled to provide the attestation of initial cabin crew training. Skypeople is the leading independent provider of cabin crew training and boasts clients like British Airways and most major cariers.

Aspiring cabin crew members can now get the Initial Cabin Crew Training Attestation in Malta, independently from an airline. The successful completion of the course will give them an edge over competitors to join any European Airline. FlyPeople is the only organisation in Malta that specialises on Cabin Crew Training.

From left to right: Mr Shaun Waddingham – Commercial Director Fly People, Ms Collette de Stowe – Head of Training/Director Fly People, Ms Rachel Grech – Head of Personnel Licensing – TM, Mr Daniel Micallef – Inspecting Officer Flight Operations / Cabin Inspector –TM, Capt Charles Pace – Director General for Civil Aviation – Malta

The course, which will be offerred once a month, includes all the generic modules that an attestation given by an airline would provide, ranging from aviation regulation, passenger handling to emergency procedures and Aero medical first aid. Once employed, the cabin crew candidates only need to complete the airline and aircraft specific training.

Potential cabin crew personnel in possession of this attestation will be in a better position to be employed by an airline. They will save the airline training money and can prove their ability to outdo the compulsary tests, further convincing the airline of their ability to complete the training successfully. In short, it makes the applicant much more employable and much better placed than non-qualified applicants.

Transport Malta auctions autographed Brazil Football kit for charity

Transport Malta will express its support for the Simon Blue Light Foundation by auctioning an autographed Brazil football kit.

During this year’s edition of the World Cup, Brazil’s national football team flew on a Malta-registered aircraft, operated by Air X Malta.  Transport Malta asked for and acquired the team’s kit, autographed by all the players, a kit which the Authority chose to auction for the benefit of the Blue Light Foundation.

The Authority has an enforcement section that operates on our roads and thus is fully aware of the reason and the importance of the goals of this foundation.  The Enforcement section within Transport Malta boasts around one hundred officials, who face numerous dangers while performing their duties and thus, through this symbolic gesture, Transport Malta is helping this foundation achieve its aims.

The Auction will form part of the activities organised by the Foundation on Sunday 2nd December.  The Foundation will be organising a bike ride which will depart from the Police Headquarters in Floriana at 09:00 in the morning to reach its destination in Montecristo.  Transport Malta’s Enforcement Section, particularly its riders, will participate in the event while a number will assist the Police to manage traffic during the activity.

In the meantime, in Montecristo there will be a number of family activities, including food stalls, various attractions and entertainment.

The public will be able to view the autographed Brazil National Team Shirt before the auction, between 10:00 and 11:30 in the morning, in Montecristo.  The auction, led by the auctioneer Pierre Grech Pillow for Obelisk, will start at 11:30 in the morning.  All proceeds will be passed on to the Simon Schembri Blue Light Foundation.

The Simon Schembri Blue Light Foundation is a non-profit organisation that helps officials who are the first to arrive on the scene of an accident, like Police officers, members of the Armed Forces of Malta, Civil Protection Department, Corradino Correctional Facility and Emergency Ambulance Staff.  The foundation provides moral and financial help for these officials and their families, should they get hurt while on duty.

Transport Malta supports the goal of this foundation and encourages the public to participate in both the bike ride and the auction.

During his comment on this gesture, the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg said: “The purpose of this Foundation is of great importance, especially when one considers the numerous dangers the enforcement officers and other employees from various authorities face when on duty to safeguard road users in Malta and Gozo. The responsibility of each and every one of us is not just our attitude on the road, but this is highly important –  the moment we start the engine we should understand that every action we take that lacks responsibility and attention, can put us and the lives of other people in danger. I praise the Simon Schembri Blue Light Foundation for this initiative and efforts. I am pleased with Transport Malta’s initiative and encourage the public to be generous as always and participate in this auction to help us help this good cause.”

Transport Sharing

Car Sharing

Owning a private vehicle in Malta, while very convenient, has many attached recurring costs.  Apart from the cost of purchase, fuel and maintenance, which are the most obvious, one must also consider the annual service, VRT, road licence, insurance, vehicle deprecation (the car loses its value over time), parking (including garage rent), loan interests (on the car if purchased by loan and on the garage if the garage is bought).  A new average family car can cost its owner approximately €6,562 in annual costs when taking into consideration all the above mentioned expenses.

Vehicle sharing spreads these costs among several people instead of having one person shoulder the burden.

Vehicle sharing reduces cars off the road, because people who frequently use vehicle sharing tend to sell one of the cars owned by the household (keeping in mind that the trend in Malta is that each person over 18 owns his/her own car) and eventually start using alternate modes of transportation. Alternative transport modes are made more convenient when one pairs them with vehicle sharing as the shared vehicle can be left at the closest station and the journey is continued by bus/ferry or even on foot.

Fewer people sitting behind the wheel of a car has its benefits; it reduces traffic congestion and decreases air pollution.  But there are many personal benefits too; apart from saving money, these may include overall better health due to an increase in biking and walking. Even if you just walk to get to a vehicle-share station, it’s better for your health than constantly driving everywhere. Transport Sharing also saves time! With exclusive parking at each station, you will not need to travel around in search of an available parking spot, but simply leave the vehicle at the closest station.  It also offers people access to various types of vehicles – car/bicycle/pedelec/scooter – depending on the need for that particular journey.

Bike Sharing

Shared transport works best when combined with public transport.  Say, for instance, you are in Valletta and want to go to Gzira for a meeting.  First, you can go to work using a bus – which is still the most convenient way to arrive in Valletta.  But to use the bus to go to Gzira will then take too much time.  An option would be to use the ferry to get to Sliema – that takes 10 minutes.  Book a bike from the station next to the ferry landing site.  Cycle to Gzira, and leave the bike at the station.  If it is raining, you can use a shared car to head back –  and use the Bus Priority lane since all shared vehicles are electric.  Combined together, the services give very flexible options which can be adapted according to the needs of your journey.

Fewer people sitting behind the wheel of a car has its benefits; it reduces traffic congestion and decreases air pollution.  But there are many personal benefits too; apart from saving money, these may include overall better health due to an increase in biking and walking. Even if you just walk to get to a vehicle-share station, it’s better for your health than constantly driving everywhere. Transport Sharing also saves time! With exclusive parking at each station, you will not need to travel around in search of an available parking spot, but simply leave the vehicle at the closest station.  It also offers people access to various types of vehicles – car/bicycle/pedelec/scooter – depending on the need for that particular journey.

The DESTINATIONS Project receives funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 CIVITAS Programme under Grant Agreement No 689031.  The sole responsibility for the content of this webpage lies with Transport Malta and in no way reflects the views of the European Union.​

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

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