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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

Swimming Safely

Transport Malta sets up 49 Swimmers’ Zones at the most popular bays and swimming areas around the Maltese Islands.

The swimmers’ zones are areas in the water reserved exclusively for swimmers.  No vessel can be used within a swimmers’ zone. The swimmer zones are marked by red and yellow marker buoys and will be effective until 30th September.  The aim of the zone is swimmer safety.

This year Transport Malta added a new swimmers’ zone at St. Peter’s Pool.

Several bays have access to the beach through launching lanes which will also be marked by floats. Transport Malta reminds mariners that vessels shall only enter through these lanes. No vessel is to be moored inside or close to the entrance of these lanes unless authorised by Transport Malta. Such lanes shall be used solely for embarking and disembarking of passengers and by commercial and water sports vessel operators.

The swimming season is in full swing and Transport Malta encourages all bathers and boat users to respect the swimmers’ zones so that everyone enjoys the sea without accidents.

List of Swimmer Zones

MALTA GOZO
Gnejna Bay Qbajjar
Ghajn Tuffieha Marsalforn
Golden Bay Ramla l-Hamra
Paradise Bay San Blas
Cirkewwa Hondoq ir-Rummien
Armier Bay Mgarr ix-Xini
Mellieha (Ghadira Bay) Xlendi
Mellieha (It-Tunnara)
Mgiebah  
Selmun COMINO
St Paul\’s Bay (Tal-Veccja) Blue Lagoon
St Paul\’s Bay (Tal-Ghazzelin) San Niklaw
St Paul\’s Bay (Il-Fekruna) Santa Marija
St Paul\’s Bay (Ix-Xemxija)  
Bugibba (Main Square)
Bugibba (Perched Beach) NEW ZONE
Qawra Bay (Fra Ben)
Qawra Bay (below seafront hotels) Delimara (St. Peter’s Pool)
Salina Bay
St Julian\’s (St George\’s Bay)
St Julian\’s (Spinola Cavalieri)
St. Julians (Balluta)
St Julian\’s (Spinola)
Tas-Sliema (Exiles)
Tas-Sliema (Fond Ghadir)
Tas-Sliema (Tigne)
Ta\’ Xbiex
Marsamxett (Waterpolo Pitch)
Kalkara (Ir-Rinella)
Marsaskala (Iz-Zonqor)
Marsaskala (ex Jerma Hotel)
Marsaskala (St Thomas Bay)
Xrobb l-Ghagin
Delimara (Il-Kalanka)
Marsaxlokk
Qajjenza
Birzebbuga
Birzebbuga (San Gorg)

Be Safe at Sea

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Special Mark Buoys

These past few days, Transport Malta laid 38 buoys around the coast of the Maltese Island. The buoys mark the distance of 200 metres or 300 metres from the coast. These distances delimit a speed limit for vessels.  A number of the buoys mark a speed limit of 10 knots while others signal the 5 knot limit.  More details by following this link.

This is just one measure undertaken by Transport Malta for the summer season.  Transport Malta encourages all vessel drivers to respect the speed limit.  Safety at sea is crucial. It is important that everyone enjoys the sea without incidents.