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Technical Notice SLS 2 Rev.2 – Periodic Servicing of lifeboats, liferafts and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear.

The Merchant Shipping Directorate wishes to draw the attention of all concerned to the Technical Notice SLS 2 Rev.2 - Periodic Servicing of lifeboats, liferafts and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear. The Directorate reminds all concerned to ensure that maintenance, thorough examination,...

MS Notice 158 – Extraordinary measures resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Merchant Shipping Directorate wishes to draw the attention of all concerned the MS Notice 158 - Extraordinary measures resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Directorate is aware of the large number of ships registered under the Merchant Shipping Act that are already facing certain...

Precautionary Measures against Novel Coronavirus

The Merchant Shipping Directorate wishes to draw the attention of all concerned to the recent identification of a cluster of Novel Coronavirus in Wuhan City, China and the statement issued by the World Heath Organisation. To read the complete Merchant Shipping Notice 157,

Guidance on New Regulations on Sulphur Content of Fuel Oil

The Merchant Shipping Directorate wishes to remind shipowners, ship operators, managers and all concerned that from 1 January 2020, all ships subject to MARPOL Annex VI are required to use on board fuel oils with a sulphur content of maximum 0.50% m/m in accordance with the revised MARPOL Annex VI regulation...

National and Public Holidays

The Merchant Shipping Directorate wishes to bring to the attention of shipowners, ship operators, managers and all concerned the National and Public Holidays in Malta for 2020.

Recognition of Non-Maltese Certificates of Competence for Service on Maltese Ships

Complementing Regulation 9 of the Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) Regulations, (S.L.234.17) and in revocation of MS Notice 43, the Merchant Shipping Directorate advises about the amended International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping 1978, that...

Reporting Obligations Related to Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS) Malfunctions

The Directorate wishes to bring to the attention of ship owners and operators that have chosen their compliance method to meet the IMO 2020 fuel oil sulphur limit, by installing and retrofitting Exhaust Gas Cleaning System/s (EGCS) on their vessels. This guidance reminds all concerned to

MARPOL Related Deficiencies to the 15-ppm Bilge Alarm System

The Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to bring to the attention of shipowners, ship operators, managers, masters owners’ representatives and recognised organisation that it has been noted that during recent port State control inspections in US ports, MARPOL related deficiencies have been raised...

Application of Regulation (EU) 1257/2013 on Ship Recycling by Port State Control

The Merchant Shipping Directorate draws the attention of all concerned that the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has issued Guidance on Inspections of Ships by the Port States in Accordance with Regulation (EU) 1257/2013 on Ship Recycling. The overarching aim of the Guidance is to ensure harmonised...

Safety Issues Associated with Excessive Consumption of Alcohol

The Directorate reminds all concerned parties of the Marine Safety Investigation Report No: 01/2018 and