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The use of VHF radio communication and AIS for collision avoidance

The Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to draw the attention of all concerned to the Marine Safety Investigation Report No. 07/2020, highlighting the potential safety risks involved in VHF radio communication between vessels and reliance on AIS information, for the purpose of collision avoidance. There...

Technical Notice SLS.5 Rev.2 – Fire and Abandon Ship Drills

The Merchant Shipping Directorate wishes to draw the attention of Shipowners, Ship Operators, Managers, Masters, Owners’ Representatives and Recognised Organisations to the Technical Notice SLS.5 Rev.2 - Fire and abandon ship drills. Fire and Abandon Ship Drills onboard all Maltese flagged cargo...

Consolidated versions of Merchant Shipping Notices & Technical Notices

For the convenience of owners, managers, and operators of Maltese vessels, the Malta Flag Administration has published consolidated versions of all its

MS Notice 160 – Supporting Measures to the Maltese Shipping Industry during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Merchant Shipping Notice 160 was issued by the Malta Flag Administration on 3 April 2020 and was addressed...

MS Notice 159 – Security Guidance for Mariners operating in the West Coast of Africa and the Gulf of Guinea

In order to address the current complex maritime security situation off the West Coast of Africa the Maltese Flag Administration has issued MSD Notice 159, according to which seafarers and operators of Maltese-flagged vessels are strongly advised to follow the recommendations found in the new publication...

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.