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Ballast Water Management Plan Contingency Measures

The Merchant Shipping Directorate reminds shipowners, ship operators, managers, masters, owners’ representatives and recognised organisations that the IMO’s MEPC 73 session adopted Resolution MEPC.306 (73), which contains amendments to the Guidelines for the development of Ballast Water Management...

Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Emergency Systems and Procedures

The Directorate would like to draw the attention of shipowners, ship operators, managers, masters, owners’ representatives and recognised organisations to a port State control Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) that will be launched jointly by the Paris MoU and the Tokyo MoU on Emergency Systems...

Implementation of Regulation (EU) 2015/757

The MSD Notice reminds shipowners, ship operators, managers, masters, owners’ representatives and recognised organisations that ships falling under the ambit of Regulation (EU) No 2015/757 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2015, meaning ships above 5,000 Gross Tonnage in respect...

Minimum Basic Wage

The Directorate would like to draw the attention of all concerned that in accordance with Rule 51 of the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) Rules, the minimum basic wage for a calendar month of service for an able seaman shall not be less than USD 618 on the 1 July 2019. To read the complete...

Annual Return Of Shipping Organisations Benefitting From The Tonnage Tax Scheme

Through MSD Notice 150, the Merchant Shipping Directorate have laid out the reporting obligations of shipping organisations benefitting from Malta’s tonnage tax regime and falling within the scope of Regulation 4(4) of the Merchant Shipping (Taxation and Other Matters Relating to Shipping Organisations)...

Fire Control Plan Graphical Symbols

The purpose of this Notice is to update the Merchant Shipping Directorate's previous Technical Notice SLS.30 regarding the on-board use of graphical symbols on Fire Control Plans. To read the complete Technical Notice SLS.30 Rev.1, click...

Preparing for the Implementation of the 2020 Sulphur Limit

The Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to remind ship-owners, ship operators, managers, masters, owners’ representatives and recognised organisations that the global 0.50% m/m limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships established by Regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex VI shall enter into...

Non-Convention Vessel (NCV) Code

The Directorate would like to remind all those concerned that following consultation with all stakeholders and interested parties involved, it has issued the Non-Convention Vessel (NCV) Code. The NCV Code creates synergy and incorporates the requirements that were previously set by the CVC Code (Code...

Revised Consolidated Format for Reporting Alleged Inadequacies of Port Reception Facilities

The Directorate wishes to draw the attention of all concerned to the revision of MEPC.1/Circ.834 that consolidates and supersedes a number of other Circulars concerning the Guidance for Port Reception Facility Providers and Users. It is to be noted that such revision has been made in order to include...

Amendments of 2016 to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

The Directorate draws the attention of all concerned to the entry into force of the 2016  amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, on 8 January 2019. The 2016 Amendments to the Code of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 introduce  provisions to better protect seafarers against shipboard...