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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 

Marine Equipment Directive – EU Declarations of Conformity

The Directorate reminds all interested parties about the implementation of Directive 2014/90/EU on marine equipment ("MED") and to merchant shipping notice 145 on compliance. In terms of Article 16(4) of the MED, when marine equipment is placed on board a Maltese ship, a copy of the EU declaration of...

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)...