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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 141 of 2021

 

Malta Fireworks Special – 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a fireworks display will be held in Grand Harbour on Monday, 20th September, 2021.

 

Fireworks will be let off from three barges placed off Bighi Point.

 

A copy of part of BA Chart 177 showing arrangement of the barges is found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

On Friday, 17th September, 2021 at 7.00 a.m., the barges will berth alongside the quay at Id-Daħla ta' Rinella in Kalkara. They will remain berthed there until Tuesday, 21st September, 2021 at 7.00 a.m.

 

Vessel owners moored in Rinella Bay are to remove their vessels and the area to remain clear from Friday, 17th September, 2021, at 7.00 a.m. to Tuesday, 21st September, 2021, at 7.00 a.m. Transport Malta will accept no liabilities whatsoever for any damage caused to vessels that are left within Rinella Bay on the mentioned dates and times.

 

The barges will be shifted and placed centred at position Y on Monday, 20th September, 2021 at 8.00 a.m. and shifted back to the quay at Id-Daħla ta' Rinella in Kalkara on the same day at 11.59 p.m.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

Y                     35º 53'.639     014º 31'.289

 

All vessels and bathers are warned to keep well clear and maintain a safe distance of not less than 200 metres from the barges while they are either being towed or stationary.

 

Mariners are to comply with instructions and directions issued on VHF channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and by any maritime enforcement assets in the area.

 

 

Positions are in WGS 84 DATUM

 

Chart Affected: BA 177

 

17th September, 2021

 

 

 

 

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 142 of 2021

 

Malta International Airshow – Maritime Exclusion Zone – 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Malta International Airshow will this year be held between Thursday, 23rd September, 2021 and Sunday, 26th September, 2021.

 

The displays will be held over the sea off Buġibba and Qawra.

 

In view of the above a Maritime Exclusion Zone, which will be delineated by the imaginary lines joining the points A, B, C, D and E as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 57'.193     014° 24'.476

B                     35° 57'.582     014° 24'.232

C                     35° 57'.931     014° 25'.132

D                     35° 58'.283     014° 26'.032

E                      35° 57'.900     014° 26'.272

 

Marker buoys will be laid in the above positions and no vessel will be allowed to proceed inside this area during the stipulated dates and times.

 

The date and times of the displays are as follows:

 

On Thursday, 23rd September, 2021 from 3.00 p.m. till 5.00 p.m.,

On Friday, 24th September, 2021 from 11.30 a.m. till 5.00 p.m.,

On Saturday, 25th September, 2021 from 3.00 p.m. till 6.30 p.m. and

On Sunday, 26th September, 2021 from 3.00 p.m. till 6.30 p.m.

 

Mariners are to comply with instructions and directions issued on VHF channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and by any maritime enforcement assets in the area.

 

 

Positions are in WGS 84 DATUM

 

Chart Affected: BA 177

 

17th September, 2021

 

 

 

 

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 143 of 2021

 

Water Sampling in the Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that water sampling will be carried out (weather permitting) within the Grand Harbour on Friday, 17th September, 2021, between 8.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.

 

Water sampling will be carried out from the following approximate positions A, B and C as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 53'.782     014° 31'.081

B                     35° 53'.977     014° 31'.329

C                     35° 54'.125     014° 31'.496

The works will be carried out with the assistance of the vessel BEEZER.

 

A safety zone of 50m round the support vessel is to be kept during the sampling.

 

The sampling will be carried with the use of a Niksin bottle, and the vessel will be unable to manoeuvre for the few minutes while the sampling is being carried out.

 

If due to weather conditions the sampling cannot be carried on the stated date it will be carried out either on Wednesday, 22nd or Thursday, 23rd September, 2021, at the same time.

 

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speed when navigating close to the above indicated area.

 

They are to comply with any instructions and directions issued on VHF channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and by any maritime enforcement assets in the area.

 

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

17th September, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 144 of 2021

 

Filming at Different Localities in the Maltese Islands – Blinded

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and operators of vessels that filming will be carried out at different localities in the Maltese Islands.

 

The filming will be carried out at:

 

Cominotto on the following days:

 

On Wednesday, 22nd September, 2021, from 4.00 a.m. till 6.00 p.m.

 

On Thursday, 23rd September, 2021, from noon till 2.00 a.m. on Friday, 24th September, 2021.

 

On Friday, 24th September, 2021, from noon till 2.00 a.m. on Saturday, 25th September, 2021.

 

Slugs Bay, Mellieħa on Tuesday, 5th October, 2021, from 5.00 a.m. till 1.00 p.m.

 

Id-Daħla ta' Bemberin, Gozo, on Thursday, 23rd September, 2021, from 5.00 a.m. till 8.00 p.m.

Il-Ġebel tal-Ħalfa, Gozo, on Thursday, 23rd September, 2021, from 5.00 a.m. till 8.00 p.m.

 

Due to the above filming operations the area at Cominotto (as shown on chart A found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)), the area at Slugs Bay, Mellieha (as shown on chart B found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)), the area at Id-Daħla ta' Bemberin, Gozo (as shown on chart C found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) and the area at Ġebel Ħalfa, Gozo (as shown on chart D found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)), are to be kept clear from any vessels during the dates and times of the filming operations.

 

If due to weather conditions the filming operations cannot be held on the mentioned dates they will be held on any day up to Friday, 22nd October, 2021.

 

Mariners are to take note of the above, cooperate with the filming crew and comply with any instructions issued on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS, and any enforcement agency on site.

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537

 

17th September, 2021

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 139 of 2021

 

European Week Regatta in Grand Harbour, Valletta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the European Week Regatta will be held in the Grand Harbour on the 25th September, 2021. Sinkers and marker buoys will be laid as follows:

 

1. On Friday, 24th September, 2021, 3 sinkers with yellow flashing marker buoys will be laid in the following positions:

           

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

           

(B)                   35°53'.573      014°30'.952

(C)                   35°53'.490      014°30'.824

(D)                  35°53'.443      014°30'.750

 

2. On Saturday 25th September 2021 as from 8.00 a.m., wire ropes with floats will be laid in the following positions:

 

(i) from buoy (B) off Il-Ponta ta' Sant'Anġlu to point (C) North of Il-Ponta tal-Isla.

 

(ii) from buoy (C) North of Il-Ponta tal-Isla to point (D) West of Il-Ponta tal-Isla, opposite the entrance to Id-Daħla tal-Franċiżi Bastion.

 

(iii) from bollard 8 at Ras Ħanżir II point (E) to bollard 26 at Deep Water Quay point (F), as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

A virtual finish line is established from point (A) ashore on Barriera Wharf to buoy (B) off Il-Ponta ta' Sant'Anġlu.

 

 

 

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

(A)                  35°53'.740      014°30'.850

 

3. The wire ropes and floats mentioned in 2 above will be removed on the completion of the Regatta at approximately 1.00 p.m. on Saturday, 25th September, 2021.

 

4.  The sinkers and marker buoys mentioned in 1 above will then be removed on Saturday, 25th September, 2021.

 

Masters of all vessels are notified that on Saturday 25th September, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till about 1.00 p.m., incoming vessels will not be allowed to proceed to any berth southwest of the imaginary line joining point (A) on Barriera Wharf and Fortizza Sant'Anġlu Flagstaff.

 

Vessels in the Marsa sea area will not be allowed to proceed beyond the starting line indicated in 2(iii) above after 8.00 a.m. No vessel will be allowed near the finishing line except those involved in the races. No movements of vessels will be allowed inside the Grand Harbour, except by special permission. All vessels are to keep a minimum distance of 5m away from the lines and floats mentioned in 2(i), 2(ii) and 2(iii).

 

Incoming vessels will not be allowed to proceed to any berth southwest of the imaginary line which is 150m northeast of the virtual finish line (A) to (B). No vessel will be allowed to stay within this 150m area.

 

Masters of all vessels are also warned that the wire ropes and floats may cause a physical obstruction and consequently they are to navigate with extreme caution.  Caution is also to be exercised when in the vicinity of such wire ropes and floats when these are being laid or removed.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

14th September, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 140 of 2021

 

Malta Young Sailors Club National Dinghy Championships, St Paul's Bay

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Malta Young Sailors Club will be holding National Dinghy Championship, between Saturday 18th September and Tuesday, 21st September, 2021.

 

The activity will take place in St Paul's Bay and approaches, in an area delineated by the imaginary lines A, B, C and D as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Inflatable marker buoys shall be laid, from 8.30 a.m. till 6.00 p.m., on all days of the activity, within the above-mentioned area to indicate the racecourse.

 

All vessels not involved in the activity are to keep well clear from the competing boats and follow any instructions given by the race officials and support vessels.

 

Mariners are to note the above and give the area indicated a wide berth. They are further instructed to keep out of the way of the participants. Any instructions issued on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any Enforcement Personnel on site are to be complied with.

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2538, 2537.

 

14th September, 2021​


 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 139 of 2021

 

European Week Regatta in Grand Harbour, Valletta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the European Week Regatta will be held in the Grand Harbour on the 25th September, 2021. Sinkers and marker buoys will be laid as follows:

 

1. On Friday, 24th September, 2021, 3 sinkers with yellow flashing marker buoys will be laid in the following positions:

           

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

           

(B)                   35°53'.573      014°30'.952

(C)                   35°53'.490      014°30'.824

(D)                  35°53'.443      014°30'.750

 

2. On Saturday 25th September 2021 as from 8.00 a.m., wire ropes with floats will be laid in the following positions:

 

(i) from buoy (B) off Il-Ponta ta' Sant'Anġlu to point (C) North of Il-Ponta tal-Isla.

 

(ii) from buoy (C) North of Il-Ponta tal-Isla to point (D) West of Il-Ponta tal-Isla, opposite the entrance to Id-Daħla tal-Franċiżi Bastion.

 

(iii) from bollard 8 at Ras Ħanżir II point (E) to bollard 26 at Deep Water Quay point (F), as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

A virtual finish line is established from point (A) ashore on Barriera Wharf to buoy (B) off Il-Ponta ta' Sant'Anġlu.

 

 

 

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

(A)                  35°53'.740      014°30'.850

 

3. The wire ropes and floats mentioned in 2 above will be removed on the completion of the Regatta at approximately 1.00 p.m. on Saturday, 25th September, 2021.

 

4.  The sinkers and marker buoys mentioned in 1 above will then be removed on Saturday, 25th September, 2021.

 

Masters of all vessels are notified that on Saturday 25th September, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till about 1.00 p.m., incoming vessels will not be allowed to proceed to any berth southwest of the imaginary line joining point (A) on Barriera Wharf and Fortizza Sant'Anġlu Flagstaff.

 

Vessels in the Marsa sea area will not be allowed to proceed beyond the starting line indicated in 2(iii) above after 8.00 a.m. No vessel will be allowed near the finishing line except those involved in the races. No movements of vessels will be allowed inside the Grand Harbour, except by special permission. All vessels are to keep a minimum distance of 5m away from the lines and floats mentioned in 2(i), 2(ii) and 2(iii).

 

Incoming vessels will not be allowed to proceed to any berth southwest of the imaginary line which is 150m northeast of the virtual finish line (A) to (B). No vessel will be allowed to stay within this 150m area.

 

Masters of all vessels are also warned that the wire ropes and floats may cause a physical obstruction and consequently they are to navigate with extreme caution.  Caution is also to be exercised when in the vicinity of such wire ropes and floats when these are being laid or removed.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

14th September, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 140 of 2021

 

Malta Young Sailors Club National Dinghy Championships, St Paul's Bay

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Malta Young Sailors Club will be holding National Dinghy Championship, between Saturday 18th September and Tuesday, 21st September, 2021.

 

The activity will take place in St Paul's Bay and approaches, in an area delineated by the imaginary lines A, B, C and D as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Inflatable marker buoys shall be laid, from 8.30 a.m. till 6.00 p.m., on all days of the activity, within the above-mentioned area to indicate the racecourse.

 

All vessels not involved in the activity are to keep well clear from the competing boats and follow any instructions given by the race officials and support vessels.

 

Mariners are to note the above and give the area indicated a wide berth. They are further instructed to keep out of the way of the participants. Any instructions issued on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any Enforcement Personnel on site are to be complied with.

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2538, 2537.

 

14th September, 2021


​TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 138 of 2021

 

Artistic Boat Trip Round Manoel Island

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that an artistic boat trip round Manoel Island will be held as follows:

 

Rehearsals will be held on Monday, 13th and Wednesday, 15th September, 2021, from 5.00 p.m. till 6.30 p.m., on both days.

 

The actual artistic boat trip will be held on:

 

Saturday, 18th September, 2021, from 4.00 p.m. till 5.30 p.m., and

 

Sunday, 19th September, 2021, from 10.00 a.m. till 11.30 a.m.

 

The activity consists of boat (dgħajjes tal-pass) trips departing from point A, navigating around Manoel Island in an anti-clockwise direction, and finishing at point B. During the trip, when in the area shown in blue on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), a number of swimmers will enter the water and carry out a short display of synchronised swimming.

 

Due to these activities mariners are to take note of the above and give the boats a wide berth. They are to navigate with caution and very slow speed (no wake) when close to the area and to keep clear of the area shown in blue. No vessel is to enter the area during the abovementioned dates and times.

 

Mariners are advised to cooperate with the organisers and any enforcement personnel on site.

 

They are to obey any instructions issued on VHF channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and by any maritime enforcement assets in the area.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

10th September, 2021

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 135 of 2021

 

Underwater Repair Works on the Quay at Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara in the Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that underwater repair works will be carried out along the quay at Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara in the Grand Harbour.

 

The works will start on Monday, 13th September, 2021, and are expected to be completed by Friday, 31st December, 2021. The repair works will be held along the quay, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

During the dive the diving team will be displaying the international code of Signals flag A.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the above indicated area, and co-operate with the contractor on site.

 

They are also to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

7th September, 2021

 

 

 

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 136 of 2021

 

Diving Inspection on Oil Tanking Jetty 4 and Medserv Quay at Il-Port ta' Marsaxlokk

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that a diving inspection on Oil Tanking Jetty 4 and Medserv Quay at Il-Port ta' Marsaxlokk.

 

The diving inspection on Oil Tanking Jetty 4 will be carried out on Thursday, 9th, and Friday, 10th September, 2021, from 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.

 

The diving inspection on Medserv Quay will be carried out on Saturday, 11th, and Friday, 10th September, 2021, from 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.

 

The diving inspection will be carried out with the assistance of a supervisor located on land and the International Code of Signals flag A will be displayed accordingly.

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, proceed with caution and at slow speed when navigating close to the above indicated area, and cooperate with the contractor on site.

 

Any instructions issued on VHF Channel 14 and/or 16 by Marsaxlokk VTS and any enforcement agency on site, are to be complied with.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

7th September, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

 

 

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 137 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners Nos 117 and 124 of 2021 regarding Towing of a 360m long pipeline from Qbajjar to Ħondoq

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners Nos 117 and 124 of 2021.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to unforeseen circumstances the inserting of the pipeline into the already formed subsea tunnel has been delayed therefore the whole process is expected to be completed by Saturday, 25th September, 2021.

 

Mariners are to note that the pipeline is still on the surface off Hondoq ir-Rummien Bay, Gozo, in the approximate location and are to give a safety distance of 500m.

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

            36º 01'.575      014º 19'.685

 

Local Notice to Mariners Nos 117 and 124 of 2021 are to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 117 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

7th September, 2021

 

 


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 134 of 2021

Diving inspection on a reported wreck at Il-Port ta’ Marsaxlokk

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that a diving inspection on a reported wreck at Il-Port ta’ Marsaxlokk will be carried out on Tuesday, 7th September, 2021, between 8.00 a.m. and noon.

The diving inspection will be audio/visually recorded and will be carried out at the approximate location, as shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)
A 35° 50’.287 014° 32’.752

The diving inspection will be carried out with the assistance of a 5m RIBH which will be displaying the International Code of Signals Flag A.

A safety zone of 50m round the support vessel is to be kept during the surveys.

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at slow speed when navigating close to the above indicated area, and they are to cooperate with the contractor on site.

Any instructions issued on VHF channel 14 and/or 16 by Marsaxlokk VTS and any enforcement agency on site, are to be complied with.

Chart affected: BA 36

3rd September, 2021



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2021 

Chart Correction – Foul Area (Lost anchor and chain)

Reference is made to BA Chart 2538 – Malta.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that an anchor and chain were lost to the South-East of bunkering area 4, in the following approximate position:

Insert symbol (#) indicating a foul area with a 500m radius, in position.

Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

35° 48’.724 014° 35’.994

Positions are referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

Charts affected: BA Chart 2538, 194

3rd September, 2021





TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 131 of 2021

Filming at Marsamxett Harbour – Are You the One (MTV) 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners and owners of vessels that filming activities will take place at Marsamxett Harbour (Tignè).

The filming will be held on Friday, 3rd September, 2021, from 7.00 a.m. till 8.00 p.m. 

Due to the filming, no vessel will be allowed to berth alongside to the quay or anchor within the area on the above-mentioned date and times, as shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Mariners navigating in the vicinity of the indicated areas on the mentioned date and times are requested to navigate with caution and at slow speed, keep watch on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 and are to cooperate with the filming crew and/or enforcement personnel in the area.

Any instructions issued on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS are to be complied with.

Chart affected: BA 177

31st August, 2021




TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 132 of 2021

Pollution Response Exercise within the Grand Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a Pollution Response Exercise will be carried out within the Grand Harbour.

The exercise is part of the Calypso South Project, in joint partnership with the University of Malta and scheduled to take place on Thursday, 2nd September, 2021.

The exercise will start at approximately 7.00 a.m. and should be completed by 1.00 p.m. The exercise will simulate an oil spill and will involve the use of drones, deployment of booms and various vessels.

These will include the Harbour Masters Launch, MV tmONE and Transport Malta Maritime Enforcement vessels together with the Civil Protection Department.

Mariners are to take note of this exercise and are to navigate with caution and give a wide berth when in the vicinity of any of the vessels taking part in the exercise are spotted.

They are to comply with instructions issued on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and by any of the TM enforcement or CPD personnel on site.

Chart affected: BA 177 

31st August, 2021




TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 133 of 2021

Yacht Race from Syracuse (Italy) to Marsamxett (Malta)

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a yacht race will be held between Syracuse (Italy) to Marsamxett (Malta) departing Syracuse on Saturday, 4th September, 2021.

The racing yachts are expected to arrive at Marsamxett Harbour between Saturday, 4th September, 2021, and not later than Sunday, 5th September, 2021, at 6.00 p.m.

The finish line will be the imaginary line between Tigné Tower and the Valletta Gun Post Snack Bar.
Mariners are to note the above and are not to obstruct the indicated area. They are further instructed to keep out of the way of the sailing vessels participating in the race by giving them a wide berth. When necessary, mariners are to coordinate accordingly with the support vessels on site.

They are also to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS

Chart affected: BA Chart 177, 211, 2537, 2538

31st August, 2021




 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 129 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners Nos 24 and 60 of 2021 regarding Extension of Ro-Ro Ramp between Deep Water Quay and Wine Wharf

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners Nos 24 and 60 of 2021.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to unforeseen circumstances the work will not be completed in time, therefore the completion date is being extended to the end of October 2021.

 

Local Notice to Mariners Nos 24 and 60 of 2021 are to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

27th August, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 130 of 2021

 

Swimming event from Marfa – Malta, to Ħondoq ir-Rummien – Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a swimming event starting from Malta and ending in Gozo will be held on Thursday, 2nd September, 2021.

 

The participants will depart from Marfa – Ir-Ramla tal-Bir (Malta), point A on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), at approximately 6.45 a.m. They will swim to the east of Comino and proceed to Il-Bajja ta' Ħondoq ir-Rummien (Gozo), point B on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), and are expected to complete the swim by 10.30 a.m.

 

Position              Latitude (N)         Longitude (E)

 

A                         35º 59'.248           014º 20'.691

B                         36º 01'.665           014º 19'.353

 

They will be supported by an RHIB and a Jet Ski from the Malta Red Cross.

 

If the swimming event cannot be held on the date mentioned they will try again on Monday, 6th September, 2021, at the same time.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed and keep well clear of the area during the stipulated date and time, giving the swimmers and support vessels a wide berth. They are to obey any instructions issued on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and by any maritime enforcement assets in the area.

 

Charts affected: BA 211A, 2537 and 2538

 

27th August, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 34 of 2021

 

Chart Correction Coastline, Revetments and Walkways at Il-Ponta ta' Bighi in Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that the following changes have been made at Il-Ponta ta' Bighi in Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara.

 

A 2m wide walkway and revetments of the shoreline have been constructed as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).  

 

                                                                                    Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

 

Insert new coastline (outer), joining:          (a)       35° 53'.528    014° 31'.382

                                                                                    35° 53'.526    014° 31'.388

                                                                                    35° 53'.522    014° 31'.384

                                                                                    35° 53'.517    014° 31'.393

                                                                                    35° 53'.523    014° 31'.397

                                                                                    35° 53'.518    014° 31'.401

                                                                        (b)       35° 53'.520    014° 31'.403

 

                                                                         

Delete old coastline, joining                        (a) to (b) above

 

Insert new coastline (inner), joining:          (c)       35° 53'.503    014° 31'.417

                                                                                    35° 53'.502    014° 31'.415

                                                                                    35° 53'.497    014° 31'.420

                                                                                    35° 53'.496    014° 31'.418

                                                                                    35° 53'.473    014° 31'.426

                                                                                    35° 53'.460    014° 31'.438

                                                                        (d)       35° 53'.455    014° 31'.443

 

Delete old coastline, joining                        (c) to (d) above

 

Insert 2m wide footpath (centred on line)               35° 53'.519    014° 31'.401                          

joining :                                                                       35° 53'.503    014° 31'.416

           

Insert limit of revetment, joining:                            35° 53'.502    014° 31'.416

                                                                                    35° 53'.502    014° 31'.415

                                                                                    35° 53'.500    014° 31'.414

                                                                                    35° 53'.474    014° 31'.424

                                                                                    35° 53'.461    014° 31'.436

                                                                                    35° 53'.461    014° 31'.437

           

Insert 2.5m wide pontoon (centred on line)            35° 53'.477    014° 31'.404  

joining:                                                                       35° 53'.450    014° 31'.430

                                                                                   

Delete 2.5m wide pontoon (centred on line)           35° 53'.484    014° 31'.414

joining :                                                                       35° 53'.474    014° 31'.424

                                                                                   

                                                                       

Charts affected: BA 177, 2538

 

27th August, 2021

 

 

 

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 125 of 2021,

 

Malta - Gozo – Malta Open Water Swimming Competition – 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a Malta Gozo – Malta open water swimming competition will be held on Saturday, 28th August, 2021.

 

Malta – Gozo Malta

 

A group of participants will depart from Ir-Ramla tal-Bir (Malta), point A on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), at approximately 6.30 a.m. They will swim to the east of Comino and then to Ġebla tal-Ħalfa (Gozo), point B on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) and back to Ir-Ramla tal-Bir (Malta) point A.

 

Gozo – Malta

 

Another group of participants will depart from Il-Bajja ta' Ħondoq ir-Rummien (Gozo), point C on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), at approximately 8.15 a.m. They will also swim to the east of Comino and finish at Ir-Ramla tal-Bir (Malta), point A on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The swims are to be completed by 11.30 a.m.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 59'.248     014° 20'.691

B                     36° 01'.745     014° 19'.871

C                     36° 01'.665     014° 19'.353

 

Individual support vessels will accompany participating swimmers. In addition, there will be a number of stationary vessels providing support. Support vessels will be displaying a white and blue flag. There will also be a number of individual swimmers who will also be equipped with a red torpedo float.

 

Il-Fliegu ta' Għawdex will be restricted to navigation from 8.00 a.m. till 9.15 a.m., and Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna will be restricted to navigation from 9.00 a.m. till 11.30 a.m.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed and keep well clear of the area during the stipulated time giving the swimmers and support vessels a wide berth. They are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and maritime enforcement assets in the area.

 

Charts affected: BA 211A, 2537 and 2538

 

24th August, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 126 of 2021

 

Fireworks Display from the Foreshore off Hilton Hotel – St Julian's Bay

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a three (3) minute fireworks display will be held from the foreshore off the Hilton Hotel in St Julian's Bay on Saturday, 28th August, 2021. The display will be centred at Point A (as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) in the approximate following position:

 

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

35°55'.369      14°29'.728

 

The fireworks display will take place from 11.30 p.m till midnight.

 

In view of the above, mariners are advised to keep 60 metres away from point A on the above-mentioned date and time.

 

Any boats berthed or anchored within the area shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) are to be removed during the above-mentioned date and time.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

24th August, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 127 of 2021

 

Firework Displays in Grand Harbour – Senglea Feast – 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that firework displays will be let off from 2 barges, located next to each other and moored 200m off Il-Ponta ta' Bighi, centered on position Y in chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

Y                     35°53'.632      014°31'.281

 

The firework displays will be let off on the following dates and times:

 

On Saturday, 4th September, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.30 a.m., from 10.15 a.m. till 10.45 a.m., from noon till 12.30 p.m., and from 8.00 p.m. till 10.15 p.m.

 

On  Sunday, 5th September, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.30 a.m., from noon till 12.30 p.m., and from 8.30 p.m. till 9.15 p.m.

On Monday, 6th September, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.30 a.m., noon till 12.30 p.m., and from 8.45 p.m. till 9.45 p.m.

 

On Tuesday, 7th September, 2021, from 8.15 a.m. till 9.30 a.m., from noon till 12.30 p.m., from 5.30 p.m. till 6.30 p.m., and from 9.45 p.m. till 11.45 p.m.

 

On Wednesday, 8th September, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.30 a.m., from 11.00 a.m. till 11.30 a.m., from noon till 12.20 p.m., and from 9.30 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.

 

On Monday, 30th and Tuesday, 31st August, 2021, the barges will be shifted from Palumbo shipyard to Boiler Wharf. The barges will be moored in position on Wednesday 1st September 2021, and will be removed on Friday 10th September 2021. They will be left in position during the night and will be lit. A wide berth of 200 meters is requested from the barges on these days as the barges will be loaded with fireworks.

 

Owners of vessels moored in Rinella Bay are to remove their vessels from Tuesday, 31st August, 2021, to Saturday, 11th September, 2021.

 

Transport Malta will accept no liabilities whatsoever for any damage caused to vessels that are left within Rinella Bay and vessels within the 200m safety zone from the barges.

 

Mariners are to navigate with caution and slow speed. They are to obey any instructions and directions issued on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and any enforcement agency on site.

 

Positions are referred to WGS 84 Datum.

 

Chart affected: BA Chart 177

 

24th August, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 128 of 2021

 

Fireworks Display in St Julian's Bay – Feast  of St Julian's – 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a 15 minute fireworks display will be held from the breakwater (known as Il-Pont tal-Banis) in St Julian's Bay. The display will be centred at Point A (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) in the approximate following position:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

35° 55'.121                 14° 29'.576

The fireworks display will take place on Saturday, 28th August and Sunday, 29th August, 2021, from 9.45 p.m. till 10.00 p.m., on both days.

 

In view of the above, mariners are advised to keep 60 metres away from point A on the above-mentioned dates and times.

 

Any boats berthed or anchored within the area as shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) are to be removed during the above-mentioned date and time.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

24th August, 2021​


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 122 of 2021

 

Filming at Various Localities The Dive

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners and owners of vessels that filming activities will take place in different localities around Malta as shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The filming will be held as follows:

 

At Il-Ponta tat-Tumbrell within the area as shown on chart A found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), from 7.00 a.m. till 6.00 p.m., on the following days:

 

On Friday, 27th August, 2021; on Saturday, 28th August, 2021; on Monday, 30th August, 2021; on Tuesday, 31st August, 2021; and on Wednesday, 1st September, 2021.

 

At Ras il-Griebeġ (Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa) within the area as shown on chart B found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), on Thursday, 2nd September, 2021, between 7.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m.

 

At Il-Ponta tal-Qawra within the area as shown on chart C found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), on Thursday, 9th September, 2021, between 7.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m.

 

Mariners and owners of vessels are informed that a clear horizon is being requested, therefore no vessel will be allowed to drop anchor or remain underway in the vicinity of the respective areas, whilst filming is taking place.

 

Mariners navigating in the vicinity of the indicated areas on the mentioned dates and times are requested to keep watch on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 and are to cooperate with the filming crew and/or enforcement personnel in the area.

 

Any instructions issued on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS are to be complied with.

 

Charts affected: BA 36, 211, 2537, 2538

 

20th August, 2021

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 123 of 2021

 

Fireworks Display from the Foreshore off Hilton Hotel – St Julian's Bay

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a three (3) minutes fireworks display will be held from the foreshore off the Hilton Hotel in St Julian's Bay on Sunday, 22nd August, 2021. The display will be centred at Point A (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) in the approximate following position:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

35°55'.369                  14°29'.728

 

The fireworks display will take place from 11.30 p.m. till midnight.

 

In view of the above, mariners are advised to keep 60 metres away from point A on the above-mentioned date and time.

 

Any boats berthed or anchored within the area shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) are to be removed during the above-mentioned date and time.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

20th August, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 124 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 117 of 2021 regarding Towing of 360m Long Pipeline from Qbajjar to Ħondoq

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 117 of 2021.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to unforeseen circumstances the towing of the pipeline and insertion into the already formed subsea tunnel has been delayed therefore the whole process is expected to be completed by Sunday, 5th September, 2021.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 117 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners Nos 117 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

20th August, 2021

​ 


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 119 of 2021

 

Filming from Rinella Malta Film Studios The Last Voyage of the Demeter Clear horizon

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and operators of vessels, that filming activities will take place at Rinella – Malta Film Studios.

 

The filming will take place from Thursday, 12th August, 2021 to Saturday, 18th September, 2021 (including weekend), they will be filming day and night.

 

In view of the above a clear horizon is required for filming purposes.

 

Mariners transiting the area seaward of the Malta Film Studios on the mentioned dates are requested to keep watch on VHF Channel 12 and to cooperate with the filming crew and enforcement personnel in the area.

 

Any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS are to be complied with.

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 2538

 

17th August, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 120 of 2021

 

Official Nautical Charts and Notices to Mariners

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, would like to remind all mariners, including fishermen, and owners and operators of any type of vessel, that the official Nautical Charts of Malta and the Notices to Mariners issued by the Authority, from time to time, have the force of law and regulate navigation within Maltese ports, internal and territorial waters.  They also contribute significantly towards safety at sea and the preservation of good order. Observation and compliance with this Notice always remains obligatory, during navigation, and when operating vessels.

 

Special attention is hereby directed at the 'no fishing', especially the use of trammel and gilling nets, and the 'no anchoring' restrictions within ports and their approaches.  Official Nautical Charts can be obtained from authorised distributors in Malta.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate further reminds that Notices to Mariners are published in the Government Gazette and are also accessible through the Authority's website and the NAWTIKA APP.

 

Enforcement and legal action in terms of law will be taken if there is a breach of or non-compliance with such official Nautical Charts and Notices to Mariners.

 

17th August, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 121 of 2021

 

Introduction of Fast Ferry Services

 

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2021.

 

The Authority for Transport in Malta hereby reminds all that from 6th June, 2021, Fast Ferry Services have been introduced and put into operation between the ports of Valletta (Grand Harbour, Malta) and Mġarr (Gozo) through the operation of passenger High-Speed Craft (HSC).

 

To that effect, all mariners are reminded of their obligation to observe all applicable sections of the Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) as amended.   Small craft shall, as far as reasonably practicable, avoid using and crossing unnecessarily, the routes followed by the High-Speed Craft, and shall navigate with caution when close to the approaches and fairways of the ports of Valletta and Mġarr.

 

All mariners shall at all times maintain a proper lookout, proceed at a safe speed and determine if a risk of collision exists.  In any circumstance, when taking action to avoid collision, they shall have due regard to good seamanship.  Any action taken to avoid a collision shall be positive and made in ample time.

 

Water sports operators, especially those offering rental facilities for personal watercraft (PWC), jet-skies, speed boats and other fast craft, are reminded of their obligations to advise their clients of the operational characteristics of the craft rented out; and the common courtesies of operating small craft, together with the applicable boating regulations and including the Collision Regulations.  Such operators shall also instruct their clients to avoid any close quarter situations with the High-Speed Craft.

 

 

With due regard to the safety of the passengers on board, all High-Speed Craft participating in the fast ferry service shall, at all times navigate with caution and in full compliance with the requirements of COLREGS and of the Permit to Operate as required by the HSC Code.

 

Enforcement action will be immediately taken in the event of non-compliance, without prejudice to any other legal action.

 

17th August, 2021 



​TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 118 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 117 of 2021 regarding towing of 360m long pipeline

from Qbajjar to Ħondoq

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 117 of 2021.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to unforeseen circumstances the inserting of the pipeline into the already formed subsea tunnel has been delayed, therefore the whole process is expected to be completed by Sunday, 22nd August, 2021.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 117 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 117 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

10th August, 2021



TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 115 of 2021

 

Further to Local Notice to Mariners Nos 50 and 98 of 2021 Zones reserved for swimmers in Malta and Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners, owners of vessels and bathers that further to Local Notice to Mariners Nos 50 and 98 of 2021 regarding Zones reserved for swimmers in Malta and Gozo, the following area has been included:

 

53        Wied il-Għasri – Gozo           refer to Figure 53       

 

Line joining points 53A and 53B and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points  Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

53A                  36º 04'.795                 014º 13'.730

53B                  36º 04'.794                 014º 13'.741

 

All the information and restrictions mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners Nos 50 and 98 of 2021 remain valid and will also apply to this area.

 

Chart affected:  BA 211

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

6th August, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 116 of 2021

 

Fireworks Display from Manoel Island Feast of Stella Maris Tas-Sliema

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that fireworks will be let off from the foreshore of Manoel Island in Sliema Creek, centred on points A and B as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt):

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 54'.325     014° 30'.255

B                     35° 54'.523     014° 30'.282

 

The fireworks display will take place as follows:

 

On Sunday, 15th August, 2021, from 7.00 p.m. till 7.15 p.m.

 

On Monday 16th August, 2021, from 7.30 p.m. till 7.50 p.m.

 

On Saturday, 21st August, 2021,        from 9.00 a.m. till 9.30 a.m., from noon till 12.15 p.m., from 6.50 p.m. till 7.30 p.m., and from 9.00 p.m. till 10.30 p.m.

 

On Sunday, 22nd August, 2021, from 9.00 a.m. till 9.10 a.m., from noon till 12.15 p.m., and from 8.00 p.m. till 9.30 p.m.

 

In view of the above, mariners are informed that navigation within 200 meters from the above-mentioned positions, point A and point B as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), in Marsamxett Harbour will be prohibited during the date and times of the fireworks displays as mentioned above. All craft moored within the indicated area (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) are to be removed on the above-mentioned date and times of the fireworks displays. 

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, will accept no liabilities whatsoever for any vessels that are left lying in the area on the above-mentioned dates and times

 

Mariners are to obey instructions and directions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and any Enforcement Agency in the area.

 

Chart affected: BA 177          

 

6th August, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 117 of 2021

 

Towing of 360m long pipeline from Qbajjar to Ħondoq

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners, owners of vessels that a 360m long HDPE pipeline will be towed from Qbajjar to Ħondoq.

 

The first part will start early in the morning on Monday, 9th August, 2021, and will last for a number of hours, where the vessel Seawolf pulls the pipeline from land where it has been stored and held afloat.

 

Then, from Qbajjar to Ħondoq, the pipeline will be towed by the Seawolf while another vessel will be at the other end of the pipeline to keep it straight. The said vessels will be moving at a slow speed and will be restricted in manoeuvrability.

 

 

Once they arrive at Ħondoq the pipeline will be inserted into an already formed sub sea tunnel.

 

The whole process is expected to finish some time on Wednesday, 11th August, 2021. Work will be carried out day and night and the vessels will show the signals as per the International Code of Signals.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at slow speed when in the vicinity.  All vessels shall give the above support vessels and the Seawolf a wide berth of at least 400m when spotted. Instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS are to be complied with.

 

Chart affected:  BA 211

 

6th August, 2021

 

 

​ 


Local Notice to Mariners No. 112 of 2021

 

Swimming Event from Marfa – Malta, to Ħondoq ir-Rummien – Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a swimming event from Malta to Gozo will be held on Saturday, 31st July, 2021.

 

The 4 (four) participants will depart from Marfa – Ir-Ramla tal-Bir (Malta), point A on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), at approximately 5.30 a.m. They will swim to the east of Comino and proceed to Il-Bajja ta' Ħondoq ir-Rummien (Gozo), point B on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) and are expected to complete the swim by 9.45 a.m.

 

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 59'.248     014º 20'.691

B                     36º 01'.665     014º 19'.353

 

The support vessel M/V Goldmine will accompany the swimmers

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed and keep well clear of the area during the stipulated time, giving the swimmers and support vessel a wide berth. They are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and maritime enforcement assets in the area.

 

Charts affected: BA 211A, 2537 and 2538

 

3rd August, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 113 of 2021

 

Open Water Swimming Event in Il-Bajja tas-Salina – 4th August, 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club will be organising an open water swimming event in Il-Bajja tas-Salina.

 

The race will be held along the course A, B and C (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 56'.932     014º 25'.660

B                     35º 57'.168     014º 25'.755

C                     35º 57'.148     014º 25'.808

 

on Wednesday, 4th August, 2021, from 6.00 p.m. till 8.00 p.m.

 

A club RHIB and a rescue boat will be accompanying the participating swimmers.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with extreme caution and at slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity, on the stipulated date. They are to cooperate with the organisers.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Charts affected: BA 211B, 211A, 2537 and 2538

 

3rd August, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 114 of 2021

 

Survey in the Outer Part of the Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that further to Local Notice to Mariners no. 25 of 2021 regarding survey in the inner part of the Grand Harbour, the survey will be continuing with the outer part of the Grand Harbour – Valletta. The survey will be split in two (2) parts.

 

The first part (multibeam survey) will be held between Wednesday, 4th August, 2021 and Thursday, 12th August, 2021 and will cover the area from the imaginary line between Laboratory Wharf and Wine Wharf to the breakwaters including Id-Daħla tal-Franċiżi, Id-Daħla tad-Dockyard, Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara and Id-Daħla tar-Rinella, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), (weather permitting).

 

The second part (other hydrography equipment) will be held between Monday, 16th August, 2021, and Monday, 23rd August, 2021, and will cover the same areas.

 

The support vessel Beezer will be used during the survey and will be towing a 25m boom, therefore a wide berth of 50m is requested. The support vessel will be moving slowly and will display the international code of Signals flag D when the boom is deployed.

 

In line with the survey operation a number of vessels will be instructed to shift. The shifting of vessels and the survey itself will be coordinated by the Valletta VTS, the Traffic Management Unit (TMU) at Transport Malta and the contractor on site.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and slow speed and give the above support vessel Beezera wide berth. Instructions given by Valletta VTS are to be complied with.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

3rd August, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2021

 

Live firing practice at Pembroke Ranges – 10th August, 2021 – Extended Hours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2021, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out Live Firing Practice on Tuesday, 10th August, 2021, with extended hours from 4.30 p.m. till 8.00 p.m. (local time).

 

A Sécurité message will be issued on VHF Channels 12, and/or 16 by Valletta VTS, accordingly.

 

The exercise area (LM-D6) is delineated by sector ABC.

 

From Position A

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A         35° 55'.540     014° 28'.320 (Centre point on land),                                                         

 

a radius of 4 nautical miles to points 

 

B         35° 59'.460     014° 27'.150 and

C         35° 58'.290     014° 32'.190

 

Limits are indicated on BA charts 194, 2537 and 2538.

           

During the live firing practice red flags (approximate size 2.5m x 2m) will be flown from the shore limits.  After sunset instead of the red flags there will be red lights and there will be two safety vessels with blue lights on each side, to indicate the limit of the area. Mariners are warned to keep, as a minimum, 4 nautical miles off the coast when the red flags/lights or the safety vessels are sighted.

 

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF channel 12 and the Armed Forces of Malta are to be strictly observed.

 

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

3rd August, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 108 of 2021

 

Diving Survey at Il-Port ta' Marsaxlokk

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that diving surveys will be carried out at Il-Port ta' Marsaxlokk between Friday 30th July 2021 and Friday, 8th August, 2021.

 

The diving surveys will be carried out at the approximate locations VF1, VF2 and VF3 as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

VF1                 35° 49'.818     014° 32'.035

VF2                 35° 49'.872     014° 32'.309

VF3                 35° 49'.705     014° 32'.749

The surveys will be carried out with the assistance of the vessel Julie Pearl which will be displaying the international code of Signals flag A.

 

A safety zone of 50m round the support vessel is to be kept during the surveys.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at slow speed when navigating close to the above indicated area, and are to cooperate with the contractor on site.

 

Any instructions issued on VHF channel 14 and/or 16 by Marsaxlokk VTS and any enforcement agency on site, are to be complied with.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

30th July, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 109 of 2021

 

Scuttling of Vessel P33 at Marsaskala

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the ex-patrol boat 'P33' is to be scuttled at the entrance of Marsaskala on Saturday, 31st July, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till noon.

 

The vessel P33 will be towed from the Grand Harbour by the tug Gozzo and will be assisted by the workboat '46' to the scuttling position and for the actual scuttling.

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 51'.945     014° 34'.526

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with extreme caution and at slow speed (no wake) when the towed vessel is spotted, they are to keep a safety distance of 200m.

 

They are to cooperate with the organisers and to comply with any instructions issued on VHF Channel 12, 14 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and Marsaxlokk VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Charts affected: BA 36, 177, 2538

 

30th July, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 110 of 2021

 

Fireworks Display – Feast of St Dominic

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that aerial fireworks will be let off from Il-Ponta ta' Sant'Jiermu (point A on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) on the date and times as follows:

 

On Saturday, 31st July, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.15 a.m., from noon till 12.15 p.m., and from 7.45 p.m. till 8.15 p.m.

 

On Sunday, 1st August, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.15 a.m., from noon till 12.15 p.m., and from 7.45 p.m. till 8.15 p.m.

 

 

Vessels moored within 200 metres from point A are to be removed and the area kept clear during the displays. The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, will accept no liabilities whatsoever for any vessels that are left lying in the area on the above-mentioned dates and times.

 

Instructions and directions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and any Enforcement Agency are to be complied with.

 

Chart affected: BA 177                      

 

30th July, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 111 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 103 of 2021 regarding Firework Displays in Grand Harbour – Vittoriosa Feast

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 103 of 2021.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that the 3 barges will now be towed from the respective boatyards to Boiler Wharf instead of to Rinella quay on Thursday, 5th August, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till noon. The barges will eventually be towed to their designated locations (as indicted on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) to Local Notice to Mariners 103 of 2021) and will then remain there for the duration of the feast.

 

The fireworks will then be transported from Vittoriosa in front of the Regatta Club (Toqba) to the barges as follows:

On Friday, 6th August, 2021, at 7.30 a.m.,

On Sunday, 8th August, 2021, at 7.00 p.m.,

On Monday, 9th August, 2021, at 7.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m.,

On Tuesday, 10th August, 2021, at 6.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

 

Due to the above arrangements Rinella quay will not be used at all, therefore vessels moored inside Rinella Bay do not need to be removed from their mooring on the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 11th August, 2021.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 103 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 103 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

30th July, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 32 of 2021

 

Marine Scientific Research in the East and South-East of Malta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that marine scientific research operations in the East and South-East of Malta will be starting on Sunday, 1st August, 2021, and are expected to be completed by Friday, 31st December, 2021.

 

The research which will be held in two areas will be carried out by the vessels M/V Gold Finder and Delfino and will include the towing of survey equipment.

 

Area 1 (formed by joining the points A, B, C and D)

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 59'.516     014° 21'.285

B                     36° 02'.706     014° 24'.298

C                     35° 59'.345     014° 30'.577

D                     35° 56'.366     014° 27'.601  

 

Area 2 (formed by joining the points A, B, C and D)

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

U                     35° 52'.578     014° 36'.818  

V                     35° 52'.587     014° 42'.025

W                    35° 49'.688     014° 42'.014

X                     35° 47'.977     014° 38'.023

Y                     35° 47'.948     014° 35'.063

Z                      35° 48'.545     014° 34'.043

Since the vessels will be towing survey equipment, they may be restricted in their ability to manoeuvre.

 

 

Mariners are instructed to navigate with caution when the above-mentioned vessels are sighted, giving them a wide berth and observing a 500m radius restricted zone, which will be implemented around the vessels M/V Gold Finder and Delfino.

 

Mariners are also notified to abide with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 14 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS or Marsaxlokk VTS.

 

Charts affected: BA 2537, 2538, 211, 194

 

30th July, 2021

 

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 107 of 2021

 

Open Water Swimming Event in Il-Bajja tas-Salina – 28th July, 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club will be organising an open water swimming event in Il-Bajja tas-Salina.

 

The race will be held along the course A, B and C (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)),

Position          Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 56'.932                 014º 25'.660

B                     35º 57'.168                 014º 25'.755

C                     35º 57'.148                 014º 25'.808

 

on Wednesday, 28th July, 2021, from 5.00 p.m. till 8.00 p.m.

 

A club RHIB and a rescue boat will be accompanying the participating swimmers.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with extreme caution and at slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity, on the stipulated date. They are to cooperate with the organisers.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Charts affected: BA 211B, 211A, 2537 and 2538

 

27th July, 2021

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 103 of 2021

Firework Displays in Grand Harbour – Vittoriosa Feast

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that firework displays will be let off from Bighi shore and also from barges moored off Bighi Point (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) on the following dates and times: 

From Bighi shore (point A as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)): 
 
On Saturday, 31st July, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.10 a,.m., from noon to 12.10 p.m., and from 8.30 p.m. till 8.50 p.m.

On Monday, 1st August, 2021, a 15 minute display which will take place any time between 8.45 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.

From Barges (points P, Y and Z as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)):  

On Sunday, 8th August, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.10 a.m., from noon to 12.10 p.m., and from 9.00 p.m. till 9.20 p.m. 
  

On Monday, 9th August, 2021, from 10.30 a.m. till 10.50 a.m., from noon till 12.10 p.m., and from 7.00 p.m. till 7.20 p.m.

On Tuesday, 10th August, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.10 a.m., from noon till 12.10 p.m., and from 9.00 p.m. till 10.00 p.m.

Shore position:

Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

A 35°53’.596 014°31’.424 

Barges position:  

Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

P 35°53’.669 14°31’.200 
Y 35°53’.629 14°31’.255 
Z 35°53’.678 14°31’.317

Three barges will be towed from their respective yards and moored alongside Rinella quay on Thursday, 5th August, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till noon.

Two barges will then be towed from alongside Rinella quay to their designated position on Friday, 6th August, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till noon. The barges will be left in position during the night and will be lit.

The third barge will be loaded with fireworks at Rinella quay and towed to its designated position from 8.00 a.m. till noon. The barge loaded with fireworks will be left in position during the night and will be lit.

Vessel owners moored in Rinella Bay are to remove their vessels during the times indicated on the listed days, including the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 11th of August, 2021. Transport Malta will accept no liabilities whatsoever for any damage caused to vessels that are left within Rinella Bay in the mentioned dates.

A wide berth of 200 metres is requested from Bighi Shore and from the position of the barges on the days indicated above as the barges will be loaded with fireworks. Transport Malta will accept no liabilities whatsoever for any damage caused to vessels that are within the 200m distance during the abovementioned dates and times.

The three barges will be towed back to their respective yards on Wednesday, 11th August, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till noon. 

Mariners are to navigate with caution and at slow speed when in the vicinity.  They are to cooperate with the organisers. Instructions and directions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and any enforcement personnel are to be complied with.

Positions are referred to WGS 84 Datum.

Chart affected: BA 177

23rd July, 2021



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 104 of 2021 

Water Sports Activities in Various Bays in Gozo

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that Otters ASC will be organising water sports activities in various bays in Gozo.
A water polo pitch will be set up on the day of the activities from 9.00 a.m. till noon (as shown on charts found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) and the activities will be held within the pitch.

The activities will be held as follows:

Xlendi (Chart A) on Saturday, 31st July, and Sunday, 1st August, 2021

Daħlet Qorrot (Chart B) on Saturday, 7th August, and Sunday, 8th August, 2021

Ħondoq ir-Rummien (Chart C) on Saturday, 21st August, and Sunday, 22nd August, 2021

Dwejra – Inland Sea (Chart D) on Saturday, 28th August, and Sunday, 29th August, 2021

Mġarr ix-Xini (Chart E) on Saturday, 4th September, and Sunday, 5th September, 2021

Marsalforn (Chart F) on Saturday, 11th September, and Sunday, 12th September, 2021

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with extreme caution and at slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity, on the stipulated date. They are to cooperate with the organisers and when the pitch is not located inside a swimmer zone, all mariners are to keep a safe distance. 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

Charts affected: BA 211 and 2537

23rd July, 2021



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 105 of 2021

Seabed Clean-up at Id-Daħla tad-Dockyard, Isla Side

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a seabed clean-up operation by divers in Id-Daħla tad-Dockyard – Isla side, within the area shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) will be held on Tuesday, 27th July, 2021, from 3.00 p.m. till 7.00 p.m.
Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with extreme caution and at slow speed when in the vicinity, on the stipulated date. 

They are to cooperate with the organisers and to comply with any instructions issued on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

Chart affected: BA 177

23rd July, 2021




TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 106 of 2021

Swimming Activity being Part of an Aquathlon Event in Il-Bajja tas-Salina – 1st August, 2021

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that Pembroke Athleta will be organising an aquathlon event with the swimming part being held in Il-Bajja tas-Salina.


The race will be held along the course A, B and C (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)),

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

A 35° 56’.932 014° 25’.660
B 35° 57’.168 014° 25’.755
C 35° 57’.148 014° 25’.808

on Sunday, 1st August, 2021, from 7.30 a.m. till 9.45 a.m.


A  Red Cross jetski and a rescue boat will be accompanying the participating swimmers. 

On the stipulated date, mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with extreme caution and at slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity of the activity.  They are to cooperate with the organisers. 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

Charts affected: BA 211B, 211A, 2537 and 2538

23rd July, 2021



 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 100 of 2021

 

Refurbishment Works on the Breakwater at Il-Bajja ta' San Ġorġ, Birżebbuġa

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that refurbishment work on the breakwater at Il-Bajja ta' San Ġorġ, Birżebbuġa (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) will start on Tuesday, 20th July, 2021, and will continue until further notice.

 

Due to the above-mentioned works the breakwater will not be accessible to the public. Vessels will not be allowed to berth alongside the breakwater whilst the work is being carried out unless special permission from the contractor has been obtained.  

 

Mariners and the general public are to co-operate with the contractor on site.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 14 and/or 16, by Marsaxlokk VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

20th July, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 101 of 2021

 

Sailing Regatta in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk – July 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, would like to notify mariners that the Birżebbuġa Sailing Club shall be holding a regatta for dinghies on Saturday, 24th July, 2021 and Sunday, 25th July, 2021.

 

Races shall be held from 9.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m. (local time) on all days.

 

Class races shall be held over two (2) adjacent upwind /downwind courses, centred in the selected sailing area depending on the weather conditions at the time.  See chart showing areas A, B and C found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The courses shall be defined by orange inflatable marks (waypoints) of about 1.5 meters in height and around which the competitors shall have to sail.

Races will be held when no merchant vessel traffic is scheduled to enter or depart from the Malta Freeport Terminals. 

 

Masters of all craft not directly involved in this Sailing Regatta are asked to keep clear of the racing area, especially at each of the turning marks.  

 

All mariners are to observe any instructions that may be given by the Race Organisers safety craft and on VHF Channels 14 and/or 16 by Marsaxlokk VTS.

 

Charts affected:  BA 36, 2538

 

20th July, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 102 of 2021

 

Open Water Swimming Event in Il-Bajja tas-Salina – 7th July, 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club will be organising an open water swimming event in Il-Bajja tas-Salina.

 

The race will be held along the course A, B and C as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 56'.932     014º 25'.660

B                     35º 57'.168     014º 25'.755

C                     35º 57'.148     014º 25'.808

 

on Wednesday, 21st July, 2021, from 6.00 p.m. till 8.00 p.m.

 

A club RHIB and a rescue boat will be accompanying the participating swimmers.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with extreme caution and at slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity, on the stipulated date. They are to cooperate with the organisers.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Charts affected: BA 211B, 211A, 2537 and 2538

 

20th July, 2021

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 95 of 2021

 

Illicit Discharges

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, would like to remind all mariners and operators of any type of vessel, including fishing vessels, and all operators and personnel of fish farms, breeding pens and cages and other aquaculture equipment, that it is prohibited to dispose of any type of waste into the marine environment.

Apart from the general domestic waste (for example plastics, food waste, paper, etc.), the disposal of any waste oils, mooring ropes, discarded fishing gear, tackle and any other types of substances and objects that may cause marine pollution, damage, or harm to aquatic life in the marine environment, the natural function of ecosystems and to biodiversity, is also prohibited.  All waste should be disposed of ashore at the appropriate waste reception facilities.

 

All persons are also being reminded that the disposal of sewage within bays, yachting centres and ports is also prohibited.

 

Enforcement and legal action in terms of the law will be taken if any person is caught disposing of any type of waste in the marine environment or if there is sufficient evidence of any illegal disposal at sea.

 

16th July, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 96 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 94  of 2021 – Fireworks Display – Our Lady of

Mount Carmel, Valletta

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 94 of 2021.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to safety reasons, the fireworks will be let off from beneath St  Gregory's Bastions, Valletta, position A, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport. gov.mt) instead of from where listed.

 

Position           Latitude (N)                 Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 54'.195                 014° 31'.023

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 94 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 94 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

16th July, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 97 of 2021

 

Repair Works on Slipway and Adjacent Quay at Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that repair work will be carried out on a slipway and the adjacent quay at Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa.

 

The work on the slipway and the adjacent quay will start on Tuesday, 20th July, 2021, and is expected to be completed by Sunday, 31st October, 2021.

 

A silt curtain will be laid 10m off the coast within the area, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport. gov.mt). A safety distance, of at least 10m from the silt curtains, shall be maintained at all times.

 

Position           Latitude (N)                 Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 55'.417                 14° 29'.633

 

Mariners are to note that due to these works the slipway cannot be used throughout the duration of the works.

 

Some of the works will be carried out by scuba divers who will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag A.

 

Mariners and vessel operators are to navigate with caution and at slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity. They are to co-operate with the contractor on site.

 

Mariners are to comply with instructions issued on VHF channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

16th July, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 98 of 2021

 

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 50 of 2021 - Zones reserved for swimmers in Malta and Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners, owners of vessels and bathers that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 50 of 2021 regarding zones reserved for swimmers in Malta and Gozo, the following area has been included.

 

52. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Tal-Fekruna - Outer) refer to Figure 52

 

Line joining points 52A, 52B, 52C and 52D and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points  Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

 

52A                  35º 57'.037      014º 23'.273

52B                  35º 57'.031      014º 23'.277

52C                  35º 57'.025      014º 23'.262

52D                  35º 57'.032      014º 23'.258

 

All the information and restrictions mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 50 of 2021 remain valid and will also apply to this area.

 

Chart affected:  BA 211

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

16th July, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 99 of 2021

 

Fireworks from the Foreshore outside of Malta Film Studios, Kalkara

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a fireworks display will be let off from the foreshore outside of the Malta Film Studios premises at Kalkara on Wednesday 21st July, 2021. The display will be centred at Point A as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) in the approximate following position:

 

Position           Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 53'.765     14° 31'.903

 

The fireworks will be stored in the area (position A) as from 10.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 20th July, 2021.

 

The actual fireworks display will take place on Wednesday, 21st July, 2021, from 9.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.

 

In view of the above, mariners are advised to keep at least 200 metres away from point A from Tuesday, 20th July, 2021, at 10.00 p.m., to Wednesday, 21st July, 2021, at midnight.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

16th July, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 31 of 2021

 

Kayak Crossing from Marfa (Malta) to Marina di Ragusa (Sicily, Italy)

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that a kayak crossing from Marfa (Malta) to Marina di Ragusa (Sicily, Italy) is being held.

 

Three kayakers will be departing Marfa (Malta) point A on Friday, 23rd July, 2021, at approximately 5.00 a.m., and will then follow a course of 011º (T) towards Marina di Ragusa (Sicily, Italy) point B. They will be supported by the sloop Shanesen (call sign 9HB5898 and MMSI 229000161).

 

Point                Latitude (N)                 Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 59'.200                 014° 20'.600

B                     36° 46'.700                 014° 32'.900

 

In the event of adverse weather conditions prevailing on the day, the kayakers will attempt to cross on any day up to Saturday, 31st July, 2021

 

Mariners transiting the Malta/Sicily Channel on the above-mentioned dates are requested to keep a sharp lookout for the kayakers and support vessel and are to give a wide berth when they are sighted.

 

They are to obey any instructions given on VHF channel 69 and/or 16 by Malta Coastal Station (Malta VTS) and on VHF Channel 12 by Valletta VTS when crossing the channel between Sicily and Malta.

 

Charts affected: BA 2123, 2124

 

16th July, 2021


 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 94 of 2021

 

Fireworks Display – Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Valletta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that fireworks display in connection with the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be let off from point A (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) on the following date and times:

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

            A         35° 53'.920     014° 30'.365

                       

Friday 16th July, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.15 a.m., from noon till 12.15 p.m., and from 8.00 p.m. till 8.30 p.m. 

           

Mariners are to keep a safe distance of at least 200 metres from the position indicated and shall comply with any instructions issued on VHF channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS, while entering and navigating inside Marsamxett Harbour.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Chart effected: BA Chart 177

 

13th July, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 30 of 2021

 

Water Sampling for Various Properties Offshore Malta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that water sampling for various properties will be carried out between Thursday 15th July 2021 and Wednesday, 21st July, 2021.

 

Water sampling will be carried out from the following points A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3 and C4 (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

           

A1                   36° 27'.262     014° 57'.936  

A2                   36° 16'.699     014° 49'.574  

A3                   35° 59'.318     014° 36'.124  

B1                   35° 35'.424     012° 57'.101  

B2                   35° 41'.332     013° 37'.385  

B3                   35° 47'.120     014° 15'.914  

C1                   36° 07'.486     014° 25'.071  

C2                   36° 10'.108     014° 10'.499  

C3                   35° 57'.378     014° 07'.276  

C4                   35° 44'.843     014° 38'.657

 

The sampling will be carried out from the vessel M/V Hercules. The lifting of samples in each position will take approximately 1.5 hours, the M/V Hercules will therefore be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre and will display accordingly the lights and shapes in compliance with the requirements of the Collision Regulations.

 

A keep clear zone of 1 NM from the vessel M/V Hercules is to be kept during the sampling.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with caution. Any instructions issued on VHF channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and on channel 69 by Malta VTS, are to be complied with.

 

Chart affected: BA 194, 2123, 2124, Int. 301, Int. 302

 

13th July, 2021

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 88 of 2021

 

Fireworks Display - Madonna tal-Karmnu, Gżira Feast

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners that fireworks display will be let off from the foreshore in Sliema Creek, centred in Positions A, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website: (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

 A                    35º 54'.319     014º 30'.321

 

The fireworks will be let off as follows:

 

On Saturday, 10th July, 2021 from 6.00 p.m. till 6.30 p.m.

On Sunday, 11th July 2021 from 7.15 p.m. till 7.45 p.m.

 

In view of the above, mariners are informed that navigation within 200 meters from the above position A in Marsamxett Harbour will be prohibited during the time of fireworks.

 

All craft moored within 200m from point A, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website: (www.transport.gov.mt) are to be removed on the above-mentioned date and times of the fireworks displays. The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta will accept no Liabilities whatsoever for any vessels that are left lying in the area on the above-mentioned date and times.

 

Mariners are to obey any instructions issued on VHF channels 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and Enforcement agencies in the area.

 

Chart Affected: BA 177

 

9th July, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 89 of 2021

 

Diving Survey at Ta' Xbiex, Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that a diving surveys will be taking place at Ta' Xbiex – Il-Port ta' Marsamxett.

 

The diving surveys will take place between Friday, 9th July and Friday, 16th July, 2021, within the area bounded by the imaginary line A, B, C, D and the intermediate coastline, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website: (www.transport.gov.mt).

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 53'.988     014° 30'.046  

B                     35° 53'.989     014° 30'.076  

C                     35° 53'.943     014° 30'.077  

D                     35° 50'.943     014° 30'.047

 

When carrying out underwater operations the diving team will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag “A". 

 

A safety zone of 50m around the survey area is to be kept during the surveys.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speed when navigating in the above indicated areas. They are to comply with instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

9th July, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 90 of 2021

 

Fireworks Display from Rinella Bay and Kalkara

Creek – Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that fireworks will be let off from Rinella Bay and Kalkara Creek (Points A and B as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website: (www.transport.gov.mt))on the dates and times as follows:

 

In Kalkara Creek from the area known as “taħt is-swar tal-Posta ta' Kastilja u t'Aragona" (point A):

 

On Thursday, 15th July, 2021 from 8.00 p.m. till 11.30 p.m.

 

On Saturday, 17th July, 2021 from 8.00 p.m. till midnight

 

On Sunday, 18th July, 2021 from 7.30 p.m. till 10.30 p.m.

 

 

In Rinella Bay, Kalkara (point B):

 

On Friday, 16th July, 2021 from 7.45 a.m. till 8.15 a.m., from 11.45 a.m. till 12.15 p.m. and from 9.30 p.m. till 10.00 p.m.

 

In view of the above, mariners are to give a wide berth of 200 meters from point A in Rinella Bay, Kalkara (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website: (www.transport.gov.mt)). All Vessels within 120 meters radius from point B in the area known as “taħt s-swar tal-Posta ta' Kastilja u t' Aragona" in Kalkara Creek (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website: (www.transport.gov.mt)) are to be removed on the above-mentioned dates and times of the displays. 

 

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any Enforcement Personnel on site.

 

 

Chart Affected: BA 177

 

9th July, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 91 of 2021

 

Fireworks Display from the Foreshore off Westin Dragonara Hotel – St Julian's Bay – 16th and

17th July, 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a fireworks display, of 5 minutes duration, will be let off from the foreshore off the Westin Dragonara Hotel in St. Julian's Bay on Friday ,16th and Saturday, 17th July, 2021. The display will be centred at Point A (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website: (www.transport.gov.mt)) in the approximate following position:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

35° 55'.417                 14° 29'.633

 

The fireworks display will take place between 11.45 p.m. and midnight.

 

In view of the above, mariners are advised to keep 60 metres away from point A on the above-mentioned date and time.

 

Any boats berthed or anchored within the area shown on chart found on Transport Malta website: (www.transport.gov.mt) are to be removed during the above-mentioned date and time.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any Enforcement Personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

9th July, 2021

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 92 of 2021

 

Cancel Local Notice to Mariners No. 75 of 2015

re-Removal of Vessels and Moorings at Qajjenza, Birżebbuġa

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that there is no more the need to deploy a boom in the area mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 75 of 2015.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No 075 of 2015 is hereby Cancelled.

 

Charts Affected: BA 36

 

9th July, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 93 of 2021

 

Underwater Video Survey of Both BreakwaterArms of the Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that an underwater video survey of both breakwater arms of the Grand Harbour will be carried out by divers.

 

The video survey will take place along both sides of both breakwater arms and will commence on Wednesday, 14th July, 2021.  The survey is expected to be completed by Friday, 30th July, 2021, weather permitting.

 

The video survey will take place between 8.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. The scuba divers will be accompanied by the support vessel “BEEZER" which will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag “A".

 

When the support vessel “BEEZER" is spotted, a minimum safe distance of 20m from the vessel, is to be kept.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the above indicated area. They are to cooperate with the contractor on site and comply with instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and /or 16 by Valletta VTS.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

9th July, 2021

 

 


 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 86 of 2021

 

Microplastics Sampling in the Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that microplastics sampling will be carried out in the Grand Harbour, Valletta. The sampling is scheduled to be carried out on Wednesday, 7th July, 2021, between 8.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m.

 

The Microplastic sampling will be carried out along the two lines as indicated in red as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport. gov.mt).

 

The sampling will be carried out from either of the vessels Betty or Beezer, which will be towing a trawl net (manta net) alongside.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and slow speed (no wake) and give the vessel a wide berth. They are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

6th July, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 87 of 2021

 

ROV Survey in id-Daħla Tal-Pietà

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a survey will be carried out at Id-Daħla Tal-Pietà, with the use of a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The survey and the control of the ROV will be carried out remotely from land.

 

Weather permitting, the survey is planned to be carried out between Tuesday 6th July 2021 and Friday 16th July 2021, within the area formed by the imaginary line A, B, C and D as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport. gov.mt):

 

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A         35° 53'.578                 14° 29'.824

B         35° 53'.593                 14° 29'.836

C         35° 53'.589                 14° 29'.806

D         35° 53'.574                 14° 29'.853

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity, and are to cooperate with the contractor on site.

 

They are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

6th July, 2021

 

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 83 of 2021

Fireworks Display – Sacro Coure – Tas-Sliema – 2021

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners that firework displays will be let off in Id-Daħla ta’ Tas-Sliema, Marsamxett Harbour.

Aerial fireworks will be let off from point A, shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport. gov.mt) on the following dates and times:
 
On Saturday, 3rd July, 2021 from 6.00 p.m. till 7.00 p.m.

On Sunday, 4th July, 2021 from 10.30 a.m. till noon.
In view of the above, mariners are informed that navigation within 200 meters from position A in Marsamxett Harbour will be prohibited on the mentioned dates and times. 

All craft moored within the indicated area (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport. gov.mt)) are to be removed on the above-mentioned dates and times of the firework displays.  

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, will accept no liabilities whatsoever for any vessels that are left lying in the area on the above-mentioned dates and times.

Mariners are to comply with any instructions issued on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS.

Chart affected: BA 177

2nd July, 2021



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 84 of 2021

Open Water Swimming Event in Il-Bajja tas-Salina – 7th July, 2021

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club will be organising an open water swimming event in Il-Bajja tas-Salina.

The race will be held along the course A, B and C (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website: (www.transport. gov.mt)),

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

A 35º 56’.932 014º 25’.660
B 35º 57’.168 014º 25’.755
C 35º 57’.148 014º 25’.808

on Wednesday, 7th July 2021, from 5.00 p.m. till 8.00 p.m.


A club RHIB and a rescue boat will be accompanying the participating swimmers. 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with extreme caution and at slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity, on the stipulated date. They are to cooperate with the organisers. 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.
Charts affected: BA 211B, 211A, 2537 and 2538

2nd July, 2021



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 85 of 2021

Sailing Regatta from Ix-Xatt l-Aħmar – Gozo, to Il-Port ta’ Marsamxett – Malta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a sailing regatta from Ix-Xatt l-Aħmar – Gozo, to Il-Port ta’ Marsamxett – Malta, will be held on Thursday, 8th July, 2021.

The start of the regatta from Ix-Xatt l-Aħmar – Gozo will be at 11.00 a.m. from the line A to B as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website: (www.transport. gov.mt).

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

A 36° 01’.108 014° 17’.493
B 36° 00’.549 014° 17’.526

The vessels will sail west and go round Fessej Rock (Gozo) then continue in a South Easterly direction in order to pass through Il-Fliegu ta’ Kemmuna in an Easterly direction.  They will then head towards Il-Port ta’ Marsamxett.

Mariners are to note the above and are to give the competing vessels a wide berth. They are further instructed to fully comply with Rule 18 (COLREGS 1972) and to keep out of the way of the sailing vessels participating in the regatta.

Mariners navigating in the vicinity of the indicated route on the mentioned date and times are to keep watch on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 and are to cooperate with the organisers and/or enforcement personnel in the area. 

Any instructions issued on VHF channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS are to be complied with.

Charts affected: BA 211, 177, 2538, 2537.

2nd July, 2021



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 29 of 2021

Grab Sampling around the Spoil Ground

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that seabed sampling using a Van Veen grab will be carried out between Tuesday 6th July, 2021, and Wednesday, 7th July, 2021. This grab sampling will be carried out by the vessel Atlantis II, which will be displaying lights and shapes as per COLREGS.

The sampling area is bounded by the following coordinates, as seen on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Point Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

A 35° 53’.854 014° 31’.797
B 35° 54’.686 014° 32’.335
C 35° 55’.316 014° 31’.354
D 35° 56’.431 014° 31’.904
E 35° 57’.102 014° 32’.996
F 35° 54’.770 014° 36’.630
G 35° 53’.703 014° 36’.030
H 35° 53’.047 014° 34’.836
I 35° 52’.998 014° 33’.374

The vessel Atlantis II which will be deploying equipment, and which may, at times be stationary, will be restricted in its ability to manoeuvre and will be exhibiting accordingly, the appropriate. 

Mariners are instructed to navigate with caution when the above-mentioned vessel is sighted and shall give a wide berth and observe a 500 metres radius restricted zone which will be implemented around the vessel Atlantis II.

Mariners are also notified to abide with any instructions given on VHF Channels 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS.

Charts affected: BA 2538, 177, 194.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

2nd July, 2021




​TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 28 of 2021

 

Chart Correction New Navigational Light on the Inner Breakwaters in Il-Bajja ta' Marsalforn, Gozo

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 211 Panel E – Gozo, Il-Bajja ta' Marsalforn.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that new Navigational Lights on the inner breakwaters in Il-Bajja ta' Marsalforn – Gozo, have been established.

 

The navigational lights are fixed on steel poles at the end of each breakwater.

 

                                    Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

Insert Fl.R.4s4m5M   36° 04'.354     014° 15'.620

Insert Fl.G.5s4m5M   36° 04'.349     014° 15'.625

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

28th June, 2021

 

​ 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 27 of 2021

 

Amendment to Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2021 Maintenance work on Malta Coast Radio Station Tower

 

Reference is made to Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2021.

 

The Directorate for Ports and Yachting, Transport Malta, informs mariners that the date of completion for maintenance work on Malta Coast Radio Station Tower, has been extended until Friday, 30th July, 2021.

 

Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Notice to Mariners No 16 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

22nd June, 2021

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Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2021

 

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out Live Firing Practice all through the year, (except Sundays) at the Pembroke Ranges, from 8.00 a.m. till 10.30 a.m. local time and from 11.00 a.m. till 4.30 p.m. local time or any other time as may be advised.

 

A Sécurité message will be issued on VHF Channels 12, and/or 16 by Valletta VTS, accordingly.

 

The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.

 

From Position A

 

                        Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 55'.540     14° 28'.320 (Centre point on land),

a radius of 4 nautical miles to points 

 

B                     35° 59'.460     14° 27'.150 and

C                     35° 58'.290     14° 32'.190

 

Limits are indicated on BA charts 194, 2537 and 2538.

           

During the Live Firing Practice Red Flags (approximate size 2.5m x 2m) will be flown from the shore limits.  Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

 

Moreover, they must obey instructions given on VHF Channels 12, and/or 16 by Valletta VTS.

 

This notice is to supersede Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2019.

 

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

22nd June, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 25 of 2021

 

Swim from Cap Bon/Ras Addar (Tunisia) to Capo Granitola (Sicily)

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that a swim crossing from Cap Bon/Ras Addar (Tunisia) to Capo Granitola (Sicily) is being held.

 

The three (3) day swimming event will be held between Thursday, 24th June, 2021 and Saturday, 10th July, 2021. The actual departure date will be communicated through a navigational warning. 

 

The swimmer will be departing Cap Bon Ou Ras Addar (Tunisia) at 4.00 p.m. Local Time (2.00 p.m. UTC) on the notified date and is expected to arrive in Capo Granitola (Sicily) forty-eight hours later.

 

The vessels SY Cadmus, MV Just Add Water, SY Olwyn, SY Pippus and SY Soft Parade will be accompanying the swimmer at all times.

 

They will be following the route and will be in the following approximate position:

 

                                                                                                Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

                       

Start day 1 at 4.00 p.m. Local Time in position                                 37º 05'.360                 011º 01'.991

 

to day 1 at 8.00 p.m. Local Time in position                          37º 07'.706                 011º 10'.254  

                                   

to day 2 at midnight Local Time in position                          37º 10'.087                 011º 18'.447  

                       

to day 2 at 4.00 a.m. Local Time in position                          37º 12'.389                 011º 26'.691  

                       

to day 2 at 8.00 a.m. Local Time in position                          37º 14'.689                 011º 34'.836  

           

to day 2 at noon Local Time in position                                 37º 17'.042                 011º 43'.016                                                  

to day 2 at 4.00 p.m. Local Time in position                          37º 19'.384                 011º 51'.226                                                  

to day 2 at 8.00 p.m. Local Time in position                          37º 21'.802                 011º 59'.388                                                  

to day 3 at midnight Local Time in position                          37º 24'.142                 012º 07'.549                                                  

to day 3 at 4.00 a.m. Local Time in position                          37º 26'.558                 012º 15'.661              

                                   

to day 3 at 8.00 a.m. Local Time in position                          37º 28'.934                 012º 23'.870                                                  

to day 3 at noon Local Time in position                                 37º 31'.309                 012º 32'.080                          

finish day 3 at 4.00 p.m. Local Time in position                    37º 33'.660                 012º 40'.226  

 

                                                                                               

A Sécurité message will be promulgated on maritime VHF Channel 16 throughout the duration of the event by the participating vessels.

 

Mariners are to note the above and give the swimmer and the accompanying vessels a wide berth of one nautical mile (1NM) when sighted. They are to obey any instructions given by Malta Radio on 2182/2625 kHz, VHF channel 96 and/or 16 and on NAVTEX (NBDP), when the swim is taking place.

 

Charts affected: INT 301, INT 302, BA 2123

 

22nd June, 2021

 

​TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 26 of 2021

 

Live Gunnery Firing Practice from Pembroke Ranges (LMD-1) in June/July 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the Armed Forces of Malta shall conduct a live gunnery firing practice from the Pembroke Ranges between Monday 28th June 2021 and Friday 2nd July 2021. The firing practice will take place from 8.00 a.m. till 6.00 p.m. local time, (6.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. UTC).

 

The exercise will take place within the area enclosed by the points A, B and C as follows:

 

From Position A:        Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

                                   

                                    35º 55'.900     014º 28'.533

 

thence on a bearing of 335 True x 8.5 nautical miles to:

 

Position B       Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

                        36º 03'.620     014º 24'.100

 

thence on an arc of a circle radius 8.5 nautical miles centred on position A to:

 

Position C:      Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

                        36º 00' .150    014º 37'. 600

 

thence on a bearing of 240 True to position A.

 

All vessels in the vicinity must proceed with caution and keep at least eight and a half nautical miles (8.5NM) off the Pembroke Coast on the dates and times indicated. 

 

Mariners are also informed that a corridor of two nautical miles (2NM) between the coast and the line X to Y (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) has been established for the passage of all vessels on the above-mentioned dates and times. Any vessel intending to transit through this corridor within these times is to communicate with Malta VTS (Malta Coast Radio Station) on VHF channel 69 for final approval prior to entering the area.

 

                        Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

           

X                     35º 59'.651     014º 26'.381

Y                     35º 57'.239     014º 31'.385

 

Instructions given by AFM craft patrolling the area, on VHF Channel 69 Malta VTS and on VHF channel 12 and/or 16 Valletta VTS are always to be compiled with.

 

 

Charts affected: BA 194, 2537 and 2538

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

22nd June, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 79 of 2021

 

Fireworks Display from the Foreshore off Hilton Hotel – St Julian's Bay

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a five (5) minutes fireworks display will be held from the foreshore off the Hilton Hotel in St. Julian's Bay on Saturday, 26th, and Monday, 28th June, 2021. The display will be centred at Point A (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) in the approximate following position:

 

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

35°55'.369                  14°29'.728

 

The fireworks display will take place between 11.45 p.m. and midnight.

 

In view of the above, mariners are advised to keep 60 metres away from point A on the above-mentioned date and time.

 

Any boats berthed or anchored within the area shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) are to be removed during the above-mentioned date and time.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

22nd June, 2021


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 80 of 2021

 

Open Water Swimming Event in Il-Bajja tas-Salina – 23rd June, 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club will be organising an open water swimming event in Il-Bajja tas-Salina.

 

The race will be held along the course A, B and C (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt),

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 56'.932     014º 25'.660

B                     35º 57'.168     014º 25'.755

C                     35º 57'.148     014º 25'.808

 

on Wednesday 23rd June 2021, between 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m.

A club RHIB and a rescue boat will be accompanying the participating swimmers.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with extreme caution and at slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity, on the stipulated date. They are to cooperate with the organisers.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Charts affected: BA 211B, 211A, 2537 and 2538

 

22nd June, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 81 of 2021

 

Cancel Local Notice to Mariners No. 71 of 2021 re-Removal of Boulders in front of Slipway

at Wied il-Buni, Birżebbuġa

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the boulders in front of slipway at Wied il-Buni, Birżebbuġa, mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 71 of 2021 have been removed.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 71 of 2021 is hereby Cancelled.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

22nd June, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 82 of 2021

 

Works in progress outside Il-Magħluq in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that 'works in progress' areas will be established outside Il-Magħluq in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk.

 

The works are expected to start with immediate effect and are to be completed by Saturday, 14th August, 2021.

 

The areas will be delineated by the imaginary lines, one joining the points A, B, C, D and the intermediate coastline and the other joining the points E, F, G, H and the intermediate coastline, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Divers will assist in the works and shall be displaying the International Code of Signals flag A.

 

Marker buoys will be placed at points B, C, F and G.

 

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E) 

 

A                     35º 50'.383     014º 32'.762   Land

B                     35º 50'.353     014º 32'.748   Buoy

C                     35º 50'.347     014º 32'.767   Buoy

D                     35º 50'.376     014º 32'.780   Land

E                      35º 50'.338     014º 32'.911   Land

F                      35º 50'.298     014º 32'.894   Buoy

G                     35º 50'.292     014º 32'.913   Buoy

H                     35º 50'.330     014º 32'.928   Land

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp look-out, navigate with caution and at very slow speed (no wake) and are to give the indicated area a wide berth. They are to comply with any instructions given by Marsaxlokk VTS on VHF Channel 14.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

22nd June, 2021

 

 


Local Notice to Mariners No. 77 of 2021

 

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 38 of 2021 Installation of floating pontoons at Id-Daħla

tal-Azzarett in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners, owners of vessels and the general public that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 38 of 2021 regarding Installation of floating pontoons at Id-Daħla tal-Azzarett in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett, the working area is being extended.

 

The extended working area in formed by joining the points D, C, X, Y, and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt):

 

Points              Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

D                     35°54'.069                  014°29'.829    Coast

C                     35°54'.129                  014°29'.875    Buoy

X                     35°54'.114                  014°29'.918    Buoy

Y                     35°54'.050                  014°29'.868    Coast

 

The work, which consists of the rotation of the existing pontoon is expected to start on Friday, 18th June, 2021, and is expected to be completed by Wednesday, 23rd June, 2021.

 

All the information and restrictions mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 38 of 2021 remain valid and will also apply to this area.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the above indicated area. They are to cooperate with the contractor on site and comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

18th June, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 78 of 2021

 

Establishment of an Organised Mooring Area in Lazzaretto Creek – Marsamxett Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Authority for Transport in Malta, notifies all mariners that works will be carried out in the inner area of Lazzaretto Creek – Marsamxett Harbour to establish an Organised Mooring Area and associated fairway for the mooring of small craft.

 

Owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring within the area bounded by the imaginery line A, B, C, D, E and the coastline (as shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) are to remove such vessels, moorings and associated tackle by not later than Sunday, 20th June, 2021. 

 

Point               Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 54'.227                 014º 29'.784

B                     35º 54'.218                 014º 29'.771

C                     35º 54'.195                 014º 29'.771

D                     35º 54'.174                 014º 29'.783

E                      35º 54'.198                 014º 29'.810

 

Any vessels and moorings that are left in this area after the stipulated date will be removed at the expense of their owner.  No liability whatsover will be accepted by the Authority for any damage that may be caused while removing the said vessels and moorings.

 

Furthermore, mariners are reminded that it is prohibited to lay any mooringss and ground tackle without the prior permission of the Authority.

 

In view of the above, mariners navigating in the area are to navigate with caution and at very slow 'no wake' speed.  They are to give the above area a wide berth and comply with the instructions as communicated by the Valletta VTS on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 and by the Authority's officials or other Enforcement Agencies.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 30 of Transport Malta is hereby CANCELLED

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

18th June, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 21 of 2021

 

Further to Notice to Mariners Nos 9 and 14 of 2021 AUV Survey in 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that further to Notice to Mariners Nos 09 and 14 of 2021 of Transport Malta – Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) surveys, the entire survey will also include the following areas.

Area 5

 

Points              Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

5A                   36º 10'.470                 014º 11'.620

5B                   36º 08'.380                 014º 20'.300

5C                   36º 06'.240                 014º 19'.450

5D                   36º 07'.600                 014º 13'.440

5E                    36º 05'.660                 014º 12'.590

5F                    36º 05'.500                 014º 13'.260

5G                   36º 04'.920                 014º 13'.010

5H                   36º 05'.290                 014º 11'.250

5I                     36º 01'.980                 014º 10'.090

5J                    36º 02'.330                 014º 18'.390

 

Area 6

 

Points              Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

6A                   35º 53'.770                 014º 17'.970

6B                   35º 52'.410                 014º 20'.190

6C                   35º 51'.290                 014º 19'.000

6D                   35º 50'.170                 014º 20'.640

6E                    35º 49'.390                 014º 19'.870

6F                    35º 52'.030                 014º 16'.070

 

Area 7

 

Points              Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

7A                   35º 48'.860                 014º 25'.110

7B                   35º 48'.580                 014º 25'.540

7C                   35º 48'.440                 014º 26'.400

7D                   35º 46'.100                 014º 26'.020

7E                    35º 46'.250                 014º 24'.910

7F                    35º 45'.090                 014º 24'.590

7G                   35º 46'.200                 014º 22'.230

 

Area 8

 

Points              Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

8A                   35º 48'.330                 014º 30'.030

8B                   35º 48'.140                 014º 31'.650

8C                   35º 47'.260                 014º 31'.530

8D                   35º 47'.190                 014º 32'.120

8E                    35º 46'.960                 014º 31'.530

6F                    35º 47'.110                 014º 31'.310

8G                   35º 47'.270                 014º 31'.320

8H                   35º 47'.490                 014º 29'.920

 

Area 9

 

Points              Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

9A                   35º 46'.870                 014º 27'.460

9B                   35º 46'.840                 014º 27'.780

9C                   35º 45'.960                 014º 27'.640

9D                   35º 45'.980                 014º 27'.330

 

Area 10

 

Points              Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

10A                 35º 49'.600                 014º 25'.690

10B                 35º 49'.550                 014º 26'.060

10C                 35º 48'.620                 014º 25'.480

10D                 35º 48'.810                 014º 25'.190

 

The surveys of these areas will commence with immediate effect and are expected to be completed by Sunday, 20th November, 2021.

 

Mariners are instructed to navigate with caution when close to the above-mentioned area and give the vessel m/v CHIKO a wide berth of 150m.

 

All the information in Notice to Mariners Nos. 9 and 14 of 2021 will remain in force.

 

Moreover, any instructions given on VHF Channels 12, 14 and / or 16 by Valletta VTS, Marsaxlokk VTS and the Armed Forces of Malta are to be strictly observed.

 

Charts affected: BA 2537, 2538, 194, 2123, 2124

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

18th June, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 22 of 2021

 

Chart Correction – New Configuration of the Bunkering Area 2

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 2538 – Malta.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners of the new configuration of the Bunkering Area 2.

 

                                                                                                Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

Insert   limit of bunkering area, pecked line, joining:

                                   

                                                                                                (a) 35º 52'.522               014º 35'.421

                                                                                                (b) 35º 53'.041              014º 35'.063

                                                                                                (c) 35º 53'.317              014º 35'.443

                                                                                                (d) 35º 52'.768              014º 35'.828

 

legend: (Bunkering Area 2),                                                   within(a) – (d) above

 

Delete             former limit of bunkering area, pecked line, joining:        

 

                                                                                                35º 53'.334                 014º 35'.461

                                                                                                35º 53'.034                 014º 35'.061

                                                                                                35º 53'.638                 014º 35'.061

                                                                                                35º 53'.440                 014º 35'.455

                                                                                                35º 53'.037                 014º 35'.762

                                                                                                35º 53'.237                 014º 35'.164

 

legend: (Bunkering Area 2) centred on                                  35º 52'.650                 014º 35'.400

 

Charts affected: BA 36, 194, 2538

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

18th June, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2021

 

Cancel Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2021 Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light – UNRELIABLE

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Merkanti Reef East Cardinal light flashing quick 3 every 10 seconds (pole mounted) in the following position:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

35º 55'.490                 014º 29'.850

 

has been REPAIRED.

 

Therefore, Notice to Mariners No 17 of 2021 - re - Merkanti Reef East Cardinal light – UNRELIABLE is hereby CANCELLED.

 

18th June, 2021​



TRANSPORT MALTA

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 75 of 2021

 

Open Water Swimming Event in Il-Bajja  tas-Salina – 16 June 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club will be organising an open water swimming event in Il-Bajja tas-Salina.

The race will be held along the course A, B and C (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)),

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 56'.932     014º 25'.660

B                     35º 57'.168     014º 25'.755

C                     35º 57'.148     014º 25'.808

 

on Wednesday, 16th June, 2021, from 6.00 p.m. till 8.00 p.m.

 

A club RHIB and a rescue boat will be accompanying the participating swimmers.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with extreme caution and at slow speed “No Wake" when in the vicinity, on the stipulated date. They are to cooperate with the organisers.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any Enforcement Personnel on site.

 

 

Charts affected: BA 211B, 211A, 2537 and 2538

 

15th June, 2021

 

 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 76 of 2021

 

Fireworks Display from the Foreshore off Hilton

Hotel – St. Julian's Bay

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a 5 minute fireworks display will be held from the foreshore off the Hilton Hotel in St. Julian's Bay on Friday, 18th June, 2021. The display will be centred at Point A (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) in the approximate following position:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

35°55'.369                  14°29'.728

 

The fireworks display will take place from 11.45 p.m. till midnight.

 

In view of the above, mariners are advised to keep 60m away from point A on the above-mentioned date and time.

 

Any boats berthed within the area as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) are to be removed during the above-mentioned date and time.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any Enforcement Personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

15th June, 2021

 

 


 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 74 of 2021

 

Diving Surveys in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that diving surveys will be held at point A (Tas-Sliema Ferries) and point B (below the Grand Hotel Excelsior) in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The diving survey will take place between Wednesday, 16th June and Friday, 25th June, 2021.

 

The survey will be carried out by scuba divers who will be accompanied by the support vessel Julie Pearl displaying the International Code of Signals Flag A.

 

A safety zone of 50m round the support vessel Julie Pearl is to be kept during the surveys.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speed when navigating in the above indicated areas. They are to comply with instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

11th June, 2021

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 19 of 2021

 

Archaeological Zones at Sea – Superintendence of Cultural Heritage (Consolidated list 2021)

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, would like to remind all mariners that the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage has established several protected sites, in line with the Cultural Heritage Act (Cap. 445).

As per the Government Gazette dated 31st May, 2019, No. 615 Cultural Heritage Act (Cap. 455), Declaration of Archaeological Zones at Sea, Government Gazette dated 8th October, 2019, No. 1261 Cultural Heritage Act 2019 (Cap.455), Article 45, the following sites have been established:

 

Off Xlendi (Gozo)

 

Xlendi Underwater Archaeological Park (Gozo)

 

The area formed by joining the imaginary line A, B, C and D

 

            Latitude (N)                 Longitude (E)

 

A         36º 01'.364                  014º 12'.494

B         36º 01'.526                  014º 12'.628

C         36º 01'.637                  014º 12'.299

D         36º 01'.518                  014º 12'.215

 

Bastiment Mgħarraq                                     Latitudni (T)              Lonġitudni (L)           Buffer                                                                                                                                                 Area                                                                                                                                                    (Raġġ)

Wreck                                                              Latitude (N)                 Longitude (E)              Buffer                                                                                                                                                  Area

                                                                                                                                                (Radius)

 

Lil hinn mill-Ponta tal-Qawra

Off Il-Ponta tal-Qawra

 

JU88                                                                35° 58'.484                 014° 27'.982              250 m

 

Lil hinn mill-Bajja ta' San Ġiljan

Off Il-Bajja ta' San Ġiljan

 

Fairey Swordfish                                            35° 56'.102               014° 30'.646               250m

 

Lil hinn mill-  Port il-Kbir (Valletta)

Off Il-Port il-Kbir (Valletta)

 

HMS Olympus                                                35° 55'.536               014° 33'.916               500m

Schnellboot                                                     35° 54'.289               014° 32'.861               500m

HMS Trusty Star                                            35° 54'.388               014° 33'.371               500m

 

Lil hinn mill-Bajja ta' Marsaskala

Off Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala

 

ORP Kujawiak                                                35° 53'.290               014° 38'.482               500m

HMS Southwold (Bow)                                 35° 52'.434               014° 35'.836               500m

HMS Southwold (Stern)                                35° 52'.349               014° 35'.861               500m

SS Polynesian (Bow)                                     35° 51'.469               014° 36'.297               500m

SS Polynesian (Stern)                                    35° 51'.451               014° 36'.392               500m

HMS Nasturtium                                            35° 53'.637               014° 42'.612               500m

HMS Russell                                                   35° 54'.198               014° 36'.473               500m

JU88                                                                35° 53'.117               014° 37'.976               150 m

Maryland Bomber                                          35° 51'.296               014° 36'.842               150 m

 

Lil hinn mill-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

Off Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

 

SS Luciston                                                    35° 47'.461               014° 35'.464               500m

 

Lil hinn mill-Ponta ta' Benagħajsa

Off Il-Ponta ta' Benagħajsa

 

B24 Liberator                                                 35° 47'.991               014° 32'.982               200m

Douglas A-1 Skyraider                                  35° 47'.905               014° 32'.062               150m

 

In view of the above, Transport Malta hereby notifies that with immediate effect, all commercial vessels intending to carry out diving operations on the above listed historical wrecks must be fitted with an operational AIS which must be kept on at all times. Besides the necessary permits from Heritage Malta – Underwater Cultural Heritage Unit, they must also obtain clearance from Valletta VTS on VHF Channel 12 or Marsaxlokk VTS on VHF Channel 14, following pre-notification.

 

Compliance with this requirement is mandatory and non-compliance may lead to the prohibition of stopping/diving on these sites and possibly including the prohibition of  navigation in general, without prejudice to other applicable penalties and legal proceedings.

 

The buffer area is considered as NO STOPPING AREA. Anchoring/mooring will only be allowed to divers' vessels fitted with an operational AIS and holding a special permit as stated above. Masters of diving support vessels are to ensure that the appropriate signals in accordance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea and the International Code of Signals, are exhibited during diving sessions. Furthermore, divers/mariners are to note that spear fishing and the use of fishing gear such as set bottom lines, trammel nets, gill nets and entangling nets, encircling nets, demersal pots and traps are prohibited in these areas. Only surface fishing is allowed including trolling lines (rixa) and angling for pelagic fish.

 

Drifting vessels and swimming will be allowed.

 

This notice is to supersede Notice to Mariners No 51 of 2019, No. 8 of 2020 and No. 35 of 2020.

Charts affected: BA 36, 177, 2537, 2538

 

Positions are referred to WGS84 DATUM

 

11th June, 2021                             

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2021

 

Amendment to Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2008 - Designated VHF channels for maritime communications

 

Reference is made to Notice to Mariners Nos 35 and 47 of 2008.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners about the designated VHF channels for maritime communications. To note the introduction of Ch 10 as Mġarr Port Control to cater for traffic management.

 

VHF Channels1           Purpose of Communication

 

Ch 09                          Pilotage and Mooring and Pilot Launch

Ch 10                          Mġarr Port Control (The use of Ch 10 for Mġarr Port Control is on a

                                    primary basis)

Ch 10                          Towage (the use of Ch 10 for towage is on a secondary basis)

Ch 11                          Navigational Warnings/Weather Broadcasts

Ch 12                          Valletta VTS

Ch 13                          Terminals and Marinas

Ch 14                          Marsaxlokk VTS

Ch 20                          Navigational Assistance/Special instructions to a specific ship

Ch 22                          Emergency Ops/Oil Pollution, etc.

Ch 68                          Towage

Ch 69                          Malta VTS

 

All mariners are to note the above and use the appropriate channels as designated in this Notice with immediate effect and in accordance with national law1.

 

Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2008 is hereby amended accordingly.

 

Notice to Mariners No. 47 of 2008 is hereby being cancelled.

 

1 These channels correspond to the international maritime mobile frequencies in the VHF band, as defined in the General Authorisations (Radiocommunications Apparatus) Regulations (S.L.399.40).

 

11th June, 2021



​​​​TRANSPORT MALTA


Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2021

Radio Frequency Interference to the Global Navigational Satellite Service (GNSS)

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that while Radio Frequency Interference (RFI), harmful to the Global Navigational Satellite Service (GNSS), has already been reported for some time by the Malta Communications Authority, it has recently been reported that the intensity of the interference has now increased substantially.
Due to this interference, the GNSS and the GPS service may be adversely affected.  GNSS signals are very weak and vulnerable to interference; a phenomenon where other radio signals disrupt the GNSS signals causing reduced positioning accuracy, or even the complete lack of position availability.

When experiencing RFI, mariners are advised to use all available means to ascertain the position of the vessel, and GNSS and GPS navigating systems are not to be relied upon during coastal navigation.

Notice to Mariners No. 38 of 2020 is hereby cancelled.

8th June, 2021


 

Transport Malta


Local Notice to Mariners No. 72 of 2021

 

Fireworks Display from the Foreshore off  Hilton Hotel – St Julian's

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a five (5) minutes fireworks display will be held from the foreshore off the Hilton Hotel in St Julian's on Thursday, 10th June, 2021. The display will be centred at Point A (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt) in the approximate following position:

 

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

            35°55'.369                  14°29'.728

 

The fireworks display will take place between 11.45 p.m. and midnight.

 

In view of the above, mariners are advised to keep 60m away from point A on the above-mentioned date and time.

 

Any boats berthed within the area shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt) are to be removed during the above-mentioned date and time.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

4th June, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 73 of 2021

 

Monitoring of Marine Mammals and Reptiles

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a project regarding the monitoring of marine mammals and reptiles round the Maltese Islands will be carried out.

 

As part of the monitoring project, the sailing boat Moormist will be sailing around the Maltese Islands towing a 150m cable, part of which shall be at the surface.

 

The project will start on Thursday, 10th June, 2021 and is expected to be completed by mid-September 2021. The monitoring is expected to take place every day between 6.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at slow speed when the sailing boat Moonmist is spotted.

 

They are to give the sailing boat Moonmist a wide berth.

 

All vessels are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS.

 

Charts affected: BA 36, 177, 194, 211, 2537, 2538

 

4th June, 2021​


 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 71 of 2021

 

Removal of Boulders in front of Slipway at Wied il-Buni, Birżebbuġa

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that works to remove boulders from in front of the slipway at Wied il-Buni, Birżebbuġa will take place.

 

The removal of these boulders from inside the approximate area shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), will commence on Wednesday, 2nd June, 2021, and is expected to be completed by Friday, 2nd July, 2021.

 

The work will be carried out with the use of the hopper barge B45, and of the work boat Betty.

 

Divers will be assisting, and they will be displaying the International Code of Signals Flag A. 

 

Due to the presences of the barge, workboat and divers, the slipway is not to be used, and in order to obstruct passage, concrete blocks will be placed on the slipway and on the adjacent sandy beach.  This will render the slipway and sandy beach unusable.

 

In view of the above, mariners navigating in the area, are to proceed with caution and at very slow 'no wake' speed. They are to give the above areas a wide berth, cooperate with the contractor on site and comply with any instructions as may be given by the Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14 and/or 16 and / or any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

1st June, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2021

 

Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light – UNRELIABLE

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Merkanti Reef East Cardinal light flashing quick 3 every 10 seconds (pole mounted) in the following position:

 

            Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

 

            35º 55'.490     014º 29'.850

 

Is UNRELIABLE.

 

1st June, 2021

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 65 of 2021

 

Cancel Local Notice to Mariners No. 107 of 2020 – regarding Repair works on slipway at Ir-Ramla ta' Wied Musa in ċirkewwa

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 211 – Valletta Harbours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the repair works on slipway at Ir-Ramla ta' Wied Musa at Ċirkewwa mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 107 of 2020 have been completed.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 107 of 2020 is hereby cancelled.

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

 

28th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 66 of 2021

 

Sailing race between Malta and Linosa

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a sailing race will be held between Malta and Linosa on Saturday, 29th May, 2021.

 

The race will start from outside the Grand Harbour breakwater at 9.00 a.m.

They will sail towards the fairway buoy and proceed towards Linosa.

 

Entry and departure from the Grand Harbour, between 8.30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. will be restricted during the start of the race.

 

Mariners are to note the above and keep watch on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16.

 

They are to cooperate with the organisers and/or enforcement personnel in the area.

 

Any instructions issued on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS are to be complied with.

 

28th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 67 of 2021

 

Sailing Races off Tas-Sliema

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that SB 20 and dinghy sailing races will be held off Tas-Sliema.

 

The races will be held off Tas-Sliema within area A as shown on chart on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).       

 

On Saturday, 29th May, 2021, between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m.

 

On Sunday, 30th May, 2021, between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m.

 

Yellow inflatable marker buoys to indicate the racecourse within the above-mentioned area shall be laid, between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m., on each day of the races.

 

All vessels that are not involved in the activity are to keep well clear from the competing boats and follow any instructions given by the race officials and support vessels.

 

If due to wind conditions the races cannot be held off Tas-Sliema, they will be held off Smart City within area B as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Mariners are to note the above and are to give the areas indicated a wide berth. They are further instructed to fully comply with Rule 18 (COLREGS 1972) and to 'keep out of the way' of the sailing vessels participating in the regatta.

 

Mariners navigating in the vicinity of the indicated areas on the mentioned dates and times are to keep watch on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 and are to cooperate with the organisers and/or enforcement personnel in the area.

 

Any instructions issued on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS are to be complied with.

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 2538, 2537

 

28th May, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 68 of 2021

 

In-water Survey of a Vessel Moored at Bridge Wharf

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that an underwater inspection/survey of the vessel MV Sea Patron is to be carried out.  The vessel will be moored at Bridge Wharf in the Grand Harbour during the inspection.

 

The underwater survey of the ship's bottom will take place on Wednesday, 2nd June, 2021, between 8.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m.

 

Any vessels moored alongside the MV Sea Patron, are to be removed for the duration of the survey.

 

Both the diver and the vessel will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag 'A'.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the “MV Sea Patron". They are to cooperate with the person in charge.

 

All vessels are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

28th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 69 of 2021

 

Maintenance dredging work at Salina Bay

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that maintenance dredging will be carried out at Salina Bay.

The dredging will be carried out within the area enclosed by the imaginary lines between the points A, B, C, D, and the intermediate coastline as shown hatched in magenta on the chart found on  Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The works will commence with immediate effect and will continue until further notice.

 

The dredged material will be loaded onto the barge “Gold Dredger", when full, the barge will depart from the area to dump the material at the dumping area off Valletta in approximate position:

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

                        35º 55'.100     014º 34'.000

 

Due to this work, all vessels within the mentioned area and any others which may obstruct the safe entry and exit from the dredging area, are to be removed while the dredging is being carried out.

 

Mariners and owners of vessels are to navigate at very low speed (no wake) when navigating close to the area. They are to give way to the barge “Gold Dredger" and co-operate with the contractor on site.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

28th May, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 70 of 2021

 

No entry zone at Manoel Island (Tas-Sliema Creek) due to a derelict wall

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, would like to bring to the attention of all mariners that a No Entry Zone at Manoel Island (Tas-Sliema Creek) due to the dangers posed by a derelict wall, has been established.

 

The area is formed by joining the imaginary lines between the points A, B, C, D and the intermediate coastline (shown hatched on charts found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt))  and is restricted to both vessels and swimmers and should be avoided:

           

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A         35° 54'.320                 014° 30'.134

B         35° 54'.327                 014° 30'.133

C         35° 54'.328                 014° 30'.144

D         35° 54'.318                 014° 30'.146

 

Mariners are informed that a rope supported by black and white buoys will be placed with immediate effect, along all the imaginary lines mentioned above.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

28th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2021

 

Cancel Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2021 regarding Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light – UNRELIABLE

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Merkanti Reef East Cardinal light flashing quick 3 every 10 seconds (pole mounted) in the following position:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

35º 55'.490                 014º 29'.850

 

has been REPAIRED.

 

Therefore, Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2021 regarding Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal light – UNRELIABLE is hereby CANCELLED.

 

28th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2021

 

Maintenance work on Malta Coast Radio Station Tower

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that maintenance work will be carried out on the main tower of the Malta Coast Radio Station.

 

The maintenance work is to commence on Wednesday, 26th May, 2021, and is scheduled to be completed within one (1) month.

 

Due to the maintenance work, the Malta Coast Station will not be transmitting regularly from Monday to Friday and sometimes even on Saturdays. The interruptions will occur every week during the above-mentioned period, at the following time slots:

 

Malta time slots – at 6.20 a.m., 10.20 a.m., and 2.20 p.m. UTC (8.20 a.m., 12.20 p.m., and 4.20 p.m. Local Time)

 

Tunisia time slots – at 7.10 a.m., 11.10 a.m., and 3.10 a.m. UTC (9.10 a.m., 1.10 p.m., and 5.10 p.m. Local Time).

 

Malta Coast Station will be transmitting as usual at all the other times.

 

28th May, 2021​


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 60 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2021 regarding Extension of Ro-Ro ramp between Deep Water Quay and Wine Wharf

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2021.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to unfavourable weather conditions the work will not be completed in time, therefore the completion date is being extended to end of August 2021.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No 024 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

25th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 61 of 2021

 

Special Marker Buoys Delineating the 200 and 300 Metre Speed Restriction Zones

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that in addition to the permanent speed limit buoys, special marker buoys will be placed around the Maltese Islands to delineate the 200 and 300 metre speed restriction zones (10 Knots and 5 Knots) from the shore. The placement of the buoys is seasonal, from June to October but may still be in place after this date.

 

Special Mark Buoys 1.5 metres in diameter, fitted with a light flashing yellow 1 every 4 seconds and a 2 nautical miles range, shall be placed in the following positions:

 

            Bays                                        Speed              Latitude                       Longitude

 

A1       Marsalforn                              10 Knots         36° 04'.564                 014° 15'.843

A2       Comino                                   10 Knots         36° 01'.303                 014° 20'.379

A3       Qawra                                     10 Knots         35° 57'.732                 014° 25'.817

A4       Dragonara Point                     10 Knots         35° 55'.729                 014° 29'.748

A5       Dragut Point                           10 Knots         35° 54'.500                 014° 31'.007

 

Further to the above yellow cylindrical buoys which are 0.9 metres in diameter, flashing yellow 1 every 4 seconds and having a 2 nautical miles range, will be placed in the following positions:

 

            Bays                                        Speed              Latitude                       Longitude

 

B1       Ramla l-Ħamra                       10 Knots         36° 03'.827                 014° 17'.018

B3       San Niklaw                             10 Knots         36° 01'.264                 014° 19'.804

B6       Santa Marija                           10 Knots         36° 01'.216                 014° 20'.108

B14     Ċirkewwa                                10 Knots         35° 59'.059                 014° 19'.789

B15     Armier                                    10 Knots         35° 59'.527                 014° 21'.460

B16     Little Armier                          10 Knots         35° 59'.627                 014° 21'.602

B17     Mellieħa                                 10 Knots         35° 59'.153                 014° 22'.681

B18     Mellieħa                                 10 Knots         35° 58'.809                 014° 21'.921

B19     Mellieħa                                 10 Knots         35° 58'.466                 014° 21'.400

B23     Mellieħa                                 10 Knots         35° 58'.190                 014° 21'.987

B24     Mellieħa                                 10 Knots         35° 58'.394                 014° 22'.711

B25     Il-Gżejjer North                      10 Knots         35° 58'.076                 014° 23'.974

B26     Il-Gżejjer South                      10 Knots         35° 57'.942                 014° 24'.601

B28     Ras il-Għallis                         10 Knots         35° 57'.400                 014° 25'.968

B29     San Ġiljan                               10 Knots         35° 55'.221                 014° 29'.857

B30     Marsaskala                             10 Knots         35° 51'.907                 014° 34'.432

B31     San Tumas                              10 Knots         35° 51'.320                 014° 34'.331

B32     Xrobb l-Għaġin                      10 Knots         35° 50'.298                 014° 34'.030

B33     St Peter's Pool                        10 Knots         35° 49'.903                 014° 33'.897

B34     Dellimara                                10 Knots         35° 49'.388                 014° 33'.857

B35     Il-Ġnejna                                 10 Knots         35° 55'.473                 014° 20'.354

B36     Għajn Tuffieħa                       10 Knots         35° 55'.800                 014° 20'.495

B37     Il-Mixquqa                              10 Knots         35° 55'.965                 014° 20'.464

 

The following buoys placed at Mġarr ix-Xini – Gozo; Blue Lagoon – Comino; Mellieħa – off the beach; and Xemxija inner, delineate a 5 Knots maximum speed limit.

 

            Bays                                        Speed              Latitude                       Longitude

 

B2       Mġarr ix-Xini                         5 Knots                       36° 00'.906                 014° 16'.445

B4       San Niklaw Bay (Fairway 1)  5 Knots                       36° 01'.167                 014° 19'.770

B5       San Niklaw Bay (Fairway 9D)5 Knots                      36° 01'.039                 014° 19'.773

B7       Santa Marija Bay (Fairway 1) 5 Knots                       36° 01'.031                 014° 20'.210

B8       Santa Marija Bay (Fairway 2) 5 Knots                       36° 01'.111                 014° 20'.210

B9       Blue Lagoon Outer                 5 Knots                       36° 01'.004                 014° 19'.226

B10     Blue Lagoon (Fairway 5)       5 Knots                       36° 00'.965                 014° 19'.332

B11     Blue Lagoon (Fairway 3)       5 Knots                       36° 00'.952                 014° 19'.310

B12     Blue Lagoon (Fairway 2)       5 Knots                       36° 00'.913                 014° 19'.346

B13     Blue Lagoon (Fairway 1)       5 Knots                       36° 00'.852                 014° 19'.401

B20     Mellieħa                                 5 Knots                       35° 58'.398                 014° 21'.247

B21     Mellieħa                                 5 Knots                       35° 58'.269                 014° 21'.299

B22     Mellieħa                                 5 Knots                       35° 58'.133                 014° 21'.480

B27     Xemxija                                  5 Knots                       35° 57'.027                 014° 23'.508

 

Buoys indicate the speed that should never be exceeded, and in any case, mariners are always reminded to proceed at a safe speed subject to the prevailing circumstances and conditions.

Mariners are further reminded that it is prohibited to moor any vessel to any of the above buoys and any other buoy owned by Transport Malta and that the speed restriction is in place all year round even without the buoys in place. The deployment of the buoys may be delayed due to the present situation.

 

Charts affected: BA 36, 177, 211A, 211B, 2537, 2538

 

25th May, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 62 of 2021

 

Designated Restricted Areas – Consolidated List

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners, owners of vessels and the general public that the following designated restricted areas to navigation have been established:

 

A) At Xatt L-Aħmar – Gozo, the area joining the points A1, A2 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart A found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A1                   36° 01'.142     014° 17'.273  

A2                   36° 01'.145     014° 17'.306

 

B) In Il-Bajja ta' San Ġorġ, the area joining the points B1, B2, B3, B4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart B found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

B1                   35° 55'.685     014° 29'.501  

B2                   35° 55'.666     014° 29'.519  

B3                   35° 55'.650     014° 29'.452  

B4                   35° 55'.650     014° 29'.436

 

C) In Il-Bajja ta' San Ġorġ, the area joining the points C1, C2, C3, C4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 2C found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

C1                   35° 55'.575     014° 29'.570  

C2                   35° 55'.586     014° 29'.585

C3                   35° 55'.590     014° 29'.598  

C4                   35° 55'.583     014° 29'.642

D) At Il-Ponta tad-Dragunara, the area joining the points D1, D2, D3, D4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart D found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

D1                   35° 55'.527     014° 29'.679  

D2                   35° 55'.499     014° 29'.704  

D3                   35° 55'.449     014° 29'.672  

D4                   35° 55'.459     014° 29'.617  

           

E) In Il-Bajja tal-Balluta, the area joining the points E1, E2, E3, E4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart E found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

E1                    35° 54'.931     014° 29'.627  

E2                    35° 54'.931     014° 29'.650  

E3                    35° 54'.898     014° 29'.650  

E4                    35° 54'.898     014° 29'.627  

 

F) In Il-Bajja ta' Għar id-Dud – Tas-Sliema, the area joining the points F1, F2 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart F found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

F1                    35° 54'.816     014° 30'.477  

F2                    35° 54'.756     014° 30'.451

 

G) In Il-Port ta' Marsamxett (Ta' Xbiex area), the area joining the points G1, G2, G3, G4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart G found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

G1                   35° 53'.946     014° 30'.044

G2                   35° 53'.942     014° 30'.062

G3                   35° 53'.889     014° 30'.045

G4                   35° 53'.893     014° 30'.027

 

H) In Il-Port ta' Marsamxett, the area joining the points H1, H2, H3, H4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart H found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

H1                   35° 53'.903     014° 30'.276  

H2                   35° 53'.916     014° 30'.279

H3                   35° 53'.928     014° 30'.301  

H4                   35° 53'.925     014° 30'.320  

I) In Marsamxett Harbour (Valletta Water Polo Pitch area), the area joining the points I1, I2, I3 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart I found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

I1                     35° 54'.070     014° 30'.638

I2                     35° 54'.138     014° 30'.724

I3                     35° 54'.130     014° 30'.733

 

J) In Il-Port il-Kbir (Kalkara Creek – Toqba area – Birgu), the area joining the points J1, J2, J3, J4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart J found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

J1                    35º 53'.450     014º 31'.225

J2                    35º 53'.452     014º 31'.228

J3                    35º 53'.418     014º 31'.271

J4                    35º 53'.411     014º 31'.263

 

K) In Il-Port il-Kbir (Rinella Bay area), the area joining the points K1, K2 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart K found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

K1                   35º 53'.656     014º 31'.629

K2                   35º 53'.584     014º 31'.609

 

To always ensure safety, no vessel, craft or other object, whether equipped with an engine or not, is to enter these designated restricted areas.  Furthermore, the use of fishing gear/implements is not allowed in these areas. 

 

 

These designated restricted areas shall be in place with immediate effect and until Thursday 30th September 2021.  They will be delineated by ropes which will be kept afloat by coloured marker floats and may be left in location up to 2 weeks after the closing date.

 

Mariners and owners of vessels moored within these designated restricted areas are advised to remove their vessels and mooring buoys immediately. Any vessels and mooring buoys left in these areas may be removed by the respective operators. No liability whatsoever will be borne by Transport Malta for any damage to vessels or any damage/loss of mooring buoys and ground tackles that are left in these areas.

Mariners are informed that it is prohibited to secure/moor any vessel, craft or object to any marker buoy, ropes and related gear delineating the designated restricted areas.

 

Local Notices to Mariners Nos 37, 51 and 55 are hereby CANCELLED

 

Position is referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 211, 2537, 2538

 

25th May, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 63 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 36 of 2021 regarding Laying of Silt Curtain next to Quay in Blue Lagoon, Comino

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 36 of 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to unfavourable weather conditions the work will not be completed in time, therefore the completion date is being extended to end of May 2021.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 36 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 36 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected:  BA 211

 

25th May, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 64 of 2021

 

Swimming Round Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that there will be three (3) different swims around Gozo on three (3) separate days.

 

On each of the swims, the swimmer will depart from Il-Bajja ta' Ħondoq ir-Rummien, point A, towards Il-Port ta' Imġarr, point B.  The swim from A to B, is estimated to take approximately 30 minutes.  The swimmer will then continue to Point C, across the entrance to Mġarr Harbour, and it is estimated that this will take approximately 15 minutes.   The swimmer will then continue swimming in a clockwise direction around Gozo from point C back to point A in approximately eleven hours and fifteen minutes.  Points A, B and C are as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The swims will be held on the following dates and times:

 

On Monday, 31st May, 2021, the swim will start at 3.15 a.m. and it is expected to be completed by 3.15 p.m.

 

On Tuesday, 1st June, 2021, the swim will start at 1.00 a.m. and it is expected to be completed by 1.00 p.m.

 

On Tuesday, 1st June, 2021, the swim will start at 11.00 p.m. and it is expected to be completed by Wednesday, 2nd June, 2021, at 11.00 a.m.

 

The swimmer will be accompanied, at all times, by the support vessel (RHIB) Palawan.

 

If due to inclement weather conditions the swims cannot be held as scheduled, they will be held as follows:

 

On Tuesday, 1st June, 2021, the swim will start at 3.15 a.m. and it is expected to be completed by 3.15 p.m.

 

On Wednesday, 2nd June, 2021, the swim will start at 1.00 a.m. and it is expected to be completed by 1.00 p.m.

 

On Wednesday, 2nd June, 2021, the swim will start at 11.00 p.m. and it is expected to be completed by Thursday, 3rd June, 2021, at 11.00 a.m.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at slow speed (no wake), they are to give a wide berth to the swimmer and the accompanying support vessel.  All ferries and other vessels shall not enter and/or depart from Mġarr Ħarbour, when the swimmer will be transiting the entrance to the harbour i.e. between points B and C.

 

All vessels are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Charts affected: 211, 2537

 

25th May, 2021

 

 

​ 


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 57 of 2021

 

Filming at Għajn Tuffieħa Bay – Jetski

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners and owners of vessels that filming activities will take place at Għajn Tuffieħa Bay in position A on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The filming will be carried out from Wednesday 26th May to Friday, 28th May, 2021, from 7.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m. The days may be extended to Sunday, 30th May, 2021.

 

The vessel CHIKO will be assisting during the filming and all vessels are to give her a wide berth during the above-mentioned dates and times.

 

If due to adverse weather conditions the filming cannot be carried out in the above  position A, it will be held at any one of the following: Santa Marija Bay, Comino, in position B; or l-Aħrax Bay in position C; or Mġiebaħ Bay in position D.

 

Mariners and owners of vessels are informed that a clear horizon is being requested, therefore no vessel in the vicinity will be allowed to drop anchor or remain underway whilst filming is taking place in the respective areas.

 

Mariners navigating in the vicinity of the indicated areas on the mentioned dates and times are to keep watch on VHF Channel 12/16 and are to cooperate with the filming crew and/or enforcement personnel in the area.

 

Any instructions issued on VHF Channel 12/16 by Valletta VTS are to be complied with.

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537

 

21st May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 58 of 2021

 

Diving Survey at Fuel Wharf in the Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that a diving survey will be held at Fuel Wharf in the Grand Harbour.

 

The diving surveys will take place on any day between Monday, 24th May and Friday, 28th May, 2021.

 

During the dive, the diving team will be assisted by the vessel Goldfinder, which will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag 'A'. A safety distance from the support vessel is required.

 

The dive will be carried out in the approximate position A, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt):

 

Latitude (N)                 Longitude (E)

 

35° 53'.007                 014° 30'.253

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the above indicated area.

 

All vessels are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

21st May, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 59 of 2021

 

Filming at Ġnejna Bay – Blackout

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners and owners of vessels, that filming activities will take place at Ġnejna Bay in either position A (on the sandy beach) or in position B (next to the slipway) as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The filming will be carried out between Monday, 24th May and Tuesday, 25th May, 2021, from 3.00 a.m. till 10.00 a.m.

 

An RHIB, carrying registration number S-21569 will be assisting during the filming, all vessels are to give her a wide berth during the above-mentioned dates and times.

Mariners and owners of vessels are informed that a clear horizon is being requested therefore no vessel in the vicinity, will be allowed to drop anchor or remain underway whilst filming is taking place in the area.

 

Mariners navigating in the vicinity of the indicated area on the mentioned dates and times are to keep watch on VHF Channel 12/16 and are to cooperate with the filming crew and/or enforcement personnel in the area.

 

Any instructions issued on VHF channel 12/16 by Valletta VTS are to be complied with.

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537

 

21st May, 2021

 


 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 50 of 2021

 

Zones Reserved for Swimmers in Malta and Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners, owners of vessels and bathers regarding the following restrictions in respect of designated zones reserved for swimmers.

 

These restrictions shall be in place from the date indicated for each area and until Thursday, 30th September, 2021.

 

Mariners and owners of vessels moored within the zones reserved for swimmers are requested to remove their vessels and mooring buoys immediately. Any vessels and mooring buoys left in these areas will be removed. No liability whatsoever will be borne by Transport Malta for any damage to vessels or any damage/loss of mooring buoys and ground tackle that are left in these areas.

 

The zones reserved for swimmers will be indicated by coloured marker buoys and ropes. The ropes may be kept afloat by marker floats in location up to 2 weeks after the abovementioned dates.

 

Several bays have access to the beach through launching lanes which will also be marked by floats. Vessels shall only enter through these lanes. No vessel is to be moored inside or in the approaches to the entrance of these lanes as indicated on the charts found on Transport Malta website  (https://www.transport.gov.mt) 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.

 

No vessels or objects which may endanger the safety of bathers, including any type of fishing gear/implements, shall be used within a swimmers' zone.

 

The boundaries of these Swimmers' Zones are as follows:

 

1. Blue Lagoon, Comino: Refer to Local Notice to Mariners No. 32 of 2021

 

2. Mġarr ix-Xini, Gozo: Refer to Figure 2    

 

Lines joining points 2A, 2B and 2C and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

2A                    36° 01'.214     14° 16'.271

2B                    36° 01'.164     14° 16'.331

2C                    36° 01'.172     14° 16'.341

 

3. Il-Bajja tax-Xlendi, Gozo: Refer to Figure 3        

A wire rope between points 3A (on Quay) and 3B (near Slipway) and the intermediate coastline. 

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

3A                    36º 01'.839     14º 12'.986

3B                    36º 01'.836     14º 12'.997

 

The boundary of this swimmer zone in Xlendi is a wire rope between points 3C (sandy beach), 3D (off the jetty) and 3E (near Churchill Bar) and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

3C                    36° 01'.828     14° 13'.022 

3D                    36° 01'.818     14° 13'.003 

3E                    36° 01'.784     14° 13'.021 

           

Furthermore, lines joining points 3F, 3G, 3H, 3I and 3J and the intermediate coastline delineate another zone.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

3F                     36º 01'.781     14º 13'.007

3G                    36º 01'.789     14º 12'.993

3H                    36º 01'.770     14º 12'.900

3I                     36º 01'.747     14º 12'.876

3J                     36º 01'.737     14º 12'.892

 

4. Il-Bajja tal-Qbajjar, Gozo: Refer to Figure 4        

 

Line joining points 4A (SW of slipway) and 4B (steps) and the intermediate coastline to the Southwest of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

4A                    36º 04'.624     14º 15'.112

4B                    36º 04'.596     14º 15'.192

           

5. Il-Bajja ta' Marsalforn, Gozo:        Refer to Figure 5                               

Line joining points 5A, 5B 5C and 5D and the Intermediate coastline of this line and line joining points 5E and 5F and the intermediate coastline South of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

5A                    36º 04'.505     14º 15'.515

5B                    36º 04'.505     14º 15'.533

5C                    36º 04'.344     14º 15'.538

5D                    36º 04'.332     14º 15'.485

5E                    36º 04'.314     14º 15'.493

5F                     36º 04'.344     14º 15'.622

 

6. Ir-Ramla, Gozo: Refer to Figure 6                                                   

Line joining points 6A, 6B, 6C and 6D and the intermediate coastline to the South of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

6A                    36º 03'.693     14º 16'.917

6B                    36º 03'.754     14º 16'.879

6C                    36º 03'.784     14º 17'.165

6D                    36º 03'.725     14º 17'.182

 

7. Il-Bajja ta' San Blas, Gozo: Refer to Figure 7

                       

Line joining points 7A, 7B, 7C and 7D and the intermediate coastline to the Southwest of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

7A                    36º 03'.488     14º 17'.965

7B                    36º 03'.489     14º 17'.975

7C                    36º 03'.465     14º 18'.060

7D                    36º 03'.419     14º 18'.070

 

8. Il-Bajja ta' Ħondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo: Refer to Figure 8                       

 

Line joining points 8A, 8B and 8C and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

8 A                   36º 01'.673     14º 19'.368

8 B                   36º 01'.639     14º 19'.387

8 C                   36º 01'.615     14º 19'.338

 

9. Il-Bajja ta' San Niklaw, Comino: Refer to Local Notice to Mariners No. 32 of 2021                       

 

10. Il-Bajja ta' Santa Marija, Comino (inner): Refer to Local Notice to Mariners No. 32 of 2021

 

11. Ċirkewwa: Refer to Figure 11

 

Line joining points 11A and 11B and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

11A                  35º 59'.242     14º 19'.777

11B                  35º 59'.245     14º 19'.863    

 

12. Marfa (Ir-Ramla tal-Bir): Refer to Figure 12

 

Line joining points 12A and 12B and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

12A                  35º 59'.171     014º 20'.755

12B                  35º 59'.166     014º 20'.741

 

13. Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa (Ramlet il-Qortin): Refer to Figure 13

 

Line joining points 13A, 13B, and 13C and the intermediate coastline of this line.

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

13A                  35º 59'.222     014º 21'.021

13B                  35º 59'.265     014º 21'.048

13C                  35º 59'.251     014º 21'.105

 

14. Il-Bajja tal-Armier: Refer to Figure 14

 

Line joining points 14A, 14B ,14C and 14D and the intermediate coastline to the South of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

14A                  35º 59'.390     14º 21'.353

14B                  35º 59'.399     14º 21'.397

14C                  35º 59'.413     14º 21'.523

14D                  35º 59'.387     14º 21'.566

 

15. It-Torri l-Abjad: Refer to Figure 15

 

Line joining points 15A and 15B and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

15A                  35º 59'.604     14º 21'.873

15B                  35º 59'.496     14º 21'.855

 

16. Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa: Refer to Figure 16 

 

Line joining points 16A, 16B, 16C and 16D and the intermediate coastline to the North West of this line and line joining points 16E, 16F, 16G and 16H and the intermediate coastline to the South West of this line.

 

A minimum safety/navigable clearance distance of 5 metres from these lines is to be maintained.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

16A                  35º 58'.530     14º 21'.254

16B                  35º 58'.514     14º 21'.267

16C                  35º 58'.437     14º 21'.120

16D                  35º 58'.460     14º 21'.098

16E                  35º 58'.429     14º 21'.039

16F                   35º 58'.364     14º 21'.104

16G                  35º 58'.005     14º 21'.292

16H                  35º 57'.980     14º 21'.349

 

17. Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa (It-Tunnara): Refer to Figure 17                            

 

Line joining points 17A, 17B and 17C and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

17A                  35º 58'.017     14º 21'.429

17B                  35º 58'.027     14º 21'.458

17C                  35º 58'.007     14º 21'.471

18. Il-Bajja tal-Imġiebaħ: Refer to Figure 18

 

Line joining points 18A, 18B, 18C and the intermediate coastline to the South of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

18A                  35º 58'.089     014º 22'.889

18B                  35º 58'.099     014º 22'.890

18C                  35º 58'.094     014º 23'.021

           

19. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Selmun): Refer to Figure 19                  

 

Line joining points 19A and 19B and the intermediate coastline to the South of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

19A                  35º 58'.033     14º 23'.814

19B                  35º 57'.847     14º 23'.828

 

20. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Tal-Fekruna): Refer to Figure 20          

 

Line joining points 20A and 20B and the intermediate coastline to the West of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

20A                  35º 57'.177     14º 23'.333

20B                  35º 57'.147     14º 23'.357

 

21. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Xemxija): Refer to Figure 21    

 

Line joining points 21A, 21B, 21C and 21D and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

21A                  35º 56'.911     14º 23'.089

21B                  35º 56'.897     14º 23'.107

21C                  35º 56'.872     14º 23'.078

21D                  35º 56'.875     14º 23'.057

 

22. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Għajn Rażul – Veċċja Breakwater): Refer to Figure 22

           

Line joining points 22A, 22B, 22C and 22D and the intermediate coastline and line joining points 22E, 22F, 22G and 22H and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

22A                  35º 56'.904     14º 23'.584

22B                  35º 56'.950     14º 23'.560

22C                  35º 56'.922     14º 23'.459

22D                  35º 56'.863     14º 23'.502

22E                  35º 56'.833     14º 23'.492

22F                   35º 56'.858     14º 23'.495

22G                  35º 56'.843     14º 23'.444

22H                  35º 56'.832     14º 23'.445

 

The area between the imaginary line 22E and 22F and the coast East of it, shown hatched, is not to be used by swimmers since it has been declared as dangerous, as per Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2020.

 

23. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Għażżelin): Refer to Figure 23  

                       

Line joining points 23A, 23B, 23C, 23D and 23E and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

23A                  35º 56'.975     14º 24'.010

23B                  35º 56'.996     14º 24'.013

23C                  35º 57'.028     14º 24'.144

23D                  35º 57'.016     14º 24'.289

23E                  35º 56'.938     14º 24'.297

 

The area between the imaginary line A and B and the coast Southwest of it, shown hatched, is not to be used by swimmers since it has been declared as dangerous, as per Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2020.

 

24. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Buġibba Square): Refer to Figure 24                

 

Line joining points 24A, 24B and 24C and the intermediate coastline to the South East of this line and line joining points 24D, 24E and 24F and the intermediate coastline to the South West of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

24A                  35º 57'.213     14º 24'.892

24B                  35º 57'.198     14º 24'.804

24C                  35º 57'.136     14º 24'.834

24D                  35º 57'.128     14º 24'.832

24E                  35º 57'.197     14º 24'.789

24F                   35º 57'.187     14º 24'.718

 

25. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar, Buġibba (opposite Dolmen Hotel): Refer to Figure 25

 

Lines joining points 25A, 25B, 25C and 25D and the intermediate coastline and line joining points 25E, 25F and 25G and the intermediate coastline and line joining points 25H, 25I and 25J and the intermediate coastline.   

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

25A                  35° 57'.405     14° 25'.044

25B                  35° 57'.312     14° 24'.973

25C                  35° 57'.292     14° 25'.024

25D                  35° 57'.277     14° 25'.022

25E                  35° 57'.288     14° 24'.954

25F                   35° 57'.260     14° 24'.933

25G                  35° 57'.230     14° 24'.961

25H                  35° 57'.227     14° 24'.948

25I                   35° 57'.225     14° 24'.927

25J                   35° 57'.218     14° 24'.909

 

26. Qawra: Refer to Figure 26                       

                                                           

Lines joining points 26A, 26B, 26C, 26D and 26E, and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

26A                  35° 57'.562     14° 25'.742

26B                  35° 57'.561     14° 25'.742

26C                  35° 57'.560     14° 25'.602

26D                  35° 57'.433     14° 25'.602

26E                  35° 57'.432     14° 25'.586

 

27. Il-Bajja tas-Salina (opposite Suncrest Hotel): Refer to Figure 27

 

Line joining points 27A, 27B, 27C and 27D and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

27A                  35º 57'.244     14º 25'.458

27B                  35º 57'.259     14º 25'.535

27C                  35º 57'.196     14º 25'.529

27D                  35º 57'.154     14º 25'.481

 

28. Il-Bajja tas-Salina (opposite ex Coastline Hotel): Refer to Figure 28    

                       

Line joining points 28A and 28B and the intermediate coastline to the South East.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

28A                  35º 56'.954     14º 25'.703

28B                  35º 56'.925     14º 25'.652

 

29. Il-Bajja ta' San Ġorġ (San Ġiljan): Refer to Figure 29

 

Line joining points 29A, 29B, 29C and 29D and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

29A                  35º 55'.578     14º 29'.264

29B                  35º 55'.593     14º 29'.307

29C                  35º 55'.549     14º 29'.348

29D                  35º 55'.525     14º 29'.309

 

30. Ix-Xatt ta' Spinola (opposite Cavalieri Hotel): Refer to Figure 30         

                       

Line joining points  30A, 30B and 30C and the intermediate coastline.

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

30A                  35º 55'.122     14º 29'.578

30B                  35º 55'.139     14º 29'.681

30C                  35º 55'.149     14º 29'.680

 

31. Ix-Xatt ta' Spinola (St Julian's): Refer to Figure 31                   

A rectangular line joining points 31A, 31B, 31C and 31D and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

31A                  35º 55'.074     14º 29'.569

31B                  35º 55'.090     14º 29'.580

31C                  35º 55'.009     14º 29'.667

31D                  35º 54'.994     14º 29'.642

 

32. Il-Bajja ta' Spinola (Balluta Bay): Refer to Figure 32

 

Line joining points 32A and 32B and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

32A                  35º 54'.899     14º 29'.628

32B                  35º 54'.883     14º 29'.674

 

33. Ix-Xatt ta' Spinola (Tas-Sliema): Refer to Figure 33

 

Line joining points 33A, 33B, 33C, 33D and 33E and the intermediate coastline of this line and the line joining points 33F, 33G and 33H and the intermediate coastline South of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

33A                  35º 54'.912     14º 29'.831

33B                  35º 54'.970     14º 29'.820

33C                  35º 55'.080     14º 29'.830

33D                  35º 55'.133     14º 29'.872

33E                  35º 55'.124     14º 29'.925

33F                   35° 54'.924     14° 29'.746

33G                  35° 54'.930     14° 29'.747

33H                  35° 54'.925     14° 29'.817

 

34. Tas-Sliema (Font Għadir): Refer to Figure 34

 

Line joining points 34A, 34B and 34C and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

34A                  35º 54'.971     14º 30'.297

34B                  35º 54'.940     14º 30'.381

34C                  35º 54'.928     14º 30'.373

 

35. Tigné: Refer to Figure 35

 

Line joining points 35A, 35B, 35C and 35D and the intermediate coastline of this line.

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35A                  35º 54'.321     014º 30'.706

35B                  35º 54'.311     014º 30'.689

35C                  35º 54'.356     014º 30'.619

35D                  35º 54'.367     014º 30'.629

 

36. Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala (Waterpolo Pitch): Refer to Figure 36

 

Line joining points 36A, 36B, 36C, 36D and 36E and the intermediate coastline to the North of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

36A                  35° 51'.979     14° 34'.073

36B                  35° 51'.974     14° 34'.074

36C                  35° 51'.975     14° 34'.225

36D                  35° 51'.996     14° 34'.432

36E                  35° 52'.028     14° 34'.507

 

The area between the imaginary lines joining the points A to B to C and the coast North of it, shown hatched, is not to be used by swimmers since it has been declared as dangerous, as per Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2020.

 

37. Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala (opposite ex Jerma Hotel): Refer to Figure 37

 

The lines joining the points 37A, 37B, 37C, 37D and 37E and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

37A                  35° 51'.913     14° 34'.099

37B                  35° 51'.917     14° 34'.103

37C                  35° 51'.894     14° 34'.260

37D                  35° 51'.802     14° 34'.385

37E                  35° 51'.698     14° 34'.529

 

38. Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas (Outer): Refer to Figure 38

 

Line joining points 38A, 38B, 38C and 38D and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

38A                  35° 51'.287     14° 33'.938

38B                  35° 51'.255     14° 33'.943

38C                  35° 51'.270     14° 34'.110

38D                  35° 51'.416     14° 34'.276

 

39. Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas (Inner): Refer to Figure 39

 

Line joining points 39A, 39B, and 39C and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

39A                  35º 51'.216     014º 33'.798

39B                  35º 51'.215     014º 33'.809

39C                  35º 51'.163     014º 33'.804

 

40. Xrobb l-Għaġin (Dellimara): Refer to Figure 40

 

Line joining points 40A, 40B, 40C and 40D and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

40A                  35° 50'.490     14° 34'.029

40B                  35° 50'.465     14° 33'.968

40C                  35° 50'.394     14° 34'.033

40D                  35° 50'.415     14° 34'.150

 

41. St Peter's Pool: Refer to Figure 41

 

Line joining points 41A and 41B and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

41A                  35º 49'.981     14º 33'.735

41B                  35º 49'.965     14º 33'.745

 

42. Il-Kalanka tat-Tumbrell: Refer to Figure 42

 

Line joining points 42A, and 42B and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

42A                  35º 49'.869     014º 33'.737

42B                  35º 49'.832     014º 33'.726

 

43. Il-Kalanka t-Tawwalija (Dellimara): Refer to Figure 43

 

Line joining points 43A and 43B and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

43A                  35° 49'.435     14° 33'.665

43B                  35° 49'.388     14° 33'.625

 

44. Marsaxlokk: Refer to Figure 44

 

Line joining points 44A, 44B, 44C, 44D, 44E and 44F and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

44A                  35º 50'.105     14º 32'.752

44B                  35º 50'.102     14º 32'.761

44C                  35º 50'.017     14º 32'.724

44D                  35º 49'.960     14º 32'.822

44E                  35º 49'.936     14º 32'.803

44F                   35º 49'.939     14º 32'.797

 

45. Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa (Qajjenza): Refer to Figure 45

Line joining points 45A, 45B, 45C and 45D and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

45A                  35º 49'.918     14º 32'.051

45B                  35º 49'.907     14º 32'.056

45C                  35º 49'.950     14º 32'.164

45D                  35º 49'.960     14º 32'.158

 

46. Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa (San Ġorġ): Refer to Figure 46

 

Line joining points 46A and 46B and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

46A                  35° 49'.947     14° 31'.893

46B                  35° 49'.879     14° 31'.862

 

47. Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa (Pretty Bay): Refer to Figure 47

 

Line joining points from 47A (Southern most part of old breakwater jetty), 47B and 47C (the South East part of the waterpolo pitch) and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

47A                  35º 49'.408     14º 31'.770

47B                  35º 49'.417     14º 31'.822

47C                  35º 49'.517     14º 31'.865

 

48. Il-Bajja tal-Ġnejna: Refer to Figure 48

 

Line joining points 48A, 48B, 48C and 48D and the intermediate coastline to the South East of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

48A                  35º 55'.214     14º 20'.499

48B                  35º 55'.244     14º 20'.482

48C                  35º 55'.287     14º 20'.585

48D                  35º 55'.283     14º 20'.619

 

49. Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa: Refer to Figure 49

 

Line joining points 49A 49B and 49C and the intermediate coastline to the South East of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

49A                  35º 55'.782     14º 20'.698

49B                  35º 55'.801     14º 20'.588

49C                  35º 55'.717     14º 20'.496

 

50. Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa (Golden Sands): Refer to Figure 50

 

Line joining points 50A, 50B and 50C and the intermediate coastline to the North East of this line.

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

50A                  35º 56'.074     14º 20'.616

50B                  35º 56'.002     14º 20'.488

50C                  35º 55'.896     14º 20'.577

 

51. Il-Bajja taċ-Ċirkewwa (Paradise Bay): Refer to Figure 51

 

Line joining points 51A, 51B and 51C and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

51A                  35º 58'.916     14º 19'.920

51B                  35º 58'.962     14º 19'.898

51C                  35º 58'.970     14º 19'.974

 

The ropes with buoys to indicate the swimmer zones will be laid as follows:

 

On Saturday, 22nd May, 2021 – effective date Saturday, 22nd May, 2021

Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa: Figure 16

 

Between Saturday, 22nd May, 2021, and Monday, 31st May, 2021 – effective date Saturday, 22nd May, 2021

Ir-Ramla – Gozo: Figure 6

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar – Buġibba (opposite Dolmen Hotel): Figure 25

Il-Qawra: Figure 26

Il-Bajja tas-Salina (opposite Suncrest Hotel): Figure 27

Il-Bajja tas-Salina (opposite Eex Coastline Hotel): Figure 28

Il-Bajja ta' San Ġorġ (San Giljan): Figure 29

taS-Sliema (Font Għadir): Figure 34

Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa: Figure 49

Il-Bajja taċ-Ċirkewwa (Paradise Bay): Figure 51

           

between Monday, 31st May, 2021 and Saturday, 5th June, 2021 – Effective date Monday, 31st May, 2021

 

Mġarr ix-Xini – Gozo: Figure 2

Il-Bajja tax-Xlendi – Gozo: Figure 3

Il-Bajja tal-Qbajjar – Gozo: Figure 4

Il-Bajja ta' Marsalforn – Gozo: Figure 5

Il-Bajja ta' San Blas – Gozo: Figure 7

Il-Bajja ta' Ħondoq ir-Rummien – Gozo: Figure 8

Iċ-Ċirkewwa: Figure 11

Marfa (Ir-Ramla tal-Bir): Figure 12

Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa (Ramlet il-Qortin): Figure 13

Il-Bajja tal-Armier: Figure 14

Torri l-Abjad: Figure 15

Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa – It-Tunnara: Figure 17

Il-Bajja tal-Imġiebaħ: Figure 18

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Selmun): Figure 19

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Tal-Fekruna): Figure 20

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Xemxija): Figure 21

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Għajn Rażul – Veċċja Breakwater): Figure 22

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Għażżelin): Figure 23

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Buġibba Square): Figure 24

Ix-Xatt ta' Spinola (opposite Cavallieri Hotel): Figure 30

Ix-Xatt ta' Spinola (St Julian's): Figure 31

Il-Bajja ta' Spinola (Balluta Bay): Figure 32

Ix-Xatt ta' Spinola (Tas-Sliema): Figure 33

Tigné: Figure 35

Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala (Waterpolo Pitch): Figure 36

Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala (opposite ex Jerma Hotel): Figure 37

Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas (Outer): Figure 38

Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas (Inner): Figure 39

Xrobb l-Għaġin (Dellimara): Figure 40

St Peter's Pool: Figure 41

Kalanka tat-Tumbrell: Figure 42

Kalanka t-Tawwalija (Dellimara): Figure 43

Marsaxlokk: Figure 44

Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa (Qajjenza): Figure 45

Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa (San Ġorġ): Figure 46

Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa (Pretty Bay): Figure 47

Il-Bajja tal-Ġnejna: Figure 48

Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa (Golden Sands): Figure 50

 

For ease of reference, charts depicting swimmers' zones and launching lanes can be viewed on the Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

While the effective dates of the swimmer zones are those indicated above, due to the current situation the deployment of the ropes and buoys indicating the swimmer zones may be delayed.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a good lookout and navigate with caution and at slow speed when in the vicinity of the above-mentioned areas. They are also reminded that it is prohibited to secure/moor any vessel or object with any marker buoy, ropes and related gear delineating the swimmer's zones.

 

A minimum safety distance of 5 metres from the swimmers' zone is to be maintained.

 

For the benefit and safety of all bathers and mariners, Transport Malta urges all visitors and commercial vessels to adhere to these arrangements. Enforcement Officers will be regularly patrolling the area. Any offender, on conviction, shall be liable to the fines (multa) as laid down in the second column to the Third Schedule of the Small Ships Regulations, as amended.

All positions are referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Parts of charts may be viewed on the abovementioned website.

 

18th May, 2021

 

 

 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 51 of 2021

 

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2021 regarding Designated Restricted Areas

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners, owners of vessels and the general public that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2021 regarding Designated Restricted Areas, the following areas have also been established as  designated restricted areas to navigation:

 

1. In Marsamxett Harbour (Ta' Xbiex area), the area joining the points 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 1 on the Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

1A                   35° 53'.946     014° 30'.044

1B                   35° 53'.942     014° 30'.062

1C                   35° 53'.889     014° 30'.045

1D                   35° 53'.893     014° 30'.027

 

2. In Marsamxett Harbour (Valletta Water Polo Pitch area), the area joining the points 2A, 2B, 2C and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 2 on the Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

2A                   35° 54'.070     014° 30'.638

2B                   35° 54'.138     014° 30'.724

2C                   35° 54'.130     014° 30'.733

                       

3. In the Grand Harbour (Rinella Bay area), the area joining the points 3A, 3B and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 3 on the Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

3A                   35º 53'.656     014º 31'.629

3B                   35º 53'.584     014º 31'.609

4. In the Grand Harbour (Kalkara Creek – Toqba area – Birgu), the area joining the points 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 4 on the Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

4A                   35º 53'.450     014º 31'.225

4B                   35º 53'.452     014º 31'.228

4C                   35º 53'.418     014º 31'.271

4D                   35º 53'.411     014º 31'.263

 

These designated restricted areas shall be in place with immediate effect until Thursday, 30th September, 2021.  They will be delineated by rope which will be kept afloat by coloured marker floats and may be left in location up to 2 weeks after the closing date.

 

All the information and restrictions mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2021 will also apply to this area.

 

Position is referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

18th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 52 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2021

re Laying of Silt Curtains in Il-Bajja tal-Balluta

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2021.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to unfavourable weather conditions the work will not be completed in time, therefore the completion date is being extended to Friday, 4th June, 2021.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

18th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 53 of 2021

 

Maintenance Work on Pontoons at Il-Ponta tal-Imsida

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that maintenance works will be carried out on the pontoon at Il-Ponta tal-Imsida.

 

The works are to start on Tuesday, 18th May, 2021, and are expected to be completed by Friday, 11th June, 2021.

 

The maintenance work which involves the use of scuba divers who will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag 'A', will be carried out within the area bounded by the imaginary line joining the points A, B, C, D, E and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Mariners are to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at very slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity and are to give the mentioned areas a wide berth. They are to co-operate with the contractor on site.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

18th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 54 of 2021

 

Repair Work on Terminal 1 North at Malta Freeport Terminals

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that repair works will be carried out on Terminal 1 North at Malta Freeport Terminals – Marsaxlokk Harbour.

 

Work will start from Tuesday, 1st June, 2021, and are expected to be completed by Thursday, 15th July, 2021.

 

The work consists of replacing corroded chains on all the fenders on Terminal 1 North.

 

Some of the work will be carried out by scuba divers who will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag 'A', while the works are being carried out.

 

Masters and vessel operators are instructed that they are to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and slow speed (No Wake) and give the above-mentioned area a wide berth. They are to co-operate with the contractor on site.

 

Masters of all vessels are also advised to keep a constant watch on VHF channel 14 and/or 16 for any new information which will be advised by Marsaxlokk VTS. They are to comply with instructions issued on VHF channel 14 and/or 16 by Marsaxlokk VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

18th May, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 55 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2021 Regarding  Designated Restricted Areas

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2021.

 

The Directorate for Ports and Yachting, Transport Malta, informs mariners that in Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2021 there is a typing error in the co-ordinates of points K, U and V.

 

The correct co-ordinates should read as follows:

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

K                     35° 55'.449     014° 29'.672  

U                     36° 01'.142     014° 17'.273  

V                     36° 01'.145     014° 17'.306

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 211, 2537, 2538

 

18th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 56 of 2021

 

Major Exercise by Oiltanking in Il-Port ta' Marsaxlokk

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a major exercise will be carried out in Il-Port ta' Marsaxlokk. The exercise will test for COMAH and ISPS preparedness and will be held at Oiltanking Jetty 1 on Thursday, 20th May, 2021.

 

The exercise will start at approximately 9.00 a.m. and should be completed by noon. It will simulate a fire, oil spill and injured personnel therefore it will involve the use of emergency response teams, booms, and vessels.

 

Mariners are to take note of this exercise and be informed that no vessel will be allowed to enter between the breakwater and the Freeport Terminal, unless authorised to do so.

 

 

They are to comply with instructions issued on VHF channel 14 and/or 16 by Marsaxlokk VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

18th May, 2021

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 48 of 2021

 

Demarcation of Designated Areas in Xemxija (Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl)

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Authority for Transport in Malta, hereby notifies all mariners that the Authority will be, in the coming weeks, laying down the necessary navigational aids demarcating the different designated areas in Xemxija to facilitate navigation and ensure the safety thereof.

 

 

No mooring or anchoring is allowed in the area bounded by the imaginary lines A1, A, B, B1, C, D, E, F (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) by any vessel unless such is covered by a permit or other authorisation of the Authority. Owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring within this area without the Authority's permission are to remove such vessels, moorings and associated tackle.

 

 

                        Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A1                   35º 56'.934     014º 23'.258

A                     35º 56'.921     014º 23'.269

B                     35º 56'.855     014º 23'.151

B1                   35º 56'.869     014º 23'.140

C                     35º 56'.903     014º 23'.111

D                     35º 56'.935     014º 23'.161

E                      35º 56'.946     014º 23'.152

F                      35º 56'.982     014º 23'.217

 

Any vessels and moorings that are left in this area which are not covered by any permit or other authorisation from the Authority will be removed at the expense of their owner.

 

No liability whatsoever will be accepted by the Authority for any damage that may be caused while removing the said vessels and moorings.

 

Furthermore, mariners are reminded that it is prohibited to lay any moorings and ground tackle without the prior permission of the Authority.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

14th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 49 of 2021

 

Moorings within Xemxija (Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl)

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Authority for Transport in Malta, hereby notifies all mariners that the works described in Local Notice to Mariners 16/2021 have been suspended for an indeterminate period.

 

Further to Local Notice to Mariners 48/2021, the Authority has demarcated the different areas in this area with the appropriate buoys and special markings.

 

All mariners are advised that the area bounded by the imaginary lines A, B, C and D (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) is under the control and management of the Authority and in this respect no mooring, berthing or anchoring is allowed within such area unless such is covered by a permit or other authorisation of the Authority. 

 

Mariners are advised that those having a vessel berthed, moored or a mooring in this area, and wish to avail themselves of such facility, are to submit an application to the Authority for its consideration on the applicable Application for a Temporary Mooring Permit Form, which can be downloaded from the Authority's website (Form TM/PYD/078 Issue 1). Together with the application form, the applicant must submit documentary evidence that he/she were using a berth or mooring within the area over the past five years, including the GPS coordinates of such berth or mooring and the named vessel to be berthed or moored and the other documentation listed. Should the Authority accept the application, a temporary authorisation will be issued for the period of six months, and renewable for periods of six months each at the discretion of the Authority, until the planned works commence. The normal moorings-related terms and conditions will also be applicable.

 

Mariners are further advised that any authorisation may be terminated by the Authority at any time prior to expiry of the six-month periods by giving an advance notice in writing to the holder of such termination.

 

For the avoidance of any doubt, the authorisation shall be limited to the berthing or mooring of a named vessel with the identified berth or mooring. This authorisation and any rights associated therewith shall terminate immediately on the termination date of such authorisation. It is expressly being advised that such authorisation does not entitle the holder thereof to any rights whatsoever over the berth or mooring, or to continue berthing or mooring the vessel within this area or within any other area, including any right of first refusal or other preferential treatment.

Applications must be submitted to the Moorings and Berthing Unit of the Authority by 11th June, 2021, as per following details:

 

Moorings and Berthing Unit

Malta Transport Centre

Triq Pantar, Ħal Lija LJA 2021

Telephone numbers: 25554141/25554142/25554145/ 25554427

Email: (moorings.tm@transport.gov.mt)

Opening hours: Monday and Wednesday: 7.30 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 7.30 a.m. - noon

 

Owners and vessels that are berthed or moored or have a berth or mooring within this area, who are not covered by any permit or other authorisation by the Authority, have already been advised to remove such in line with the provisions of Local Notice to Mariners 48/2021.

 

Furthermore, mariners are reminded that it is prohibited to lay any moorings and ground tackle without the prior permission of the Authority.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

14th May, 2021

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 47 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2021 re Diving Survey along the Quay at Il-Fekruna  in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2021.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to unforeseen circumstances the 1 day diving survey along the quay at Il-Fekruna in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl, will now be held on any day from the issue of this notice up to Sunday, 22nd May, 2021.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

11th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 14 of 2021

 

Further to Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2021 regarding AUV Survey in 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that further to Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2021 of Transport Malta, re Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) survey, the survey will also include the below area.

 

The new area is formed by the imaginary line joining the points 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

1                      35° 54'.561     14° 32'.174

2                      35° 53'.995     14° 33'.298

3                      35° 54'.088     14° 33'.385

4                      35° 53'.517     14° 34'.365

5                      35° 53'.507     14° 34'.599

6                      35° 53'.474     14° 34'.841

7                      35° 52'.690     14° 35'.181

8                      35° 51'.946     14° 36'.078

9                      35° 51'.801     14° 35'.697

10                    35° 52'.529     14° 34'.768

11                    35° 53'.247     14° 34'.402

12                    35° 53'.231     14° 34'.145

13                    35° 53'.838     14° 33'.195

14                    35° 54'.410     14° 32'.036

 

The survey of this area will start with immediate effect and is expected to be completed by Sunday, 20th November, 2021.

 

The survey area formed by joining the imaginary line 1, 2, 13 and 14 will be carried out on Friday, 14th May, 2021, from 10.00 a.m. till 1.00 p.m.

 

Mariners are instructed to navigate with caution when close to the above-mentioned area and give the vessel m/v Chiko a wide berth of 150m.

 

All the information in Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2021 will remain in force.

 

Moreover, any instructions given on VHF Channels 12, 14 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS, Marsaxlokk VTS and the Armed Forces of Malta are to be strictly observed.

 

Charts Affected: BA 2537, 2538, 194, 2123, 2124

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

11th May, 2021

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 44 of 2021

 

Diving at the Approaches of the Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that a dive will be held within the approaches of the Grand Harbour.

 

The dive will be held on Saturday, 8th May, 2021, from 2.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m.

 

During the dive the diving team will be assisted by the vessel OBOS – (S – 24068) which will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag 'A'. A safety distance of 100m radius from the support vessel is required.

 

The dive will be carried out in the approximate position:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

35° 54'.283                 014° 32'.535

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the above indicated area.

 

All vessels are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS.

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 2537, 2538

 

7th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 45 of 2021

 

Repair works of the Slipway and Parts of Two Quays at Il-Ponta tal-Qrejten

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that repair work will be carried out on a slipway and on the quay next to the water polo pitch at Il-Ponta tal-Qrejten in Il-Port ta' Marsaxlokk.

 

The work will start on Thursday, 13th May, 2021, and is expected to be completed by Sunday, 31st July, 2021.

 

A silt curtain will be laid along the imaginary line joining points A, B, C and D for the repair of the slipway, whilst another silt curtain along the imaginary line joining V, W, X, Y and Z next to the water polo pitch will be laid, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

A safety distance, of at least 10m from the silt curtains, shall be maintained at all times.

 

Some of the works will be carried out by scuba divers who will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag 'A'.

 

The indicated slipway with adjacent quay, as well as the quay forming part of the water polo pitch, shall not be used during this period due to the silt curtain.

 

Mariners and vessel operators are to navigate with caution and at slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity. They are to co-operate with the contractor on site.

 

Mariners are to comply with instructions issued on VHF channel 14 and/or 16 by Marsaxlokk VTS.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

7th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 46 of 2021

 

Underwater maintenance work on Berth 3 at Ċirkewwa Ferry Terminal

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that underwater maintenance work will be carried out on Berth 3 at the Ċirkewwa Ferry Terminal.

 

The work is scheduled to take place on Friday 7th May, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m.

 

The maintenance work will be carried out by scuba divers and they will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag 'A'.

 

Due to the above-mentioned works no vessel shall be permitted to berth alongside the Berth 3 whilst the work is being carried out.

 

Mariners are to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at very slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity and are to give the mentioned areas a wide berth. They are to co-operate with the contractor on site.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

7th May, 2021

 

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​TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 44 of 2021

 

Diving at the Approaches of the Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that a dive will be held within the approaches of the Grand Harbour.

 

The dive will be held on Saturday, 8th May, 2021, from 2.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m.

 

During the dive the diving team will be assisted by the vessel OBOS – (S – 24068) which will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag 'A'. A safety distance of 100m radius from the support vessel is required.

 

The dive will be carried out in the approximate position:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

35° 54'.283                 014° 32'.535

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the above indicated area.

 

All vessels are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS.

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 2537, 2538

 

7th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 45 of 2021

 

Repair works of the Slipway and Parts of Two Quays at Il-Ponta tal-Qrejten

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that repair work will be carried out on a slipway and on the quay next to the water polo pitch at Il-Ponta tal-Qrejten in Il-Port ta' Marsaxlokk.

 

The work will start on Thursday, 13th May, 2021, and is expected to be completed by Sunday, 31st July, 2021.

 

A silt curtain will be laid along the imaginary line joining points A, B, C and D for the repair of the slipway, whilst another silt curtain along the imaginary line joining V, W, X, Y and Z next to the water polo pitch will be laid, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

A safety distance, of at least 10m from the silt curtains, shall be maintained at all times.

 

Some of the works will be carried out by scuba divers who will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag 'A'.

 

The indicated slipway with adjacent quay, as well as the quay forming part of the water polo pitch, shall not be used during this period due to the silt curtain.

 

Mariners and vessel operators are to navigate with caution and at slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity. They are to co-operate with the contractor on site.

 

Mariners are to comply with instructions issued on VHF channel 14 and/or 16 by Marsaxlokk VTS.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

7th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 46 of 2021

 

Underwater maintenance work on Berth 3 at Ċirkewwa Ferry Terminal

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that underwater maintenance work will be carried out on Berth 3 at the Ċirkewwa Ferry Terminal.

 

The work is scheduled to take place on Friday 7th May, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m.

 

The maintenance work will be carried out by scuba divers and they will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag 'A'.

 

Due to the above-mentioned works no vessel shall be permitted to berth alongside the Berth 3 whilst the work is being carried out.

 

Mariners are to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at very slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity and are to give the mentioned areas a wide berth. They are to co-operate with the contractor on site.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

7th May, 2021

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 40 of 2021

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 32 of 2020 – Semi-Submerged Mooring Buoy in Marsamxett Harbour – Hazard to Navigation

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Semi-Submerged mooring buoy in Marsamxett Harbour mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 32 of 2020 in the approximate position:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

35º 54'.006                 014º 30'.427

 

is no longer a hazard to navigation.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 32 of 2020 is hereby cancelled.

 

Position in: WGS 84 Datum.

 

Chart affected: BA Chart 177

 

4th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2021

 

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2021 – Laying of Silt Curtains in Il-Bajja tal-Balluta

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2021.

 

The Directorate for Ports and Yachting, Transport Malta, informs mariners that the works at this site will resume on Wednesday, 5th May, 2021, and are expected to be completed by Friday, 21st May, 2021.

The works involve the use of a flat barge, around which a silt curtain will be laid along the imaginary line A, B, C and D, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). Lit up marker buoys will be laid in positions B and C.

 

Point               Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 54'.993     014° 29'.647

B                     35° 54'.983     014° 29'.666

C                     35° 54'.953     014° 29'.655

D                     35° 54'.959     014° 29'.629

 

Due to the presence of a silt curtain and that this will be a work area, no vessel shall be allowed to enter.

 

Mariners and vessel operators are to navigate with caution and at slow speed when in the vicinity. They are to comply with instructions issued by Valletta VTS on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

4th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 42 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 28 of 2021 – Refurbishment Works on Quay next to Marfa Breakwater at Ir-Ramla tal-Bir in Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 28 of 2021.

 

The Directorate for Ports and Yachting, Transport Malta, informs mariners that the date of completion for the Refurbishment works on quay next to Marfa breakwater at Ir-Ramla tal-Bir in Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna, has been extended until Sunday, 20th June, 2021.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 28 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 28 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

4th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 43 of 2021

 

Refurbishment Works on Marfa breakwater at Ir-Ramla tal-Bir in Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that refurbishment works on the Marfa breakwater at Ir-Ramla tal-Bir in Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna (Malta side) will start on Tuesday, 4th May, 2021, and will continue until further notice.

 

A silt curtain will be laid along the imaginary line A, B, C, D and E as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). Lit up marker buoys will be laid at points B, C and D.

 

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A         35º 59'.221                 014º 20'.642

B         35º 59'.257                 014º 20'.660

C         35º 59'.242                 014º 20'.697

D         35º 59'.214                 014º 20'.675

E          35º 59'.205                 014º 20'.652

 

Some of the work will be carried out by scuba divers and they will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag 'A'.

 

Due to the above-mentioned works no vessel shall enter the area; therefore no vessel will be allowed to berth alongside the breakwater whilst the work is being carried out.

 

Mariners are to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at very slow speed when in the vicinity and are to give the indicated areas a wide berth,  and they are to co-operate with the contractor on site.

 

All mariners are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

4th May, 2021​


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 36 of 2021

 

Laying of Silt Curtain next to Quay in Blue Lagoon, Comino

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that a silt curtain will be laid next to the quay in Blue Lagoon, Comino, in connection with works being carried on the quay and the adjoining foreshore.

 

Due to these works the silt curtain will be laid along the imaginary line A, B and C as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The silt curtain will be laid on Friday, 30th April, 2021 and is expected to be removed by Friday, 21st May, 2021, weather permitting.

 

During this period the quay will be restricted with no berthing permitted.

 

Mariners are to note the above and navigate with caution and at slow speed (no wake). They are to give the area a wide berth of at least 10m. They are to cooperate with the contractor and enforcement officers on site.

 

All vessels are to comply with any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 and enforcement personnel present.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

30th April, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2021

 

Designated Restricted Areas

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners, owners of vessels and the general public that the following designated restricted areas to navigation have been established:

1) In Il-Bajja ta' San Ġorġ, the area joining the points A, B, C, D and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 55'.685     014° 29'.501

B                     35° 55'.666     014° 29'.519

C                     35° 55'.650     014° 29'.452

D                     35° 55'.650     014° 29'.436

 

2) In Il-Bajja ta' San Ġorġ, the area joining the points E, F, G, H and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

E                      35° 55'.575     014° 29'.570

F                      35° 55'.586     014° 29'.585

G                     35° 55'.590     014° 29'.598

H                     35° 55'.583     014° 29'.642  

 

3) At Il-Ponta tad-Dragunara, the area joining the points I, J, K, L and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 3 found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

I                       35° 55'.527     014° 29'.679

J                      35° 55'.499     014° 29'.704

K                     35° 55'.499     014° 29'.672  

L                      35° 55'.459     014° 29'.617  

 

4) In Il-Bajja tal-Balluta, the area joining the points M, N, O, P and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 4 found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

M                     35° 54'.931     014° 29'.627

N                     35° 54'.931     014° 29'.650

O                     35° 54'.898     014° 29'.650

P                      35° 54'.898     014° 29'.627

 

5) In Il-Port ta' Marsamxett, the area joining the points Q, R, S, T and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 5 found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

Q                     35° 53'.903     014° 30'.276

R                     35° 53'.916     014° 30'.279

S                      35° 53'.928     014° 30'.301

T                      35° 53'.925     014° 30'.320

 

6) At Xatt l-Aħmar - Gozo, the area joining the points U, V and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 6 found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

U                     36° 01'.143     014° 42'.726

V                     36° 01'.145     014° 42'.726

 

To always ensure safety, no vessel, craft or other object, whether equipped with an engine or not, is to enter these designated restricted areas. Furthermore, the use of fishing gear/implements is not allowed in these areas. 

 

These designated restricted areas shall be in place from Saturday, 1st May, 2021, until Thursday, 30th September, 2021. They will be delineated by ropes which will be kept afloat by coloured marker floats and may be left in location up to 2 weeks after the closing date.

 

Mariners and owners of vessels moored within these designated restricted areas are advised to remove their vessels and mooring buoys immediately. Any vessels and mooring buoys left in these areas may be removed by the respective operators. No liability whatsoever will be borne by Transport Malta for any damage to vessels or any damage/loss of mooring buoys and ground tackle that are left in these areas.

 

Mariners are informed that it is prohibited to secure/moor any vessel, craft or object to any marker buoy, ropes and related gear delineating the designated restricted areas.

 

Position is referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 211, 2537, 2538

 

30th April, 2021

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 38 of 2021

 

Installation of floating pontoons at Id-Daħla tal-Azzarett in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that two floating pontoons will be installed at Id-Daħla tal-Azzarett in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett.

 

The preparation and installation of the floating pontoons will start on Monday, 3rd May, 2021, and should be completed by Wednesday 30th June, 2021, weather permitting.

 

Due to the installation of the pontoons, the area A, B, C and D (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) will be used as a working area, therefore, for the duration of the works, this is to be considered as a no entry area. Safety buoys carrying a light will be placed in positions B and C to indicate the outer limits of the work area.

 

Point               Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35°54'.108      014°29'.778    Coast

B                     35°54'.145     014°29'.809    Buoy

C                     35°54'.129      014°29'.875    Buoy

D                     35°54'.069      014°29'.829    Coast

 

Owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring within the area are to remove such moorings and associated ground tackle as soon as possible, but in any case, by not later than Sunday, 2nd May, 2021. Any vessels and moorings that are left in this area after this date will be removed at the expense of the owner. No liability whatsoever, will be accepted by the Authority, for any damage that may be caused while removing the said vessels and moorings.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the above indicated area. They are to cooperate with the contractor on site and comply with any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16.

 

Chart affected:  BA 177

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

30th April, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 39 of 2021

 

Underwater Filming at Comino P31 Wreck Site

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners and sea vessel operators that underwater filming activities will take place at the area known as Il-Matz in Comino, at the P31 wreck site, on the following dates and times:

 

On Sunday, 2nd May, 2021, from 6.00 p.m. till 10.00 p.m.;

On Monday, 3rd May, 2021, from 6.00 p.m. till 10.00 p.m.; and

On Tuesday, 4th May, 2021, from 6.00 p.m. till midnight.

 

The filming will be carried out by scuba divers who will be accompanied by the support vessels Julie Pearl, Atlantis II and Hera II.  All the accompanying vessels will be displaying the international code of Signals flag 'A'.

During the filming, all unauthorised vessels are to keep clear of the area and shall keep outside of a safety zone of 100m radius around the support vessels Julie Pearl, Atlantis II and Hera II.

 

Mariners and vessel operators are to keep watch on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, keep a sharp look out and navigate at slow speed when in the vicinity of the above area during the mentioned dates and times. They are to comply with instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16.

 

Charts affected: BA 211 and 2537

 

30th April, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2021

 

Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light – UNRELIABLE

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Merkanti Reef East Cardinal light flashing quick 3 every 10 seconds (pole mounted) in the following position:

 

Latitude (N)             Longitude (E)

 

35º 55'.490              014º 29'.850

 

Is UNRELIABLE.

 

30th April, 2021

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 34 of 2021

 

Diving Survey along the Coast in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that a diving survey will be held along the coast in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett.

 

The diving surveys will take place along the coast as follows:

 

On Thursday, 29th April, 2021, from 9.00 a.m. till noon, at The Strand from point A to point B.

 

On Thursday, 29th April, 2021, from 1.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m., at Il-Ponta tal-Imsida, Ta' Xbiex, from point C to point D.

 

On Friday, 30th April, 2021, from 9.00 a.m. till noon, along the coast between Hay Wharf and the Excelsior hotel from point E to point F.

 

The diving survey will be held close to the coast, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). During the dive the diving team will be displaying the international code of Signals flag 'A".

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the above indicated area.

 

They are to comply with any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

27th April, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2021

 

Diving Survey along the Quay at Il-Fekruna

in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that a diving survey will be held along the quay at Il-Fekruna in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl.

 

The diving surveys, which is a 1 day survey, will take place any day between Wednesday 28th April, 2021, and Wednesday 12th May, 2021, and will be held close to the quay between points A and B, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

During the dive the diving team will be displaying the international code of Signals flag 'A'.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the above indicated area.

 

They are to comply with any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

27th April, 2021

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2021

 

Filming in Different Localities round Malta War Sailor

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners and owners of vessels that filming activities will take place in different localities around Malta.

 

The filming will be held as follows:

 

From Tuesday, 27th April to Tuesday, 4th May, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.00 p.m.

 

Within 1 nautical mile from the coast between Rinella and Il-Ponta taż-Żonqor, in front of Jerma Hotel and also at Il-Ħoffriet.

 

Filming will take place outside Ir-Ramla taċ-Ċirkewwa if, on any date, adverse weather conditions do not permit filming in any of the above areas.

 

On Wednesday, 5th May, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m.

 

From the wharf towards a barge moored alongside at Barriera Wharf seaward of Fish Market. On the same day there will also be filming of a Submarine (U-Boat) passing beneath the Siege Bell Monument at Il-Ponta tal-Imgerbeb.

 

On Thursday, 6th May, 2021, from 2.00 p.m. till 8.00 p.m.

 

Filming will be carried out at Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa.

 

Mariners and owners of vessels are informed that a clear horizon is being requested, therefore no vessel in the vicinity will be allowed to drop anchor or remain underway while filming is taking place in the respective areas.

 

Mariners navigating in the vicinity of the indicated areas on the mentioned dates and times are requested to keep watch on VHF Channel 12/16 and are to cooperate with the filming crew and/or enforcement personnel in the area.

 

Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12/16 are to be complied with.

 

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 2537, 2538

 

23rd April, 2021

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TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2021

SMART – Marine Scientific Survey

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a Marine Scientific Survey on the North side of the Maltese Islands will commence on Saturday, 24th April, 2021, and is expected to be completed by Thursday, 30th September, 2021.

The research will be carried out by divers and they will be assisted by the support vessel “Delfino” which will be stationary or within 20m once the divers have been deployed.

As shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), the marine scientific survey will consist of bedrock sampling which will take place at points A, B and C. There will also be seafloor imagery and fluid sampling from within the area bounded by the imaginary lines S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z and the intermediate coastline.

The first bedrock sampling at point B will be carried out on Saturday, 24th April, 2021; the rest of the work will be carried out on any day up to Thursday, 30th September, 2021.

Latitude (N) Longitude (E) 
A 36º 04’.470 014º 18’.024
B 36º 02’.388 014º 23’.172
C 35º 48’.960 014º 35’.760
S 36º 04’.494 014º 11’.424
T 36º 06’.426 014º 10’.542
U 36º 07’.368 014º 16’.854
V 36º 02’.592 014º 29’.364
W 35º 55’.770 014º 38’.814
X 35º 52’.206 014º 34’.296
Y 35º 58’.704 014º 19’.410
Z 36º 01’.128 014º 17’.256

Mariners are instructed to navigate with caution when the support vessel Delfino, which will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag A, is sighted. All vessels should keep a safety distance of 100m from the support vessel.

Any instructions given on VHF Channels 12, 14 and / or 16 by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS), Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS), the Armed Forces of Malta or Transport Malta Enforcement personnel, are to be strictly observed.

Positions referred to: WGS 84 DATUM

Charts affected: BA 2537, 2538, 211, 194, 2123, 2124

20th April, 2021




 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 32 of 2021

 

Zones reserved for swimmers in Comino

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners, owners of vessels and bathers, that the following arrangements will be made for Blue Lagoon, Santa Maria Bay and San Niklaw Bay in the North Comino channel for the period between Saturday, 1st May, 2021 and Friday, 15th October, 2021.

 

1a) Blue Lagoon – Comino Swimmers' Zone (Figure 1 found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt))

 

No vessels or objects which may endanger the safety of bathers, including any type of fishing gear/implements, shall be used within a swimmers' zone. The swimmers' zone is being reserved exclusively for bathers and is delineated by the following coordinates:

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

1A                   36º 00'.893     014º 19'.281(Shore)

1B                   36º 00'.898     014º 19'.289

1C                   36º 00'.825     014º 19'.351

1D                   36º 00'.846     014º 19'.440

1E                    36º 00'.854     014º 19'.448 (Shore)

1F                    36º 00'.751     014º 19'.471 (Shore)

1G                   36º 00'.740     014º 19'.390 (Shore)

 

1b) Mooring areas for Commercial vessels

 

Two mooring areas are being assigned for Commercial vessels. The boundaries of these mooring areas are delineated by the following coordinates:

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

4                      36º 01'.004     014º 19'.397 (Shore)

5                      36° 00'.965     014° 19'.332 (Buoy)

6                      36° 00'.927     014° 19'.364

7                      36° 00'.974     014° 19'.425 (Shore)

8                      36º 00'.920     014º 19'.458 (Shore)

9                      36º 00'.941     014º 19'.433  

10                    36º 00'.904     014º 19'.383

11                    36° 00'.859     014° 19'.421

12                    36° 00'.866     014° 19'.439 (Shore)

 

1c) Fairway

 

A fairway has been established as indicated on the chart as Figure 1 found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt) and it is delineated by the following positions. Special mark buoys fitted with a yellow light flashing every 5 seconds will be placed at points 1, 2, 3 and 5.

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

1                      36° 00'.852     014° 19'.401 (Buoy)

2                      36º 00'.913     014º 19'.346 (Buoy)

3                      36º 00'.952     014º 19'.310 (Buoy)

5                      36º 00'.965     014º 19'.332 (Buoy)

11                    36° 00'.859     014° 19'.421

 

9a) Il-Bajja ta' San Niklaw – Comino Swimmers' Zone       (Figure 9 found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt))

 

No vessels or objects which may endanger the safety of bathers, including any type of fishing gear/implements, shall be used within a swimmers' zone. The swimmers' zone is being reserved exclusively for bathers and is delineated by the following coordinates:

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

9A                   36º 01'.008     014º 19'.735(Shore)

9B                   36º 01'.005     014º 19'.749(Shore)

9C                   36º 01'.001     014º 19'.766

9D                   36º 01'.039     014º 19'.773  

9E                    36º 01'.037     014º 19'.820 (Shore)

 

9b) Fairway                                        

 

The fairway was established by Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2017 and is to be used solely for navigation and should otherwise be kept clear.

10a) Il-Bajja ta' Santa Maria - Comino (Inner) Swimmers' Zone (Figure 10 found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt))

 

No vessels or objects which may endanger the safety of bathers, including any type of fishing gear/implements, shall be used within a swimmers' zone. The swimmers' zone is being reserved exclusively for bathers and is delineated by the following coordinates: -

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

10A                 36º 00'.996     014º 20'.180(Shore)

10B                 36º 01'.001     014º 20'.185

10C                 36º 00'.997     014º 20'.247

10D                 36º 00'.984     014º 20'.249(Shore)

 

10b)     Fairway

 

The fairway was established by Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2017 and is to be used solely for navigation and should otherwise be kept clear.

 

53) Il-Bajja ta' Santa Maria - Comino (Outer) Swimmers' Zone (Figure 53 found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt))

 

No vessels or objects which may endanger the safety of bathers, including any type of fishing gear/implements, shall be used within a swimmers' zone. The swimmers' zone is being reserved exclusively for bathers and is delineated by the following coordinates: -

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

53A                 36º 01'.089     14º 20'.289 (Shore)

53B                 36º 01'.134     14º 20'.301 (Shore)

 

A minimum safety distance of five (5) metres from the swimmers' zone is to be maintained.

 

Nylon ropes supported by floats will delineate the swimmers' zone and may remain in place, two weeks after the stipulated date.

 

For the benefit and safety of all bathers and mariners, Transport Malta urges all visitors and commercial vessels to adhere to these arrangements. Enforcement Officers will be constantly patrolling the area. Any offender, on conviction, shall be liable to the fines (multa) as laid down in the second column to the Third Schedule of the Small Ships Regulations, as amended.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with caution and at slow speed in the North Comino Channel at Blue Lagoon and Santa Maria Bay. They are also reminded that it is prohibited to secure/moor any vessel to any of the marker buoys, swimmers' zone delineation markers and related gear belonging to Transport Malta.

 

All positions are referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

16th April, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2021

 

Cancel Notice to Mariners No. 53 of 2020

Marsaxlokk Lighthouse, Dellimara Point

Light Unreliable

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – 'Marsaxlokk and Approaches' and 'Marsaxlokk'.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Marsaxlokk, Dellimara Lighthouse light, flashing 2 every 12 seconds Fl (2)12s in the following position:

 

Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

 

35º 49'.300                 14º 33'.538

 

has been REPAIRED

 

Therefore, Notice to Mariners No. 53 of 2020 – Marsaxlokk Lighthouse Dellimara Point, Light Unreliable, is hereby CANCELLED.

 

16th April, 2021

 

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​Local Notice to Mariners No. 31 of 2021

 

Dolphins, Whales, Turtles, Sharks, Jellyfish Blooms and Alien Species Studies by the Conservation Biology Research Group of the University of Malta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the Conservation Biology Research Group of the University of Malta is conducting research on marine biodiversity within the Central Mediterranean Region around the Maltese Islands (from coastal to offshore) in respect of:

 

1. Dolphins, whales and turtle sightings;

2. Sharks, rays sightings;

3. Jellyfish blooms sightings;

4. Alien species sightings or caught during fishing.

 

Mariners are requested to cooperate and support the research by reporting sightings immediately as follows:

 

Email: Prof. Adriana Vella on (adriana.vella@um.edu.mt)

 

SMS/phone on mobile/WhatsApp: +356 99429592

 

Additionally, with the support of NGO BICREF, one may also send information at (http://bicref.org/notices-to-mariners/).

 

The information required includes the following:

 

a) Date and time of observation;

b) Number of dolphins/whales/turtles/sharks/blooms of jellyfish/alien species;

c) Location of sighting (including GPS coordinates if possible);

d) Photos/videos whenever possible to allow for identification of the species.

 

The participation of mariners in such a long-term initiative is necessary to ensure regular updates supporting monitoring of Maltese waters to devise an early warning system for bathers and assist in Mediterranean-wide marine conservation.

 

 

13th April, 2021

 


 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 29 of 2021

 

Further refurbishment of Sally Port Promenade, Birgu Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that further refurbishment work will be carried out along Sally Port promenade, Birgu, in Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara.

 

The refurbishment works will be carried out within the imaginary line A, B, C, D, E, F, G and the intermediate coastline shall start on Monday 12th April, 2021, and is expected to be completed by Thursday, 30th September, 2021, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A         35° 53'.387                 014° 31'.321

B         35° 53'.397                 014° 31'.327

C         35° 53'.367                 014° 31'.378

D         35° 53'.346                 014° 31'.516

E          35° 53'.313                 014° 31'.541

F          35° 53'.299                 014° 31'.561

G         35° 53'.292                 014° 31'.550

 

These refurbishment works include the driving of piles into the sea bottom and dredging between the piles and the existing quay.

 

During the dredging a silt curtain will be laid along the imaginary line A, B, C, D, E, F, G and will have safety buoys and warning flags in the corners B, D and F. The dredging will be carried out by the work vessel MV Gold Dredger.

 

It is to be noted that due to the above-mentioned refurbishment all vessels are to keep at least 15m away from the quay and that the quay will not be accessible while the refurbishment works are in progress.

Any vessel moored along the quays are to be removed with immediate effect.

 

Mariners are to note the above and proceed with caution and at a very slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the above-mentioned area while the refurbishment is being carried out.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

9th April, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 30 of 2021

 

Shifting of Pontoon from Il-Port tal-Imġarr to Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that the temporary pontoon established by Local Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2020 will be shifted at some time between Monday, 12th April, 2021, and Saturday, 17th April, 2021.

 

The temporary pontoon will be shifted from its current position along the main breakwater at Il-Port tal-Imġarr, Gozo, to Il-Port ta' Marsamxett.

 

In Il-Port ta' Marsamxett the pontoon will be permanently laid in three (3) sections within the area A, B, C, D, E and the intermediate coastline, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

                        Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

A                     35º 54'.227                 014º 29'.784

B                     35º 54'.218                 014º 29'.771

C                     35º 54'.195                 014º 29'.771

D                     35º 54'.174                 014º 29'.783

E                      35º 54'.198                 014º 29'.810

 

All moorings and moored vessels within the above area are to be removed with immediate effect.

 

Mariners are to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at very slow speed giving the indicated areas a wide berth. They are to comply with any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 and any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2020 regarding laying of temporary pontoons along the Main Breakwater in Mġarr Harbour, Gozo, is hereby CANCELLED

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

9th April, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 10 of 2021

 

Chart Correction – New pontoon near New Flagstone Wharf in the Grand Harbour

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that a new floating pontoon has been established near New Flagstone Wharf in the inner part of Il-Port il-Kbir, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).  

 

The pontoon has been established in the following positions:

 

                                    Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

Insert floating             35º 53'.095     014º 30'.014

pontoon from

to                                 35º 53'.087     014º 30'.019

 

Positions referred to:  WGS 84 DATUM

 

Chart affected: BA Chart 177

 

9th April, 2021

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 28 of 2021

 

Refurbishment Works on Quay next to Marfa Breakwater at Ir-Ramla tal-Bir in Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that refurbishment works on the quay next to Marfa breakwater at Ir-Ramla tal-Bir in Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna (Malta side) will start with immediate effect and will be completed by Tuesday, 20th April, 2021.

 

A work area of 20m radius centred on point A is being established. A silt curtain, with the aid of divers, will be deployed along the edge as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Due to the abovementioned works no vessel is allowed to enter the area while the work is being carried out.

 

 

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

A         35º 59'.201                 014º 20'.653

 

Mariners are to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and very slow speed and give the indicated areas a wide berth. They are to comply with any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 and any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

6th April, 2021

 

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 27 of 2021

 

Infrastructure Malta Works on Berth 3 side at Mġarr Harbour – Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that Infrastructure Malta will start works at Mġarr Harbour, Gozo, on Monday, 5th April, 2021, and is expected to be completed by June, 2021.

The works will be carried out along all the quay on berth 3 side, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Due to the above-mentioned works a silt curtain will be laid along the imaginary line A, B, C, D, E and F as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

                        Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A                     36º 01'.452                 014º 17'.874

B                     36º 01'.462                 014º 17'.863

C                     36º 01'.491                 014º 17'.900

D                     36º 01'.484                 014º 17'.909

E                      36º 01'.508                 014º 17'.940

F                      36º 01'.504                 014º 17'.944

 

These works will include the use of vessels/barges/workboats and divers. A working area of 20m from the silt curtain will therefore be required and is always to be kept clear

 

Masters and operators of vessels are informed that no vessel will be allowed to berth alongside that section of the quay while works are in progress. Any vessel berthed along the quay is to be removed immediately.

 

They are to seek information about operating restrictions from Transport Malta and coordinate with the contractors on site.  Further details about these works can be obtained from Infrastructure Malta on (info.im@infrastructuremalta.com).

 

 

They are also advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and very slow speed and give the indicated areas a wide berth. They are to comply with any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 and any Enforcement Personnel on site.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2019 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537

 

30th March, 2021​


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 25 of 2021

 

Survey in the inner part of the Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a survey will be carried out in the inner part of the Grand Harbour, Valletta, between Tuesday, 23rd March, 2021, and Saturday, 3rd April, 2021 (weather permitting).

 

The support vessels Beezer will be used during the survey and will be towing a 25m boom, therefore a wide berth of 50m is requested. As part of this survey the vessel Beezer will also be towing a 75m cable along Bridge Wharf and Church Wharf due to the shallow depth. The support vessel will be moving slowly and will display the international code of Signals flag D when the boom is deployed.

 

The survey will be carried out within the area as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

In line with the survey operation a number of vessels will be instructed to shift. The shifting of vessels and the survey itself will be coordinated by the Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS), the Traffic Management Unit (TMU) at Transport Malta and the contractor on site.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and slow speed and give the above support vessel Beezer a wide berth. Instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 are to be complied with.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

26th March, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 26 of 2021

 

Diving survey along the coast in Il-Port il-Kbir

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that a diving survey will be held along the coast from Il-Port il-Kbir.

 

The diving surveys will take place along the coast from Pinto 5 up to ex Pixkerija within the area shown hatched in red on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) and will start on Friday, 26th March, 2021 and is expected to be completed by Saturday 10th April 2021, weather permitting.

 

The diving survey of the quays will be carried out by scuba divers and will be accompanied by the support vessel MV Goldfinder which will be displaying the international code of Signals flag A.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the above indicated area. They are to coordinate with the contractor on site and comply with instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

26th March, 2021

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2021

 

Extension of Ro-Ro ramp between Deep Water Quay and Wine Wharf

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that works will be carried out at the Ro-Ro ramp between Deep Water Quay and Wine Wharf.

The extension includes the construction of piles to support a deck. The works are scheduled to start on Wednesday, 24th March, 2021, and be completed by Monday, 31st May, 2021.

 

When the works commence, a silt curtain will be laid in position 1, it will be shifted to position 2 after about 2 weeks and later to position 3 after another 2 weeks. The positions 1, 2 and 3, are shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

During the work the barges BEZZ I and BEZZ V will be used, therefore the area delineated by the imaginary line A, B, C, D and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) will be a working area and only vessels involved in the works are to enter.

 

Lit up marker buoys will be placed in positions B and C to indicate the outer limit of the area.

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 53'.278     014° 30'.388  

B                     35° 53'.246     014° 30'.393  

C                     35° 53'.242     014° 30'.350

D                     35° 53'.265     014° 30'.349

 

Divers will be assisting in these works and will be displaying the International Code Flag A.

 

Masters and vessel operators are instructed to cooperate with the contractor on site. They are to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at very slow speed (no wake) during the above-mentioned dates.

 

Moreover, any instructions given on VHF Channels 12 and 16 by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) and/or by any enforcement agency on site, are to be complied with.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

23rd March, 2021​


​​TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2021

 

Live firing practice at Pembroke Ranges – 22nd to 26th March 2021 –  Extended Hours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No 2 of 2019, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out Live Firing Practice between Monday, 22nd and Friday, 26th March, 2021 with extended hours from 6.00 p.m. till 8.00 p.m. (Local Time).

 

The exercise area (LM-D6) is delineated by sector ABC.

 

From Position A

 

                        Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 55'.540      014º 28'.320

                                                (Centre point on land),

 

a radius of 4 nautical miles to points 

 

B                     35º 59'.460      014º 27'.150 and

C                     35º 58'.290      014º 32'.190

           

During the Live Firing Practice Red Flags (approximate size 2.5m x 2m) will be flown from the shore limits.  After sunset instead of the red flags there will be red lights and two safety vessels with blue lights on each side, to indicate the limit. Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 nautical miles off the coast when the flags or safety vessels are sighted.

 

Moreover, any instructions given on VHF Channels 12 and/or 16 by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) and the Armed Forces of Malta are to be strictly observed.

 

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

16th March, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2021

 

AUV Surveys in 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) surveys will be carried out in three (3) different areas round Malta. The vessel m/v CHIKO, will be assisting and participating in the survey.

 

The three (3) areas where the AUV surveys will be carried out are as follows:

 

within the points A, B, C, D, E and F

 

within the points G, H, I and J

 

within the points K, L, M and N,

 

as shown in red on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position         Latitude (N)                  Longitude (E)

A                     35° 56'.173                 014° 37'.352

B                     35° 55'.484                 014° 39'.233

C                     35° 53'.858                 014° 38'.421

D                     35° 54'.392                 014° 37'.103

E                      35° 54'.221                 014° 36'.983

F                      35° 54'.960                 014° 36'.100

G                     35° 50'.358                 014° 35'.072

H                     35° 50'.012                 014° 38'.273

I                       35° 47'.718                 014° 37'.678

J                      35° 48'.329                 014° 33'.976

K                     36° 07'.599                 014° 13'.449

L                      36° 06'.481                 014° 18'.405

M                     36° 04'.424                 014° 17'.608

N                     36° 05'.649                 014° 12'.547

 

The surveys will be carried out during daylight hours and will start with immediate effect, and are expected to be completed, weather permitting, by Sunday 20th November 2021.

 

Mariners are instructed to navigate with caution when close to the above-mentioned area and give the vessel m/v CHIKO a wide berth of 150m.

 

Moreover, any instructions given on VHF Channels 12, 14 and/or 16 by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS), Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) and the Armed Forces of Malta are to be strictly observed.

 

Charts Affected: BA 2537, 2538, 194, 2123, 2124

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

16th March, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 21 of 2021

 

Removal of Sand from Il-Magħluq for the re-nourishment of the Beach close by

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that sand will be removed from parts of Il-Magħluq and used to replenish the beach close by, the work is expected to start with immediate effect and will continue until further notice.

 

The project consists of removing sand from within Il-Magħluq, area A, B, C, D, E and the intermediate coastline and area F, G, and the intermediate coastline. The sand will then be used the replenish the area W, X, Y, Z and the intermediate coastlines as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Point               Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 50'.385                 014° 32'.763

B                     35° 50'.389                 014° 32'.752

C                     35° 50'.406                 014° 32'.762

D                     35° 50'.359                 014° 32'.802

E                      35° 50'.381                 014° 32'.798

F                      35° 50'.386                 014° 32'.870

G                     35° 50'.367                 014° 32'.859

W                    35° 50'.329                 014° 32'.929

X                     35° 50'.324                 014° 32'.927

Y                     35° 50'.336                 014° 32'.851

Z                      35° 50'.344                 014° 32'.852

 

Silt curtains will be laid along the following imaginary three lines: line A, B, C, D, E, line F to G and line W, X, Y, Z. The silt curtains will be marked by spherical buoys at close intermittent distances from each other.

 

In view of the above, mariners navigating in the area, are to proceed with caution and at very slow 'no wake' speed. They are to give the above areas a wide berth and obey any instructions as may be given by the Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14 and/or enforcement personnel.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

12th March, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 22 of 2021

 

Refurbishment of Sally Port Promenade, Birgu - Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that refurbishment work along Sally Port promenade, Birgu, in Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara will be carried out.

 

The refurbishment works will be carried out in phases. The first phase which is made up of the area within the imaginary line A, B, C, D, and the intermediate coastline shall start on Monday, 15th March, 2021 and is expected to be completed by Sunday, 17th July, 2021. A silt curtain will be laid along the imaginary line A, B, C, D and will have safety buoys and warning flags in the corners B and C as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A         35º 53'.433                 014º 31'.240

B         35º 53'.442                 014º 31'.252

C         35º 53'.397                 014º 31'.327

D         35º 53'.387                 014º 31'.321

 

The work boat Goldfinder will be used for the laying of the silt curtain and warning buoys.

 

It is to be noted that due to the above-mentioned refurbishment all vessels are to keep at least 15m away from the quay and that the quay will not be accessible while the refurbishment works are in progress.

 

Any vessel moored along the quays are to be removed with immediate effect.

 

Mariners are to note the above and proceed with caution and at a very slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the above-mentioned area while the refurbishment is being carried out.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

12th March, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2021

 

Water Sampling in Il-Port ta' Marsaxlokk

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that water sampling will be carried out within Il-Port ta' Marsaxlokk between Wednesday, 17th March, 2021 and Thursday, 18th March, 2021.

 

Water sampling will be carried out along the imaginary lines in approximate position W to X and Y to Z as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

           

W                    35° 49'.908     014° 33'.241  

X                     35° 49'.174     014° 33'.277  

Y                     35° 49'.679     014° 32'.767

Z                      35° 49'.680     014° 33'.410                          

The works will be carried out with the assistance of the vessel Atlantis II.

 

A safety zone of 50m round the support vessel is to be kept during the sampling.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at slow speed when navigating close to the above indicated area.

 

Any instructions issued by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF channel 14 and/or by any enforcement agency on site, are to be complied with.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

12th March, 2021

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Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 10 of 2021

 

Fireworks Feast of St Paul Shipwreck Valletta – 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that in connection with the Titular Feast of St Paul's Shipwreck, aerial fireworks display will be let off from the foreshore at il-Ponta ta' Sant'Iermu (point A) and ground fireworks from the bastion next to il-Ponta tal-Imgerbeb (point B) in Valletta, from approximately the following position:

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A         35° 54'.163     14° 31'.226

B         35° 53'.892     14° 31'.089

 

The dates and times of the fireworks from the above positions are as follows:

 

From point A:

 

On Wednesday, 10th February, 2021 from 8.00 a.m. till 8.15 a.m., from noon till 12.20 p.m. and from 8.30 p.m. till 9.00 p.m.

 

From point B:

 

On Tuesday, 9th February, 2021 from 10.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.

 

Mariners are to note the above, give the position indicated a wide berth and a safe distance from point A of at least 200m and from point B of at least 50m (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)). They are further instructed to contact Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 when navigating in and/or out of the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour on the above dates and times. Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) and/or by any enforcement agency on site, are to be complied with.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

Chart Affected: BA Chart 177           

 

9th March, 2021

 

 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2021

 

Sailing Regatta in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk – February 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Birżebbuġa Sailing Club shall be holding a regatta for dinghies between Saturday, 13th February, 2021, and Monday, 15th February, 2021.

 

Races shall be held from 9.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. (local time) each day.

 

Class races shall be held over two (2) adjacent upwind / downwind courses, centered in the selected sailing area depending on the weather conditions at the time. Areas A, B and C can be found on chart found on  Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The courses shall be defined by inflatable marks of about 1.5 meters high around which the competitors shall have to sail.

 

Races will be held when no merchant traffic is scheduled to enter or depart from the Malta Freeport Terminals. 

 

Masters of all craft not directly involved in this Sailing Regatta are asked to keep clear of the racing area, especially at each of the turning marks and observe any instructions that may be given by the Race Organisers safety craft and by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14.

 

Charts effected:  BA 36, 2538

 

9th March, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2021

 

Refurbishment Works Along the Quays and Stairs at Tal-Għażżelin in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that refurbishment work along the quays and stairs at Tal-Għażżelin in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl, will start with immediate effect and will continue until further notice.

Mariners are to note that due to the above-mentioned refurbishment all vessels are to keep away from the quays and stairs within the area shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

They are to note that the quays and the stairs will not be accessible while the refurbishment works are in progress.

 

Any vessel moored along the quays are to be removed with immediate effect.

 

Mariners are to note the above and proceed with caution and at a very slow speed (no wake) when navigating within the above-mentioned area while the refurbishment is being carried out.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

9th March, 2021

 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2021 regarding Benthic Survey in Gżira, Marsamxett Harbour

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2021.

 

The Directorate for Ports and Yachting, Transport Malta, informs mariners that the date of completion of the benthic survey in Gżira, Marsamxett Harbour, has been extended until Sunday, 28th February, 2021.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

9th March, 2021

 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 14 of 2021

 

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2021 regarding Filming at id-Daħla tar-Rinella and

Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa Das Boot III

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2021 regarding filming at Id-Daħla tar-Rinella and Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa – Das Boot III, that filming activities will also take place in Rinella – Malta Film Studios.

 

The filming from Rinella will take place as follows:

 

On Thursday, 11th February, 2021, from 6.00 p.m. to Friday, 12th February, 2021, at 5.00 a.m.,

On Friday, 12th February, 2021, from 6.00 p.m. to Saturday, 13th February, 2021, at 5.00 a.m.,

On Tuesday, 16th February, 2021, from 7.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m.,

On Wednesday, 17th February, 2021, from 7.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m.,

On Thursday, 18th February, 2021, from 7.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m.,

On Friday, 19th February, 2021, from 7.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m.,

On Saturday, 20th February, 2021, from 7.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m.,

On Monday, 22nd February, 2021, from 7.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m.,

On Tuesday, 23rd February, 2021, from 6.00 p.m. till Wednesday, 24th February, 2021, at 6.00 a.m.,

On Wednesday, 24th February, 2021, from 6.00 p.m. till Thursday, 25th February, 2021, at 6.00 a.m,

On Thursday, 25th February, 2021 from 6.00 p.m. to Friday, 26th February, 2021, at  6.00 a.m.,

On Friday, 26th February, 2021, from 6.00 p.m. to Saturday, 27th February, 2021, at 6.00 a.m.,

On Monday, 1st March, 2021, from 7.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m.,

On Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021, from 7.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m., and

 

On Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, from 7.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m.

 

In view of the above a clear horizon is required for filming purposes.

 

Mariners navigating in the indicated area on the mentioned dates and times are requested to keep watch on VHF Channel 12 and cooperate with the crew and/or enforcement personnel in the area.

 

Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 are to be complied with.

 

All other information included in Local Notice to Mariners Nos. 8 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 2537, 2538

 

9th March, 2021

 

 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2021

 

Laying of Silt Curtains in Il-Bajja tal-Balluta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that small silt curtains will be laid in Il-Bajja tal-Balluta, envisaged works being carried out along the coast.

 

This notice comes into force with immediate effect.  Small silt curtains are to be laid within the area shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).  The silt curtains will be removed, weather permitting, by Friday, 12th March, 2021.

 

Mariners are to note the above and navigate with caution and at slow speed (no wake), they are to give the area a wide berth of at least 20m.

 

All vessels are to comply with any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or Enforcement Personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

9th March, 2021

 

 

 

 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2021

 

Establishment of an Organised Mooring Area in Xemxija (il-Bajja ta' San Pawl)

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Authority for Transport in Maltaj notifies all mariners that works will be carried out in Xemxija Bay, Xemxija, St Paul's Bay, to establish an Organised Mooring Area and associated fairway for the mooring of small craft.

 

Owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring within the area bounded by the imaginery lines A, B, C, D and the coastline (as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) are to remove such vessels, moorings and associated tackle by not later than Saturday, 20th March, 2021. 

 

Point              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 57'.005     014° 23'.198

B                     35° 56'.921     014° 23'.269

C                     35° 56'.855     014° 23'.151

D                     35° 56'.920     014° 23'.096

 

Any vessels and moorings that are left in this area after the stipulated date will be removed at the expense of their owner.  No liability whatsover will be accepted by the Authority for any damage that may be caused while removing the said vessels and moorings.

 

Furthermore, mariners are reminded that it is prohibited to lay any mooringss and ground tackle without the prior permission of the Authority.

 

In view of the above, mariners navigating in the area are to navigate with caution and at very slow 'no wake' speed.  They are to give the above area a wide berth and comply with the instructions as communicated by the Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 12 or by the Authority's officials or other Enforcement Agencies.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

9th March, 2021

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2021

 

Further to Local Notice to Mariners Nos 8 and 14 of 2021 regarding filming at Id-Daħla tar-Rinella and Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa Das Boot III

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that further to Local Notice to Mariners Nos 8 and 14 of 2021 regarding Filming at Id-Daħla tar-Rinella and Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa – Das Boot III, that filming activities will also take place on Tuesday, 9th March, 2021.

 

The filming on Tuesday, 9th March, 2021, will be held in Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa (Riviera Bay) from 7.00 a.m. till 6.00 p.m., where no vessel will be allowed to drop anchor or remain underway within the bay.

 

All other information and instructions included in Local Notice to Mariners Nos 008 and 014 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 2537, 2538

 

9th March, 2021

 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2021

 

Diving Survey and Water Sampling in Il-Port ta' Marsaxlokk

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that diving surveys and water sampling will be carried out within Il-Port ta' Marsaxlokk between Friday 5th March, 2021, and Sunday 7th March, 2021.

 

The diving surveys will be held will be carried out at approximate locations A, B, C, D and E as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

 

 

 

Position          Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 49'.751                 014° 33'.290        

B                     35° 49'.690                 014° 33'.344       

C                     35° 49'.594                 014° 33'.368

D                     35° 50'.299                 014° 32'.776

E                      35° 49'.757                 014° 33'.641

 

Water sampling will be carried out along the imaginary lines in approximate position W to X and Y to Z as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

           

W                    35° 49'.908     014° 33'.241  

X                     35° 49'.174     014° 33'.277  

Y                     35° 49'.679     014° 32'.767  

Z                      35° 49'.680     014° 33'.410

           

The works will be carried out with the assistance of the vessel Atlantis II which will be displaying the international code of Signals flag A.

 

A safety zone of 50m round the support vessel is to be kept during the survey/sampling.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at slow speed when navigating close to the above indicated area.

 

Any instructions issued by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14 and/or by any enforcement agency on site, are to be complied with.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

9th March, 2021

 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 19 of 2021

 

Upgrading works of Jetty 2 slipway in Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that upgrading works will be carried out on Jetty 2 slipway in Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas.

 

The work will be carried out between Monday, 15th March, 2021 and Monday, 31st May, 2021.

 

Divers will be carrying out some of the work and will be displaying the International Code Flag A.

 

A silt curtain will be laid along the imaginary line joining points A, B and C as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 51'.158     014° 33'.810  

B                     35° 51'.152     014° 33'.808  

C                     35° 51'.151     014° 33'.797  

 

A safety distance of 20m from the silt curtain is to be maintained at all times.

 

Owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring within the enclosed area, are to remove such moorings and associated ground tackle with immediate effect and not later than Sunday, 14th March, 2021.

 

Any vessels and moorings that are left in this area will be removed at the expense of the owner. No liability whatsoever will be accepted by the Authority for any damage that may be caused while removing the said vessels and moorings.

 

The slip cannot be used during this period due to the silt curtain and the upgrading works. Masters and vessel operators are instructed to cooperate with the contractor on site. They are to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at very slow speed (no wake) during the above-mentioned dates.

 

All vessel operators are to comply with any instructions as given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and/or any enforcement officers on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 2538

 

9th March, 2021

 

 

 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2021

 

Benthic Survey in Id-DaĦla tal-Kalkara Il-Port il-Kbir

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a benthic survey will be carried out in Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara – Il-Port il-Kbir, within the area bounded by the imaginary line A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J and K, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Point               Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 53'.459     014° 31'.311

B                     35° 53'.391     014° 31'.389

C                     35° 53'.362     014° 31'.467

D                     35° 53'.397     014° 31'.509

E                      35° 53'.322     014° 31'.619

F                      35° 53'.228     014° 31'.582

G                     35° 53'.358     014° 31'.490

H                     35° 53'.349     014° 31'.479

I                       35° 53'.364     014° 31'.373

J                      35° 53'.406     014° 31'.292

K                     35° 53'.427     014° 31'.267

 

The survey will start with immediate effect and will be completed by Sunday, 15th May, 2021 (weather permitting).

 

The Benthic survey will be carried out by ROV which will be operated from land. Scuba divers will also be deployed to take samples and confirm findings.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and slow speed when in the vicinity.

 

Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or by any enforcement agency on site, are to be complied with.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

9th March, 2021

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2021

 

Live firing practice at Pembroke Ranges – 4th February 2021 –  Extended Hours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2019, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out live firing practice on Thursday, 4th February, 2021, with extended hours between 6.00 a.m. and 7.00 a.m. (local time).

 

The exercise area (LM-D6) is delineated by sector ABC.

 

From Position A

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A         35º 55'.540     014º 28'.320 (Centre point on land),

 

a radius of 4 nautical miles to points 

 

B         35º 59'.460     014º 27'.150 and

C         35º 58'.290     014º 32'.190

 

During the Live Firing Practice Red Flags (approximate size 2.5m x 2m) will be flown from the shore limits.  After sunset instead of the Red Flags there will be Red Lights and there will be two safety vessels with blue lights on each side, to indicate the limit. Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 Nautical miles off the coast when the flags or safety vessels are sighted.

 

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF channel 12 and the Armed Forces of Malta are to be strictly observed.

 

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

9th March, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2021

 

Seabed Survey around the Spoil Ground

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a marine survey will be carried out with the use of the following equipment: Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) side-scan sonar, multibeam and a Van Veen grab. This survey will be carried out by the vessels Atlantis II and Wilfred, they will be displaying lights and shapes as per COLREGS.

 

The survey area is bounded by the following coordinates, as seen on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Point               Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 53'.854     014º 31'.797

 

B                     35º 54'.686     014º 32'.335

 

C                     35º 55'.316     014º 31'.354

 

D                     35º 56'.431     014º 31'.904

 

E                      35º 57'.102     014º 32'.996

 

F                      35º 54'.770     014º 36'.630

 

G                     35º 53'.703     014º 36'.030

 

H                     35º 53'.047     014º 34'.836

 

I                       35º 52'.998     014º 33'.374

 

Weather permitting the survey will start with immediate effect and will be completed by Sunday, 28th February, 2021.

 

Since the vessels (Atlantis II and Wilfred) will be towing equipment and sometimes stationary, they will be restricted in their ability to manoeuvre.

Mariners are instructed to navigate with caution when the above-mentioned vessels are sighted and give a wide berth and observe a 500 metres radius restricted zone which will be implemented around the vessels Atlantis II and Wilfred.

 

Mariners are also notified to abide with any instructions from Valletta Port Control, (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 

Charts affected: BA 2538, 177, 194

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

9th March, 2021

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​RANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2021

 

Filming at Id-Daħla tar-Rinella and Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa Das Boot III

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners and owners of vessels that filming activities will take place at Id-Daħla tar-Rinella and Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa.

 

The filming will be held as follows:

 

At Id-Daħla ta' Rinella, from the quay.

 

Between Wednesday, 3rd February, 2021, at 7.00 a.m., and Saturday, 6th February, 2021, at 7.00 a.m. (filming day and night).

 

At Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa, from the beach.

 

On Monday, 1st March, 2021, from 7.00 a.m. till 6.00 p.m.

 

Mariners and owners of vessels are informed that no vessel will be allowed to drop anchor or stay loitering within Id-Daħla ta' Rinella and Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa while filming is taking place in the respective area.

 

Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or by any enforcement agency on site, are to be complied with.

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 2537, 2538

 

26th January, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2021

 

Refurbishment Works on Slipway and adjacent Jetty at Ir-Ramla tal-Bir in Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that refurbishment work on the slipway and adjacent jetty at Ir-Ramla tal-Bir in Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna (Malta side) will start with immediate effect and will continue until further notice.

 

Mariners are to note that due to the above-mentioned refurbishment all vessels are to keep out of the area shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The area is centred on point A and has a radius of 40m, there will be laid a silt curtain and several small black and white buoys within the area.

 

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

A         35º 59'.207                  014º 20'.730

 

They are to note that the slipway will not be accessible while the works are in progress.

 

Mariners are to note the above and proceed with caution and at a slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity of the slipway while the refurbishment is being carried out.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

26th January, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2021

 

Cancel Notice to Mariners Nos. 20 and 29

of 2020  – Derelict vessel on anchor – Hazard to Navigation

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 194 – Approaches to Malta and Gozo.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the derelict vessel mentioned in Notice to Mariners Nos. 20 and 29 of 2020 is no longer in the mentioned position and current updates of this derelict vessel are unknown.

 

Therefore, Notice to Mariners Nos. 20 and 29 of 2020 re Derelict Vessel on Anchor Hazard to Navigation, are hereby CANCELLED.

 

Charts affected: BA 194, 2123, 2124

 

26th January, 2021

 

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2021

 

Laying of Silt Curtains in Il-Bajja tal-Balluta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that small silt curtains will be laid in Il-Bajja tal-Balluta due to works being carried out along the coast.

 

With immediate effect small silt curtains will be laid within the area shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). They will be removed again by Friday, 12th February, 2021, weather permitting.

 

Mariners are to note the above and navigate with caution and at slow speed (no wake). They are to give the area a wide berth of at least 20m.

 

All vessels are to comply with any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

22nd January, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2021

 

Cancel Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2021 re small sunken vessel in Id-Daħla ta' Tas-Sliema

at Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the vessel has been lifted out of the water and has been removed ashore. The navigational aid buoy, indicating the location of the wreck, has also been removed.

 

Therefore, Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2021 re  small sunken vessel in Id-Daħla ta' Tas-Sliema at Il-Port ta' Marsamxett, is hereby CANCELLED

 

22nd January, 2021

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2021

Marine Works off Ħondoq ir-Rummien Bay, Gozo

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that marine works will be carried out off Ħondoq ir-Rummien Bay, Gozo.


The works will be carried out from the barge Sea Wolf and will consist also the laying of a circular silt curtain centred in position:

Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

A 36º 01’.598 014º 19’.427

The silt Curtain will be laid with a radius of 40m and will surround the flat barge Sea Wolf.

The works will start with immediate effect until further notice, and will be carried out by divers who will be displaying the international code of signals flag A.

Mariners are to note the above and navigate at slow speed (no wake) and are to give this area a wide berth.


Chart affected: BA 211

15th January, 2021




TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2021

 

ROV Survey off Ras il-Qala, Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a survey will be carried out with the use of a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). This survey will be carried out by the vessel Atlantis II and her ancillary equipment.

 

Weather permitting the survey is planned to be carried out between Tuesday, 12th January, 2021 and Sunday, 31st January, 2021, within the area A, B, C and D as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt):

 

 

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A         36° 01'.750                 14° 20'.110

B         36° 01'.807                 14° 20'.297

C         36° 01'.679                 14° 20'.373

D         36° 01'.617                 14° 20'.180

 

Since the vessel Atlantis II will be towing an ROV, she will be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre.

 

Mariners are instructed to navigate with caution when the above-mentioned vessel is sighted and maintain a safe distance of 500m from the vessels.

Mariners are also notified to abide by any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537

 

12th January, 2021

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2021

 

Conduct of Small craft inside Maltese Harbours

 

The Authority for Transport in Malta draws the attention of masters, owners and operators of small craft, including but not limited to yachts, fishing vessels, craft used for water sports and craft under sail and/or under oars.

 

Such vessels are not to impede the passage of, or hinder the manoeuvre of, larger commercial vessels inside any part of the Maltese ports, declared under Article 3 of the Ports and Shipping Act (Chapter 352 of the Laws of Malta), and the approaches thereto.

 

Without prejudice to any other legal provisions, including those of the laws mentioned hereunder, special reference is being made to:

(i) Regulation 21 of the Ports Regulations (S.L. 499.01);

 

(ii) Rule 9 of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972, as enacted under the Merchant Shipping Act (Chapter 234 of the Laws of Malta).

 

Enforcement action will be immediately taken in the event of non-compliance, without prejudice to any other legal action.

 

Notice to Mariners No. 40 of 2018 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

8th January, 2021

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2021

 

Underwater Hazard at Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, would like to bring to the attention of all mariners, the danger of blocks and sharp pointed metal objects less than 1 metre below the sea surface at Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa.

 

Due to the above, the area enclosed between the points A, B, C and the intermediate coastline, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt), is to be avoided.

 

Position           Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

A                     35º 55'.808                 014º 20'.645

B                     35º 55'.741                 014º 20'.648

C                     35º 55'.734                 014º 20'.681

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta urges swimmers to use caution when swimming in the above indicated area.

 

Notice to Mariners No. 121 of 2018 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

Charts affected: BA 2537, 2538

 

8th January, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2021

 

Benthic Survey in Gżira, Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a benthic survey will be carried out at Gzira in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett. The survey will start with immediate effect and will be completed by Monday, 15th February, 2021 (weather permitting) in the area shown hatched in magenta on chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The benthic survey will be carried out by ROV which will be operated from land. Scuba divers will also be deployed to take samples and confirm findings.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and slow speed when in the vicinity.

 

Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or by any enforcement agency on site, are to be complied with.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

8th January, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2021

 

Lay Up of Rig Key Singapore

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the rig Key Singapore has been laid up with immediate effect and until further notice in the following position:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

35º 55'.400                 014º 49'.300

 

A safety zone of radius 500m centered on the above position has been established, restricted to all unauthorized vessels.

 

Positions are referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Charts affected: BA 194, 2123, 2124

 

8th January, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2021

 

Small Sunken Vessel in Id-Daħla ta' Tas-Sliema at Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a small vessel has sunk in Id-Daħla ta' tas-Sliema at Il-Port ta' Marsamxett, centered on the following position:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

35° 54'.308                 014° 30'.450

 

A navigational aid buoy with light flashing Al.Oc.BuY.3s has been placed close to the above-mentioned position.

 

Masters of vessels navigating in the area are warned of this danger to give a wide berth and navigate with caution when in the vicinity

 

Position is referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Charts Affected: BA 117

 

8th January, 2021​



TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 153 of 2020

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 131 of 2019, re Long Term Maintenance Repairs, Marsaxlokk Harbour, Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the Long term maintenance repairs, Marsaxlokk Harbour, Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd, have been completed.

 

Therefore, Local Notice to Mariners No .131 of 2019, re  Long term maintenance repairs, Marsaxlokk Harbour, Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd, is hereby CANCELLED.

 

5th January, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 154 of 2020

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2020, re repair works on St Angelo Bridge

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the Repair works on St Angelo Bridge, have been completed.

 

Therefore, Local Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2020, re Repair works on St Angelo Bridge is hereby CANCELLED.

 

5th January, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 155 of 2020

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2019, re Infrastructure Malta Works in Various Localities

in Malta and Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the Infrastructure Malta works in various localities in Malta and Gozo have been completed.

 

Therefore, Local Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2019, re Infrastructure Malta works in various localities in Malta and Gozo is hereby CANCELLED.

 

5th January, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 1 of 2021

 

Cumulative List of Local Notices to Mariners for 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the following Notices to Mariners are still in force:

 

1. Local Notice to Mariners No. 122 of 2018

Re: Land Reclamation and Construction Works in Gżira, Marsamxett Harbour

 

2. Local Notice to Mariners Nos 12, 17 and 26 of 2019 and Nos. 51 and 73 of 2020

Re: Dredging at Mgarr Harbour, Gozo

 

3. Local Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2019

Re: Infrastructure Malta works at Mġarr Harbour, Gozo

 

4. Local Notice to Mariners No. 93 of 2019

Re: Misuse of distress signals

 

5. Local Notice to Mariners Nos 2, 26 and 132 of 2020

Re: Restricted areas round Malta due to danger of falling rocks

 

6. Local Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2020

Re: Berthing and mooring of vessels along breakwaters, jetties and slipways

 

7. Local Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2020

Re: Speed restricted in close proximity to small craft, mooring areas and marinas

 

8. Local Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2020

Re: Entry restriction in St George's Bay, St Julian's

 

9. Local Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2020

Re: Safe distance from diver's flags signal

 

10. Local Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2020

Re: Noise levels on board commercial vessels

 

11. Local Notice to Mariners No. 10 of 2020

Re: Use of il-Moll ta' Buġibba by commercial vessels

 

12. Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2020

Re: Refurbishment of slipway adjacent to Cold War Memorial Monument at Birżebbuġa in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

 

13. Local Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2020

Re: Installation of snorkelling trail at Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa and at Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa

 

14. Local Notice to Mariners No. 45 of 2020

Re: Re-construction work of two jetties in Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas

 

15. Local Notice to Mariners No. 46 of 2020

Re: Shallow patch in front of slipway at Wied il-Buni in Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa

 

16. Local Notice to Mariners No. 104 of 2020

Re: Studies on light-induced seabird ship strikes in the Maltese waters by BirdLife Malta

 

17. Local Notice to Mariners No. 107 of 2020

Re: Repair works on slipway at Ir-Ramla ta' Wied Musa in ċirkewwa

 

5th January, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 1 of 2021

 

Cumulative List of Notices to Mariners for 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the following Notices to Mariners are still in force.

 

1. Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2019

Re: Live firing practice at Pembroke Ranges

 

2. Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2020

Re: Information and Promulgation of Notices to Mariners

 

3. Notice to Mariners Nos 20 and 29 of 2020

Re: Derelict vessel on anchor – hazard to navigation

 

4. Notice to Mariners No. 38 of 2020

Re: Interference to the Global Navigational Satellite Service (GNSS)

 

5. Notice to Mariners No. 44 of 2020

Re: Life Arcipelagu Garnija Project – restrictions areas around Malta

 

6. Notice to Mariners No. 45 of 2020

Re: Restricted Area between il-Ponta tal-Aħrax and Daħlet ix-Xilep

 

7. Notice to Mariners No. 53 of 2020

Re: Marsaxlokk Lighthouse, Dellimara Point – light unreliable

 

5th January, 2021

 



TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 61 of 2020

 

Amendment to Notice to Mariners No. 55 of 2020

regarding Seabed Survey around the Spoil Ground

 

Reference is being made to Notice to Mariners No. 55 of 2020.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that due to adverse weather conditions, Notice to Mariners No. 55 of 2020 regarding seabed survey around the spoil ground, is being amended as follows:

 

The completion date is now being extended to Sunday, 31st January, 2021.

All other information included in Notice to Mariners No. 55 of 2020 will remain valid.

 

Charts affected: BA 2538, 177, 194

 

31st December, 2020

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 62 of 2020

 

ROV survey – East of Malta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a survey will be carried out with the use of a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). This survey will be carried out by the vessel Nickina.

 

Weather permitting the survey is planned to start with immediate effect and will be completed by Wednesday, 6th January, 2021.

 

The survey area is centred on the following position and has a radius of 1 NM.

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

            35° 55'.372     014° 49'.278

 

The actual survey is expected to take about 1 day.

 

Since the vessel Nickina will be towing an ROV, she will be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre. Therefore, the above-mentioned area is a No-Go Zone.

 

Mariners are instructed to navigate with caution when the above-mentioned vessel is sighted and maintain a safe distance of 1NM from the vessels.

 

Mariners are also notified to abide by any instructions issued by Malta VTS on VHF Channel 16, 69 and Valletta Port Control, (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 

Charts affected: BA 194, 2123, 2124

 

31st December, 2020

 

 

​​TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 150 of 2020

 

Cancel Local Notice to Mariners No. 43 of 2020 re Works on the slipway next to the Malta Canoe Federation in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the works on the slipway next to the Malta Canoe Federation in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett have been completed.

 

Therefore, Local Notice to Mariners No. 43 of 2020 re works on the slipway next to the Malta Canoe Federation in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett is hereby CANCELLED.

 

29th December, 2020

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 151 of 2020

 

Fireworks (Stoppini) Display from Pinto Wharf 1 and 2 at the Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that fireworks (stoppini) will be let off from Pinto Wharf 1 and 2 at the Grand Harbour.

The fireworks will be let off from the edge of the wharf (seaward side) on Thursday, 31st December, 2020, starting at 11.59 p.m. for about 10 minutes.

 

Mariners are informed that a safety distance of 10 meters from the letting off site at The Grand Harbour is required.

 

Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and/or by any enforcement agency on site, are to be complied with.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

29th December, 2020

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 152 of 2020

 

Fireworks Display from the Foreshore off the

Corinthia St George's Hotel, St Julian's

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a 10 minute fireworks display will be held from the foreshore off the Corinthia St George's Hotel in St. Julian's on Thursday, 31st December, 2020. The display will be centred in the approximate following position:

           

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

            35°55'.753      014°29'.516

 

The fireworks display will take place between 11.59 p.m. and 00.10 a.m.

 

Masters of vessels are advised to keep 100m off the coast along this Hotel during the abovementioned date and time. Any boats berthed within 100m radius from the abovementioned position are to be removed.

 

Mariners are to obey instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (VTS).

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

29th December, 2020

 

 

Notice to Mariners No. 59 of 2020

 

Chart Correction - New Breakwater at Il-Qrejten in Il-Port ta' Marsaxlokk

 

Reference is made to BA Charts 36 – Marsaxlokk

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that a new breakwater has been established at Il-Qrejten in Il-Port ta' Marsaxlokk.

 

The breakwater is formed by joining the following positions and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt):

 

                        Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

from                35º 50'.139     014º 32'.745   Coast

to                     35º 50'.155     014º 32'.790

to                     35º 50'.157     014º 32'.788

to                     35º 50'.159     014º 32'.79

to                     35º 50'.153     014º 32'.796

to                     35º 50'.136     014º 32'.746   Coast

 

Furthermore, a light has been established at the end of the breakwater in the following position

 

                        Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

                        35º 50'.153     014º 32'.794

 

The characteristics of the light are: Fl(2).R.5s 11m 7M

 

Positions referred to: WGS 84 DATUM

 

Chart affected: BA Chart 36

 

24th December, 2020

 

​Notice to Mariners No. 60 of 2020

 

Chart Correction – New Pontoon at Gżira Gardens Marina in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that a new floating pontoon has been established at Gżira Gardens Marina in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

The pontoon has been established in the following positions:

 

                                    Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

Insert               from    35º 54'.096     014º 29'.789

floating            to         35º 54'.133     014º 29'.819

pontoon

 

Positions referred to: WGS 84 DATUM

 

Charts affected: BA Chart 177

 

24th December, 2020

 

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 149 of 2020

 

Diving Survey of the Seabed at Xemxija in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that a diving survey of the seabed will be held at Xemxija in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl.

 

The survey will be held within the area formed by joining the imaginary lines between the points A, B, C, D and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 57'.005     014° 23'.198   Coast

B                     35° 56'.921     014° 23'.269   Buoy

C                     35° 56'.855     014° 23'.151   Buoy

D                     35° 56'.920     014° 23'.096   Coast

 

Buoys may be placed at points B and C to indicate the outer limit of the survey area.

 

The diving surveys will take place on Wednesday, 23rd December, 2020, all day.

 

The survey will be carried out by scuba divers and will be accompanied by the support vessel displaying the international code of Signals flag “A".

 

A safety zone of 50m round the support vessel is to be kept during the survey.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and slow speed when navigating close to above indicated area.

 

Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and/or by any enforcement agency on site, are to be complied with.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

22nd December, 2020

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 145 of 2020

 

Coring at Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl, near Buġibba Breakwater

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that coring operations will be carried out in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl, close to the breakwater at Buġibba. The coring operations will be carried out from the barge BEZZ V which will be assisted by two (2) tugboats. The vessels will display appropriate lights and shapes in compliance with the requirements of the International Regulations for the prevention of collisions at sea 1972 (COLREGS) as amended.

 

The coring operations in this area are scheduled to commence on Monday, 4th January, 2021, and, weather permitting, are estimated to be completed by Saturday, 20th January, 2021. Several cores will be lifted from within the area joining the points A, B, C, D, E, F, G and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 57'.151     014° 24'.531

B                     35° 57'.166     014° 24'.448

C                     35° 57'.086     014° 24'.327

D                     35° 57'.042     014° 24'.322

E                      35° 57'.024     014° 24'.351

F                      35° 57'.064     014° 24'.447

G                     35° 57'.082     014° 24'.428

 

Owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring buoy within the above-mentioned areas, are to remove such mooring buoys and associated ground tackle with immediate effect and by not later than Sunday, 3rd January, 2021.

 

Any vessels and moorings that are left within the marked area will be removed at the expense of the owner. No liability whatsoever will be accepted by the Authority for any damage that may be caused during the removal of the said vessels and mooring arrangements.

 

Due to the above-mentioned works, navigation within the said areas will be restricted and entry will only be permitted following agreement and permission from the contractor on site.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, and shall navigate with caution and at slow speed, when in the vicinity of the marked area. They are to give the area a wide berth due to the ropes and sinkers which will be holding the barge in position.

 

They are to comply with instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 

Chart affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

 

18th December, 2020

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 ​

Local Notice to Mariners No. 146 of 2020

 

Swim from Ħondoq ir-Rummien – Gozo, to Ir-Ramla tat-Torri – Armier, Malta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a swim from Ħondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo, to Ir-Ramla tat-Torri, Armier, Malta, will be held on Sunday, 20th December, 2020.

 

The swimmers will depart from Ħondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo (point A) at approximately 9.30 a.m. and arrive at Ir-Ramla tat-Torri, Armier, Malta (point E) at approximately 1.30 p.m. They will be following the route along the points A, B, C, D and E as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

There will be two support vessels accompanying the swimmers.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate at slow speed (no wake) and keep well clear of the area during the stipulated time and giving the swimmers and the support vessels a wide berth.

 

All mariners are to adhere closely to any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and/or by the maritime enforcement assets in the area.

 

Charts affected: BA 211A, 2537

 

18th December, 2020

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 147 of 2020

 

Swim from Ir-Ramla tal-Bir, Marfa Malta, to Ħondoq ir-Rummien Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a swim from Ir-Ramla tal-Bir, Marfa, Malta, to Ħondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo, will be held on Sunday 20th December, 2020.

 

The swimmer will depart from Ir-Ramla tal-Bir, Marfa, Malta (point A) at approximately 9.30 a.m. and arrive at Ħondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo (point F) at approximately 1.30 p.m. He will be following the route along the points A, B, C, D, E and F as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The support vessel 'Just Add Water' will accompany the swimmer.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate at slow speed (no wake) and keep well clear of the area during the stipulated time and giving the swimmer a wide berth.

 

All mariners are to adhere closely to any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or by the maritime enforcement assets in the area.

 

Charts affected: BA 211A, 2537

 

18th December, 2020

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 148 of 2020

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 138 of 2020 re Coring at Il-Port ta' Marsamxett, near Valletta to Tas-Sliema ferry landing place

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that Local Notice to Mariners No. 138 of 2020 regarding Coring at Il-Port ta' Marsamxett, near Valletta to Tas-Sliema ferry landing place, is being amended as follows:

 

The completion date is now being extended to Saturday 23rd January, 2021.

 

All other information included in Local Notice to Mariners No. 138 of 2020 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

18th December, 2020

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 58 of 2020

 

Cancel Notice to Mariners No. 39 of 2020 – re Works in progress – Breakwater at Il-Ponta tal-Qrejten

in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the works on the breakwater at Il-Ponta tal-Qrejten in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk has been completed.

 

Therefore, Notice to Mariners No. 39 of 2020 – re works in progress – Breakwater at Il-Ponta tal-Qrejten in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk, is hereby CANCELLED.

 

18th December, 2020

 

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 143 of 2020

​Swim from Ħondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo, to Ir-Ramla tal-Bir, Marfa, Malta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a swim from Ħondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo, to Ir-Ramla tal-Bir, Marfa, Malta, will be held on Saturday, 19th December, 2020.

The swimmer will depart from Ħondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo (point A) at approximately 9.00 a.m. and arrive at Ir-Ramla tal-Bir, Marfa, Malta (point F) at approximately noon. He will be following the route along the points A, B, C, D, E and F as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

The support vessel 'Just Add Water' will accompany the swimmer.

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate at slow speed (no wake) and keep well clear of the area during the stipulated time and giving the swimmer a wide berth.

All mariners are to adhere closely to any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or by the maritime enforcement assets in the area.

Charts affected: BA 211A, 2537

15th December, 2020

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 144 of 2020

Malta Young Sailors Club, Dinghy Sailing Regatta, Mellieħa Bay – 18th December, 2020

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Malta Young Sailors Club will be holding a Dinghy Sailing Regatta, between Friday 18th December and Sunday 20th December, 2020.

The activity will take place in Mellieħa Bay and approaches, in an area delineated by the imaginary lines A, B, C, D and E as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

Inflatable marker buoys to indicate the racecourse within the above-mentioned area shall be laid from 8.30 a.m. till 6.00 p.m., on each day of the activity.

All vessels that are not involved in the activity are to keep well clear from the competing boats and follow any instructions given by the race officials and support vessels.

Mariners are to note the above and are to give the area indicated a wide berth. They are further instructed to fully comply with Rule 18 (COLREGS 1972) and to 'keep out of the way' of the sailing vessels participating in the regatta. Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or by any enforcement agency on site, are to be complied with.

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2538, 2537

 

15th December, 2020

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 57 of 2020

Replacing of Navigational Aid Buoys around

the Maltese Islands

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that, as part of the maintenance programme, the navigational aid buoys located around the Maltese Islands are to be replaced.

 

The following buoys will be replaced:

 

Buoy                                                   Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

 

Għallis North Cardinal Buoy                                   35° 57'.310                014° 26'.840

Outer Munxar East Cardinal Buoy              35° 50'.982                014° 35'.940

Cominotto West Cardinal Buoy                   36° 00'.930                014° 18'.920

Comino West Cardinal Buoy                                   36° 01'.040                014° 19'.200

Marsalforn East Cardinal Buoy                   36° 04'.496                014° 15'.557

Marsaxlokk South Cardinal Buoy (Taqtiegħa)       35° 48'.890                014° 33'.680

Marsaxlokk Dellimara West Cardinal Buoy           35° 49'.302                014° 33'.230

Ellis Reef South Cardinal Buoy                   35° 49'.551                014° 32'.213

Marsaxlokk Bengħajsa East Cardinal Buoy           35° 48'.030                014° 33'.550

Marsaxlokk Isolated Danger – Bern                        35° 49'.359                014° 31'.890

Valletta Harbour Fairway Buoy                   35° 54'.748                014° 32'.511

Imgerbeb Point Starboard Buoy                  35° 53'.838                014° 31'.143

Senglea Point Port Buoy                              35° 53'.488                014° 30'.826

St Angelo Point Port Buoy                           35° 53'.593                014° 31'.010

Marsamxett Yellow Speed Marker Buoy    35° 53'.925                014° 30'.132

 

The work will be carried out by the vessels Goldfinder and Gold Dredger which will be displaying lights and shapes as per COLREGS.

The replacing of the buoys will start with immediate effect and is expected to be completed by 31st March, 2021, weather permitting.

Due to the lifting and lowering of the navigational aids and associated mooring components, the above-mentioned vessels will remain stationery, once in position.

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and to proceed at slow speed. When the above-mentioned vessels are sighted, they are to be given a wide berth.

Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12, Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14 and/or by any enforcement agency on site are to be complied with.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

Charts affected: BA 36, 177, 211, 2537, 2538, 194

 

15th December, 2020

 




Local Notice to Mariners No. 142 of 2020

​​Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 136 of 2020 - Coring at Id-Daħla tal-Imsida in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 136 of 2020.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that whilst all works have been completed, the departure of the barge BEZZ V will not be taking place, as planned, due to adverse weather conditions.

The departure of the barge BEZZ V from Id-Daħla tal-Imsida is now planned to take place by latest Sunday, 20th December, 2020 and again will be coordinated as in previous arrangements listed in Local Notice to Mariners No. 136 of 2020, which will remain in force.

Chart affected: BA 177, 2538

 

11th December, 2020


 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 141 of 2020

Malta Young Sailors Club, Dinghy Sailing Regatta, Mellieħa Bay – 5th December, 2020

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Malta Young Sailors Club will be holding a Dinghy Sailing Regatta, between Saturday, 5th December, 2020 and Sunday 6th December, 2020.

The activity will take place in Mellieha Bay and approaches, in an area delineated by the imaginary lines A, B, C, D and E as shown on Chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

Inflatable marker buoys to indicate the racecourse within the above-mentioned area shall be laid, from 8.00 a.m. till 6.30 p.m. on both days of the activity.

All vessels that are not involved in the activity are to keep well clear from the competing boats and follow any instructions given by the race officials and support vessels.

Mariners are to note the above and give the area indicated a wide berth. They are further instructed to give the right of way to the participants. Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 or by any enforcement agency on site, are to be complied with.

Chart affected: BA 211, 2538, 2537.

4th December, 2020

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 56 of 2020

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 15th December, 2020 - Extended Hours

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No 2 of 2019, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out Live Firing Practice on Tuesday, 15th December, 2020 with extended hours from 6.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m. (Local Time).

The exercise area (LM-D6) is delineated by sector ABC.


 

From Position A

             Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

A         35º 55'.540                 014º 28'.320 (Centre point on land),

a radius of 4 Nautical miles to points

B         35º 59'.460                 014º 27'.150 and
C         35º 58'.290                 014º 32'.190

During the Live Firing Practice Red Flags (approximate size 2.5m x 2m) will be flown from the shore limits. After sunset instead of the Red Flags there will be Red Lights and there will be two safety vessels with blue lights on each side, to indicate the limit. Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 Nautical miles off the coast when the flags or safety vessels are sighted.

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF channel 12 and the Armed Forces of Malta are to be strictly observed.

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

4th December, 2020​


Local Notice to Mariners No. 139 of 2020

 

RMYC Dinghy Sailing Regatta – off Tas-Sliema

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners that the Royal Malta Yacht Club will be holding a Dinghy Sailing Regatta on Saturday, 28th November, 2020, from 11.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m., and Sunday, 29th November, 2020, from 10.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m., off Tas-Sliema.

 

This activity will be held within the area A, B, C, D, E and F as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

2m inflatable buoys will be used to indicate the exact course.

 

Point               Latitude (N)                Longitude (E) 

 

A                     35º 55'.435                 014º 30'.447  

B                     35º 54'.798                 014º 31'.422

C                     35º 54'.454                 014º 31'.167  

D                     35º 54'.633                 014º 30'.826

E                      35º 54'.910                 014º 30'.515  

F                      35º 55'.178                 014º 30'.093

 

Mariners are to note the above and give the area indicated a wide berth. They are further instructed to coordinate with the support vessels on site and give the right of way to the participants. Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 are to be complied with.

 

Chart Affected: BA Chart 177

 

27th November, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 140 of 2020

 

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 12

of 2019 Regarding Dredging at Mġarr Harbour – Gozo (South)

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2019 regarding Dredging at Mġarr Harbour – Gozo, further dredging will be carried out within the area enclosed by the imaginary line joining the points A, B, C, D and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position           Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A                     36° 01'.490                 014° 17'.922         B               36° 01'.530                 014° 17'.903

C                     36° 01'.466                 014° 17'.855         D               36° 01'.452                 014° 17'.874

 

The works are expected to start on Tuesday, 3rd December, 2020, and be completed by 31st December, 2020. A silt curtain will be laid along the above-mentioned imaginary lines.

 

In view of the above vessels berthed in this area are to be removed immediately. Any vessel and mooring that is left in this area will be removed by the contractor. No liability whatsoever will be accepted by the authority for any damage that may be caused while removing the said vessels and moorings.

 

The AFM vessels will be shifted to within the area E, F, G, H and the intermediate coastline, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt). No vessel can enter this area. Access for entering and departing of AFM vessels from their berth must always keep clear.

 

Position         Latitude (N)                  Longitude (E)

 

E                      36° 01'.433                 014° 17'.853

F                      36° 01'.442                 014° 17'.863

G                     36° 01'.460                 014° 17'.839

H                     36° 01'.451                 014° 17'.830

 

Mariners are to keep out of the area and advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and very slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the indicated areas. They are to comply with instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on   Channel 12 and any enforcement personnel on site.

 

All other information included in Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2019 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

27th November, 2020

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 53 of 2020

 

Marsaxlokk Lighthouse,

Dellimara Point – Unreliable Light

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – 'Marsaxlokk and Approaches' and 'Marsaxlokk'

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Marsaxlokk Lighthouse Dellimara, Point Light flashing 2 every 12 seconds Fl(2)12s in the following position:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

35º 49'.300                 14º 33'.538

 

has had its lenses damaged and therefore the range is UNRELIABLE

 

Position in WGS 84 Datum

 

Charts affected: BA Chart 36, 2538, 194

 

27th November, 2020

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 54 of 2020

 

Live firing practice at Pembroke Ranges – 10th

December 2020 – Extended Hours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2019, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out Live Firing Practice on Thursday, 10th December, 2020, with extended hours from 6.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m. (local time).

 

The exercise area (LM-D6) is delineated by sector ABC.

 

From Position A

 

                        Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 55'.540                 014º 28'.320 (centre point on land),

 

a radius of 4 nautical miles to points 

 

B                     35º 59'.460                 014º 27'.150 and

C                     35º 58'.290                 014º 32'.190

           

During the Live Firing Practice Red Flags (approximate size 2.5m x 2m) will be flown from the shore limits.  After sunset instead of the Red Flags there will be Red Lights and there will be two safety vessels with blue lights on each side, to indicate the limit. Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 Nautical miles off the coast when the flags or safety vessels are sighted.

 

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and the Armed Forces of Malta are to be strictly observed.

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

27th November, 2020

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 55 of 2020

 

Seabed survey around the spoil ground

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a marine survey will be carried out with the use of the following equipment: Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) side-scan sonar, multibeam and a Van Veen grab. This survey will be carried out by the vessels Atlantis II and Wilfred, they will be displaying lights and shapes as per COLREGS.

 

The survey area is bounded by the following coordinates.

 

Point               Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 53'.854     014º 31'.797

B                     35º 54'.686     014º 32'.335

C                     35º 55'.316     014º 31'.354

D                     35º 56'.431     014º 31'.904

E                      35º 57'.102     014º 32'.996

F                      35º 54'.770     014º 36'.630

G                     35º 53'.703     014º 36'.030

H                     35º 53'.047     014º 34'.836

I                       35º 52'.998     014º 33'.374

 

Weather permitting the survey will start on Tuesday, 1st December, 2020, and will be completed by Thursday, 31st December, 2020.

 

Since the vessels  Atlantis II and Wilfred will be towing equipment and sometimes stationary, they will be restricted in their ability to manoeuvre.

 

Mariners are instructed to navigate with caution when the above-mentioned vessels are sighted and give a wide berth and observe a 500 metres radius restricted zone which will be implemented around the vessels Atlantis II and Wilfred.

 

Mariners are also notified to abide with any instructions from Valletta Port Control, (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 

Charts affected: BA 2538, 177, 194.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

27th November, 2020​


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 138 of 2020

 

Coring at Il-Port ta' Marsamxett, Near Valletta – Tas-Sliema Ferry Landing Place

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that coring will be carried out in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett, near Valletta – Tas-Sliema ferry landing place.

 

The coring will be carried out form the barge BEZZ V which will be assisted by two (2) tugboats and will display lights and shapes as per COLREGS.

 

The coring is scheduled to start on Monday, 7th December, 2020 and be completed by Saturday, 19th December, 2020, weather permitting. This work will be coordinated with the Valletta – Tas-Sliema ferry operator as this service cannot be interrupted.

 

Several cores will be carried out within the area joining the points A, B, C, D and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website: (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 54'.069     014° 30'.639

B                     35° 54'.103     014° 30'.602

C                     35° 54'.074     014° 30'.521

D                     35° 54'.031     014° 30'.523

 

Owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring within the above-mentioned area, are to remove such moorings and associated ground tackle with immediate effect and not later than Sunday, 6th December, 2020.

 

Any vessels and moorings that are left in this area will be removed at the expense of the owner. No liability whatsoever will be accepted by the Authority for any damage that may be caused while removing the said vessels and moorings.

 

Due to the above-mentioned works, navigation within the said area is restricted and entry is only allowed in agreement with the contractor on site.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and slow speed when in the vicinity, they are to give the area a wide berth due to ropes and sinkers which will be holding the barge in position.

 

They are to comply with instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 2537, 2538

 

24th November, 2020

 

​ 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 137 of 2020

 

RMYC Dinghy Sailing Regatta off Tas-Sliema

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners that the Royal Malta Yacht Club will be holding a Dinghy Sailing Regatta on Saturday 21st November and Sunday 22nd November, 2020, from 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., both days, off Tas-Sliema.

 

This activity will be held within the area A, B, C, D E and F as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

2m inflatable buoys will be used to indicate the exact course.

 

Point   Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 55'.435      014º 30'.447

B                     35º 54'.798      014º 31'.422

C                     35º 54'.454      014º 31'.167

D                     35º 54'.633      014º 30'.826

E                      35º 54'.910      014º 30'.515

F                      35º 55'.178      014º 30'.093

 

Mariners are to note the above and give the area indicated a wide berth. They are further instructed to coordinate with the support vessels on site and give the right of way to the participants. Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 are to be complied with.

 

Chart Affected: BA Chart 177

 

20th November, 2020

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 51 of 2020

 

Live Firing Practice at the Pembroke Ranges – 25th and 26th November, 2020 Extended hours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2019, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out Live Firing Practice on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th November 2020 with extended hours from 6.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m. (local time).

 

The exercise area (LM-D6) is delineated by sector ABC.

From Position A

 

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A         35º 55'.540                  014º 28'.320 (Centre point on land),

 

a radius of 4 nautical miles to points 

 

B         35º 59'.460                  014º 27'.150 and

C         35º 58'.290                  014º 32'.190

           

During the Live Firing Practice red flags (approximate size 2.5m x 2m) will be flown from the shore limits.  After sunset instead of the red flags there will be red lights and there will be two safety vessels with blue lights on each side, to indicate the limit. Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 nautical miles off the coast when the flags or safety vessels are sighted.

 

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and the Armed Forces of Malta are to be strictly observed.

 

Charts affected:          BA 2538, 2537, 194

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

20th November, 2020

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 52 of 2020

 

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 2nd December, 2020 – Extended hours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2019, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out Live Firing Practice on Wednesday, 2nd December, 2020, with extended hours from 6.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m. (local time).

 

The exercise area (LM-D6) is delineated by sector ABC.

 

From Position A

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A         35º 55'.540      014º 28'.320 (Centre point on land),

 

a radius of 4 nautical miles to points

 

B         35º 59'.460      014º 27'.150 and

C         35º 58'.290      014º 32'.190

During the Live Firing Practice red flags (approximate size 2.5m x 2m) will be flown from the shore limits. After sunset instead of the red flags there will be red lights and there will be two safety vessels with blue lights on each side, to indicate the limit. Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 nautical miles off the coast when the flags or safety vessels are sighted.

 

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and the Armed Forces of Malta are to be strictly observed.

 

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

20th November, 2020

 

​TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 136 of 2020

 

Coring at Id-Daħla tal-Imsida in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that coring will be carried out at Id-Daħla tal-Imsida (Ta' Xbiex side) in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett. The work is scheduled to start on Saturday, 28th November, 2020, and be completed by Saturday, 12th December, 2020.

 

The coring will be carried out form the barge BEZZ V which will be assisted by two (2) tug boats and will display lights and shapes as per COLREGS.

 

The coring will be carried out within the area joining the points 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

1                      35° 53'.821     014° 29'.590

2                      35° 53'.809     014° 29'.598

3                      35° 53'.811     014° 29'.614

4                      35° 53'.826     014° 29'.650

5                      35° 53'.838     014° 29'.646

                                               

Owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring within the above-mentioned area, are to remove such moorings and associated ground tackle with immediate effect and not later than Friday, 27th November, 2020.

 

Any vessels and moorings that are left in this area will be removed at the expense of the owner. No liability whatsoever will be accepted by the Authority for any damage that may be caused while removing the said vessels and moorings.

 

Due to the size of BEZZ V and it having to be towed to position, all vessels moored along the quay from point 5 to point 6 (next to Mamma Mia), from point 7 to point 8 (at Il-Ponta Tal-Pietà) and the outer 30m of pontoons G, H and M (shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) are to be removed on Saturday, 28th November, 2020 from 7.00 a.m. till noon and again on Saturday, 5th December, 2020 while BEZZ V is entering and departing Il-Port ta' Marsamxett.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

5                      35° 53'.838     014° 29'.646

6                      35° 53'.845     014° 29'.664

7                      35° 53'.772     014° 29'.700

8                      35° 53'.764     014° 29'.856

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and slow speed and stay as far to the south of the fairway as possible due to sinkers that hold barge in position, they are to give the area a wide berth.

 

They are to navigate and comply with instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

17th November, 2020

 

 


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 131 of 2020

 

ROV Survey of Cable – from Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq out to Sea

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a survey will be carried out with the use of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). This survey will be carried out by the vessel Mare Rosa and her ancillary equipment.

 

Weather permitting the survey is planned to be carried out between Friday, 6th November, 2020 and Wednesday, 11th November, 2020, along the line A-B as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt):

 

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A         35° 56'.435                 14° 27'.342 (Coast)

 

B         35° 57'.618                 14° 28'.062

 

The actual survey is expected to take about 1 day.

 

Since the vessel Mare Rosa will be towing an ROV, she will be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre.

 

Mariners are instructed to navigate with caution when the above-mentioned vessel is sighted and maintain a safe distance of 500m from the vessel.

 

Mariners are also notified to abide by any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control, (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 

Charts affected: BA 2537, 2538

 

6th November, 2020

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 132 of 2020

 

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2020 regarding Restricted Areas round Malta due to

Danger of Falling Rocks

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2020 regarding Restricted Areas round Malta due to danger of falling rocks, the following area is to be added to the list.

 

Rdum il-Bies – Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl – An area of 50m radius centred on the following approximate position, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

                        Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

            A         35º 57'.708     014º 23'.766

 

All conditions and advice mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2020 will remain valid and will apply to this area also.

 

Chart affected: BA 211B

 

6th November, 2020

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 133 of 2020

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 123 of 2020 regarding Benthic Survey in Gżira, Marsamxett Harbour

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No 123 of 2020.

 

The Directorate for Ports and Yachting, Transport Malta, informs mariners that the date of completion of the Benthic survey in Gżira, Marsamxett Harbour, has been extended until Monday, 30th November, 2020.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 123 of 2020 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 123 of 2020 will remain.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

6th November, 2020

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 134 of 2020

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 68 of 2020 regarding Infrastructure Malta Ferry Landing

in Tas-Sliema

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that Local Notice to Mariners No. 68 of 2020 regarding Infrastructure Malta – Ferry Landing in Tas-Sliema, is being amended with the following:

 

The completion date is now being extended to end of March, 2021.

All other information included in Local Notice to Mariners No. 68 of 2020 will remain valid.

           

Chart affected: BA 177

 

6th November, 2020

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 135 of 2020

 

Re-installation of Floating Pontoons in Il-Magħluq,

Il-Port ta' Marsaxlokk

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that floating pontoons will be re-installed at Il-Magħluq, Il-Port ta' Marsaxlokk.

 

The preparation and re-installation of the floating pontoons will take place between Friday, 6th November, 2020, and Saturday, 21st November, 2020.

 

The assembling and re-installation of the pontoons will be carried out by scuba divers and will be accompanied by the support vessels MV Gold Dredger, MV Goldfinder and Anselma, and they will be displaying the international code of Signals flag A.

 

Due to the re-installation, the area A, B, C, D and E (as shown hatched on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) will be used as a working area, therefore this is a restricted area for the duration of the works.

 

 

Point               Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

           

    A                 35°50.393     014°32'.769                  Coast

    B                 35°50.398     014°32'.754                 

    C                 35°50.427     014°32'.771

    D                 35°50.395     014°32'.861

    E                  35°50.357     014°32'.839                  Coast

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the above indicated area.

​ 

They are to cooperate with the contractor on site and comply with any instructions given by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14.

 

Chart affected:  BA 36

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

6th November, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 50 of 2020

 

Live firing practice at Pembroke Ranges – 9th, 11th and 12th November, 2020 Extended hours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2019, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out Live Firing Practice on Monday, 9th, Wednesday, 11th and Thursday, 12th November, 2020, with extended hours from 6.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m. (Local Time).

 

The exercise area (LM-D6) is delineated by sector ABC.

 

From Position A

 

            Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

 

A         35º 55'.540     014º 28'.320 (Centre point on land),

 

a radius of 4 nautical miles to points          

 

B         35º 59'.460     014º 27'.150 and

C         35º 58'.290     014º 32'.190

 

During the Live Firing Practice Red Flags (approximate size 2.5m x 2m) will be flown from the shore limits.  After sunset there will be red lights instead of the red flags, as well as two safety vessels with blue lights on each side to indicate the limit. Mariners are warned to keep a minimum 4 nautical miles off the coast when the flags or safety vessels are sighted.

 

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and the Armed Forces of Malta are to be strictly observed.

 

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

3rd November, 2020

 

Notice to Mariners No. 49 of 2020

 

Chart correction Malta-Gozo Fibre Optic

Submarine Cable

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 2537 – Għawdex (Gozo), Kemmuna (Comino) and the Northern Part of Malta.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a fibre optic cable has been laid along the following route:

                                                           

                                                Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

From Malta

(Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa)          35°56'.060     014°20'.626                 

till                                35°55'.965      014°20'.335

            till                              35°55'.934      014°20'.091

            till                              35°56'.071      014°18'.915

            till                              35°56'.138      014°18'.721

            till                              35°56'.274      014°18'.527

            till                              35°56'.782      014°18'.066

            till                              35°59'.764      014°17'.066

            till                              36°00'.669      014°16'.881

            till                              36°00'.673      014°16'.785

            till                               36°00'.761     014°16'.841

            to Gozo                       36°00'.962      014°16'.717

            (Ras il-Ħobż)             

 

Charts affected: BA Chart 2537, 2538, 211A

 

Positions referred to:  WGS 84 Datum.

 

30th October, 2020

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 128 of 2020

 

Diving surveys at Il-Ponta Tal-Pietà in Marsamxett Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that diving surveys will be held at Il-Ponta Tal-Pietà in Marsamxett Harbour, within the area A, B, C, D and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The diving surveys will take place between Saturday, 31st October, 2020, and Saturday, 14th November, 2020.

 

The surveys will be carried out by scuba divers and will be accompanied by the support vessels Goldfinder and Gold Dredger, and they will be displaying the international code of Signals flag A.

 

A safety zone of 50m round the support vessel Goldfinder and Gold Dredger is to be kept during the surveys.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and slow speed when navigating in the above indicated area. They are to comply with instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

30th October, 2020

 

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 126 of 2020

 

Filming from Rinella Malta Film Studios Clear Horizon

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and operators of vessels, that filming activities will take place in Rinella – Malta Film Studios.

 

The filming will take place from Thursday, 5th November, 2020, to Tuesday, 10th November, 2020 (including the weekend), from 6.00 a.m. till 1.00 a.m. (the next day) everyday.

 

In view of the above a clear horizon is required for filming purposes.

 

Mariners navigating in the indicated area on the mentioned dates are requested to keep watch on VHF Channel 12 and cooperate with the crew and enforcement personnel in the area.

Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 are to be complied with.

 

27th October, 2020

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

 

 




Local Notice to Mariners No. 117 of 2020

 

Marine Works off Ħondoq ir-Rummien Bay Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that marine works will be carried out off Ħondoq ir-Rummien Bay, Gozo.

 

The works will be carried out from the Barge Sea Wolf and will consist also the laying of a circular silt Curtain centred in position:

 

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A         35º 01'.598                 014º 19'.427

 

The silt curtain will be laid with a radius of 40m and will surround the flat barge Sea Wolf.

 

The works are expected to start with immediate effect and are expected to be completed by 20th November. These works will be carried out by divers who will be displaying the international code of signals flag 'A'.

 

Mariners are to note the above and navigate at slow speed (no wake) and they are to give this area a wide berth.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

2nd October, 2020

 

Notice to Mariners No. 44 of 2020

 

LIFE Arċipelagu Garnija Project – Restrictions on Areas around Malta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that as part of the LIFE Arċipelagu Garnija project, the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) has established a number of restrictions, in line with:

 

The Birds Directive (Directive 2009/147/EC) transposed into Maltese legislation through the Conservation of Wild Birds Regulations (S.L. 549.42).

 

The Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC) transposed into Maltese legislation through the Flora, Fauna and Fauna and Natural Habitats Protection Regulations (S.L 549.44).

 

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (Directive 2008/56/EC) transposed into Maltese legislation through the Marine Policy Framework Regulations (S.L. 549.62).

 

Blue Grotto – Qrendi Chart 1

 

Shown in red – Formed by the imaginary line 1F to 1G and the intermediate coastline - No navigation and no anchoring in the area except for fishing and diving vessels and local commercial vessels operating in the area. Only compulsory lights and sound. All year round and at all time.

 

Shown in blue – Formed by the imaginary lines 1A to 1B to 1C to 1D to 1E, the imaginary line 1F to 1G and the intermediate coastline Only compulsory lights and sounds. All year round and at all time.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

1A                   35° 49'.213     014° 27'.724

1B                   35° 48'.984     014° 27'.570

1C                   35° 48'.938     014° 27'.382

1D                   35° 49'.037     014° 27'.128

1E                    35° 49'.140     014° 27'.182

1F                    35° 49'.165     014° 27'.334

1G                   35° 49'.192     014° 27'.574

 

Cominotto – Blue Lagoon Chart 2

 

Shown in red – Formed by the imaginary lines 2C to 2B to 2D and the intermediate coastline No anchoring in the area except for fishing and diving vessels. Maximum speed 3 knots. Only compulsory lights and sounds. All year round and at all time.

 

Shown in blue – Formed by the imaginary lines 2A to 2B to 2C and the intermediate coastline Only compulsory lights and sounds. Maximum speed 10 knots. All year round and at all time.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

2A                   36° 00'.222     014° 19'.472

2B                   36° 00'.638     014° 19'.206

2C                   36° 00'.731     014° 19'.370

2D                   36° 00'.716     014° 19'.156

Dwejra – Gozo Chart 3

 

Shown in red – Formed by the imaginary lines 3A to 3B to 3C to 3D to 3E and the intermediate coastline Only compulsory sounds and lights allowed. Maximum speed 5 knots. All year round and at all time.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

3A                   36° 02'.729     014° 11'.366

3B                   36° 02'.721     014° 11'.288

3C                   36° 02'.809     014° 11'.220

3D                   36° 02'.871     014° 11'.243

3E                   36° 02'.886     014° 11'.294

 

Majjistral NHP Chart 4

 

Shown in red All transiting traffic to maintain a minimum distance of 100 m from the cliff. All year round and at all time. Shown in blue Formed by the imaginary lines 4A to 4B to 4C to 4D to 4E and the intermediate coastline - Only compulsory light and sounds. All year round and at all time.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

4A                   35° 56'.678     014° 19'.905

4B                   35° 56'.826     014° 19'.360

4C                   35° 57'.223     014° 19'.663

4D                   35° 57'.828     014° 19'.364

4E                    35° 58'.115     014° 19'.586

 

Migra l-Ferħa Chart 5

 

Shown in red Formed by the imaginary line 5A to 5B and the intermediate coastline No navigation and no anchoring in the area except for fishing and diving vessels. Only compulsory light and sounds. All year round and at all time.

 

Shown in blue All transiting traffic to maintain a minimum distance of 100 m from the cliff. All year round and at all time.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

5A                   35° 52'.084     014° 21'.095

5B                   35° 52'.232     014° 20'.978

 

Santa Marija Caves Chart 6

 

Shown in red – Formed by the imaginary line 6E to 6F and the intermediate coastline No anchoring in the area except for fishing and diving vessels. Maximum speed 3 knots. Only compulsory lights and sound. All year round and at all time.

 

Shown in blue – Formed by the imaginary lines 6A to 6B to 6C to 6D, the imaginary line 6E to 6F and the intermediate coastline No stopping and no anchoring zone of 0.5 NM except for fishing and diving vessels. Only compulsory lights and sound. All year round and at all time.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

6A                   36° 01'.141     014° 20'.400

6B                   36° 01'.475     014° 20'.761

6C                   36° 01'.248     014° 21'.080

6D                   36° 00'.914     014° 20'.716

6E                    36° 00'.960     014° 20'.665

6F                    36° 01'.116     014° 20'.427

 

St Paul's Islands Chart 7

 

Shown in red Formed by the imaginary lines 7A to 7B, the imaginary line 7C to 7D and the intermediate coastline Only compulsory lights and sound. Maximum speed 5 knots. All year round and at all time.

 

Shown in blue – Formed by the circle of radius 0.5NM centred on point 7E Only compulsory lights and sound. All year round and at all time.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

7A                   35° 57'.838     014° 23'.951

7B                   35° 57'.812     014° 23'.864

7C                   35° 58'.066     014° 23'.824

7D                   35° 57'.970     014° 24'.066

7E                    35° 57'.985     014° 24'.176

 

Ta' ċenċ Chart 8

 

Shown in red All transiting vessels to maintain a minimum distance of 100m from the cliffs. All year round and at all time.

 

Shown in blue – Formed by the imaginary lines 8A to 8B to 8C to 8D to 8E to 8F and the intermediate coastline Only compulsory sounds and lights allowed. Maximum speed 10 knots. All year round and at all time.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

8A                   36° 00'.952     014° 16'.260

8B                   36° 00'.448     014° 16'.330

8C                   36° 00'.197     014° 15'.744

8D                   36° 00'.835     014° 12'.796

8E                    36° 01'.285     014° 12'.469

8F                    36° 01'.560     014° 12'.865

 

Action will be taken against anybody not observing these restrictions.

Mariners are also reminded to navigate with caution and slow speed and give the indicated areas a wide berth. They are to comply with any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 

Charts affected: BA 194, 211, 2537

 

25th September, 2020

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 45 of 2020

 

Restricted Area between Il-Ponta tal-Aħrax

and Daħlet ix-Xilep

 

The Ports and Yachting Dirctorate, Transport Malta, notifies that as part of an EU LIFE project, aimed at protecting the Yelkouan Shearwaters (Garnija), seabirds that breed on cliffs, a restricted area is established. One such breeding area is located at L-Irdum tal-Madonna on the cliffs between Il-Ponta tal-Aħrax and Daħlet ix-Xilep. The L-Irdum tal-Madonna breeding colony has been designated as a Special Protection Area because Malta has 10% of the world's population of Yelkouan Shearwaters and is internationally important for these birds. Light and noise can easily disturb the birds and cause them to desert the colony.

 

The buffer zone to the Special Protection Area (SPA) (about 1.1 Nautical Mile from shore) lies between the following imaginary points and the intermediate coastline, as shown on chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt):

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

(A)      35°59'.268      14°22'.574

(B)       35°59'.231      14°23'.759

(C)       36°00'.624      14°23'.088

(D)      36°00'.874      14°22'.692

(E)       35°59'.901      14°22'.057

 

In view of the above Masters of all vessels and craft are to adhere to the following conduct while transiting the area all year round

 

Lights, other than lights prescribed in the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGs) have to be switched off and no loud noise, other than sound signals prescribed in the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGs), from vessels is allowed whilst moving along this stretch of coast.

 

Pleasure cruises operating as Boat Parties are obliged to follow the above guideline and switch off all lights and music while passing in the indicated area or otherwise keep clear from the buffer zone to the SPA.

 

 

The letting off of petards and other fireworks from sea is not allowed in the buffer zone to the SPA all year round.

 

The buffer zone to the SPA is a “no stopping zone" for all vessels other than vessels carrying out fishing activities.

 

Fishing activities in the area using strong lights (lampara etc) are prohibited in line with Art.4 of the Fishery Regulations (SL425.01) and Council Regulation (EC) No. 1967/2006 concerning management.

 

Further to the above, the Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that as part of the LIFE Arċipelagu Garnija project, the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) has established a number of restrictions, in line with:

 

The Birds Directive (Directive 2009/147/EC) transposed into Maltese legislation through the Conservation of Wild Birds Regulations (S.L. 549.42)

 

The Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC) transposed into Maltese legislation through the Flora, Fauna and Fauna and Natural Habitats Protection Regulations (S.L 549.44).

 

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (Directive 2008/56/EC) transposed into Maltese legislation through the Marine Policy Framework Regulations (S.L. 549.62).

 

As such, the area enclosed by the imaginary line X – Y and the intermediate coastline, shown hatched red on chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), while all conditions mentioned above apply, no anchoring except for fishing and diving vessels is permitted. Maximum speed 3 knots.

 

 

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

(X)      35°59'.584                  14°22'.339

(Y)      35°59'.539                  14°23'.361

 

Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2010 of Transport Malta is hereby CANCELLED.

 

Charts Affected: BA 211A, 2538, 2537, 194

 

25th September, 2020