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Local Notice to Mariners No. 152 of 2019

 

Filming of Hartwig Seeler at Ix-Xatt l-Aħmar and Il-Bajja tal-Qbajjar Keep Clear

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and operators of vessels that filming will be carried out at Ix-Xatt l-Aħmar and Il-Bajja tal-Qbajjar in Gozo.

 

The filming will be carried out at:

 

Ix-Xatt l-Aħmar between Monday, 25th November, 2019, and Monday, 2nd December, 2019 from 6.00 a.m. till 8.30 p.m. on each day.

 

Il-Bajja tal-Qbajjar on Monday, 25th November, 2019, and Monday, 2nd December, 2019, from 6.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m. on each day.

 

Due to the above filming the area at Ix-Xatt l-Aħmar (as shown hatched on chart A found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) and the area at Il-Bajja tal-Qbajjar (as shown hatched on chart B on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) are to be kept clear from any vessels during the above mentioned dates and times during the filming.

 

Mariners are to take note of the above and comply with any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and any enforcement agency on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 253

 

19th November, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 153 of 2019

 

Survey in Various Areas in Malta and Gozo in Connection with Medkey Habitat Campaign

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that in connection with the Medkey Habitat campaign, surveys will be carried out in various parts in Malta and Gozo.

 

The vessel SIMO will be used to operate the various types of surveys which include the use of single/multibeam echo sounder, side scan sonar, grab (for sampling), a towed camera/ROV and scuba divers. This survey will start with immediate effect and is expected to be completed by Friday 15th January, 2020.

 

The surveys will be carried out within the areas formed by joining the points and the intermediate coastline, shown hatched on charts on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

On chart 1 (Gozo)

 

Area                                                    Point   Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

Bajja tar-Ramla                                  A         36° 04'.390     014° 16'.054

                                                            B         36° 03'.937     014° 17'.456

Bajja ta' San Blas                               B         36° 03'.937     014° 17'.456

                                                            C         36° 03'.544     014° 18'.614

Bajja ta' Daħlet Qorrot                       D         36° 03'.433     014° 18'.718

                                                            E          36° 03'.005     014° 19'.159

Ponta tal-Ħotba għal Tal-Fessej         F          36° 00'.968     014° 16'.635

                                                            G         36° 00'.681     014° 16'.635

                                                            H         36° 00'.681     014° 15'.692

                                                            I           36° 01'.225     014° 13'.323

Dwejra                                                J          36° 02'.193     014° 11'.171

                                                            K         36° 02'.193     014° 11'.041

                                                            L          36° 03'.909     014° 11'.023

                                                            M        36° 03'.909     014° 11'.086

 

 

On chart 2 (Malta)

 

Area                                                    Point   Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

Bajja tal-Mellieħa                               A         35° 59'.294     014° 22'.584

                                                            B         35° 58'.288     014° 22'.767

San Pawl il-Baħar                               C         35° 57'.822     014° 23'.878

                                                            D         35° 57'.429     014° 25'.042

Bajja tas-Salina                                   E          35° 57'.593     014° 25'.813

                                                            F          35° 57'.291     014° 25'.985

Irdum Majjiesa għal Għar Lapsi         G         35° 49'.101     014° 27'.974

                                                            H         35° 48'.452     014° 26'.375

                                                            I           35° 49'.428     014° 24'.874

                                                            J          35° 52'.635     014° 19'.964

                                                            K         35° 54'.074     014° 19'.009

                                                            L          35° 56'.683     014° 19'.010

                                                            M        35° 56'.684     014° 19'.944

Filfla                                                   N         35° 47'.766     014° 25'.030

                                                            O         35° 46'.736     014° 25'.037

                                                            P          35° 46'.729     014° 23'.687

                                                            Q         35° 47'.759     014° 23'.679

 

 

Mariners and operators of sea craft are advised to keep a sharp lookout and proceed at slow speed (no wake) while navigating in the above areas. They are to give the vessel SIMO a wide berth of 500m, since she will be towing equipment behind and therefore restricted in her ability to manoeuvre.

 

Moreover, they are requested to comply with instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

 

Position referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

19th November, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 149 of 2019

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners Nos. 15 and 48 of 2019 Regarding Repair Works on il-Moll tal-Fekruna, Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the repair works on il-Moll tal-Fekruna, Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl, have now been completed and therefore Local Notice to Mariners Nos. 15 and 48 of 2019 are hereby CANCELLED.

 

15th November, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 150 of 2019

OTILLO - Swimrun World Series 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the OTILLO Swimrun World Series 2019 will be held between Saturday, 23rd and Sunday, 24th November, 2019. There will be safety boats in each individual swim at all times.

 

On Saturday, 23rd November, 2019, the Spirit Malta and the Experience Malta races will be held, starting and finishing at Il-Bajja tal-Mixquqa (Golden Sands). There will be approximately 200 participants.

 

The swimming part of these races will follow the route (as shown on chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) and will be as follows:

 

Swim between points      Start and finish time of the individual swim

 

from A to B                     11.00 a.m. and 11.55 a.m.,

from C to D                     10.55 a.m. and 12.20 p.m.,

from E to F                      11.05 a.m. and 12.45 p.m.,

from G to H                     11.45 a.m. and 1.20 p.m. and

from C to B                     12.25 p.m. and 2.30 p.m.

 

On Sunday, 24th November, 2019, the World Series Malta race will be held, starting in Valletta and finishing at Il-Bajja tal-Mixquqa (Golden Sands). There will be approximately 300 participants.

 

The swimming part of this race will follow the route (as shown on chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) and will be as follows:

 

Swim between points      Start and finish time of the individual swim

 

from A to B                     800 a.m. and 8.30 a.m.,

from C to D                     8.10 a.m. and 8.45 a.m.,

from E to F                      8.20 a.m. and 9.10 a.m.,

from G to H                     8.30 a.m. and 9.20 a.m.,

from I to J                        8.50 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.,

from K to L                     9.15 a.m. and 11.10 a.m.,

from M to N                    9.35 a.m. and noon,

from O to P                      10.15 a.m. and 1.30 p.m.,

from Q to R                     10.45 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.,

from S to T                      11.00 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.,

from U to V                     11.20 a.m. and 3.00 p.m.,

from W to X                    11.50 a.m. and 3.50 p.m. and

from Y to Z                     12.05 p.m. and 4.40 p.m.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed. They are to keep well clear of the areas during the stipulated date and times, 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 177, 211, 2537 and 2538

 

15th November, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 151 of 2019

Diving Survey at Id-Daħla ta' Lazzarett in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a diving survey will be carried out in the area (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) at Id-Daħla ta' Lazzarett in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett.

 

The survey will start on Tuesday, 19th November, 2019, and will be completed by Tuesday, 3rd December, 2019.

 

The support vessel 'Julie Pearl' will be assisting the diver during the survey and will be displaying the international code of Signals flag 'A'.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, and navigate with caution and slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the above indicated area. They are to give the above area a wide berth of at least 50m. They are to comply with instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

15th November, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 68 of 2019

 

Live firing practice at Pembroke Ranges – 19th November, 2019 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, 19th November, 2019, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 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 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

 

15th November, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 69 of 2019

Live firing practice at Pembroke Ranges – 21st November, 2019 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, 21st November, 2019, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 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 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

 

15th November, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 146 of 2019

Infrastructure Malta seabed sampling in the Grand Harbour, Valletta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that Infrastructure Malta will be carrying out seabed sampling in different areas within the Grand Harbour, Valletta. The sampling is to start on Monday, 11th November, 2019, and be completed by Friday, 22nd November, 2019.

 

The work consists of sediment collection using the vessels Sea Wolf II (flat barge) and Beezer (workboat) which will  be  carrying out the  sampling  with the  use  of  a  grab  and coring equipment.

 

The sampling  will  be  carried  out  within  the  areas  A,  B,  C,  D  and  E (as  shown  on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).  The works  will  be  coordinated  by  the Traffic  Management  Unit  (TMU) and  the  contractor. Valletta Port  Control  (Valletta  VTS) will  be  transmitting  information on a day to day basis regarding the working areas.

 

Masters  and  operators  of  vessels  are  to seek information from  Valletta  Port  Control (Valletta  VTS) about  operating  restrictions  from  Transport  Malta  and also coordinate with the contractors on site in the locations indicated above.

 

They  are also advised  to  keep  a  sharp  lookout,  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 and any enforcement agency on site.

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 2537, 2538

 

8th November, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 147 of 2019

Diving Survey at Il-Magħluq in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a diving survey will be carried out in the area (as shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)), at Il-Magħluq in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk.

 

The survey will start with immediate effect and will be completed by Friday, 15th November, 2019.

 

A support vessel will be assisting the diver during the survey and 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 give the above area a wide berth of at least 50m. They are to comply with instructions given by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

8th November, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 148 of 2019

Malta Sailing Federation Dinghy National Championship

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners that the Royal Malta Yacht Club will be organising the Malta Sailing Federation Dinghy National Championship on Saturday, 9th November, and Sunday, 10th November, 2019, from 10.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. each day, off Tas-Sliema.

 

This activity will be held within area 1 as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

If the activity cannot be held in area 1 due to inclement weather, it will be held inside Marsamxett Harbour in area 2 and area 3 (as shown on attached chart) on the same dates and times.

 

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

 

8th November, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 67 of 2019

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 14th November, 2019 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, 14th November, 2019, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 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 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

 

8th November, 2019

 


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 145 of 2019

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 141 of 2019 - Repair Works on Slipway and Adjacent Quay in Birżebbuġa

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 141 of 2019.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that due to the placing of a silt curtain, no vessel will be allowed to enter within the area shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), unless authorised by Transport Malta.

Local Notice to Mariners No. 141 of 2019 is to be amended accordingly.

All other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 141 of 2019 will remain.

Chart affected: BA 177

1st November, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 143 of 2019

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2019 Re Infrastructure Malta Works at Marfa

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the works carried out by Infrastructure Malta at Marfa have now been completed and therefore Local Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2019 Re – Infrastructure Malta works at Marfa is hereby CANCELLED.

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

 

25th October, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 144 of 2019

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2019 Re  Refurbishment of Slipway and Adjacent Quay at Il-Bajja ta' San Ġiljan

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners and the general public that the refurbishment work on the slipway and adjacent quay at Il-Bajja ta' San Ġiljan have now been completed and therefore Local Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2019 re refurbishment of slipway and adjacent quay at Il-Bajja ta' San Ġiljan is hereby CANCELLED.

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 2537, 2538

 

25th October, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 141 of 2019

Repair Works on Slipway and Adjacent Quay in Birżebbuġa

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that refurbishment work on the slipway and adjacent quay in Birżebbuġa next to the Malta Freeport Terminal (as shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) will start on Monday, 28th October, 2019.

Due to the abovementioned refurbishment, the slipway and quay will not be accessible both by land and sea from 28th October, 2019, and until further notice.

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with extreme caution and at slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity. They are to obey any instructions issued by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14 and any Enforcement Agency.

Chart affected: BA 36

22nd October, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 142 of 2019

Sea Bed Clean-up in San Pawl il-Baħar

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Malta Gaming Authority will be organising a sea bed clean-up at San Pawl il-Baħar in the area shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

This event will be held on Monday, 28th October, 2019, from 10.00 a.m. till 1.00 p.m.
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 and time. They are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and any enforcement assets in the area.

Charts affected: BA 211B, 2537

22nd October, 2019





TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 139 of 2019

 

Swim in Dockyard Creek, Vittoriosa/Cospicua – Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that part of the Super League event will be held in Dockyard Creek Vittoriosa/Cospicua. This event is a Triathlon race which includes a swimming event which will be held on:

 

On Saturday, 19th October, 2019, from 8.00 a.m. till 6.00 p.m., and

 

On Sunday, 20th October, 2019 from 7.30 a.m. till 5.00 p.m.

 

The swimming events will both be held along the imaginary line A, B, C and D as shown dashed in blue on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). Marker buoys will be laid at points B and C, which will indicate the turning points.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 53'.077     014º 31'.249

B                     35º 53'.081     014º 31'.215

C                     35º 53'.128     014º 31'.233

D                     35º 53'.124     014º 31'.274

 

Mariners without a permit from the organisers are instructed not to enter the above restricted area on the mentioned date and times stated above. They are to cooperate with the organizers in the area. Moreover they are to obey any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and any enforcement agency.

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 2537 and 2538

 

18th October, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 140 of 2019

 

Quay in Id-Daħla ta' Rinella, The Grand Harbour Keep Clear

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and operators of vessels that the part of the quay at Id-Daħla ta' Rinella in The Grand Harbour will be used as an operational base for the filming of L'Incredibile Storia Dell' Isola Delle Rose.

 

The filming will be carried out outside The Grand Harbour off Kalkara on Friday, 18th October, 2019, between 7.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.

Due to the above the part of the quay shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) is to be kept clear on Friday, 18th October, 2019, from 6.30 a.m. till 8.00 p.m.

 

Mariners are to take note of the above and are not to leave any vessel berthed to the quay on the mentioned date and time.

 

Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 are to be complied with.

 

Charts affected: BA 177

 

18th October, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 64 of 2019

 

Live firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 24th October, 2019 Extended hours with the use of Pyrotechnics, Grenades and Flares

 

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, 24th October, 2019, with extended hours from 6.00 p.m. till 10.00 p.m. (Local Time).

 

All day the exercise will also include the use of Pyrotechnics, Grenades and Flares.

 

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 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 are to be strictly observed.

 

 

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

18th October, 2019

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 65 of 2019

 

Live firing practice at Pembroke Ranges – 21st and 22nd October 2019 Extended hours with the use of Pyrotechnics, Grenades and Flares

 

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, 21st and Tuesday, 22nd October 2019, with extended hours from 6.00 p.m. till 7.00 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 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 are to be strictly observed.

 

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

18th October, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 138 of 2019

Gozo to Malta International Open Water Swimming Races 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Gozo to Malta international open water swimming races will be held on Sunday, 20th October, 2019.

Participants will depart from Il-Bajja ta' Ħondoq ir-Rummien (Gozo), point A on chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), at approximately 8.00 a.m. They will swim to the east of Comino and then to Ir-Ramla tal-Bir, Malta, point B on chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). The race is expected to be completed by 11.30 a.m.

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A                     36º 01'.665     014º 19'.349

B                     35º 59'.171     014º 20'.804

Il-Fliegu ta' Ghawdex will be restricted to navigation from 7.30 a.m. till 9.00 a.m. and Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna will be restricted to navigation from 8.30 a.m. till 11.30 a.m.

Another race will be held in Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna on the same day between 8.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. Participants will start from point X, swim to point Y, then to point Z and back to point X (as shown on chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

X                     35º 59'.173     014º 20'.804

Y                     35º 59'.354     014º 20'.598

Z                      35º 59'.383     014º 20'.652

If due to bad weather the race cannot be held between Gozo and Malta all races will either be held at Il-Bajja tal-Mixquqa (as shown on chart 3 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) or at Tas-Sliema (as shown on  chart 4 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), depending on the wind direction. In both cases the swimmers will start from point A, swim to point B, then to point C and back to point A.

 

Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 56'.041     014º 20'.643

B                     35º 56'.011     014º 19'.991

C                     35º 55'.589     014º 20'.039

 

Tas-Sliema

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 54'.689     014º 30'.497

B                     35º 55'.183     014º 30'.788

C                     35º 54'.927     014º 30'.224

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed, they are to 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 211, 2537 and 2538

 

15th October, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 135 of 2019

Winter Open Sea Swimming Race – 12th October, 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that a Winter Open Sea Swimming Race will be held at Il-Bajja ta’ San Ġorġ – Birżebbuġa.

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 49’.932 014º 31’.850
B 35º 49’.873 014º 31’.924
C 35º 49’.938 014º 31’.931
on Saturday, 12th October, 2019, from 2.30 p.m. till 4.00 p.m.

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 and time. They are to obey any instructions issued by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF channel 14 and any Enforcement Agency.

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

11th October, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 136 of 2019

Sea Bed Clean Up in San Pawl il-Baħar

The Ports  and  Yachting  Directorate,  Transport  Malta,  notifies  mariners  that  the  Malta Gaming Authority will be organising a sea bed clean-up at San Pawl il-Baħar in the area shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

This event will be held on Wednesday, 16th October, 2019, from 10.00 a.m. till 1.00 p.m.

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 and time. They are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and any enforcement assets in the area.

Charts affected: BA 211B, 2537

11th October, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 137 of 2019

Repair and Upgrading Works at Marsaskala Quays Close to Waterpolo Pitch

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners and the general public that repair and upgrading works will be carried out on two parts of the quay at Il-Bajja ta’ Marsaskala.

The works will start with immediate effect and will be completed by Wednesday, 31st January, 2020.
The works will be carried out within the areas as shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). Two silt curtains will be laid along the points A, B, C and D and the other along the points E, F and G for the duration of the works.

These works will include diving operations.

Masters and vessel operators are instructed to keep a sharp lookout, navigate at very slow speed (no wake) when approaching the area and that the quay cannot be used.

They are to comply with any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and any enforcement agency.

Charts affected: BA 36, 2538

11th October, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 134 of 2019

 

Refurbishment of fishermen's slipway and adjacent quay at Mġarr Harbour – Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that refurbishment work on the fishermen's slipway and adjacent quay at Mġarr Harbour - Gozo (as shown hatched on chart shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) will start with immediate effect and is expected to be completed by Thursday, 10th October, 2019.

 

Due to the above mentioned refurbishment, the slipway and quay will not be accessible.

 

Mariners are to note the above and proceed with caution and at a slow speed when in the vicinity of the slipway while the refurbishment is being carried out.

Chart affected: BA 211

 

8th October, 2019

 

 

 


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 130 of 2019

 

Filming at Marsaxlokk Port and Għar Lapsi Vanishing Wake

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners and sea vessel operators that filming activities will take place at Marsaxlokk Port and Għar Lapsi.

 

Filming will start on Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019, and should be completed by Friday, 8th November, 2019.

 

Filming will be carried out from the following locations as shown on charts found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) and also while transiting between the same locations:

 

Chart 1 – Marsaxlokk (Sunday market area)

Chart 2 – Marsaxlokk (next to the power station)

Chart 3 – Marsaxlokk (Il-Magħluq sandy beach)

Chart 4 – Għar Lapsi (Slipway and Open sea)

Chart 5 – Open sea between Marsaxlokk Port and Għar Lapsi

 

A clear horizon is requested from where filming is being carried out at the time, during the dates and times listed above.

The vessel MFA7277 and a decommissioned luzzu (to be used as prop) will be used during filming and are to be given a wide berth when sighted.

 

Mariners are requested to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed in the vicinity of the above areas. They are to cooperate with the organisers and Maritime Enforcement officers in the area. Moreover they are to obey any instructions given by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14.

 

Charts affected: BA 36, 2538

 

4th October, 2019

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 131 of 2019

 

Long Term Maintenance Repairs

 

Marsaxlokk Harbour Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that long term maintenance repairs on the quay cranes on both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 North Quay are now in progress.

 

Each crane being repaired will be boomed in the 45 degrees angle for around 10 to 15 days. The first cranes are intended to be repaired on bollard 33, thus extra caution is needed during berthing and departing of vessels.

 

In view of the above works, mariners are to get authorisation from Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd before making any use of this quay and to give the above area a wide berth. Masters navigating in the vicinity are to keep a sharp lookout, proceed with caution and very slow speed. Vessels are to comply with instructions as issued by Marsaxlokk VTS (Marsaxlokk Port Control) on VHF Channel 14.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

4th October, 2019

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 132 of 2019

 

Quay in Id-Daħla ta' Rinella, The Grand Harbour Keep Clear

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and operators of vessels that the quay at Id-Daħla ta' Rinella in The Grand Harbour will be used as an operational base for the filming of 'L'Incredibile Storia Dell'Isola Delle Rose'.

 

Due to the above the quay is to be kept clear on Tuesday, 8th October, 2019, from 6.30 a.m. till 8.00 p.m.

 

Mariners are to take note of the above and not to leave any vessel berthed to the quay.

 

Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 are to be complied with.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

4th October, 2019

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 133 of 2019

 

Filming L'Incredibile Storia Dell'Isola delle Rose

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners and sea vessel operators that filming activities will take place outside The Grand Harbour off Kalkara and at Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa.

 

Filming will be carried out outside The Grand Harbour off Kalkara on Tuesday, 8th October, 2019, from 7.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m.

 

Filming will also be carried out within the area A, B, C and D (as shown hatched in red on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)), on Tuesday, 14th October, 2019, from 6.30 a.m. till 8.00 p.m.

 

A clear horizon is requested within the angle between the lines D to E and C to F. Any vessels that are moored within the area C, D, E and F (as shown hatched in blue on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)), are to be removed during the date and time listed above.

 

In case of bad weather conditions on any of the above mentioned dates the filming will be carried out at Paradise Bay on the same dates and times.

 

Mariners are requested to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed, in the vicinity of the above areas. They are to cooperate with the organisers and any maritime enforcement agency in the area. Moreover they are to obey any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

 

4th October, 2019

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 63 of 2019

 

Live firing practice exercise at Sea – Gunex 02/2019

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the Armed Forces of Malta shall conduct live firing practice exercises at sea off Pembroke Ranges and in the south of Malta between Monday, 14th October, 2019 and Wednesday, 16th October, 2019; with Thursday, 17th October, 2019, and Friday, 18th October, 2019, scheduled as reserve dates.

 

The firing exercise will take place between 7.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. local time, (5.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. UTC) on the above mentioned dates.

 

The exercise will take place within the areas as mentioned below.

 

Off Pembroke Ranges

 

The firing exercise will be held within the area joining the points A, B, C, D, E and F as shown hatched on chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position          Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 59'.838    014º 25'.847

B                     36º 03'.490    014º 23'.728

C                     36º 04'.309    014º 28'.924

D                     36º 03'.023    014º 33'.978

E                     35º 59'.945    014º 37'.664

F                      35º 57'.088    014º 31'.589

 

At the South of Malta

 

The exercise will be held within a circular area of 8 Nautical Mile Radius, centred on point Z:

 

Position          Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

 

Z                     35º 30'.500    014º 11'.000

 

as shown hatched on chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

In view of the above all vessels in the vicinity of the exercise areas must proceed with caution, they are advised to give the exercise areas a wide berth and comply with all instructions given by AFM craft patrolling the area, Malta VTS (Malta Coast Radio Station) on VHF Channel 69 and Valletta VTS (Valletta Port Control) on VHF Channel 12.

 

Chart affected: BA 194, 2124, 2537 and 2538

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

4th October, 2019

 

 


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 126 of 2019

 

Roberts Cup – Como to Malta Seaplane Rally – 2019

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the Malta Seaplanes Association in collaboration with Aero Club Como will be organising the Roberts Cup – Como to Malta Seaplanes Rally between Friday, 4th October, 2019 and Sunday, 6th October, 2019. Part of the rally will be held in the Grand Harbour.

 

The flying displays over the Grand Harbour will be held as follows:

 

On Friday, 4th October, 2019, from 4.00 p.m. till 5.00 p.m.

 

 

On Saturday, 5th October, 2019, from 10.00 a.m. till 1.00 p.m. and from 3.00 p.m. till 5.00 p.m.

 

On Sunday, 6th October, 2019, from 10.00 a.m. till 1.00 p.m. and from 3.00 p.m. till 5.00 p.m.

 

All timings are in local time.

 

The displays will consist mainly of landing and take-off maneuvers and will be held within the area A, B, C and D, as shown hatched in magenta on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). Mariners are hereby informed that during the dates and times mentioned above traffic movements may be restricted.

 

Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) will be managing the movement of vessels, on VHF Channel 12.

 

Mariners are to navigate with caution and to keep a sharp lookout when in the vicinity to the above-mentioned area. They are to obey any instructions that are issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12, and Maritime Enforcement vessels in the area.

 

Positions are in WGS 84 Datum.

 

Chart affected: BA Chart 177, 2538

 

27th September, 2019

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 127 of 2019

 

Spear fishing Competition

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that Malta Skin Divers Club will be organising a spear fishing competition which will be held on two days, Saturday, 5th October, 2019 and Sunday, 13th October, 2019, starting at 8.30 a.m. and finishing at 2.30 p.m. on both days.

 

The competition will take place in either of the following three areas depending on the wind direction:

 

Area A – West of Malta as shown on Chart A found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt),

 

Area B – North-West of Malta as shown on Chart B found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt),

 

Area C – South-East of Malta as shown on Chart C found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

If due to adverse weather conditions the competition cannot be held on the above mentioned day it will be held on Saturday, 19th October, 2019 and on Saturday, 26th October, 2019 at the same time.

 

The competitors will be assisted by support vessels and there will be safety vessels also within the area.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed (no wake), they are also keep well clear of the area where the activity is being held during the stipulated time giving the competitors and support vessels a wide berth. They are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 or Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14 and any maritime enforcement assets in the area.

 

Charts affected: BA 36, 211, 2537 and 2538

 

27th September, 2019

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 128 of 2019

 

Filming between the Southern Part of Gozo and the Northern Part of Malta Sea of Time October 2019

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners and sea vessel operators that filming activities will take place between the southern part of Gozo and the northern part of Malta.

 

Filming will start on Monday, 30th September, 2019 and should be completed by Thursday, 17th October, 2019, from 7.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m. everyday.

 

Filming will be carried out from the following locations (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) and also while transiting between the same locations:

Point A – Ras in-Niexfa

Point B – Il-Bajja taċ-Ċirkewwa

Point C – Ras in-Newwiela

Point D – Il-Port tal-Imġarr

Point E – Ras il-Qala

Point F – Daħlet ix-Xilep

Point G – Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa

 

A clear horizon is requested from where filming is being carried out at the time, during the dates and times listed above.

 

The vessels Abbot, Mahana and MV Grecale will be used during the filming and are to be given a wide berth when spotted.

 

Mariners are requested to keep a sharp look out and navigating at slow speed, in the vicinity of the above areas. They are to cooperate with the organisers and Maritime Enforcement officers in the area. Moreover they are to obey any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 

Charts affected: BA 2537, 211.

 

27th September, 2019

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 129 of 2019

 

Birżebbuġa Regatta 2019

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Birżebbuġa Local Council will be organising regatta races in Birżebbuġa, Marsaxlokk Harbour.

 

The regatta races will be held on Sunday, 29th September, 2019, from 1.00 p.m. till 7.00 p.m., and will take place within the area A, B, C and D as shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Any vessels which are within the designated area are to be removed.

 

No vessels will be allowed to cross the race course during the races.

 

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

 

Mariners are requested to keep a sharp look out and navigating at slow speed (no wake), in the vicinity of the above area. They are to cooperate with the organizers and any maritime enforcement assets in the area. Moreover, they are to obey any instructions given by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14.

 

Charts affected: BA 36, 2538

 

27th September, 2019

 

 


Local Notice to Mariners No. 125 of 2019

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the Royal Malta Yacht Club will be holding the Rolex Middle Sea Race on Saturday, 19th October, 2019.  In addition a coastal race will also be held on Wednesday, 16th October, 2019.

The race programme is as follows:

a) Wednesday, 16th October, 2019

The coastal race starts at 10.00 a.m.

The start is from Marsamxett Harbour, at an imaginary line from the tower of Il-Fortizza ta' Tignè to the corner of the bastion on the western side of Il-Fossa in Valletta. When they exit Marsamxett Harbour they will proceed, depending on the weather conditions, either to Comino and/or Gozo or to Munxar and/or Filfa and finish at Marsamxett Harbour.

Mariners are requested to keep the Marsamxett fairway clear during the start of the coastal race and to keep a sharp lookout during the remaining hours of Wednesday, 16th October, 2019.

b) Saturday, 19th October, 2019

The Rolex Middle Sea Race starts at approximately 11.00 a.m.

The start is from Grand Harbour, at an imaginary line from an inflatable buoy near Saint Angelo Point to the Valletta Saluting Battery mast.

The yachts shall then proceed in a North Easterly direction along the Channel in Grand Harbour to an inflatable buoy, bearing the sponsor's logo, positioned outside the Saint Elmo Breakwater. The buoy shown as 1 on the chart that can be found on Transport Malta's website (www.transport.gov.mt) will be in the following approximate position:

 

Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

35º 54'.160                 014º 31'.540

The yachts shall then proceed in a North Westerly direction towards St George's shoals where a second inflatable buoy bearing the sponsor's logo will be positioned. The buoy shown as 2 on the chart that can be found on Transport Malta's website (www.transport.gov.mt) will be in the following approximate position:

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

35º 55'.650                 014º 30'.070

They will follow the course as shown on Chart 1 that can be found on Transport Malta's website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The yachts shall than proceed in a North North Easterly direction towards Sicily.

Mariners are to navigate with caution and to keep a sharp lookout when in the vicinity of the above-mentioned courses and positions and, when sighted, give the participants a wide berth.

 

They are also to keep at least 200m away from the inflatable buoys 1 and 2 mentioned above.

 

Mariners are advised that on Saturday, 19th October, 2019, between 9.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. or such time as may be communicated by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12, if earlier, the Grand Harbour shall be closed for all traffic not directly related to the race.

 

During these times all other vessels shall be required to remain within designated areas in the inner harbour up to Ras Ħanżir, in Dockyard Creek, Kalkara Creek and Rinella Bay. (Areas are shown hatched in magenta on Chart 2).

 

No vessel will be allowed at the quay next to the fish market as this quay is being reserved for emergency vessels only.

 

Mariners are instructed to cooperate with the organizers and maritime enforcement officers in the area. Moreover they are to obey any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 

 Positions are in WGS 84 Datum

 

Chart affected BA Chart 177

 

24th September, 2019

 





TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 121 of 2019

 

Building of raft at Il-Bajja ta' San Ġiljan

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that a group of scouts will be building a raft at Il-Bajja ta' San Ġiljan.

 

Weather permitting, the raft will be built and moored at Il-Bajja ta' San Ġiljan in the approximate area shown marked with a red X on the chart found on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

This activity will be held on Saturday, 28th September, 2019, from 9.00 a.m. till 2.00 p.m.

 

All vessels navigating within the bay are requested to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speed (no wake), and give the raft a wide berth.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

20th September, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 122 of 2019

 

Malta – Comino – Malta Swimming Event

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a Malta – Comino – Malta swimming event will be held on Saturday, 28th September, 2019.

 

Participants will depart from Ir-Ramla tal-Armier point A, at approximately 9.00 a.m. They will swim to point B, C and then point D back in Ir-Ramla tal-Armier (as shown on chart 1 found on the Transport Malta website  (www.transport.gov.mt)).

 

The swim is to be completed by noon.

 

If the event cannot be held as stated above due to bad weather conditions it will be held on the same date and time at either Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa (as shown on chart 2 found on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) or at Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa (as shown on chart 3 found on the Transport Malta website  (www.transport.gov.mt)) depending on wind direction.

 

Support vessels will accompany the participating 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 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

 

20th September, 2019

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 123 of 2019

 

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 Monday, 30th September, 2019 to Monday, 28th October, 2019 (including weekends).

 

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.

 

20th September, 2019

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 124 of 2019

 

Filming at Rinella (Malta Film Studios) using Flares

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners and operators of vessels that flares will be used as part of filming activities in Rinella – Malta Film Studios.

 

The filming includes the use of pyrotechnics (parachute bright white flares) and will be taking place between Tuesday, 1st October, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. and Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019 at 4.00 a.m.

Mariners are to take note and be informed regarding the above activity and are requested to keep watch on VHF Channel 12/16.

 

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, 194

 

20th September, 2019

 

 


RANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 119 of 2019

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 108

of 2019 regarding Emergency Repair Works

on the Ras il-Ħobż, Gozo Sewage Outfall

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the emergency repair works on the Ras il-Ħobż, Gozo sewage outfall, have been completed.

 

Therefore Local Notice to Mariners No 108 of 2019 – re  Emergency repair works on the Ras il-Ħobż, Gozo sewage outfall, is hereby CANCELLED.

 

13th September, 2019



Local Notice to Mariners No. 118 of 2019

Repair of Damaged Jetty at Marsaxlokk

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners and the general public that repair works will be carried out on the jetty at Xatt is-Sajjieda, Marsaxlokk.

The works will start on Monday, 15th September, 2019, within the area shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

A diver may be involved in the works.

Owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring within the area of 10 meters from the jetty, are to remove such moorings and associated ground tackle with an immediate effect and not later than Sunday, 15th September, 2019.

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.

A silt curtain will be laid within the 10 meters area shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

The jetty cannot be used. Masters and vessel operators are instructed to navigate at very slow speed that no wake must be done. And keep a sharp lookout at all times.

All vessel operators are to comply with any instructions as given by Marsaxlokk VTS on VHF Channel 14.

10th September, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 117 of 2019

 

Enemed Voomquest UIM V2 World

Championship Event

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that V2 Powerboat races will be held in Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna (South Comino Channel) between Friday, 20th September, 2019, and Sunday, 22nd September, 2019. 

 

Navigation will be restricted within the area bounded by the lines joining points U, V, W, X, Y and Z and the intermediate coastline, as shown on Chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), from 9.30 a.m. till 6.00 p.m. on each day:

 

Position    Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)         Colour

 

U                 35º 59'.834           014º 21'.831 Shore

V                 35º 59'.972           014º 21'.857 Red

W               36º 00'.295     014º 21'.449         Red

X                35º 59'.862            014º 19'.964 Red

Y                35º 59'.348            014º 20'.071 Red

Z                 35º 59'.238     014º 20'.112         Shore

 

A number of buoys will be laid within the area in the following positions A, A1, B, C, D, E, F and G for the races as indicated on chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position    Latitude (N)              Longitude (E)           Colour

 

A                 35º 59'.368            014º 20'.639 Chequered

A1               35º 59'.312            014º 20'.646 Chequered

B                 35º 59'.898            014º 21'.660 Yellow

C                 36º 00'.101            014º 21'.468 Yellow

D                 35º 59'.820            014º 20'.890 Red

E                  35º 59'.895            014º 20'.401 Yellow

F                  35º 59'.708            014º 20'.155 Yellow

G                 35º 59'.381            014º 20'.239 Yellow

 

The buoys will be left in position during the night and will have a yellow flashing light.

 

Owners of vessels moored within the restricted area, in Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna (South Comino Channel) are to remove their vessels from Friday, 20th September, 2019 to Sunday, 22nd September, 2019. Any vessels left in this area during the stipulated 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.

 

If due to inclement weather conditions the races cannot be held in Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna (South Comino Channel) they will be held in Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa on the same days and times.

 

If the races are to be held in Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa, navigation will be restricted within the area bounded by the lines joining the points V, W, X, Y, Z and U as shown on chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt):

 

Position    Latitude (N)              Longitude (E)           Colour

 

U                 35º 58'.404            014º 21'.172 Red

V                 35º 58'.039            014º 21'.343 Red

W                35º 58'.453            014º 23'.045 Red

X                 35º 58'.815            014º 23'.110 Red

Y                 35º 59'.006            014º 22'.698 Red

Z                  35º 58'.718            014º 22'.327 Red

 

Also a number of buoys will be laid within the area in the following positions: A, A1, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and I for the races as indicated on Chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt):

 

Position    Latitude (N)              Longitude (E)           Colour

 

A                 35º 58'.450            014º 21'.650 Chequered

A1               35º 58'.516            014º 21'.613 Chequered

B                 35º 58'.380            014º 21'.380 Yellow

C                 35º 58'.264            014º 21'.370 Yellow

D                 35º 58'.200            014º 21'.480 Yellow

E                  35º 58'.420            014º 22'.670 Red

F                  35º 58'.542            014º 22'.897 Yellow

G                 35º 58'.762            014º 22'.948 Yellow

H                 35º 58'.874            014º 22'.726 Yellow

I                   35º 58'.666            014º 22'.370 Red

 

The buoys will be left in position during the night and will have a yellow flashing light.

 

Owners of vessels moored within the restricted area, in Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa are to remove their vessels from Friday, 20th September, 2019 to Sunday, 22nd September, 2019. Any vessels left in this area during the stipulated 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.

 

Mariners are instructed not to enter the restricted area on the mentioned dates and times stated above and navigate with caution and slow speed. They are to cooperate with the organizers and Maritime Enforcement officers in the area. Moreover they are to obey any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 

Charts affected: BA 194, 211A, 2537 and 2538

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

6th September, 2019

 


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 116 of 2019

Azimut Yacht Rendez-vous Event at Ir-Ramla

tal-Armier, Malta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that an Azimut Yacht Rendez-vous event will be held at Ir-Ramla tal-Armier, Malta.

 

The event will be held on Friday, 6th September, 2019, between noon and midnight, within the area delineated by the imaginary lines joining points A, B, C and D as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position           Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 59'.494     014º 21'.385

B                     35º 59'.494     014º 21'.556

C                     35º 59'.413     014º 21'.523

D                     35º 59'.400     014º 21'.403

 

Due to the above event, navigation within the above area will be restricted and no vessel is to be left moored within the area during the above mentioned date and time.

 

All vessels navigating within the bay are requested to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speed (no wake) and give the above mentioned area a wide berth.

 

If due to adverse weather conditions the event cannot be held at Ir-Ramla tal-Armier, it will be held at Il-Moll tat-Tiben (Marina di Valletta) in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett.

Charts affected: BA 211A, 2537 and 2538

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

3rd September, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 112 of 2019

 

Firework Displays in Grand Harbour – Senglea Feast – 2019

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that firework displays will be let off from 2 barges next to eachother 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 Friday, 6th September, 2019 from 8.00 a.m. till 8.15 a.m., from noon till 12.15 p.m. and from 9.45 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.

 

On Saturday, 7th September, 2019 from 8.00 a.m. till 9.15 a.m., from noon till 12.30 p.m., from 6.00 p.m. till 7.15 p.m. and from 9.45 p.m. till 11.45 p.m.

 

On Sunday, 8th September, 2019 from 8.00 a.m. till 8.15 a.m., from noon till 12.15 p.m. and from 7.00 p.m. till 11.15 p.m.

 

The barges will be moored in position on Wednesday, 4th September, 2019, and will be removed on Monday, 9th September, 2019. 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 on vessels moored in Rinella Bay are to remove their vessels from Wednesday, 4th September, 2019 to Monday, 9th September, 2019.

 

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 in the mentioned dates.

 

Mariners are to navigate with caution and slow speed. They are to obey any instructions and directions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and any enforcement agency.

 

Positions are referred to WGS 84 Datum.

 

Chart affected BA Chart 177.

 

30th August, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 113 of 2019

 

Building of raft with slide at Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa, Golden Bay

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the Mosta Scout Group will be building a raft with a slide at Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa, Golden Bay.

 

Weather permitting the raft will be built and moored at ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa, Golden Bay within the area shown hatched on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

This activity will be held on Monday, 2nd September, 2019, from 9.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m.

 

All vessels navigating within the bay are requested to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speed (no wake), and give the raft a wide berth.

 

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

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

30th August, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 114 of 2019

Cancellation Local Notice to Mariners No. 71 of 2019 Regarding Temporary Fairway in Santa Maria

Bay Comino

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the fairway in Santa Marija Bay – Comino has been reinstated as per Local Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2017.

 

Therefore Local Notice to Mariners No. 71 of 2019 – re  Temporary fairway in Santa Maria Bay – Comino is hereby CANCELLED.

 

30th August, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 115 of 2019

 

8th September Regatta in Grand Harbour - Valletta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the 8th September Regatta will be held in the Grand Harbour. Sinkers and marker buoys will be laid as follows:

 

1. On Friday, 6th and/or Saturday, 7th September, 2019, 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 Sunday, 8th September, 2019, 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 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

 

(iv) 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).

 

3. The wire ropes, floats and buoys mentioned in 2 above will be removed on the completion of the Regatta at approximately 6.30 p.m. on Sunday, 8th September, 2019.

 

4.  The sinkers and marker buoys mentioned in 1 above will then be removed on Monday, 9th September, 2019.

 

Masters of all vessels are notified that on Sunday, 8th September, 2019, between 9.00 a.m. and about 7.30 p.m., incoming vessels will not be allowed to proceed to any berth South West of the imaginary line joining point (A) on Barriera Wharf and Forti Sant' Anġlu Flagstaff. Vessels in "Il-Marsa" sea area will not be allowed to proceed beyond the starting line indicated in 2(iv) above after 9.00 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(ii), 2(iii) and 2(iv).

 

Incoming vessels will not be allowed to proceed to any berth South-West of the imaginary line which is 150m north-East of the finish line (A) to (B) mention in 2(i) above. 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.

 

Mariners are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and enforcement personnel in the area.

 

Chart Affected: BA 177

 

30th August, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 60 of 2019

 

Cancellation of Notice to Mariners No 56 of 2019 Regarding Ġnejna (Ras il-Pellegrin) North Cardinal Buoy – Unlit

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 2537 – Gozo, Comino and The Northern Part of Malta.

 

BA Chart 2538 – Malta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that Ġnejna (Ras il-Pellegrin) North Cardinal Buoy quick flashing in the following position:

 

Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

 

35º 55'.470    014º 20'.090

 

has been RE-LIT

 

Cancel Notice to Mariners No. 56 of 2019.

 

Position in WGS 84 Datum

 

Chart affected: BA 211, 2537, 194

 

30th August, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 61 of 2019

 

Live firing practice at Pembroke Ranges – 4th and 5th September, 2019 – 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, 4th and Thursday, 5th September, 2019, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 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 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 are to be strictly observed.

 

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

30th August, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 59 of 2019

Chart Correction Floating Platform off Il-Ponta ta' Tas-Sliema – Seasonal

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, informs mariners that a 3.36m x 2.40m floating pontoon (shown in red on Trasnport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) has been placed centred on the approximate position A. The pontoon will be seasonal from 1st May to 30th September.

 

The approximate position is:

 

Position          Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

A                     35º 54'.882                014º 30'.449

 

Charts affected:  BA Chart 177

Positions referred to: WGS 84 Datum.

 

27th August, 2019

 


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 108 of 2019

 

Emergency repair works on the Ras il-Ħobż, Gozo sewage outfall

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and operators of vessels that emergency repair works on the Ras il-Ħobż, Gozo sewage outfall, are scheduled to commence as per below dates.

 

The repair works are scheduled to start on Sunday, 25th August, 2019 and should be completed by Wednesday, 28th August, 2019, weather permitting.

 

The repair works will be carried out within the following positions, shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Point               Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     36°00'.973      014°16'.839

B                     36°00'.853      014°16'.919

C                     36°00'.799      014°16'.776

D                     36°00'.919      014°16'.704

 

Divers will be engaged to carry out the repairs and will be assisted by the flat barge Bezz Rig 1 and the MV GoldDredger. They will be left in position all day and night, will be displaying the International Code Flag "A" and will be lit during the night.

 

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution at slow speed and give a wide berth when in the vicinity. They are to keep out of the above mentioned area.

 

Mariners and vessel operators are to comply with instructions and directions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and any enforcement agency that will be in the area.

 

Chart affected:  BA 2537

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

3rd August, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 109 of 2019

 

BSJ - Sprint Triathlon Swim – 1st September, 2019

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club will be organising Sprint Triathlon Swim at Salina Bay.

 

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'.112     014º 25'.763

C                     35º 57'.100     014º 25'.783

 

on Sunday, 1st September, 2019, from 7.00 a.m. till 9.00 a.m.

 

A water ambulance, club RIB and paramedic's Jet Ski will be accompanying the participating swimmers.

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 obey any instructions issued by support vessels and Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and any Enforcement Agency.

 

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

 

23rd August, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 110 of 2019

 

Fireworks Displays in St Julian's Bay – San Girgor (Tas-Sliema)

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that fireworks displays in connection with the feast of St Gregory will be let off from the jetty at point A as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) on the following dates and times:

 

On Friday, 30th August, 2019, from 10.30 p.m. till 11.15 p.m.

On Saturday, 31st August, 2019, from 10.15 p.m. till 10.30 p.m.

On Sunday, 1st September, 2019, from 9.30 p.m. till 9.45 p.m.

 

All vessels and bathers are warned to keep clear and maintain a minimum distance of not less than 100 metres from the jetty (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) during the above-mentioned displays.

 

Vessels moored within 100 metres from point A (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) 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 date and times.

 

Mariners are to obey instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and any enforcement agency.

 

Chart Affected BA 177

 

23rd August, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 111 of 2019

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 124 of 2018 Re  Repair Works on Quay at Blue Lagoon – Comino

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the repair works on quay at Blue Lagoon - Comino has now been completed and therefore Local Notice to Mariners No. 124 of 2018 – re repair works on quay at Blue Lagoon – Comino is hereby CANCELLED.

 

23rd August, 2019

 


 Local Notice to Mariners No. 103 of 2019

 

PAAT Aquathlon – 28th August, 2019

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that Pembroke Athleta Athletics and Triathlon will be organising an Aquathlon at Salina Bay.

 

The swims will be held along the course 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                     35º 56'.932      014º 25'.660

B                     35º 57'.112      014º 25'.763

C                     35º 57'.100      014º 25'.783

D                     35º 56'.958      014º 25'.695

E                      35º 56'.923      014º 25'.695

 

on Wednesday, 28th August, 2019, between 2.00 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.

 

An ambulance on land, a water ambulance and paramedic's Jet Ski 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 and time. They are to obey any instructions issued by support vessels, Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and any enforcement agency.

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

 

20th August, 2019

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 104 of 2019

 

Fireworks Display St Julian's Village Feast St Julian's Bay 2019 from breakwater

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that a firework display in connection with the feast of St Julian's will be let off from the breakwater at the entrance of ix-Xatt ta' Spinola.

 

The fireworks display will be let off from all along the breakwater mentioned above.

 

The displays will take place between Friday, 23rd August, 2019, at 11.55 p.m., and Saturday, 24th August, 2019, at 00.20 a.m.

 

All vessels and bathers are warned to keep well clear and maintain a safe distance of not less than 25 metres from the breakwater and any vessels moored within this area, shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), are to be removed during the above mentioned date and time.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, will accept no liabilities whatsoever for any vessels that are left lying in the area shown hatched on the above mentioned date and time.

 

Mariners are to obey instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and any enforcement agency.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

20th August, 2019

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 105 of 2019

 

Filming outside Marsamxett Harbour and inside the Grand harbour, Valletta The Story of my Wife

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners and operators of vessels, that filming activities will take place outside Marsamxett Harbour at point A (as indicated chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) and at Boiler Wharf inside the Grand Harbour, Valletta.

The filming will take place on Friday, 23rd August, 2019, and Saturday, 24th August, 2019.

 

The filming involves the use of the vessel UTEC Surveyor as a prop and she will be towed by the tug boats Sea Wolf and Sea Jaguar whenever it has to be moved.

 

On Friday, 23rd August, 2019:

 

6.00 a.m. UTEC Surveyor will be towed from Cassar Shipyard to be moored at Boiler Wharf.

 

9.00 a.m. UTEC Surveyor towed from Boiler Wharf to outside Marsamxett Harbour where filming onboard the vessel will commence.

 

In the afternoon the UTEC Surveyor will be towed again to Boiler Wharf where filming will take place from arrival to midnight.

 

On Saturday, 24th August, 2019:

 

9.00 a.m. UTEC Surveyor towed from Boiler Wharf to outside Marsamxett Harbour where filming onboard the vessel will commence.

 

In the afternoon the UTEC Surveyor will be towed again to Boiler Wharf where filming will take place from arrival to midnight.

 

On Monday, 26th August, 2019:

 

In the afternoon the UTEC Surveyor will be towed back to Cassar Shipyard.

 

Mariners are to note the above and give a wide berth while the UTEC Surveyor is being towed and while it is anchored at point A (as indicated on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

 

Mariners and vessel operators are to comply with instructions and directions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and any enforcement agency that will be in the area.

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 2537, 2538

 

20th August, 2019

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 106 of 2019

 

Filming at Ir-Ramla tal-Bir, Marfa The Story of my Wife

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners and operators of vessels, that filming activities will take place at Ir-Ramla tal-Bir, Marfa.

The filming will take place on Wednesday, 28th August, 201 from 8.00 p.m. till midnight.

 

Due to the filming the area shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) will be restricted and no vessel will be allowed to enter or stay moored within the area during the above mentioned date and time.

 

Mariners and vessel operators are to comply with instructions and directions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS)   on VHF Channel 12 and any enforcement agency that will be in the area.

 

Charts affected: BA 211

 

20th August, 2019

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 107 of 2019

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 104 of 2019 Fireworks Display St Julians Village Feast St Julians Bay 2019 from Breakwater

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 104 of 2019.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners, that the fireworks display will be held on Friday, 23rd August, 2019 from 10.45 p.m. till 11.15 p.m. instead of Friday, 23rd August, 2019, at 11.55 p.m., and Saturday, 24th August, 2019, at 00.20 a.m.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 104 of 2019 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 104 of 2019 will remain.

 

Chart affected:  BA 177

 

20th August, 2019

 



TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 101 of 2019

 

Malta - Gozo Malta Open Water Swimming Competition 2019

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a Malta - Gozo – Malta open water swimming competition will be held on Saturday, 24th August, 2019.

 

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 Ġebel 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.

 

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

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

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

 

Individual support vessels will accompany all participating swimmers. Support vessels will be displaying a white and blue flag.

Il-Fliegu ta' Għawdex will be restricted to navigation from 8.00 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. and Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna will be restricted to navigation from 9.30 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

 

16th August, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 102 of 2019

 

Pageant of the Seas 2020 (Technical Trial 28-08-2019)

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a technical trial involving sailing boats in connection with the Valletta Pageant of the Seas – 2020 event will be held in the Grand Harbour on Wednesday, 28th August, 2019.

 

The technical trial will be carried out within the area enclosed by the imaginary lines joining the points A, B, C and D.

 

Mariners are informed that due to the above technical trial, part of the Grand Harbour, Valletta, will be restricted to all vessels from 9.00 p.m. until midnight local time, except to pre-notified vessels and those vessels with prior authorisation.

 

The restricted area is delineated by the imaginary lines joining the points T - U, V - W, X – Y and Y - Z and the intermediate coastline

 

Mariners are to comply with instructions and directions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and any enforcement agency that will be in the area.

 

Chart Affected: BA 177

 

16th August, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 57 of 2019

 

Interference to the Global Navigational Satellite Service (GNSS)

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that harmful interference to the Global Navigational Satellite Service (GNSS) has been reported by the Malta Communications Authority.

 

Due to this interference, the GNNS and the GPS service may be adversely affected.

 

Mariners are advised to use all available means to ascertain safety of navigation.

 

16th August, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 58 of 2019

 

Chart Correction – Fuelling Barge in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

Reference is made to BA Charts 177 – Valletta Harbours

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners of the following changes to the Fuelling Barge position in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett.

 

 

                                                                                    Latitude (T)                           Longitude (L)

                                                                                    Latitudni (N)                          Lonġitudni (E)

 

1) Ħassar simbolu: irmiġġ ta' baga fil-pożizzjoni:              35° 53'.831                014° 30'.153

    Delete symbol:   mooring buoy in position:                    

                                   

                                  irmiġġ ta' baga fil-pożizzjoni:            35° 53'.849                014° 30'.192

                     mooring buoy in position:                  

 

2) Ħassar legend: Fuelling Barge ċċentrat fuq:                  35° 53'.840                014° 30'.172

    Delete legend:  Fuelling Barge centred on:                  

 

3) Daħħal simbolu: irmiġġ ta' baga fil-pożizzjoni:            35° 53'.998                014° 30'.413

    Insert symbol:     mooring buoy in position:                 

 

                                   irmiġġ ta' baga fil-pożizzjoni:         35° 54'.012                014° 30'.433

                                   mooring buoy in position:   

 

4) Ħassar legend:      Fuelling Barge ċċentrat fuq:             35° 54'.005                014° 30'.423

    Insert legend:       Fuelling Barge centred on:  

 

Charts affected:  BA Chart 177

 

Positions referred to:  WGS 84 Datum.

 

16th August, 2019

 



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 99 of 2019

Rockestra Stunt Mellieħa Bay (Għadira)

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners and swimmers that a Rockestra Stunt will be held in Mellieħa Bay (Għadira) on Friday, 16th August, 2019, at 11.00 a.m.

 

The stunt will involve an AFM helicopter circling Mellieħa Bay, and will hover over the area hatched in red (as shown on chart on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

 

In view of the above, mariners and swimmers are informed to keep at a safe distance away and cooperate with the organisers.

 

Mariners are to obey instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and any enforcement agency.

 

Chart Affected: BA 211A, 2537, 2538 

 

13th August, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 100 of 2019

 

Fireworks Display St Julians Village Feast St Julian's Bay

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that a firework display in connection with the feast of St Julian's will be let off from 8 pontoons moored in St Julian's Bay.

 

The pontoons will be moored in a straight line with the first pontoon in position A and the last in position B (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)), and will be moored in position 1 hour before each display and removed 1 hour after they finish.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35°55'.154      014°29'.613

B                     35°55'.030      014°29'.702

 

The firework displays will take place on the following dates and times:

 

On Saturday, 24th August, 2019, from 9.30 p.m. till 10.30 p.m.

 

On Sunday, 25th August, 2019, from 10.00 p.m. till 10.30 p.m.

 

All vessels and bathers are warned to keep well clear and maintain a safe distance of not less than 60 metres from the pontoons and any vessels moored within this area are to be removed while the pontoons are being towed or moored in position.

 

Mariners are to obey instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and any enforcement agency.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

13th August, 2019

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 56 of 2019

Ġnejna (Ras il-Pellegrin) North Cardinal Buoy Unlit

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 2537 – Gozo, Comino and the Northern part of Malta, and

BA Chart 2538 – Malta.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Ġnejna (Ras il-Pellegrin) North Cardinal Buoy Quick Flashing in the following position:

 

 

Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

 

35º 55'.470    014º 20'.090

 

is UNLIT.

 

Mariners are to note the above and give a wide berth.

 

 

Position in WGS 84 Datum.

 

Chart Affected: BA 211, 2537, 194

 

13th August, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 98 of 2019

Correction to Local Notice to Mariners No. 97 of 2019 re-Fireworks Display Feast of Stella Maris from Manoel Island and The Strand

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 97 of 2019 regarding Fireworks Display – Feast of Stella Maris from Manoel Island and The Strand.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, informs mariners and owners of vessels that there has been some change in the times the display from Manoel Island will be let off. The correct times are the following:

 

On Monday, 12th August, 2019, from 7.15 p.m. till 7.45 p.m.

 

On Friday, 16th August, 2019, from 9.00 a.m. till 9.10 a.m., from noon till 12.10 p.m. and from 10.15 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.

 

On Saturday, 17th August, 2019, from 9.00 a.m. till 9.30 a.m., from noon till 12.20 p.m. and from 6.00 p.m. till 11.30 p.m.

 

On Sunday, 18th August, 2019, from 9.00 a.m. till 9.10 a.m., from noon till 12.10 p.m. and from 7.30 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.

 

All other information in Local Notice to Mariners No. 97 of 2019 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

9th August, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 97 of 2019

 

Fireworks Display Feast of Stella Maris from Manoel Island and The Strand

 

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 point A as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt):

 

Position           Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 54'.312      014º 30'.267

B                     35° 54'.530     014° 30'.286

           

The fireworks displays will take place on the following dates and times:

 

On Monday, 12th August, 2019, from 6.30 p.m. till 8.00 p.m.

 

On Friday, 16th August, 2019, from 9.00 a.m. till 9.15 a.m., from noon till 12.10 p.m. and from 9.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m. 

 

On Saturday, 17th August, 2019 from 9.00 a.m. till 9.15 a.m., from noon till 12.15 p.m., from 6.00 p.m. till 7.00 p.m. and from 9.30 p.m. till 11.30 p.m.

 

On Sunday, 18th August, 2019, from 9.00 a.m. till 9.15 a.m., from noon till 12.15 p.m. and from 7.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.

 

In view of the above, mariners are informed that navigation within 220 meters from the above mentioned position, point A on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), in Marsamxett Harbour will be prohibited during the dates 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 dates and times of the fireworks displays.

 

Further to the above, a ground fireworks display will be held at The Strand, Tas-Sliema between Saturday, 17th August, 2019, at 11.00 p.m., and Sunday, 18th August, 2019, at 00.30 a.m. The ground fireworks display will be let off from point B, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

In view of the above, mariners are informed that navigation within 150 meters from the above mentioned position, point B on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), in Marsamxett Harbour will be prohibited during the date and times of the ground fireworks display 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 dates and times of the ground fireworks displays.

 

Mariners are to obey instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and any enforcement agency.

 

Chart affected: BA 177 

 

6th August, 2019

 



Local Notice to Mariners No. 95 of 2019

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’Iermu (point A as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) on the dates and times as follows:

On Friday, 2nd August, 2019, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.15 a.m., from noon till 12.15 p.m. and from 7.00 p.m. till 7.15 p.m.

On Saturday, 3rd August, 2019, from 9.00 a.m. till 9.15 a.m. and from noon till 12.15 p.m.

On Sunday, 4th August, 2019, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.15 a.m., from noon till 12.15 p.m., from 7.15 p.m. till 8.00 p.m. and from 9.00 p.m. till 11.00 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 date and times.

Instructions and directions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and any Enforcement Agency are to be complied with.

Chart Affected: BA 177  

2nd August, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 96 of 2019

Filming from Rinella – Malta Film Studios – Clear Horizon – 5th to 10th August, 2019

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 Monday, 5th August, 2019, to Saturday, 10th August, 2019.

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.

2nd August, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 93 of 2019

Misuse of Distress Signals

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that, in line with the Convention on the International Regulations Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972, the International Aeronautical and the Maritime Search and Rescue Manual, Volume III, the use or exhibition of any of the foregoing signals except for the purpose of indicating distress and need of assistance and the use of other signals which may be confused with any of the below signals is strictly prohibited.

The following signals, used or exhibited either together or separately, indicate distress and need of assistance:

(a) a gun or other explosive signals fired at intervals of about a minute;

(b) a continuous sounding with any fog-signalling apparatus;

(c) rocket or shell, throwing red stars fired one at a time at short intervals;
(d) a signal made by any signalling method consisting of a group ...---... (SOS) in Morse Code;

(e) a signal sent by radiotelephony consisting of the spoken word “MAYDAY”;

(f) the International Code Signal of Distress indicated by N.C.;

(g) a signal consisting of a square flag having above or below it a ball or anything resembling a ball;

(h) flames on the vessel (as from a burning tar barrel, oil barrel, etc.);

(i) a rocket parachute flare or a hand-flare showing a red light;

(j) a smoke signal giving off orange-coloured smoke;

(k) slowly and repeatedly raising and lowering arms outstretched to each side;

(l) a distress alert by means of a digital selective calling (DSC) transmitted on:

(i) VHF channel 70

(ii) MF/HF (in the frequencies 2187.5 kHz, 8414.5 kHz, 4207.5 kHz, 6312 kHz, 12577 kHz or 16804.5 kHz);

(m) a ship-to shore distress alert transmitted by the ship’s inmarsat or other mobile satellite service provider of ship earth station;

(n) signals transmitted by emergency position-indicating radio beacons;

(o) approved signals transmitted by radio communications systems, including survival craft radar transponders;

(p) a piece of orange-coloured canvas with either a black square and circle or other appropriate symbol (for identification from the air);

(q) a dye marker

The use of the above signals or the use of other signals which may be confused with any of the above signals for reasons that do not relate to indicating distress and need of assistance, are to be pre-notified to the Port Authority accordingly.

30th July, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 94 of 2019

BSJ – Open Water Swimming Championship Race – 7th August, 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club will be organising an open water swimming championship race at Salina Bay.

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 August, 2019, from 5.30 p.m. till 7.30 p.m.

A rescue RIB and 2 canoes will be accompanying the participating swimmers.

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 obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and any enforcement agency.

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

30th July, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 91 of 2019

 

BSJ Open Water Swimming Championship Race 31st July, 2019

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club will be organising an open water swimming championship race at Salina Bay.

 

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, 31st July, 2019, from 4.30 p.m. till 7.30 p.m.

 

A rescue RIB and 2 canoes will be accompanying the participating swimmers.

 

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 obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12.

 

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

 

26th July, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 92 of 2019

 

Firework Displays in Grand Harbour Vittoriosa Feast

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies 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 Wednesday, 31st July, 2019, from 7.15 p.m. till 7.35 p.m.

 

On Tuesday, 6th August, 2019, from 8.30 p.m. till 8.45 p.m.

 

On Wednesday, 7th August, 2019, from 8.30 p.m. till 8.45 p.m.

 

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

 

On Tuesday, 6th August, 2019, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.10 a.m., from noon till 12.10 p.m. and from 8.30 p.m. till 8.45 p.m.

 

On Wednesday, 7th August, 2019 from 8.00 a.m. till 8.10 a.m., from noon till 12.10 p.m. and from 8.30 p.m. till 8.45 p.m.

 

On Thursday, 8th August, 2019, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.10 a.m., from noon till 12.10 p.m. and from 8.45 p.m. till 9.15 p.m.

 

On Friday, 9th August, 2019, from 9.00 a.m. till 9.20 a.m., from noon till 12.10 p.m., from 7.00 p.m. till 7.20 p.m. and from 10.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.

 

On Saturday, 10th August, 2019,  from 8.00 a.m. till 8.15 a.m., from noon till 12.15 p.m. and from 7.15 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.

 

Shore position:

 

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A         35°53'.614                  14°31'.256

 

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 yards and moored alongside Rinella quay on Monday 5th August 2019.

 

 

One of the barges will be loaded with fireworks and later, on the same day, shifted and moored in position 'Z'.

 

The other two barges will then be loaded with fireworks to be shifted and moored in positions 'P' and 'Y' on Wednesday, 7th August, 2019.

 

The barges will be left in position during the night and will be lit. They will then be shifted first to Rinella quay to be unloaded and then back to their respective yards on Monday, 12th August, 2019.

 

Vessel owners moored in Rinella bay are to remove their vessels during the listed days, including the 5th, 7th and 12th of August. 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 meters 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 above mentioned dates and times.

 

Mariners are to navigate with caution and slow speed.  Instructions and directions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 are to be complied with.

 

Positions are referred to WGS 84 Datum.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

26th July, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 55 of 2019

 

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 31st July, 2019 and 1st August, 2019

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, 31st July, 2019, and Thursday, 1st August, 2019, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 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             14º 28'.320 (centre point on land),

                                                      

 

a radius of 4 nautical miles to points

 

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

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

 

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, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 12 are to be strictly observed.

 

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

26th July, 2019

 


Local Notice to Mariners No. 84 of 2019

 

Fireworks Feast of Balluta 2019

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that a fireworks display in connection with the village feast of Balluta will be let off from three (3) pontoons moored in the middle of St Julian's Bay.

 

The Pontoon will be moored in position A, B and C (as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)), on Friday, 26th July, 2019, in the morning, and will be removed on Monday, 29th July, 2019.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                    35° 54'.949     014° 29'.665

B                    35° 54'.983     014° 29'.710

C                     35° 55'.008     014° 29'.745

 

The dates and times of the displays are as follows:

 

On Friday, 26th July, 2019, from 9.15 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.

 

On Saturday, 27th July, 2019, from 10.00 p.m. till 11.30 p.m.

 

On Sunday, 28th July, 2019, from noon till 12.15 p.m. and from 7.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.

 

All vessels and bathers are warned to keep well clear and maintain a safe distance of not less than 60m from Pontoon A, 100m from pontoon B and 150m from pontoon C during the above-mentioned days and times.

 

Mariners are to note the above and proceed with caution and at a slow speed on the given days.

 

The pontoons will remain moored in position during the night and will have flashing lights. 

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, will not be held responsible or liable in any manner whatsoever for any damages or expenses incurred by any person as a consequence of these fireworks' displays, including for failing to abide and comply with the above directions.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

Position is referred to WGS 84 Datum

 

19th July, 2019 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 85 of 2019

 

Fireworks Displays – Feast of St Anne Marsaskala

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that fireworks displays will be let off from pontoons moored at the inner part of Marsascala Bay.  The pontoons will be moored between the two points A and B as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The pontoons will be put in position on Saturday, 27th July, 2019, at 11.00 a.m., and will be removed on Sunday, 28th July, 2019, after the display.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 51'.862     14° 33'.792

 

B                     35° 51'.832     14° 33'.761

 

Fireworks will be let off on the following dates and times:

 

On Saturday, 27th July, 2019, from 11.00 p.m. till 11.30 p.m., and Sunday, 28th July, 2019, from 9.45 p.m. till 10.15 p.m.

 

Vessels within the area hatched in red, on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), are to be removed.  All vessel operators and bathers are warned to keep clear from the pontoons during the above-mentioned days and at all times while the pontoons are in position.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, will not be held responsible or liable in any manner whatsoever for any damages or expenses incurred by any person as a consequence of these fireworks' displays, including for failing to abide and comply with the above directions.

 

All vessels navigating in the innermost part of Marsaskala Bay are to proceed with caution and at a slow speed, on both given days, and give a wide berth to the pontoons.

 

Chart affected: BA 36, 2538

 

Position in WGS 84 Datum.

 

19th July, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 86 of 2019

 

Swimming event from Kalkara (Smart City) to Marsaskala (Waterpolo Pitch)

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that a swimming event from Kalkara to Marsaskala is being organised on Sunday, 28th July, 2019.

 

Participants will depart from the car park at Smart City, Kalkara (shown as point A on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) at approximately 8.30 a.m. They are to swim south-east and finish at the waterpolo pitch at Marsaskala (shown as point B on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)). The swimming event is expected to take around two (2) hours.

 

In case of bad weather, on Sunday 28th July 2019, the event will be held on Sunday 4th August 2019, at the same place and time.

 

Four support vessel and five canoes will accompany the participating swimmers.

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 2538

 

19th July, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 87 of 2019

 

Fireworks Ġużè Ellul Mercer Gardens, Msida Marina, Msida 2019

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that Ground Fireworks, Chinese cakes, will be let off from Ġużè Ellul Mercer Gardens, Msida Marina, Msida, position A (as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) on the following dates and times.

 

On Friday, 19th July, 2019, from 7.30 p.m. till 7.40 p.m.

 

On Saturday, 20th July, 2019, from midnight till 00.15 a.m. and from 11.30 p.m. till 11.45 p.m.

On Sunday, 21st July, 2019, from 7.00 p.m. till 7.30 p.m. and from 10.45 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.

 

Masters and owners of vessels that are berthed within 60m from point A (area hatched in red on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) are to remove their vessels during the above mentioned dates and time.

 

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

 

Mariners are to comply with instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and police in the area.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

19th July, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 88 of 2019

 

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 83 of 2019 Regarding Diving Survey in front of Lazzaretto

in Marsamxett Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 83 of 2019 regarding Diving survey in front of Lazzaretto in Marsamxett Harbour, the survey will continue to be carried out between Friday 19th July and Sunday 21st July, 2019, within the same area.

 

All other information included in Local Notice to Mariners No. 83 of 2019 will remain valid.

 

19th July, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 89 of 2019

 

Sailing Regatta in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk – July 2019

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Birżebbuġa Sailing Club shall be holding its Sailing Regatta in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk on Saturday, 27th July, 2019, and Sunday, 28th July, 2019.

 

Races shall be held between 10.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. (local time) on both days.

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.  A chart showing areas A, B and C is found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The courses shall be defined by inflatable marks of about 1.5 metres 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

 

19th July, 2019

 


Local Notice to Mariners No. 81 of 2019

 

Raft Moored at Daħlet il-Fekruna – Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the Mosta Scout Group will be holding a Camp-A-Float at Daħlet il-Fekruna – Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl.

 

The Camp-A-Float consists of a man made raft complete with a tent on board.

 

Weather permitting the raft will be moored at Daħlet il-Fekruna – Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl as indicated in position 'A', on chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), between Wednesday, 24th July, 2019, at 5.00 p.m., and Sunday, 28th July, 2019, at 2.00 p.m.

 

In case of bad weather conditions, this event will take place at Ir-Ramla tat-Torri, Armier as indicated in position 'B', on chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), on the same dates and time.

 

All vessels navigating within the bay are requested to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speed, and give the raft a wide berth.

 

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

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

16th July, 2019

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 82 of 2019

 

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 Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, to Friday, 26th July, 2019 (excluding weekends).

 

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.

 

16th July, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 83 of 2019

 

Diving survey in front of Lazzaretto in Marsamxett Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a diving survey will be carried out in the area enclosed by the imaginary lines between A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and intermediate coast (shown hatched on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)), at Id-Daħla tal-Lazzarett in Marsamxett Harbour.

 

The survey will be held on Wednesday, 17th July, 2019.

 

Position            Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 54'.080     014° 30'.176

B                     35° 54'.041     014° 30'.146

C                     35° 54'.039     014° 29'.151

D                     35° 54'.031     014° 29'.145

E                      35° 54'.037     014° 30'.134

F                      35° 54'.076     014° 30'.164

G                     35° 54'.082     014° 29'.153

H                     35° 54'.089     014° 29'.159

 

The survey will be carried out by scuba divers and will be accompanied by a support vessel 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 when navigating in the above indicated area. They are to give the area a wide berth of at least 100m. They are to comply with instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

16th July, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 79 of 2019

 

Fireworks Display from a Barge and Pontoons Moored at Il-Qala tal-Għażżenin, il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il

Baħar

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that firework displays in connection with the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, St Paul's Bay, will be let off from a barge and pontoons moored in the position as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The pontoons will be moored in position on Wednesday, 24th July 2019, after 9.00 a.m.

 

The barge will be moored in position on Thursday, 25th July, 2019,  after 9.00 a.m.

 

Position                       Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

Centre of barge           35° 57'.087     014° 24'.136

 

The barge and pontoons will be left moored in position and will be lit during the night.

 

The dates and times of the displays are as follows:

 

On Friday, 26th July, 2019, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.10 a.m., from noon till 12.20 p.m. and from 9.30 p.m. till 10.30 p.m.

 

 

On Saturday, 27th July, 2019, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.10 a.m., from 11.45 a.m. till 12.15 p.m., from 6.00 p.m. till 7.00 p.m. and from 10.00 p.m. till 11.30 p.m.

 

On Sunday, 28th July, 2019, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.30 a.m., from noon till 12.20 p.m., from 7.00 p.m. till 8.30 p.m. and from 9.45 p.m. till 10.30 p.m.

 

Fireworks will be loaded on their racks on the jetty (shown in red on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)). They will then be loaded on to boats to be transported to the barge and pontoons. This work will be done on Friday, 26th July, 2019, between 6.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m. Mariners are informed that during these times the jetty cannot be used and no vessel will be allowed to stay alongside the jetty.

 

All vessels and bathers are warned to keep well clear of the barge and pontoons and maintain a safe distance of at least 200 metres during the dates and times of the displays.

 

Vessels moored within 200 metres from the barge are to be removed and kept clear during the days and times of the display. 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.

 

Charts affected: BA 211B, 211A

 

12th July, 2019

 

Notice to Mariners No. 51 of 2019

 

Archaeological Zones at Sea – Superintendence of Cultural Heritage

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta would like to remind all mariners that the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage has established a number of 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, the following sites have been established.

 

Wreck       Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)           Buffer Area

                                                            (Radius)

                                                 

Off Il-Ponta tal-Qawra

 

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

 

Off Il-Bajja ta' San Ġiljan

 

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

Swordfish      

  

Off Il-Port il-Kbir (Valletta)

 

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

Olympus  

 

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

 

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

Trusty Star  

 

Off Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala

 

ORP             35° 53'.290  014° 38'.482   500m

Kujawiak  

 

HMS   35° 52'.434  014° 35'.836   500m

Southwold

(Bow) 

 

HMS   35° 52'.349  014° 35'.861   500m

Southwold

(Stern) 

 

SS                    35° 51'.469   014° 36'.297  500m

Polynesian

(Bow) 

SS                    35° 51'.451    014° 36'.392 500m

Polynesian

(Stern) 

 

HMS 

Nasturtium      35° 53'.637     014° 42'.612  500m

 

HMS Russell 35° 54'.198     014° 36'.473  500m

 

Off Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

 

SS Luciston    35° 47'.461    014° 35'.464  500m

 

In view of the above, Transport Malta hereby notifies that with immediate effect, all commercial vessels intending on carrying out diving operations on the above listed historical wrecks must be fitted with an AIS which must be kept on all the time. Besides the necessary permits from Heritage Malta - Underwater Cultural Heritage Unit, they must obtain clearance from Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 or Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF channel 14, following a pre-notification.

 

Compliance with this requirement is mandatory and non-compliance will entail the prohibition of stopping/diving on these sites and/or navigation in general, without prejudice to other applicable penalties and legal proceedings.

 

The buffer area is considered as a 'NO STOPPING AREA'. Anchoring/mooring will only be allowed to divers' vessels fitted with an AIS and having 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 shown at all times. 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.

 

Charts Affected: BA 36, 177, 2537, 2538

 

Positions are referred to WGS84 DATUM.  

 

12th July, 2019

 

Notice to Mariners No. 52 of 2019

 

Live Gunnery Firing Practice from Pembroke Ranges (LM-D01) on 22nd July, 2019

 

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 on Monday, 22nd July, 2019. The firing practice will take place between 8.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. local time (6.00 a.m. to 2.00 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.

 

Instructions given by AFM craft patrolling the area, Malta VTS (Malta Coast Radio Station) on VHF channel 69 and Valletta VTS (Valletta Port Control) on VHF channel 12 are to be complied with at all times.

 

Chart affected: BA 194, 2537 and 2538

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

12th July, 2019

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 53 of 2019

 

Live Gunnery Firing Practice from Pembroke Ranges (LM-D01) on 25th and 26th July, 2019

 

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 on Thursday, 25th and Friday, 26th July, 2019. The firing practice will take place between 8.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. local time (6.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. UTC).

 

The exercise will take place within the area enclosed by the points A, B & 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.

 

Instructions given by AFM craft patrolling the area, Malta VTS (Malta Coast Radio Station) on VHF channel 69 and Valletta VTS (Valletta Port Control) on VHF channel 12 are to be complied with at all times.

 

Chart affected: BA 194, 2537 and 2538

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

12th July, 2019

 


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 75 of 2019

Malta International Arts Festival event at Rinella Bay in the Grand Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a Silk’N Beat event organised by the Malta International Arts Festival will be held on Monday, 8th July, 2019, at Rinella Bay in the Grand Harbour.

Due to this event mariners and owners of vessels are informed that Rinella Bay is to be kept clear from all vessels from Sunday, 7th July, 2019, at 6.00 p.m. to Monday, 8th July, 2019, at 9.00 p.m.

Any vessels found in Rinella Bay on the above mentioned dates and times 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.

Mariners are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12.

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

9th July, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 76 of 2019

Malta International Arts Festival – Barriera Wharf in the Grand Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that due to events in connection with the Malta International Arts Festival, part of Barriera Wharf has to be kept clear of vessels.

The part of Barriera Wharf which is to be kept clear is indicated on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) shown hatched in red and is to be kept clear on Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, and Sunday, 14th July , 2019, from 6.30 p.m. till 11.00 p.m. on both days.

No vessel will be allowed to berth alongside this part of the wharf apart from the Fernandez 1 during the above quoted dates and time.
Mariners are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12.

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

9th July, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 49 of 2019

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 17th July, 2019 – 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, 17th July, 2019, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 11.00 p.m. (Local Time).

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

From Position A

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

35º 55’.540    014º 28’.320 (Centre point on land), 
         
a radius of 4 nautical miles to points 

35º 59’.460    014º 27’.150 and
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.  Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 are to be strictly observed.

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

2nd July, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 50 of 2019

Live Gunnery Firing Practice from Pembroke Ranges (LM-D01) on 18th July, 2019 

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 on Thursday, 18th July, 2019. The firing practice will take place between 8.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. local time (6.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. UTC).

The exercise will take place within the area enclosed by the points A, B & 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. 

Instructions given by AFM craft patrolling the area, Malta VTS (Malta Coast Radio Station) on VHF channel 69 and Valletta VTS (Valletta Port Control) on VHF Channel 12 are to be complied with at all times.

Chart affected: BA 194, 2537 and 2538

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

2nd July, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 71 of 2019

Temporary Fairway in Santa Marija  Bay – Comino

Reference is made to:

Local Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2019 regarding Infrastructure Malta works in various localities in Malta and Gozo.

Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2017 regarding Fairway established at Santa Marija Bay, Comino.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that due to infrastructural works, with immediate effect, a temporary fairway has been established at Santa Marija Bay, Comino.

The temporary fairway established is the imaginary line A to E to D on one side and the imaginary line B to C on the other. Flashing yellow buoys have been laid at these points (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).


Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A 36° 00’.995    014° 20’.255  edge of slipway
B 36° 00’.997    014° 20’.260  edge of slipway
C 36° 01’.121    014° 20’.196 
D 36° 01’.118    014° 20’.186 
B 36° 01’.057    014° 20’.221

The fairway mentioned in Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2017 is hereby temporarily removed.

Owners of vessels are hereby being instructed that no vessel is to be left unattended within Santa Marija Bay. A floating pontoon has been placed along the northeast side of the slipway (shown in red on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

This pontoon is to be used only for un/loading operations.

Area next to the pontoon (shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) is to be kept clear at all times. 

They are also advised to keep a sharp lookout, 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 and Enforcement Personnel on site.

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537

2nd July, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 72 of 2019

Fireworks Display – Sacro Cour – Tas-Sliema

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 Thursday, 4th July, 2019, from 9.30 p.m. till 10.30 p.m.

On Friday, 5th July, 2019, from 9.00 a.m. till 9.10 a.m., from noon till 12.10 p.m. and from 8.30 p.m. till 10.30 p.m.

On Saturday, 6th July, 2019, from 9.00 a.m. till 9.30 a.m., from noon till 12.10 p.m. and from 6.00 p.m. till 11.30 p.m.

On Sunday, 7th July, 2019, from 9.00 a.m. till 9.10 a.m, from noon till 12.20 p.m. and from 7.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.

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 abovementioned dates and times of the firework displays. 

Ground fireworks will be let off from point B, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), on Saturday, 6th July, 2019, between 11.00 p.m. and midnight. In view of this ground fireworks display, all vessels moored within the indicated hatched area off point B (as shown on  chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) are to be removed on the mentioned dates 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 abovementioned dates and times.
Mariners are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

Chart affected: BA 177
 
2nd July, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 73 of 2019

BSJ – Open Water Swimming Championship Race – 10th July, 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club will be organising an open water swimming championship race at Salina Bay.

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, 10th July, 2019, between 5.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

A rescue RIB and 2 canoes will be accompanying the participating swimmers.

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 obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12.

Charts affected: BA 211B, 211A, 2537 and 2538
 
2nd July, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 74 of 2019

Fireworks Display from Rinella Bay Sand 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, 18th July, 2019, from 9.30 p.m. till 10.00 p.m.


On Friday, 19th July, 2019, from 10.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.


On Saturday, 20th July, 2019, from 10.00 p.m. till 11.30 p.m.

On Sunday, 21st July, 2019, from 9.00 p.m. till 10.30 p.m.

In Rinella Bay, Kalkara (point B):

On Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.15 a.m. and from noon till 12.15 p.m. 

On Friday, 19th July, 2019, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.15 a.m. , from noon till 12.15 p.m. and from 10.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.

In view of the above, mariners are informed to give a wide berth of 200 meters from Rinella Bay, Kalkara (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) point B). All Vessels within 120 meters radius from 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) point A) are to be removed on the above-mentioned dates and times of the displays. 

Mariners are to obey directives issued by the Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12, and by Police in the area.

Chart Affected: BA 177 
 
2nd July, 2019





TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 67 of 2019

 

Diving survey at Id-Daħla ta' Tas-Sliema in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a diving survey will be carried out in the area enclosed by the imaginary lines between A, B, C and D and intermediate coast (shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)), at Id-Daħla ta' Tas-Sliema in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett.

The survey will start with immediate effect and will be completed by Sunday, 30th June, 2019.

Position            Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

A                        35º54'.331      014º30'.023

B                        35º54'.352      014º30'.023

C                        35º54'.351      014º29'.956

D                        35º54'.267      014º29'.821

The survey will be carried out by scuba divers 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 when navigating in the above indicated area. They are to give the above support vessel a wide berth of at least 100m. They are to comply with instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

Chart affected: BA 177

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

28th June, 2019

Local Notice to Mariners No. 68 of 2019

Għaqda Regatta Nazzjonali - Under 18 Regatta - 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Għaqda Regatta Nazzjonali u Qdif Ieħor will be organising the Under 18 regatta in Rinella Bay, Kalkara, Grand Harbour.

The regatta races will be held on Saturday, 6th July, 2019, from 4.30 p.m. till 6.30 p.m.

Four (4) buoys will be laid in positions A, B, C and D, as indicated in chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), to delineate the race area.

Any vessel which is within the designated area, which includes all Rinella Bay, has to be removed by Saturday, 6th July, 2019, at 10.00 a.m.

The buoys will be laid on Saturday, 6th July, 2019, from 10.00 a.m. No vessel will be allowed to enter the designated area unless by special permission issued by Transport Malta.  The buoys will be removed at the end of the races.

The positions of the buoys will be as follows:

 

            Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

 

A         35º 53'.845   14º 31'.355

B         35º 53'.656   14º 31'.614

C         35º 53'.612   14º 31'.565

D         35º 53'.800   14º 31'.306

Mariners are advised to obey instructions given by the Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and by patrol boats and Transport Malta Enforcement Officers in the vicinity of the races.

Positions are referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Part of BA Chart 177 is found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

28th June, 2019

Local Notice to Mariners No. 69 of 2019

BSJ Open Water Swimming Championship Race 3rd July, 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club will be organising an open water swimming championship race at Salina Bay.

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 3rd July, 2019, between 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m.

A rescue RIB and 2 canoes will be accompanying the participating swimmers.

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 obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12.

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

 

28th June, 2019

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 70 of 2019

BSJ – Sprint Triathlon Swim – 7th July, 2019

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club will be organising Sprint Triathlon Swim at Salina Bay.

 

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'.112   014º 25'.763

C                     35º 57'.100   014º 25'.783

 

on Sunday, 7th July, 2019, between 7.00 a.m. and 9.00 a.m.

A water ambulance, club RIB and paramedics' Jet Ski will be accompanying the participating swimmers. 

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 obey any instructions issued by support vessels and Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12.

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

28th June, 2019

Notice to Mariners No. 48 of 2019

 

Live firing practice at Pembroke Ranges – 9th July, 2019

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, 9th July, 2019, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 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.  Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF channel 12 are to be strictly observed.

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

28th June, 2019


Local Notice to Mariners No. 66 of 2019

Round Gozo Swim – 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a swim will take place round Gozo on Saturday, 29th June, 2019. 

The five swimmers will depart from Ħondoq ir-Rummien at 3.00 a.m. and swim clock-wise along the route. The swim is expected to be completed by 3.00 p.m.

The swimmers are expected to cross along the following lines at the below quoted times:

from point B to point C (outside Mġarr Harbour) between 3.30 a.m. and 3.45 a.m.,

from point D to point E (outside Xlendi Bay) between 6.00 a.m. and 7.30 a.m., and

from point F to point G between 10.00 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.
 
Position  Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

A    36º 01’.622    014º 19’.528 
B    36º 01’.557    014º 18’.410 
C    36º 01’.470  014º 18’.113 
D    36º 01’.652    014º 12’.712 
E    36º 01’.813    014º 12’.498 
F    36º 04’.610    014º 15’.523 
36º 04’.543    014º 15’.848 

Points are shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Each swimmer will be accompanied by a support vessel and there will also be an Emergency Rescue Response Corps (ERRC) vessel present.

If due to inclement weather conditions the swim cannot be held on Saturday, 29th June, 2019, it will be held on Saturday, 6th July, 2019, 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 times, giving the swimmers a wide berth. They are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and Maritime Enforcement Officers on the route. 

Charts affected: BA 194, 211 and 2537 

25th June, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 65 of 2019

BSJ - Sprint Triathlon Swim - 23rd June, 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club will be organising a Sprint a Triathlon Swim at Salina Bay.

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

 

Position           Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

 

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

 

B                     35º 57'.112      014º 25'.763

 

C                     35º 57'.100      014º 25'.783

 

on Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, between 7.00 a.m. and 9.00 a.m.

 

A water ambulance, club RIB and paramedic's Jet Ski will be accompanying the participating swimmers.

 

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 obey any instructions issued by support vessels and Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12.

 

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

21st June, 2019

 TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 47 of 2019

Live firing practice at Pembroke Ranges - 26th June, 2019 - 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, 26th June, 2019, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 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.  Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

 

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF channel 12 are to be strictly observed.

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

18th June, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 62 of 2019

Navigational Restrictions in the Grand Harbour, Valletta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that there will be navigation restrictions in The Grand Harbour, Valletta on Friday, 14th June, 2019, from 3.00 p.m. till 5.30 p.m., in connection with the Southern EU Countries Summit – 2019.

 

Reference is made to chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The hatched areas in red, marked by imaginary boundary A, B, C, D and E off Barriera Wharf and by imaginary boundary W, X, Y, and Z off Bighi, will be exclusion zones, while no loitering will be allowed in the channel between the two indicated areas on the above mentioned dates. Furthermore, any vessels that are moored in the above areas are to be removed immediately. No vessel is to remain in these exclusion areas on the above dates.

 

Mariners are to note the above and contact Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) for instructions prior to any navigation in or out of Grand Harbour on this date. Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12, the AFM, the Police and the Maritime Security Enforcement Unit of Transport Malta are to be complied with.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Chart Affected: BA Chart 177

 

11th June, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 63 of 2019

 

Voomquest – V2 International Powerboat Championship – June, 2019

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Voomquest – V2 International Powerboat Championship will be held off Tas-Sliema between Friday, 14th June, 2019, and Sunday, 16th June, 2019, weather permitting.

 

Navigation will be restricted within the area bounded by the imaginary lines joining the points U, V, W, X, Y, Z and the intermediate coastlines each day.

 

Orange flashing buoys may be laid on Thursday, 13th June, 2019, at points V, W, X and Y (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) and will be left in position during the night.

 

All vessels are to proceed offshore from the above mentioned orange buoys between 9.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

U                     35º 54'.422      014º 30'.909                                                                                         Shore

V                     35º 54'.514      014º 31'.246                                                                                        Orange                                                                                                                                                             flashing                                                                                                                                                             buoy

 

W                    35º 54'.847      014º 31'.412                                                                                        Orange                                                                                                                                                             flashing                                                                                                                                                              buoy

 

X                     35º 55'.882      014º 30'.568                                                                                        Orange                                                                                                                                                             flashing                                                                                                                                                             buoy

 

Y                     35º 55'.781      014º 30'.019                                                                                        Orange                                                                                                                                                             flashing                                                                                                                                                             buoy

 

Z                      35º 55'.134      014º 29'.930                                                                                        Shore

 

 Races will be held within the area daily from Friday, 14th June, 2019, to Sunday, 16th June, 2019, between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. During all other hours vessels are to navigate with caution.

 

A number of flashing buoys may also be laid on Thursday, 13th June, 2019, within the above mentioned restricted area to show the course, in the following positions A, A1, B, C, D, E, F, G and H, as indicated on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) and they will remain in position during the night.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 55'.168      014º 30'.346                                        White buoy

A1                   35º 55'.107      014º 30'.271                                        White buoy

B                     35º 54'.929      014º 30'.563                                        Red buoy

C                     35º 54'.605      014º 30'.844                                        Yellow buoy

D                     35º 54'.606      014º 31'.086                                        Yellow buoy

E                      35º 54'.765      014º 31'.190                                         Yellow buoy

F                      35º 55'.708      014º 30'.482                                        Yellow buoy

G                     35º 55'.701      014º 30'.145                                        Yellow buoy

H                     35º 55'.287      014º 30'.075                                        Yellow buoy

 

The buoys will all be removed on Sunday, 16th June, 2019, at 6.00 p.m.

 

Due to another event on the same dates, a Maritime Exclusion Zone (MEZ) within the imaginary lines J, K, L, M, N, O and the intermediate coastline has been established. No vessel will be allowed to loiter or stop between the race area and the MEZ as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Mariners are instructed not to enter the restricted area on the mentioned dates and times as stated above. They are to cooperate with the organisers and Maritime Enforcement officers in the area. Moreover they are to obey any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12.

 

Charts Affected: BA 177, 194, 2537 and 2538

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

11th June, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 64 of 2019

 

Correction to Local Notices to Mariners No. 61 of 2019 regarding Re-Nourishment Project at Balluta Bay

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 61 of 2019 regarding Re-Nourishment Project at Balluta Bay.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, informs mariners and owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring within or just outside Balluta Bay that they are to remove them by Sunday, 16th June, 2019, and not as stated due to a typo error.

 

All other information in Local Notice to Mariners No. 61 of 2019 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

11th June, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 59 of 2019

Seabed Clean-up at Ir-Ramla taċ-Ċirkewwa – 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a seabed clean-up operation within Ir-Ramla taċ-Ċirkewwa, in the area shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), will be held on Saturday, 8th June, 2019, between 9.00 a.m. and 1.00 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 and time. They are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

6th June, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 60 of 2019

BSJ – Open Water Swimming Championship Race – 12th June, 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club will be organising an open water swimming championship race at Salina Bay.

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, 12th June, 2019, between 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m.

A rescue RIB and 2 canoes will be accompanying the participating swimmers.

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 obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12.

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

6th June, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 61 of 2019 

Re-Nourishment Project at Balluta Bay

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the re-nourishment project at Balluta Bay is expected to start on Monday, 17th June, 2019, and is expected to be completed by Monday, 24th June, 2019.

The dredger Ave Caesar, the hopper barges San Paolo and San Carlo and work boat Denjul will be involved in this project and are to be given a wide berth where to work.

Owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring within or just outside Balluta Bay are to remove them by Sunday, 16th July, 2019. Any vessels and moorings that are left in this area after the stipulated 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.

The swimmer zone in this area will be removed during the above mentioned dates.

Furthermore, mariners are reminded that it is prohibited to lay any moorings 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 very slow ‘no wake’ speed. They are to give the above area a wide berth and obey instructions as given by the Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

Chart affected: BA 177

6th June, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 46 of 2019

Correction to Notices to Mariners Nos. 42 and 44 of 2019 Regarding Beacon Pole on Il-Ġebla ta’ Ħajra – Destroyed
 
Reference is made to Notice to Mariners Nos. 42 and 44 of 2019 re-Beacon pole on Il-Ġebla ta’ Ħajra – Destroyed.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, informs mariners that there is a typo error in the Latitude (N) position quoted in the above mentioned Notices to Mariners.

The correct position is:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35º 49’.741    014º 32’.911

All other information in Notices to Mariners Nos. 42 and 44 of 2019 will remain valid.

Chart affected: BA 36

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

4th June, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 57 of 2019

Re-nourishment Project at Fajtata, Il-Bajja ta’ San Tumas (Marsaskala)

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Re-Nourishment Project at Fajtata, Il-Bajja ta’ San Tumas (Marsaskala) is expected to start on Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, and be completed by Saturday, 22nd June, 2019.

The project consists of removing sand from the area C, D, E and F by suction pump which will be on MV Gold Dredger and pumping it through a floating pipe to within the area between the imaginary line A to B and the intermediate coastline (hatched in red) as shown on chart on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Mariners are informed that due to the floating pipeline from area A to B and the intermediate coastline to area C, D, E and F, there will be no access between the two areas. All vessels are to pass south of the imaginary line E to F.

Owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring and ground tackle in Fajtata in Il-Bajja ta’ San Tumas (Marsaskala) within the area B, C, D and E are to remove them with immediate effect. Any vessels, moorings and ground tackle 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, moorings and ground tackle.

Position  Latitude (N)  Longitude (E) 

A          35º 51’.287    014º 33’.937 
B          35º 51’.301    014º 33’.960  
C          35º 51’.235    014º 33’.917
D          35º 51’.235    014º 34’.028 
E          35º 51’.188    014º 34’.028 
F          35º 51’.188    014º 33’.917 

Furthermore, mariners are reminded that it is prohibited to lay any moorings 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 very slow ‘no wake’ speed. They are to give the above area a wide berth and obey instructions as given by the Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

Chart affected: BA 36, 2538

4th June, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 58 of 2019

Re-Nourishment Project at Għar Aħmar in Marsaxlokk Bay

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Re-nourishment Project at Għar Aħmar in Marsaxlokk Bay is expected to start on Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, and be completed by Saturday 22nd June 2019.


The project consists of removing sand from areas A and B by suction pump which will be on MV Gold Dredger and pumping it through a floating pipe onto trucks then transporting it overland to area C (hatched in red) as shown on chart on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Mariners are informed that due to the floating pipeline from area B to the coastline north and east of it, there will be no access and any vessels are to pass only Southwest of area B.

Owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring and ground tackle in areas A, B and C are to remove them with immediate effect. Any vessels, moorings and ground tackle 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, moorings and ground tackle.

Furthermore, mariners are reminded that it is prohibited to lay any moorings 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 very slow ‘no wake’ speed. They are to give the above area a wide berth and obey instructions as given by the Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

Chart affected: BA 36, 2538

4th June, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 52 of 2019 

Cancel Local Notice to Mariners No. 45 of 2019 
Regarding Repair of Slipway at Ġnejna Bay
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners and the general public that the repair works of the slipway at Ġnejna Bay have been completed and therefore Local Notice to Mariners No. 45 of 2019 regarding Repair of Slipway at Ġnejna Bay is hereby CANCELLED.
 
Charta affected:  BA 2537, 2538
 
31st May, 2019
 
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 53 of 2019

 St George’s Bay, Birżebbuġa – Re-nourishment Project

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the St George’s Bay, Birżebbuġa - re-nourishment project is expected to start with immediate effect and be completed by Friday, 20th June, 2019.

The project consists of removing sand from the area C, E, F and G by crane on flat barge and transporting it by a barge to be deposited within the area between the imaginary line A, B and the intermediate coastline (hatched in red) as shown on chart on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring and rkaptu in St George’s Bay, Birżebbuġa, within the area B, C, G, F, E, D and A are to remove them with immediate effect. Any vessels, moorings and ground tackle 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, moorings and ground tackle.

Position  Latitude (N)  Longitude (E) 

A            35º 49’.903    014º 31’.835 
B            35º 49’.942  014º 31’.860  
C          35º 49’.893    014º 32’.063
D          35º 49’.846    014º 32’.049 
E          35º 49’.833    014º 32’.045 
F            35º 49’.812    014º 32’.147 
G            35º 49’.874    014º 32’.164 

Furthermore, mariners are reminded that it is prohibited to lay any moorings 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 very slow ‘no wake’ speed. They are to give the above area a wide berth and obey instructions as given by the Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

Chart affected: BA 36

31st May, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 54 of 2019

 Underwater Hazard Alongside Quay at Ħondoq ir-Rummien Bay – Gozo

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that there are several underwater boulders alongside the quay at Ħondoq ir-Rummien Bay, Gozo.

The boulders are in shallow water and hence may cause a hazard to navigation. Therefore, mooring alongside the first 15 metres of the quay and 10 metres out (shown hatched as chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) is not to be used.

Whilst every effort is made to remove these boulders, mariners are to navigate with caution, keep a sharp lookout and navigate at very slow speed when in the vicinity.
Chart affected: BA 211

31st May, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 55 of 2019
 
Geophysical Surveys between Malta and Gozo

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a geophysical survey will be carried out between Malta (Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa) and Gozo (Ras il-Ħobż).

The surveys will be carried out by the vessel MV Goldfinder along the route A to B to C as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). This survey will start with immediate effect and is expected to be completed by Thursday, 20th June, 2019. 

Position  Latitude (N)  Longitude (E) 

        35º 56’.063  014º 20’.616     Malta (Il-Ramla    tal -Mixquqa)
      35º 55’.959  014º 20’.102
      35º 55’.939  014º 19’.007  Gozo (Ras il-Ħobż)
 

Mariners and operators of sea craft are advised to keep a sharp lookout and proceed at slow speed while navigating in the above areas.  They are to give the MV Goldfinder a wide berth of at least 1.5km as it will be towing equipment behind and therefore restricted in manoeuvrability.

Moreover, they are requested to comply with instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.  

Chart affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

31st May, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 56 of 2019

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 46 of 2019 Regarding Environmental Survey off Delimara – 
Core Sampling

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 46 of 2019 regarding Environmental Survey off Delimara – Core sampling, the barge BEZZ V will be used and the completion date is being extended until Saturday, 20th July, 2019.

All other information included in Local Notice to Mariners No. 46 of 2019 will remain valid.

31st May, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 44 of 2019

Further to Notice to Mariners No. 42 of 2019 Regarding Beacon Pole on Il-Ġebla ta’ Ħajra – Destroyed

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, informs mariners that further to Notice to Mariners No. 42 of 2019 regarding Beacon pole on Il-Ġebla ta’ Ħajra – Destroyed, a temporary East Cardinal buoy has been established in position:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

36º 49’.741    014º 32’.911

All other information in Notice to Mariners No. 42 of 2019 will remain valid.

Chart affected: BA 36

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 31st May, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 45 of 2019

Tal-Ġordan Lighthouse, Gozo – UNLIT

Reference is made to BA Chart 2537 – Gozo, Comino and the Northern part of Malta.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the light of Tal-Ġordan Lighthouse in Gozo, flashing 1 every 7.5 seconds, in the following position:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

36º 04’.330    014º 13’.100

will be temporarily UNLIT as from Friday, 7th June, 2019, until further notice. 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

Charts affected: BA 2537, 194, 2123, 2124

Il-31 ta’ Mejju, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 50 of 2019

BSJ – Open Water Swimming Championship Race – 5th June, 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club will be organising an open water swimming championship race at Salina Bay.

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, 5th June, 2019, between 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m.

A rescue RIB and 2 canoes will be accompanying the participating swimmers.

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 obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12.

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

28th May, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 51 of 2019

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2019 regarding Semi-Submerged 8m Vessel in Id-Daħla 
tal-Kalkara, Il-Port il-Kbir – Hazard to Navigation

 The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the semi-submerged 8m vessel in Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara, Il-Port il-Kbir mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2019 in the approximate position:


Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35º 53’.392    014º 31’.384

has now been removed.

Local Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2019 is hereby cancelled.

Chart Affected: BA 177

28th May, 2019







TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 49 of 2019

Diving Survey in Lazzaretto and Tas-Sliema Creek, Marsamxett Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a diving survey will be carried out in the area enclosed by the imaginary lines between A – B, C – D and intermediate coast (shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)), in Marsamxett Harbour, between Friday, 24th May, 2019, and Thursday, 30th May, 2019, weather permitting.

Position          Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º54'.195       014º29'.812

B                     35º54'.182       014º29'.747

C                     35º54'.273       014º29'.847

D                     35º54'.303       014º29'.809

 

The survey will be carried out by scuba divers 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 when navigating in the above indicated area. They are to give the above support vessel a wide berth of at least 100m. They are to comply with instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

Chart affected: BA 177

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

24th May, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 42 of 2019

Beacon Pole on Il-Ġebla ta' Ħajra C Destroyed

Reference is made to BA Charts 36 – Marsaxlokk.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the beacon pole on Il-Gebla ta' Ħajra in position:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

36º 49'.746                  014º 32'.846

 

has been destroyed.

 

Chart affected BA 36.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

24th May, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 43 of 2019

 

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges –

from 3rd to 6th June, 2019 – 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 from Monday, 3rd to Thursday, 6th June, 2019, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 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.  Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF channel 12 are to be strictly observed.

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

24th May, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 46 of 2019

Environmental Survey off Dellimara – Core sampling

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that core sampling will be carried out off Dellimara.

The core sampling works will be carried out in the area of Il-Ponta tat-Tawwalija at points A and B as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

                        Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 49'.472      014º 33'.828

B                     35º 49'.478      014º 33'.899

Weather permitting the works are expected to commence with immediate effect and completed by Friday, 31st May, 2019.

Works will be carried out from a flat barge which will be accompanied by a small tug boat. The barge may deploy anchors to hold it in position and may remain in the area during the night and it will display the signals in accordance with the Collisions Regulations.

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp look-out, navigate with caution and very slow speed and give the indicated positions a wide berth. They are to 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.

21st May, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 47 of 2019

 

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 Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, to Friday, 30th May, 2019 (excluding weekends).

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.

21st May, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 48 of 2019

 Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2019 Regarding Repair Works on Il-Moll tal-Fekruna – Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2019 regarding repair works on Il-Moll tal-Fekruna – Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl, the area has been extended to that shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Due to the above works, with immediate effect, the slipway cannot be used until further notice.

Owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring within the hatched area are to remove such moorings and associated ground tackle as soon as possible. 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.

All other information included in Local Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2019 will remain valid and unchanged.

 

Charts affected: BA 211A, 211B

21st May, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2019

Conservation Areas around Wrecks – Updated May 2019

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has set a number of conservation areas around wrecks.

In view of the above, mariners are to note that conservation areas have been established as indicated below:

Location                      Wreck                          Point         Latitude (N)                                   Longitude (E)

 

Wied iż-Żurrieq           Um el Faroud              A              35° 49'.200                                    014° 26'.917

                                                                        B              35° 49'.150                                     014° 27'.200

                                                                        C              35° 49'.067                                    014° 27'.067

                                                                        D              35° 49'.083                                    014° 26'.833

 

Off Xatt l-Aħmar        MV Xlendi                  A              36° 01'.067                                    014° 16'.967

                                    Cominoland                B              36° 01'.083                                     014° 17'.367

                                    Karwela                       C              36° 00'.867                                     014° 17'.367

                                                                        D              36° 00'.867                                    014° 16'.983

 

Marsaskala                  Tug St Michael           A              35° 52'.100                                    014° 34'.550       

                                    Tug 10                         B              35° 51'.900                                     014° 34'.650

                                                                        C              35° 51'.817                                     014° 34'.417

                                                                        D              35° 52'.017                                    014° 34'.300

 

Off Qawra Point         Imperial Eagle            A               35° 57'.983                                   014° 26'.033

                                                                        B               35° 57'.833                                    014° 26'.233

                                                                        C               35° 57'.683                                    014° 26'.033

                                                                        D               35° 57'.833                                   014° 25'.850

 

Off Ċirkewwa             Rożi                             A              35° 59'.224                                   014° 19'.645

                                    P29                              B               35° 59'.148                                   014° 19;.555

                                                                        C               35° 59'.299                                    014° 19'.365

                                                                        D               35° 59'.491                                   014° 19'.588

                                                                        E                35° 59'.387                                   014° 19'.716

 

Off Xrobb l-Għaġin   Blenheim                      A                35° 50'.267                                  014° 34'.467

                                   bomber                         B                35° 50'.117                                   014° 34'.667

                                                                        C                35° 49'.950                                   014° 34'.467

                                                                        D                35° 50'.117                                  014° 34'.283

 

Off Exiles Point         Bristol                          A                35° 55'.617                                  014° 30'.183

                                  Beaufighter                   B                35° 55'.467                                   014° 30'.367

                                                                        C                35° 55'.300                                   014° 30'.183

                                                                        D               35° 55'.467                                   014° 29'.983

 

Off Il-Ponta ta'           Tug 2                                      100m radius centred on

San Ġiljan                                                                   35° 55'.228                                         014° 29'.927

 

South entrance P 31                                                    200m radius centred on

Of Blue Lagoon                                                          36° 00'.540                                         014° 19'.387

 

Off Saint George's      Anadrian                                100m radius centred on

Point                                                                            35° 56'.967                                         014° 30'.466

 

Off Il-Ponta                 Barge   1                                  100m radius centred on

tal-Qawra                                                                    35° 58'.743                                         014° 29'.606

 

Off Il-Ponta                 Barge   2                                  100m radius centred on

tal-Qawra                                                                     35° 58'.684                                        014° 28'.735

 

Off Ras                        Scotts Craig                             100m radius centred on

il-Qammieħ                                                                 35° 57'.853                                         014° 20'.000

 

Off Daħlet                   MV Pippo                               100m radius centred on

ix-Xilep                                                                          35° 59'.184                                       014° 23'.702

 

Off Selmunett             HMS Stubborn                       100m radius centred on

                                                                                    35° 58'.958                                          014° 26'.772

 

These areas are considered as "NO STOPPING AREAS". Anchoring is allowed to divers' vessels ONLY after pre-notification to the Valletta VTS on VHF channel 12.  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 shown at all times. Furthermore, 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.

Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2019 is hereby CANCELLED.

Charts Affected: BA 177, 194, 211A, 211B, 2537, 2538

Positions are referred to WGS84 DATUM.      

21st May, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 43 of 2019

 

Special Mark 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.

 

BA Chart: 2537, 211A, 194

 

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                

 

A 1                              Marsalforn                   10 Knots         36º 04'.564     14º 15'.843

A 2                              Comino                       10 Knots         36º 01'.303     14º 20'.379

A 3                              Qawra                         10 Knots         35º 57'.732     14º 25'.817

A 4                              Dragonara Pt              10 Knots         35º 55'.729     14º 29'.748

A 5                              Dragut Pt                    10 Knots         35º 54'.500     14º 31'.007

 

 

BA Chart: 2537, 2538, 211A, 211B, 36, 194

 

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       

 

B 1                              Ramla l-Ħamra            10 Knots         36º 03'.827      14º 17'.018

B 3                              Santa Marija                10 Knots         36º 01'.216      14º 20'.108

B 4                              San Niklaw                 10 Knots         36º 01'.264      14º 19'.804

B 11                            Ċirkewwa                    10 Knots         35º 59'.059      14º 19'.789

B 12                            Little Armier               10 Knots         35º 59'.627      14º 21'.602

B 13                            Armier                         10 Knots         35º 59'.527      14º 21'.460

B 14                            Mellieħa                      10 Knots         35º 59'.153      14º 22'.681

B 15                            Mellieħa                      10 Knots         35º 58'.809      14º 21'.921

B 16                            Mellieħa                      10 Knots         35º 58'.466      14º 21'.400

B 20                            Mellieħa                      10 Knots         35º 58'.190      14º 21'.987

B 21                            Mellieħa                      10 Knots         35º 58'.394      14º 22'.711

B 22                            Il-Mixquqa                  10 Knots         35º 55'.965      14º 20'.464

B 23                            Għajn Tuffieha            10 Knots         35º 55'.800      14º 20'.495

B 24                            Il-Ġnejna                     10 Knots         35º 55'.473      14º 20'.354

B 25                            Il-Gżejjer North          10 Knots         35º 58'.076      14º 23'.974

B 26                            Il-Gżejjer South          10 Knots         35º 57'.942      14º 24'.601

B 28                            Ras il-Għallis              10 Knots         35º 57'.400      14º 25'.968

B 29                            San Ġiljan                   10 Knots         35º 55'.221      14º 29'.857

B 30                            Marsascala                   10 Knots         35º 51'.907      14º 34'.432

B 31                            San Tumas                   10 Knots         35º 51'.320      14º 34'.331

B 32                            Xorb l-Għaġin             10 Knots         35º 50'.298      14º 34'.030

B 33                            St Peter's Pool            10 Knots         35º 49'.903      14º 33'.897

B 34                            Delimara                      10 Knots         35º 49'.388      14º 33'.857

 

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       

 

B 2                              Mġarr ix-Xini              5 knots            36º 00'.906      14º 16'.445

B 5                              Blue Lagoon outer      5 knots            36º 01'.004      14º 19'.226

B 6                              Blue Lagoon Fairway 5 knots            36º 00'.973      14º 19'.345

B 7                              Blue Lagoon Fairway 5 knots            36º 00'.962      14º 19'.327

B 8                              Blue Lagoon Fairway 5 knots            36º 00'.920      14º 19'.356

B 9                              Blue Lagoon Fairway 5 knots            36º 00'.852      14º 19'.401

B 17                            Mellieħa                      5 knots            35º 58'.398      14º 21'.247

B 18                            Mellieħa                      5 knots            35º 58'.269      14º 21'.299

B 19                            Mellieħa                      5 knots            35º 58'.133      14º 21'.480

B 27                            Xemxija                      5 Knots           35º 57'.027      14º 23'.508

 

Buoys indicate the speed that should never be exceeded and in any case mariners are reminded to proceed at a safe speed at all times 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 or any other buoy owned by the Authority.

 

All positions are referred to WGS 84 DATUM.      

 

17th May, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 44 of 2019

 

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, 18th May, 2019, from 11.30 a.m. till 4.30 p.m. and Sunday, 19th May, 2019 from 10.00 a.m. till 4.30 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

 

If the activity cannot be held in this area due to inclement weather, it will be held inside Marsamxett Harbour on the same dates and times.

 

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 

 

17th May, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 45 of 2019

 

Repair of Slipway at Ġnejna Bay

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that repair work on the slipway at Ġnejna Bay will be carried out from Monday, 20th May, 2019, until further notice.

Due to the above mentioned repair work, the quay will not be accessible on the above mentioned dates.

 

Mariners navigating close to the above slipway, on the above mentioned dates, are to navigate at very slow speed so as not to make any wake.

 

Chart Affected: BA Chart 2537, 2538

 

17th May, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 40 of 2019

 

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges 27th and 28th May, 2019 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, 27th and Tuesday, 28th May, 2019, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 10.00 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.  Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

 

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 12 are to be strictly observed.

 

 

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

17th May, 2019

 

 


Notice to Mariners No. 38 of 2019

 

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges from 22nd to 24th May, 2019

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 from Wednesday, 22nd to Friday, 24th May, 2019, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 10.00 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.  Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 12 are to be strictly observed.

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

10th May, 2019

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 39 of 2019

 

Works in Progress Breakwater at Il-Ponta tal-Qrejten at Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a works in progress area will be established at Il-Ponta tal-Qrejten in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk.

 

 

The works will consist of the construction of a breakwater and works are expected to start on Wednesday, 15th May, 2019.

 

The area will be delineated by the lines joining the points A, B, C, D and E.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35º 50'.144      014º 32'.744    Land

B                     35º 50'.170      014º 32'.797    Buoy

C                     35º 50'.170      014º 32'.819    Buoy

D                     35º 50'.138      014º 32'.819    Buoy

E                      35º 50'.117      014º 32'.750    Land

 

A silt curtain will be deployed joining the points A, B, C, D and E, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) and it will remain in position until the completion of the project.

 

Three lit up special mark buoys flashing yellow will be laid at points B, C and D.

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp look-out, navigate with caution and very slow speed and give the indicated area a wide berth. They are to comply with any instructions given by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14.

Charts affected: BA 36

 

10th May, 2019

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 42 of 2019

 

Zones Reserved for Swimmers in Malta and Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies the general public, mariners and owners of vessels 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 Monday, 30th September, 2019.

 

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 above mentioned 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 approaches to the entrance of these lanes as indicated on the charts shown on Transport Malta website (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. 27 of 2018

 

2. Mġarr ix-Xini, Gozo: Refer to Figure 2    

 

Lines joining points 2A, 2B, 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 delineates 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. Il-Bajja ta' San Blas, Gozo: Refer to Figure 6

                       

Line joining points 6A, 6B, 6C and 6D and the intermediate coastline to the Southwest of this line.

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

6A                    36º 03'.488      14º 17'.965

6B                    36º 03'.489      14º 17'.975

6C                    36º 03'.465      14º 18'.060

6D                    36º 03'.419      14º 18'.070

 

7. Ir-Ramla, Gozo: Refer to Figure 7                                                   

Line joining points 7A, 7B, 7C and 7D and the intermediate coastline to the South of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

7A                    36º 03'.693      14º 16'.917

7B                    36º 03'.754      14º 16'.879

7C                    36º 03'.784      14º 17'.165

7D                    36º 03'.725      14º 17'.182

 

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. 27 of 2018                 

 

10. Il-Bajja ta' Santa Marija, Comino (inner): Refer to Local Notice to Mariners No. 27 of 2018  

 

11. Il-Bajja tal-Armier: Refer to Figure 11

 

Line joining points 11A, 11B ,11C and 11D and the intermediate coastline to the South of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

11A                  35º 59'.390      14º 21'.353

11B                  35º 59'.399      14º 21'.397

11C                  35º 59'.413      14º 21'.523

11D                  35º 59'.387      14º 21'.566

 

12. Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa: Refer to Figure 12 

 

Line joining points 12A, 12B, 12C and 12D and the intermediate coastline to the North West of this line and line joining points 12E, 12F, 12G and 12H 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)

12A                  35º 58'.530      14º 21'.254

12B                  35º 58'.514      14º 21'.267

12C                  35º 58'.437      14º 21'.120

12D                  35º 58'.460      14º 21'.098

12E                  35º 58'.429      14º 21'.039

12F                   35º 58'.364      14º 21'.104

12G                  35º 58'.005      14º 21'.292

12H                  35º 57'.980      14º 21'.349

 

13. Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa (It-Tunnara): Refer to Figure 13                            

 

Line joining points 13A, 13B and 13C and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points             Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

13A                  35º 58'.017      14º 21'.429

13B                  35º 58'.027      14º 21'.458

13C                  35º 58'.007      14º 21'.471

 

14. Il-Bajja tal-Imġiebaħ: Refer to Figure 14                                    

 

Line joining points 14A and 14B and the intermediate coastline to the South of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

14A                  35º 58'.101      14º 22'.858

14B                  35º 58'.094      14º 23'.021

 

15. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Selmun): Refer to Figure 15                  

 

Line joining points 15A and 15B and the intermediate coastline to the South of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

15A                  35º 58'.033      14º 23'.814

15B                  35º 57'.847      14º 23'.828

 

16. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Tal-Fekruna) − Refer to Figure 16        

 

Line joining points 16A and 16B and the intermediate coastline to the West of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

16A                  35º 57'.177      14º 23'.333

16B                  35º 57'.147      14º 23'.357

 

17. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Xemxija): Refer to Figure 17    

 

Line joining points 17A, 17B, 17C and 17D and the intermediate coastline.

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

17A                  35º 56'.911      14º 23'.089

17B                  35º 56'.897      14º 23'.107

17C                  35º 56'.872      14º 23'.078

17D                  35º 56'.875      14º 23'.057

 

18. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Għajn Rażul – Veċċja Breakwater): Refer to Figure 18

           

Line joining points 18A, 18B, 18C and 18D and the intermediate coastline and line joining points 18E, 18F, 18G and 18H and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

18A                  35º 56'.904      14º 23'.584

18B                  35º 56'.950      14º 23'.560

18C                  35º 56'.922      14º 23'.459

18D                  35º 56'.863      14º 23'.502

18E                  35º 56'.833      14º 23'.492

18F                   35º 56'.858      14º 23'.495

18G                  35º 56'.843      14º 23'.444

18H                  35º 56'.832      14º 23'.445

 

The area between the imaginary line 18E and 18F 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. 78 of 2016.

 

19. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Għażżelin): Refer to Figure 19  

                       

Line joining points 19A, 19B, 19C, 19D and 19E and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

19A                  35º 56'.975      14º 24'.010

19B                  35º 56'.996      14º 24'.013

19C                  35º 57'.028      14º 24'.144

19D                  35º 57'.016      14º 24'.289

19E                  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. 17 of 2017.

 

20. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Buġibba Square): Refer to Figure 20                 

 

Line joining points 20A, 20B and 20C and the intermediate coastline to the South East of this line and line joining points 20D, 20E and 20F and the intermediate coastline to the South West of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

20A                  35º 57'.213      14º 24'.892

20B                  35º 57'.198      14º 24'.804

20C                  35º 57'.136      14º 24'.834

20D                  35º 57'.128      14º 24'.832

20E                  35º 57'.197      14º 24'.789

20F                   35º 57'.187      14º 24'.718

 

21. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar, Buġibba (opposite Dolmen Hotel): Refer to Figure 21

 

Lines joining points 21A, 21B, 21C and 21D and the intermediate coastline and line joining points 21E, 21F and 21G and the intermediate coastline.   

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

21A                  35° 57'.405     14° 25'.044

21B                  35° 57'.312     14° 24'.973

21C                  35° 57'.292     14° 25'.024

21D                  35° 57'.277     14° 25'.022

21E                  35° 57'.288     14° 24'.954

21F                   35° 57'.260     14° 24'.933

21G                  35° 57'.230     14° 24'.961

21H                  35° 57'.227     14° 24'.948

21I                   35° 57'.225     14° 24'.927

21J                   35° 57'.218     14° 24'.909

 

22. Il-Qawra: Refer to Figure 22                   

                                                           

Lines joining points 22A, 22B, 22C, 22D and 22E, and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

22A                  35° 57'.562     14° 25'.742

22B                  35° 57'.561     14° 25'.742

22C                  35° 57'.560     14° 25'.602

22D                  35° 57'.433     14° 25'.602

22E                  35° 57'.432     14° 25'.586

 

23. Il-Bajja tas-Salina (opposite Coastline Hotel): Refer to Figure 23         

                       

Line joining points 23A and 23B and the intermediate coastline to the South East.

 

Points  Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

23A                  35º 56'.954      14º 25'.703

23B                  35º 56'.925      14º 25'.652

 

24. Il-Bajja ta' San Ġorġ (San Ġiljan): Refer to Figure 24

           

 

Line joining points 24A, 24B, 24C and 24D and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

24A                  35º 55'.578      14º 29'.264

24B                  35º 55'.631      14º 29'.307

24C                  35º 55'.549      14º 29'.348

24D                  35º 55'.525      14º 29'.309

25. Ix-Xatt ta' Spinola (opposite Cavalieri Hotel): Refer to Figure 25         

                       

Line joining points 25A, 25B and 25C and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

25A                  35º 55'.130      14º 29'.583

25B                  35º 55'.139      14º 29'.681

25C                  35º 55'.149      14º 29'.680

 

26. Ix-Xatt ta' Spinola (St Julian's): Refer to Figure 26                   

 

A rectangular line joining points 26A, 26B, 26C and 26D and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

26A                  35º 55'.074      14º 29'.569

26B                  35º 55'.090      14º 29'.580

26C                  35º 55'.009      14º 29'.667

26D                  35º 54'.994      14º 29'.642

 

27. Ix-Xatt ta' Spinola (Tas-Sliema): Refer to Figure 27

 

Line joining points 27A, 27B, 27C, 27D and 27E and the intermediate coastline of this line and the line joining points 27F, 27G and 27H and the intermediate coastline South of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

27A                  35º 54'.912      14º 29'.831

27B                  35º 54'.970      14º 29'.820

27C                  35º 55'.080      14º 29'.830

27D                  35º 55'.133      14º 29'.872

27E                  35º 55'.124      14º 29'.925

27F                   35° 54'.924     14° 29'.746

27G                  35° 54'.930     14° 29'.747

27H                  35° 54'.925     14° 29'.817

 

28. Tas-Sliema (Font Għadir): Refer to Figure 28

 

Line joining points 28A, 28B and 28C and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

28A                  35º 54'.971      14º 30'.297

28B                  35º 54'.940      14º 30'.381

28C                  35º 54'.928      14º 30'.373

 

29. Ta' Xbiex (Marsamxett): Refer to Figure 29

 

Line joining points 29A, 29B 29C and 29D and the intermediate coastline to the West of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

29A                  35° 53'.946     14° 30'.044

29B                  35° 53'.942     14° 30'.062

29C                  35° 53'.889     14° 30'.045

29D                  35° 53'.893     14° 30'.027

 

30. Valletta − Waterpolo Pitch (Marsamxett): Refer to Figure 30

 

Line joining points 30A, 30B and 30C and the intermediate coastline to the East of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

30A                  35° 54'.070     14° 30'.638

30B                  35° 54'.138     14° 30'.724

30C                  35° 54'.130     14° 30'.733

 

31. Il-Bajja tar-Rinella: Refer to Figure 31

 

Line joining points 31A and 31B and the intermediate coastline to the East of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

31A                  35º 53'.656      14º 31'.629

31B                  35º 53'.584      14º 31'.609

 

32. Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala (Waterpolo Pitch): Refer to Figure 32

 

Line joining points 32A, 32B, 32C, 32D and 32E and the intermediate coastline to the North of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

32A                  35° 51'.979     14° 34'.073

32B                  35° 51'.974     14° 34'.074

32C                  35° 51'.975     14° 34'.225

32D                  35° 51'.996     14° 34'.432

32E                  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. 19 of 2017.

 

 

33. Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala (opposite Ex Jerma Hotel): Refer to Figure 33

 

The lines joining the points 33A, 33B, 33C, 33D and 33E and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

33A                  35° 51'.913     14° 34'.099

33B                  35° 51'.917     14° 34'.103

33C                  35° 51'.894     14° 34'.260

33D                  35° 51'.802     14° 34'.385

33E                  35° 51'.698     14° 34'.529

34. Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas: Refer to Figure 34

 

Line joining points 34A, 34B, 34C and 34D and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

34A                  35° 51'.287     14° 33'.938

34B                  35° 51'.255     14° 33'.943

34C                  35° 51'.270     14° 34'.110

34D                  35° 51'.416     14° 34'.276

 

35. Xrobb l-Għaġin (Dellimara): Refer to Figure 35

 

Line joining points 35A, 35B, 35C and 35D and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

35A                  35° 50'.490     14° 34'.029

35B                  35° 50'.465     14° 33'.968

35C                  35° 50'.394     14° 34'.033

35D                  35° 50'.415     14° 34'.150

 

36. Kalanka t-Tawwalija (Dellimara): Refer to Figure 36

 

Line joining points 36A and 36B and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

36A                  35° 49'.435     14° 33'.665

36B                  35° 49'.388     14° 33'.625

 

37. Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa (San Ġorġ): Refer to Figure 37

 

Line joining points 37A and 37B and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

37A                  35° 49'.947     14° 31'.893

37B                  35° 49'.879     14° 31'.862

 

38. Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa: Refer to Figure 38

 

Line joining points from 38A (Southernmost part of old breakwater jetty), 38B and 38C (the South East part of the waterpolo pitch) and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

38A                  35º 49'.408      14º 31'.770

38B                  35º 49'.417      14º 31'.822

38C                  35º 49'.517      14º 31'.865

 

39. Il-Bajja tal-Ġnejna: Refer to Figure 39

 

Line joining points 39A, 39B, 39C and 39D and the intermediate coastline to the South East of this line.

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

39A                  35º 55'.214      14º 20'.499

39B                  35º 55'.244      14º 20'.482

39C                  35º 55'.287      14º 20'.585

39D                  35º 55'.283      14º 20'.619

 

40. Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa: Refer to Figure 40

 

Line joining points 40A 40B and 40C and the intermediate coastline to the South East of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

40A                  35º 55'.782      14º 20'.698

40B                  35º 55'.801      14º 20'.588

40C                  35º 55'.717      14º 20'.496

 

41. Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa (Golden Sands): Refer to Figure 41

 

Line joining points 41A, 41B and 41C and the intermediate coastline to the North East of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

41A                  35º 56'.074      14º 20'.616

41B                  35º 56'.002      14º 20'.488

41C                  35º 55'.896      14º 20'.577

 

42. Il-Bajja taċ-Ċirkewwa (Paradise Bay): Refer to Figure 42

 

Line joining points 42A, 42B and 42C and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

42A                  35º 58'.916      14º 19'.920

42B                  35º 58'.962      14º 19'.898

42C                  35º 58'.970      14º 19'.974

 

43. Tigné: Refer to Figure 43

 

Line joining points 43A, 43B, 43C and 43D and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

43A                  35º 54'.321      14º 30'.706

43B                  35º 54'.311      14º 30'.689

43C                  35º 54'.356      14º 30'.619

43D                  35º 54'.367      14º 30'.629

 

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. Iċ-Ċirkewwa: Refer to Figure 45

 

Line joining points 45A and 45B and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

45A                  35º 59'.242      14º 19'.777

45B                  35º 59'.245      14º 19'.863

 

46. Spinola Bay (Balluta Bay): Refer to Figure 46

 

 

Line joining points 46A and 46B and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

46A                  35º 54'.899      14º 29'.628

46B                  35º 54'.883      14º 29'.674

 

47. Salina Bay (Suncrest Hotel): Refer to Figure 47

 

 

Line joining points 47A, 47B, 47C and 47D and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

47A                  35º 57'.244      14º 25'.458

47B                  35º 57'.259      14º 25'.535

47C                  35º 57'.196      14º 25'.529

47D                  35º 57'.154      14º 25'.481

 

48. Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa (Qajjenza): Refer to Figure 48

 

Line joining points 48A, 48B, 48C and 48D and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

48A                  35º 49'.918      14º 32'.051

48B                  35º 49'.907      14º 32'.056

48C                  35º 49'.950      14º 32'.164

48D                  35º 49'.960      14º 32'.158

 

49. St Peter's Pool: Refer to Figure 49

 

Line joining points 49A and 49B and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

49A                  35º 49'.981      14º 33'.735

49B                  35º 49'.965      14º 33'.745

50. Kalkara: Refer to Figure 50

 

Line joining points 50A, 50B, 50C, and 50D and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

50A                  35º 53'.450      14º 31'.225

50B                  35º 53'.452      14º 31'.228

50C                  35º 53'.418      14º 31'.271

50D                  35º 53'.411      14º 31'.263

 

 51. Marfa (Ir-Ramla tal-Bir): Refer to Figure 51

 

Line joining points 51A, 51B, 51C and 51D and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

51A                  35º 59'.163      14º 20'.744

51B                  35º 59'.166      14º 20'.744

51C                  35º 59'.162      14º 20'.758

51D                  35º 59'.151      14º 20'.762

 

52. It-Torri l-Abjad: Refer to Figure 52

 

Line joining points 52A and 52B and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

52A                  35º 59'.604      14º 21'.873

52B                  35º 59'.496      14º 21'.855

 

53. Santa Maria Bay – Comino (inner): Refer to Local Notice to Mariners No. 27 of 2018

 

The swimmer zones will be laid as follow:

 

On Thursday, 23rd May, 2019:

 

Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa: Figure 12

 

Between Thursday, 23rd May, 2019, and Saturday, 1st June, 2019:

 

Ir-Ramla – Gozo: Figure 7

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar – Buġibba (opposite Dolmen Hotel): Figure 21

Il-Qawra: Figure 22

Il-Bajja tas-Salina (opposite Coastline Hotel): Figure 23

Il-Bajja ta' San Ġorġ (San Ġiljan): Figure 24

Tas-Sliema  (Font Għadir): Figure 28

Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa: Figure 40

Il-Bajja taċ-Ċirkewwa (Paradise Bay): Figure 42

Salina Bay (Suncrest Hotel): Figure 47

 

Between Saturday, 1st June, 2019, and Thursday, 6th June, 2019:

 

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 6

Il-Bajja ta' Ħondoq ir-Rummien – Gozo: Figure 8

Il-Bajja tal-Armier: Figure 11

Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa – It-Tunnara: Figure 13

Il-Bajja tal-Imgiebaħ: Figure 14

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Selmun): Figure 15

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Tal-Fekruna): Figure 16

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Xemxija): Figure 17

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Għajn Rażul – Veċċja Breakwater): Figure 18

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Għażżelin): Figure 19

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Buġibba Square): Figure 20

Ix-Xatt ta' Spinola (opposite Cavalieri Hotel): Figure 25

Ix-Xatt ta' Spinola (St Julian's): Figure 26

Ix-Xatt ta' Spinola (Tas-Sliema): Figure 27

Ta' Xbiex (Marsamxett): Figure 29

Valletta – Waterpolo Pitch (Marsamxett): Figure 30

Il-Bajja tar-Rinella: Figure 31

Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala (Waterpolo Pitch): Figure 32

Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala (opposite Ex Jerma Hotel): Figure 33

Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas: Figure 34

Xrobb l-Għaġin (Dellimara): Figure 35

Kalanka t-Tawwalija (Dellimara): Figure 36

Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa (San Ġorġ): Figure 37

Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa: Figure 38

Il-Bajja tal-Ġnejna: Figure 39

Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa (Golden Sands): Figure 41

Tigné: Figure 43

Marsaxlokk: Figure 44

Iċ-Ċirkewwa: Figure 45

Spinola Bay (Balluta Bay): Figure 46

Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa (Qajjenza): Figure 48

St Peter's Pool: Figure 49

Kalkara: Figure 50

Marfa (Ir-Ramla tal-Bir): Figure 51

It-Torri l-Abjad: Figure 52

 

For ease of reference chartlets depicting swimmers' zones and launching lanes can be viewed on the Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Mariners are reminded that it is prohibited to secure/moor any vessel or object with any marker buoy, ropes and related gear, delineating the swimmers' zones.

 

All positions are referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Parts of charts may be viewed on the abovementioned website.

 

10th May, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 39 of 2019

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 38 of 2019 – Regarding Seabed clean-up at Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara – 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the seabed clean-up at Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara has been cancelled and therefore Local Notice to Mariners No. 38 of 2019 regarding seabed clean-up at Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara is hereby CANCELLED.

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

7th May, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 40 of 2019

Seabed clean-up at Il-Moll tal-Fekruna 
in Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a seabed clean-up operation near Il-Moll tal-Fekruna in Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl, within the area A, B, C and D shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), will be held on Saturday, 11th May, 2019.

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 obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12.

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537

7th May, 2019


 
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2019

Refurbishment of Slipway and Adjacent Quay at Il-Bajja ta’ San Ġiljan

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that refurbishment work on the slipway and adjacent quay at Il-Bajja ta’ San Ġiljan (shown circled and hatched in red on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) will start with immediate effect and will remain valid until further notice.

Due to the above mentioned refurbishment, the slipway and quay will not be accessible.

Mariners are to note the above and proceed with caution and at a slow speed when in the vicinity of the slipway while the refurbishment is being carried out.

Chart affected: BA 177, 2537, 2538
 
7th May, 2019





TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2019

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 19 of 2019 Regarding Semi-submerged 8m Vessel in Tas-Sliema Creek, Marsamxett Harbour – Hazard to

Navigation

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the semi-submerged 8m vessel in Tas-Sliema Creek, Marsamxett Harbour, mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 19 of 2019 in the approximate position:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

35º 54'.332                  014º 29'.925

has now been removed.

Local Notice to Mariners No. 19 of 2019 is hereby cancelled.

Chart affected: BA 177

30th April, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 38 of 2019

Seabed Clean-up at Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara – 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a seabed clean-up operation in Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara, in the area shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), will be held on Saturday, 11th May, 2019.

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 obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

30th April, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 36 of 2019

Chart Correction – Pontoons at Il-Ponta tal-Imsida in Marsamxett Harbour

Reference is made to BA Charts 177 – Valletta Harbours

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners of the following changes to the pontoons at Il-Ponta tal-Imsida in Marsamxett Harbour.

The outer limit of the pontoons has been shifted.

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

1) The northern pontoon from:                       35º 53'.837      014º 30'.070 

      to:                                                              35º 53'.844      014º 30'.062

 

2) The southern pontoon from:                       35º 53'.815      014º 30'.035 

    to:                                                                35º 53'.816      014º 30'.033

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

Charts affected: BA Chart 177

30th April, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2019

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 10th May 2019 – 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 Friday 10th May 2019, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 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.  Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 12 are to be strictly observed.

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

30th April, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 36 of 2019

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 27 of 2019 regarding Benthic Survey at Barrieri Wharf – Grand Harbour Valletta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public, that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 27 of 2019 regarding Benthic survey off Barrieri Wharf in Grand Harbour, that due to inclement weather this survey has been postponed to Monday, 29th April, 2019. If for some reason this is not carried out, the survey may be done on the following dates:

Monday, 6th May, 2019

Friday, 10th May, 2019

All other information included in Local Notice to Mariners No. 27 of 2019 will remain valid and unchanged.

Mariners are to note the above and give the area a wide berth when the support vessel 'Atlantis II' is sighted in the area shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Chart affected: BA 177

26th April, 2019

Transport Malta


Local Notice to Mariners No. 34 of 2019

Powerboat Races in St Paul's Bay - April 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that powerboat races will be held in St  Paul's Bay from Friday, 26th April, 2019, to Sunday, 28th April, 2019, between 8.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m., weather permitting. 

Navigation will be restricted within the area bounded by the imaginary lines between points S, T, U, V, W, X, Y and Z, as shown in blue on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), between 8.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. each day.

A number of mega buoys will be laid within the area in the following positions A, A1, B, C, C1, D, E, F, G, H and I for the races as indicated on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt):

Position      Latitude (N)                         Longitude (E)          Colour

 

A                35º 57'.277    014º 24'.364  Chequered

A1              35º 57'.205   014º 24'.397  Chequered

B                35º 57'.336   014º 24'.642  Yellow

C                35º 57'.675   014º 25'.182  Yellow

C1              35º 57'.637   014º 25'.228  Green

D                35º 57'.845   014º 25'.076  Yellow 

E                35º 57'.872   014º 24'.838  Yellow

F                 35º 57'.508   014º 24'.423  Red

G                35º 57'.209   014º 23'.754  Yellow

H                35º 57'.144   014º 23'.757  Yellow

I                  35º 57'.109   014º 23'.814  Yellow

 

The mega buoys will be replaced by other buoys during the night and will have a yellow flashing light.

 

The quay below Tarragon Restaurant is to be kept clear during the above mentioned date and time.

Mariners are instructed not to enter the restricted area on the dates and times stated above. They are to cooperate with the organisers and maritime enforcement officers in the area. Moreover, they are to obey any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12.

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

 

23rd April, 2019

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2019

Temporary Mooring of Several Fish Farm Cages

at Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that with immediate effect several fish farm cages of 50m diameter each have been noted in the following approximate positions:

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A         35°50'.043      014°32'.966

                                    off Qrejten Point

 

B         35°49'.697      014°32'.387

                                    NW of existing San Luċjan

                                    Fish Farm

 

The cages are UNLIT and are a hazard to navigation.

Masters of vessels are warned to keep well clear and maintain a safe distance from the above positions.

Mariners are to note the above and navigate with caution and slow speed.

23rd April, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2019

Environmental Survey off Dellimara

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that an Environmental Survey will be held off Dellimara.

The survey will be carried out within the area A, B, C, D and E, as shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A         35º 50'.094                  014º 33'.840

B         35º 49'.433                  014º 35'.054

C         35º 48'.436                  014º 34'.471

D         35º 48'.996                  014º 33'.460

E          35º 49'.141                  014º 33'.541

 

Weather permitting, the survey is expected to commence on Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019, and is expected to be completed by mid May, 2019.

The vessels 'Odin Finder' and 'Wilfred' will be used during the survey.

Mariners and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout and give the above vessels a wide berth as they will have restricted manoeuvrability.

Instructions given by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14 are to be complied with. 

Chart affected: BA 36, 2538

23rd April, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2019

 

Cancellation Local Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2019

– Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 115

of 2018 – Damage to Saint Elmo Breakwater Bridge,

Grand Harbour – Valletta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that Local Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2019 – Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 115 of 2018 – Damage to Saint Elmo Breakwater Bridge, Grand Harbour – Valletta, all lights on the foot bridge and the navigational lights on the middle pillar have been repaired and are now RE-LIT.

 

Masters and vessel operators are reminded that all other information in Local Notice to Mariners No. 115 of 2018 will remain valid.

 

Chart Affected: BA 177

 

18th April, 2019

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 34 of 2019

 

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – Sunday,

28th April, 2019

 

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 Sunday, 28th April, 2019, at the Pembroke Ranges, between 7.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. local time.

 

The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.

 

From Position A

 

            Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

 

A         35º 55'.540      14º 28'.320

                                    (Centre point on land),

 

a radius of 4 Nautical miles to points

 

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

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

 

 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 a minimum of 4 nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

 

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF channel 12 are to be strictly observed.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

 Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194

 

18th April, 2019

 


Local Notice to Mariners No. 32 of 2019 

Zones reserved for swimmers in Comino 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies all bathers, mariners and owners of vessels 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 1st May, 2019, and 15th October, 2019. 

 

1a) Blue Lagoon Swimmers' Zone (see Figure 1 found on Transport Malta website (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 (2) 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                      36º 00'.965      014º 19'.332 (Buoy)

6                      36º 00'.927      014º 19'.364

7                      36º 00'.974      014º 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                    36º 00'.859      014º 19'.421

12                    36º 00'.866      014º 19'.439 (Shore) 

1c) Fairway 

A fairway has been established as indicated in the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) Figure 1 and in the following positions. Special marks 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                 36º 00'.852                       014º 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               36º 00'.859                       014º 19'.421

 

9a) San Niklaw Bay Swimmers' Zone (see Figure 9 found on Transport Malta website (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) Santa Maria Bay (Inner) Swimmers' Zone (see Figure 10 found on Transport Malta website (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) Santa Maria Bay (Outer) Swimmers' Zone (see Figure 53 found on Transport Malta website (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 clearing distance of 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.

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, 2019


Local Notice to Mariners No. 29 of 2019

Sea Bed Clean-up Near Ċirkewwa 
South Quay - 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a sea bed clean-up operation near the Cirkewwa south quay in the area shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), will be held on Sunday, 14th April, 2019, between 7.00 a.m. and noon.

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 and time. They are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

12th April, 2019


 
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 30 of 2019

 Infrastructure Malta – Ferry Landing in Cospicua

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that Infrastructure Malta will start construction works at Machinery Wharf in Id-Daħla tad-Dockyard in The Grand Harbour on Monday, 22nd April, 2019.

These works will include the use of vessels/barges/workboats and divers. Temporary shutter works over water and below sea level, as well as a silt curtain will be installed. In view of the above, a 30m safety zone around the working area is to be maintained.

The work is expected to be completed by November 2019.

A silt curtain will be laid along the lines A, B, C, D, E and F (shown hatched in blue). This will indicate the work area and will have lights at the mentioned points.


A circular area, shown hatched in blue on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), will be used as a turning circle for the vessels/barges/workboat, hence is to be kept free at all times.

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.
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 Enforcement Personnel on site.

Charts affected: BA 177

12th April, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 31 of 2019

Malta International Fireworks Festival 2019
Fireworks Display in Grand Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a fireworks display will be held in Grand Harbour on Tuesday 30th April, 2019.

Fireworks will be let off from a row of pontoons and a barge placed off St Angelo Point.

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

On Sunday, 28th April, 2019, at 7.30 a.m., a barge will berth alongside the quay at Id-Daħla tar-Rinella in Kalkara. It will remain berthed there until Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, at 10.00 a.m.

Vessel owners moored in Rinella Bay are to remove their vessels from Saturday evening, 27th April, 2019, to Wednesday, 1st May, 2019. 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 pontoon sinkers will be laid in position on Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, at 9.00 a.m., at points X, Y and Z while the pontoons will be placed along the lines X-Y and Y-Z, on Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, from 2.00 p.m. onwards, and will be removed immediately after the displays finish.

The barge and sinkers off St Angelo Point in position W will be towed loaded with fireworks and placed in position on Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, after 4.30 p.m.

Another barge, which will be lit up, is to be used as a stage and will be placed in position V, off Barriera Wharf, on Tuesday, 30th April, 2019 at 5.00 p.m. and will be removed by Wednesday, 1st May, 2019, before 8.00 a.m.

Barriera Wharf and Lascaris Wharf are to be clear of all vessels from Monday, 29th April, 2019, at 8.00 a.m., to Wednesday, 1st May, 2019, at 8.00 a.m.
 
The fireworks will be let off on Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, between 7.00 p.m. and 10.45 p.m., local time (5.00 p.m. and 8.45 p.m. UTC)

In view of the above, mariners are informed that part of Grand Harbour, between the imaginary lines A - B,  C - D, E - F, G - H and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), will be closed to all vessels.

The port closure and prohibited area will be effective as of Tuesday, 30th April, 2019, from 4.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m., local time (2.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. UTC).

Position  Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

A    35º 53’.590   014º 30’.699  
B    35º 53’.458   014º 30’.831  
C    35º 53’.417   014º 30’.937
D    35º 53’.512   014º 31’.031   
E    35º 53’.541   014º 31’.155   
F    35º 53’.545   014º 31’.359  
G    35º 53’.720   014º 31’.541
H    35º 53’.840   014º 31’.112
V    35º 53’.766   014º 30’.957
W    35º 53’.666   014º 30’.957  
X    35º 53’.736   014º 31’.008  
Y    35º 53’.715   014º 30’.914
Z    35º 53’.647   014º 30’.867

During the event shipping movements in Grand Harbour will be restricted. No vessel will be allowed within the restricted area, except by arrangement through the organising Committee/Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS).

All vessels and bathers are warned to keep well clear and maintain a safe distance of not less than 200 metres from the barge while it is being towed.

Authorised crafts are to give the display pontoons and barges a wide berth of at least 200m. No movements whatsoever will be allowed during the actual displays.
  
Mariners are to comply with instructions and directions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and Maritime Enforcement Officers that will be in the area.
Positions are in WGS 84 DATUM

Chart affected: BA 177

12th April, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 31 of 2019

Live Gunnery Firing Practice Exercise 
at Sea – 15th to 16th April, 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Armed Forces of Malta shall conduct a live gunnery firing practice exercise at sea in the South of Malta between Monday, 15th April, 2019, and Tuesday, 16th April, 2019.

The live gunnery firing practice exercise will take place between 7.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. local time (5.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. UTC).

The exercise will be held within a circular area of 8 nautical mile radius, centred on point Z:

Position Z:  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35º 30’.500    014º 11’.000

As shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

In view of the above all vessels in the vicinity must proceed with caution. They are advised to give the exercise areas a wide berth and comply at all times with any instructions given by AFM craft patrolling the area and Valletta VTS (Valletta Port Control) on VHF Channel 12.

Charts affected:  BA 2123 and 2124

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

12th April, 2019





TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 32 of 2019

Live Gunnery Firing Practice from Pembroke Ranges from 15th to 18th April, 2019

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 from Monday, 15th April, 2019, to Thursday, 18th April, 2019. The firing practice will take place between 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. local time (6.00 a.m. to 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. 
 

Instructions given by AFM craft patrolling the area, Malta VTS (Malta Coast Radio Station) on VHF channel 69 and Valletta VTS (Valletta Port Control) on VHF channel 12 are to be complied with at all times.

Charts affected: BA 194, 2537 and 2538

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

12th April, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2019

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke 
Ranges – Sunday, 21st April, 2019

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 Sunday, 21st April, 2019, at the Pembroke Ranges, between 7.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. local time.

The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.

From Position A

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35º 55’.540    14º 28’.320 (Centre point 
       on land),

a radius of 4 nautical miles to points 

35º 59’.460    14º 27’.150 and
C 35º 58’.290   14º 32’.190

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 a minimum of 4 nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF channel 12 are to be strictly observed.


Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194

12th April, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 26 of 2019

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2019
Regarding Dredging at Mġarr Harbour - Gozo

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that due to the silt curtain mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2019 regarding Dredging at Mgarr Harbour – Gozo, the slipways next to the jetties within the area cannot be used.

All other information included in Local Notice to Mariners Nos. 12 and 17 of 2019 will remain valid.

Chart Affected: BA 211D, 211A, 2537

5th April, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 27 of 2019

Benthic Survey at Barriera Wharf 
in the Grand Harbour - Valletta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a benthic survey will be carried out at Barriera Wharf in the Grand Harbour - Valletta, between Friday 12th April 2019 and Saturday, 13th April, 2019 (weather permitting) in the area shown hatched in magenta on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

If due to bad weather the benthic survey cannot be held on the above-mentioned dates it will be carried out either between Monday, 22nd April, 2019 and Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019 or between Thursday, 25th April, 2019 and Friday, 26th April, 2019.

The benthic survey will be carried out by scuba divers. The support vessels Atlantis II will be used during the survey. The support vessel will be moving slowly and will display the international code of Signals flag “A” when diving is taking place.

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and slow speed and give the above support vessels a wide berth. Instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 are to be complied with.

Chart affected: BA 177

5th April, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 28 of 2019

 Infrastructure Malta – Ferry Landing in Tas-Sliema

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners that Infrastructure Malta will start construction works at Id-Daħla ta’ Tas-Sliema in Il-Port ta’ Marsamxett on Monday, 8th April, 2019.

These works will include the use of vessels/barges/workboats and divers. Temporary shutter works over water and below sea level, as well as a silt curtain will be installed. In view of the above, a 30m safety zone around the working area is to be maintained.

The work will start on Monday, 8th April, 2019, and is expected to be completed by April, 2020.

Works will be carried out in 2 phases.

Phase 1 will start on Monday, 8th April, 2019, the silt curtain will be deployed along the lines joining the points A, B, C and D, shown in blue on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), and will remain until the end of the project.

Phase 2 will start on Monday, 4th November, 2019, another silt curtain will be deployed along the lines joining the points E, F and G, shown in green on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), and will then remain in position until the end of the project.

While the silt curtains are deployed they will be lit up along the mentioned lines.

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.

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 Enforcement Personnel on site.

Charts affected: BA 177

5th April, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 30 of 2019

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 
Sunday, 14th April, 2019

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 Sunday, 14th April, 2019, at the Pembroke Ranges, between 7.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. local time.

The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.

From Position A

Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

35º 55’.540    14º 28’.320 (Centre point 
on land),

a radius of 4 nautical miles to points 

B  35º 59’.460    14º 27’.150 and
C  35º 58’.290    14º 32’.190

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 a minimum of 4 nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

 Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF channel 12 are to be strictly observed.


Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

5th April, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 29 of 2019

Comino West Cardinal Buoy – Re-Established

Reference is made to BA Charts 211A – Channels between Malta and Gozo.
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Comino West Cardinal Buoy in position:

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

36º 01’.040  014º 19’.200

Flashing Quick 9 every 15 seconds, has been RE-ESTABLISHED.

Mariners are advised that Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2019 is hereby being CANCELLED.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

Chart effected:  BA 211A

2nd April, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 25 of 2019

Geophysical Surveys between Gozo and Malta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that geophysical surveys will be carried out between Gozo (Ras il-Ħobż) and Malta (Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa).
The surveys will be carried out by the R/V OGS Explora on the below route and as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). These surveys will start on Monday, 1st April, 2019, and are expected to be completed by 14th April, 2019.

Position            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa 35º 56’.063    014º 20’.616
35º 55’.959    014º 20’.102
35º 55’.939  014º 19’.007
35º 56’.230    014º 18’.482
35º 56’.609    014º 18’.238
Ras il-Ħobż, Gozo  36º 00’.949    014º 16’.773 

Mariners and operators of sea craft are advised to keep a sharp lookout and proceed at slow speed while navigating in the above areas.  They are to give the R/V OGS Explora a wide berth of at least 1 km as it will be towing equipment behind.

Moreover, they are requested to comply with instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.  

Chart affected: BA 211 A

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 29th March, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 28 of 2019

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 29th March, 2019 – 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 Friday, 29th March, 2019, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m. (local time).

The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.

From Position A

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

35º 55’.540    014º 28’.320 (Centre point on land),

a radius of 4 Nautical miles to points:
35º 59’.460    014º 27’.150 and
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.  Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 Nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 12 are to be strictly observed.

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

29th March, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2019

SatCan Rocket Launch Event

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners that a SatCan rocket launch event will be carried out from Pembroke ranges on Wednesday, 27th March, 2019, between 9.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.

Due to the above mariners are informed that they are to keep out of the area A, B, C, D and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) during the above-mentioned date and time.

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E) 

35º 56’.244    014º 27’.755  
35º 56’.804    014º 28’.191 
35º 56’.613    014º 29’.486 
35º 55’.841    014º 29’.447 

If due to poor weather conditions, the event cannot be held on Wednesday, 27th March, 2019, the event will be held on Friday, 29th March, 2019.


Mariners are to note the above and keep away from the area. Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12, are to be complied with.

 
Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

Chart affected: BA Chart 2537, 2538  

 26th March, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 27 of 2019

Fitting of Automatic Identification System (AIS) Equipment on Commercial Vessels Employed in Diving Activities and Access to Historic Wrecks

Transport Malta would like to bring to the attention of owners, operators, masters and crew of commercial vessels employed in diving activities that Heritage Malta and the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage have set a number of conditions relating to the carriage of divers to and from historical wrecks, including registration with Heritage Malta.  Additionally, in order for Heritage Malta to consider and accept commercial vessels for the provision of such services, all vessels must be equipped with Automatic Identification System (AIS) equipment. Vessels not complying with the Commercial Vessel Regulations (S.L. 499.23) are not permitted to engage in diving operations on historical wrecks. 

In view of the above, Transport Malta hereby notifies that with effect from 1st May, 2019, all commercial vessels intending on carrying out diving operations on historical wrecks must be fitted with AIS, obtain the necessary permits from Heritage Malta and obtain clearance from VTS Valletta.

This requirement also has the purpose to assist VTS personnel in monitoring and coordinating the movements of maritime traffic in order to enhance safety of navigation and the security and the efficiency of marine operations and shipping movements; and is in line with the provisions described in the Commercial Vessels Regulations (S.L. 499.23). 

The AIS required to be fitted must be capable, as a minimum, of transmitting AIS signals. Once fitted, the AIS equipment and transponder must be switched on and operational at all times. AIS may only be switched off in exceptional circumstances where the Master considers this to be necessary in the interest of safety and security of his vessel.
 
As a minimum, the equipment should transmit the name of the vessel, speed, course, position, vessel type and dimensions.  Other additional information (depending on the size of the vessel) must also be transmitted; for example, the call sign and the MMSI number.

Compliance with this requirement is mandatory as from the date indicated above. Non-compliance will entail the prohibition of stopping/diving on these sites and/or navigation in general, without prejudice to other applicable penalties and legal proceedings.

26th March, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 21 of 2019

Sailing Regatta in Il-Bajja ta’ Marsaxlokk – April 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta would like to notify mariners that the Birżebbuġa Sailing Club shall be holding their annual Spring Regatta for dinghies on Saturday, 6th April, 2019, and Sunday, 7th April, 2019.
Races shall be held between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. (local time) on both 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.  Chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) showing areas A, B and C.

The courses shall be defined by inflatable marks about 1.5 metres 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 

22nd March, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 22 of 2019

31st March Regatta in the Grand Harbour − Valletta
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the 31st March Regatta will be held in the Grand Harbour on Sunday, 31st March, 2019. Sinkers and marker buoys will be laid as follows:

1. On Saturday, 30th March, 2019, 3 sinkers with yellow flashing marker buoys will be laid in the following positions.

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

(A)    35°53’.550    014°30’.917
(B)    35°53’.490    014°30’.824
(C)    35°53’.443    014°30’.750

A sinker only will be placed in mid channel between Laboratory Wharf and Deep Water Quay in the following position:

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

(D)    35°53’.173    014°30’.356

 2. On Sunday 31st March 2019, as from 8.00 a.m.:
(a) a sinker and marker buoy will be placed at point (H) off Magazine Wharf, in the following position:

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

  (H)    35°53’.216    014°30’.712

(b) wire ropes with floats will be laid in the following positions:

(i) from buoy (A) off St Angelo Point to buoy (B) near Senglea Point.

(ii)   from buoy (B) near Senglea Point to buoy (C) Senglea Point opposite the entrance to French Creek.

(iii) from buoy (C) Senglea Point opposite the entrance to French Creek to buoy (H) off Magazine Wharf.

(iv). from approximately the South West corner at Ras Ħanżir II – bollard 12 (F) to bollard 22 at Deep Water Quay (G), as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

(v) a buoy will also be placed at (D) above to support the starting line.

3. The finish is the imaginary line from buoy (A) off St Angelo Point to point (E) corner of Lascaris Wharf.

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

   (E)    35°53’.640  014°30’.791

4. The wire ropes, floats and buoys mentioned in 2 above will be removed on completion of the Regatta at approximately 6.30 p.m. on Sunday, 31st March, 2019.

5.  The sinkers and marker buoys mentioned in 1 above will then be removed on Monday, 1st April, 2019.

6. Spectators will only be permitted within the area bound by buoy (B), (C) and (H) shown hatched in red on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) AND/OR 150m North-East from the finish line (A) off St Angelo Point to (E) corner of Lascaris Wharf, mentioned in 3, at all times.

Masters of all vessels are notified that on Sunday, 31st March, 2019, between 9.00 a.m. and about 7.30 p.m., incoming vessels will not be allowed to proceed to any berth South-West of the imaginary spectators line mentioned in 3 above, which is 150m North-East of the finish line. Small vessels in ‘The Marsa’ sea area will not be allowed to proceed beyond the starting line indicated in 2(iv) above after 9.00 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 Grand Harbour, except by special permission.

 
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. Mariners are instructed to comply with any instructions issued by Transport Malta, the Police and Armed Forces of Malta patrolling the area and by Valletta VTS (Valletta Port Control).

Chart effected: BA 177

22nd March, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2019

Round Malta World Record Attempt

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a round Malta world record attempt will be held on Saturday, 30th March, 2019, weather permitting.  The start of the race will be from point A, off Tas-Sliema at 8.00 a.m. and will finish at point A1, off Tas-Sliema at approximately 8.45 a.m. If due to inclement weather, the attempt is cancelled, another attempt will take place on the 6th April, 2019, in line with the below information.

Two lit buoys will be laid in position A and A1, on the 29th March, 2019, and will be replaced by two yellow mega buoys on the 30th March, 2019, to indicate the start/finish gate as indicated on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).


Position  Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)  Colour
 
A    35º 55’.168    014º 30’.346      Yellow
A1    35º 55’.107    014º 30’.271      Yellow

The course will run in a counter-clockwise direction round Malta.

The attempt will start from the start/finish gate at 8.00 a.m., arrive at Ċirkewwa point at about 8.09 a.m., Filfla at about 8.21 a.m., Marsaxlokk East cardinal mark at about 8.27 a.m. and back at the start/finish gate at about 8.45 a.m.

During the times noted above, mariners in the area are to navigate with extreme caution, at a safe speed and keep off the indicated course as noted on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). Moreover, they are to obey any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and maritime enforcement assets in the area.

Charts effected: BA 194, 2537 and 2538

22nd March, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 26 of 2019

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke
Ranges – 3 and 4 April, 2019
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, 3rd and Thursday, 4th April, 2019, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m. (Local Time).

The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.

From Position A

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

35º 55’.540    014º 28’.320 (Centre point on land),

a radius of 4 Nautical miles to points 

35º 59’.460    014º 27’.150 and
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.  Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 Nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 12 are to be strictly observed.

Charts effected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

22nd March, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2019

Diving and Geophysical Surveys between Gozo and Malta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a diving and geophysical survey will be carried out between Gozo (Ras il-Ħobż) and Malta (Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa).

The surveys will be carried out by divers in the areas shown hatched in red on charts found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).  These surveys will start on Monday, 18th March, 2019, and are expected to be completed by Tuesday, 2nd April, 2019.

Position            Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa  35º 56’.018    014º 20’.527
Ras il-Ħobż, Gozo 36º 00’.941 014º 16’.758

The diving and research survey will be carried out with the use of an RHIB.  During the survey the support vessel (RHIB) will be displaying the International Code of Signals Flag ‘A’ and ‘D’ as it will also have restricted maneuverability.

Mariners and operators of sea craft are advised to keep a sharp lookout and proceed at slow speed while navigating in the above areas.  They are to give the support vessel a wide berth of at least 200 metres.

Moreover, they are requested to comply with instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.  

Chart affected: BA 211 A

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

15th March, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2019

Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light – Re-Established

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    14º 29’.850

has been RE-ESTABLISHED.

Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2019 of Transport Malta is hereby CANCELLED. 

Position in WGS 84 Datum.

Chart Affected: BA Chart 177, 2537, 2538, 194

15th March, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 25 of 2019

Valletta Harbours – St Elmo Breakwater Head 
Green Light – Re-lit

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Valletta, St Elmo Breakwater Head Green light flashing quick green in the following position:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35º 54’.159    014º 31’.526

is now RE-LIT.

Notice to Mariners No. 22 of 2019 is hereby CANCELLED.


Position in WGS 84 Datum.

Chart Affected: BA Chart 177, 2538, 2537, 194

15th March, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2019

Comino West Cardinal Buoy – Destroyed

Reference is made to BA Charts 211A – Channels between Malta and Gozo.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Comino West Cardinal Buoy in position:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

36º 01’.040    014º 19’.200

Flashing quick 9 every 15 seconds, has been destroyed.

Charts affected BA 2537, 2538, 194.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

12th March, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2019

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2019 Regarding Dredging at Mġarr Harbour – Gozo

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 a silt curtain was installed on Monday, 4th March, 2019, between the points A, B, C and D as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Due to the above all vessels within the area hatched in green between pontoons A and D are to be removed immediately, since access will be closed.

No liability whatsoever will be accepted for any loss or damage made to any vessel, moorings and associated ground tackle if left lying in the area after the stipulated date.

All other information included in Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2019 will remain valid.

Charts affected: BA 211D, 211A, 2537

8th March, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2019

Semi-Submerged 8m Vessel in Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara, Il-Port il-Kbir 
Hazard to Navigation

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that there is a semi-submerged 8m catamaran in Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara, Il-Port il-Kbir, in the vicinity of:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35º 53’.392    014º 31’.384

Whilst every effort is being made to remove this vessel, mariners are to navigate with caution, keep a sharp lookout and navigate at very slow speed.

Position in WGS 84 Datum.

Chart affected: BA Chart 177

8th March, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 19 of 2019

Semi-Submerged 8m Vessel in id-Daħla tal-Kalkara, Il-Port il-Kbir 
Hazard to Navigation

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that there is a semi-submerged 8m Sailing Yacht in Id-Daħla ta’ Tas-Sliema, Il-Port ta’ Marsamxett, in the approximate position:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35º 54’.332    014º 29’.925

Whilst every effort is being made to remove this vessel, mariners are to navigate with caution, keep a sharp lookout and navigate at very slow speed.

Position in WGS 84 Datum.

Chart Affected: BA Chart 177

8th March, 2019





TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2019

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 115 of 2018
Damage to Saint Elmo Breakwater Bridge, 
Grand Harbour – Valletta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 115 of 2018 – Damage to Saint Elmo Breakwater Bridge, Grand Harbour – Valletta, all lights on the foot bridge and the navigational lights on the middle pillar are UNLIT.

Masters and vessel operators are reminded that all other information in Local Notice to Mariners No. 115 of 2018 will remain.

Chart affected: BA 177

5th March, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 21 of 2019

Għallis North Cardinal Buoy – Re-Established

Reference is made to BA Charts 2537 – Gozo, Comino and the northern part of Malta and 2538 – Malta.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Għallis North Cardinal Buoy in position:

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

35º 57’.310    14º 26’.840

Flashing Quick has been RE-ESTABLISHED.

Mariners are advised that Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2019 is hereby being CANCELLED.

Charts effected:  BA 2537, 2538, 194

5th March, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 22 of 2019

Valletta Harbours – St Elmo Breakwater Head 
Green Light – LIGHT UNRELIABLE

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Valletta St Elmo breakwater head green light flashing quick green in the following position:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35º 54’.159    014º 31’.526

is now LIGHT UNRELIABLE

Notice to Mariners No. 19 of 2019 is hereby CANCELLED

Mariners are to note the above and navigate with great caution.

Position in WGS 84 Datum.

Chart affected: BA Chart 177, 2538, 2537, 194

5th March, 2019





TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2019

Għallis North Cardinal Buoy – Destroyed

Reference is made to BA Charts 2537 – Gozo, Comino and the northern part of Malta and 2538 - Malta.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Għallis North Cardinal Buoy in position:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35º 57’.310    14º 26’.840

Flashing quick, has been destroyed.

Charts affected BA 2537, 2538, 194.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

1st March, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 19 of 2019

Valletta Harbours – St Elmo Breakwater Head Green Light – UNLIT

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Valletta St Elmo Breakwater Head Green Light Flashing Quick Green in the following position:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35º 54’.159    014º 31’.526

is UNLIT.

Mariners are to note the above and navigate with great caution.

Position in WGS 84 Datum.

Charts affected: BA Chart 177, 2538, 2537, 194

1st March, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2019

Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light – Destroyed

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    14º 29’.850

is DESTROYED and only about 0.5m of the bottom part is above the water.

This may be submerged at times.

Mariners are to note the above and navigate with great caution.

Position in WGS 84 Datum.

Charts affected: BA Chart 177, 2537, 2538, 194

1st March, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 14 of 2019

Local Notice to Mariners No. 16 and No. 41 of 2018 regarding refurbishment of slipway at Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq cancelled

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the refurbishment of slipway at Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq has now been completed and therefore Local Notice to Mariners No. 16 and No. 41 of 2018 regarding refurbishment of slipway at Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq are hereby cancelled.

26th February, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2019

Repair Works on Il-Moll tal-Fekruna – Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners and the general public that repair works will be carried out on Il-moll tal-Fekruna – Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl.

The works will start on Wednesday, 27th February, 2019 within the area shown hatched on the chart shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

A diver may be involved in the works.

Due to weather limitations the work will be in progress until further notice.

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. 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.

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

Masters and vessel operators are instructed to keep a sharp lookout, navigate at very slow speed when approaching the area and that the quay cannot be used.

They are to comply with any instructions as given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel12.
 
Chart Affected: BA 211A, 211B

26th February, 2019





TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2019

Infrastructure Malta Works in Various
Localities in Malta and Gozo

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners that Infrastructure Malta works with regards to major repairs of marine structures, and related dredging, will start as from Friday, 15th February, 2019, in various localities in Malta and Gozo.

Marsaxlokk Harbour

Marsaxlokk dredging will be carried out in phases within the area shown as site A on chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Marsaxlokk replenishment will be carried out within the area shown as site B on chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Other locations

At the localities below, the work will mostly consist of major repairs of quays, jetties and piers.  Works at each location will be carried out in phases, where possible.  For safety reasons, the section of the quays, jetties and piers where works are being carried out will be inaccessible both from the land and sea-side. 
Work will be carried out in the following localities as listed below:

Marsaskala – Chart 2
Santa Marija Bay, Comino – Chart 3
Ballutta Bay, St Julians – Chart 4
Gżira Promenade – Chart 5
Marfa –  Chart 6
Mġarr, Gozo – Chart 7
Cirkewwa (berth 1 north and the south quay) – Chart 8

Mġarr ix-Xini, Gozo – Chart 9
Buġibba – Chart 10
San Tumas Bay jetties –  Chart 11

The works may include the use of vessels/barges/workboats, erection of temporary works over water and below sea level, divers and the placing of a silt curtain.


Masters and operators of vessels are to seek information about operating restrictions from Transport Malta and coordinate with the contractors on site in the locations indicated above.  Further details about works at each site can be obtained from Infrastructure Malta on (info.im@infrastructuremalta.com).

They are also advised to keep a sharp lookout, 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 and Enforcement Personnel on site.

Charts affected: BA 177, 211, 2537, 2538
 
15th February, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 10 of 2019

Grand Harbour Marina Green Fairway Buoy – 
Re-Established

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Grand Harbour Marina green fairway buoy in position:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)   Flashing

35º 53’.362    14º 31’.059    Fl(2)G.5s

has been RE-ESTABLISHED
Local Notice to Mariners No. 123 of 2018 of Transport Malta is hereby CANCELLED.

Position in WGS 84 Datum.

Chart Affected: BA 177

 15th February, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2019

Infrastructure Malta Works at Marfa

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2019 (Infrastructure Malta works in various localities in Malta and Gozo).

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners that Infrastructure Malta will start works at Marfa (chart 6 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) on Friday, 15th February, 2019.

These works will include the use of vessels/barges/workboats and divers. Temporary shutter works over water and below sea level, as well as a silt curtain will be installed. In view of the above, a 50m safety zone around the breakwater is to be maintained.

Masters and operators of vessels are informed that during these works no vessel will be allowed to berth alongside the Marfa breakwater, hence arrangements are made for them to use the Comino ferry berth at Ċirkewwa. This is to be used only for unloading and loading. No vessel is to remain berthed alongside the Comino berth once the vessel has been loaded/unloaded.

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 Enforcement Personnel on site.

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538 

15th February, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2019

Dredging at Mġarr Harbour – Gozo

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that dredging and quay upgrading works will be carried out at Mġarr Harbour, Gozo.

These works will be carried out in phases within the area between the red line and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Phase 1 (dredging) will be carried out within the area shown hatched in red on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) and will start on Monday, 4th March, 2019.

All vessels, moorings and related ground tackle lying in this area are to be removed immediately and not later than Friday, 22nd February, 2019.

No liability whatsoever will be accepted for any loss or damage made to any vessel, moorings and associated ground tackle if left lying in the area after the stipulated date

Charts affected: BA 211D, 211A, 2537

15th February, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2019

Infrastructure Malta works at Mġarr Harbour – Gozo

 
Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2019 (Infrastructure Malta works in various localities in Malta and Gozo).

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners that Infrastructure Malta will start works at Mġarr Harbour, Gozo (chart 7 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) on Friday 15th February 2019.

Works at Mgarr Harbour will be done in phases as follows:

Phase 1: works on the head with a duration of 2.5 months – Section A.

Phase 2: works on berth 2 with a duration of 2.5 months once the head is ready – Section B.
Phase 3: works on berth 3; works on this part will start in October 2019 – Section C.

These works will include the use of vessels/barges/workboats and divers. Temporary shutter works over water and below sea level, as well as a silt curtain will be installed. In view of the above, a 30m safety zone around the working area is to be maintained.

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.

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 Enforcement Personnel on site.

 Charts affected: BA 211, 2537

15th February, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2019 

Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light – 
RE-ESTABLISHED

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 now RE-ESTABLISHED.

Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2018 is hereby CANCELLED.

 
Position in WGS 84 Datum.

Charts Affected: BA Chart 177, 2537, 2538, 194

5th February, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2019

Mellieħa Bay Reef Isolated Danger
Light – RE-LIT

Reference is made to BA Chart 211A – Channels between Malta and Gozo

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Mellieha Bay Reef Isolated Danger Light Flashing 2 every 5 seconds in the following position:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)  Flashing

35º 58’.310    014º 21’.520    Fl(2)5s

is now RE-LIT.

Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2018 is hereby CANCELLED.

Mariners are to note the above and give a wide berth.

Position in WGS 84 Datum.

Charts Affected: BA 211A, 194, 2537, 2538

5th February, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2019

Fireworks – Feast of St Paul – 
Valletta – 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that in connection with the Titular Feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck, a fireworks display will be let off from the foreshore at Il-Ponta ta’ Sant’Iermu,  Valletta, from approximately the following position:

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

A 35° 54’.163    14° 31’.226

The dates and times of the fireworks from the above position are as follows:

On Saturday, 9th February, 2019, from 10.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.
On Sunday, 10th February, 2019, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.15 a.m., from 11.45 a.m. till 12.10 p.m. and from 6.30 p.m. till 9.00 p.m.

Mariners are to note the above, give the position indicated a wide berth and a safe distance of at least 200m (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 or out of the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour on the above dates and times. Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) are to be complied with.


Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

Chart Affected: BA Chart 177  

1st February, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2019

Chart Correction – AIS Buoy

Reference is made to BA Chart 2537 – Gozo, Comino and the Northern part of Malta and BA Chart 2538 – Malta.
Latitude (N)  Longitude(E) 
Delete symbol: Yellow buoy with AIS close to (a) 35° 54’.720  014° 32’.380

Delete legend:  Fl(5)Y.20s left of      (a) above
Delete legend: AIS left of                  (a) above
Charts Affected: BA Chart 2537, 2538

1st February, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2019

Chart Correction – Chimneys in Valletta 
and Marsaxlokk Harbours

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours.


The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners of the following changes at Masra in Il-Port il-Kbir, Valletta.

 
Latitude (N)  Longitude(E)

1) Delete symbol 35° 52’.940  014° 29’.948 (a)
centred on
centred on  35° 52’.910  014° 30’.025 (b)

2) Delete legend: CHIMNEY near (a) above  
                        (b) above


Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners of the following changes at Dellimara in Marsaxlokk Harbour.

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

1) Delete symbol centred on  35° 50’.032  014° 33’.428 (c)

2) Delete legend: (W Lts) CHIMNEY (154) (c) above


Positions in WGS 84 Datum. Chart

Chart Affected: BA Chart 177, 36

1st February, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 14 of 2019 

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 11th and 12th February, 2019 – 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 11th and Tuesday 12th February, 2019, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 11.00 p.m. (Local Time).

The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.

From Position A

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

35º 55’.540    014º 28’.320 (Centre point on land),

a radius of 4 nautical miles to points 

35º 59’.460    014º 27’.150 and
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.  Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF channel 12 are to be strictly observed.

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

1st February, 2019



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2019 

Live Gunnery Firing Practice from Pembroke Ranges
on 6th February, 2019

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 on Wednesday, 6th February, 2019, with Friday, 8th February, 2019, being a reserve date. The firing pratice will take place from 7.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. local time (6.00 a.m. till 3.00 p.m. UTC).

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

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35º 55’.900    014º 28’.530

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

Position B:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

36º 03’.600 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’. 450

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. 

Instructions given by AFM craft patrolling the area, Malta VTS (Malta Coast Radio Station) on VHF channel 69 and Valletta VTS (Valletta Port Control) on VHF channel 12 are to be complied with at all times.

Chart affected BA 194, 2537 and 2538

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

1st February, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2019

Sailing Regatta in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk February 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Birżebbuġa Sailing Club shall be holding their annual Autumn Regatta for dinghies on Saturday, 2nd February and Sunday, 3rd February, 2019.

Races shall be held between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. (local time) on both days.

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. A chart showing areas A, B and C is found on Transport Malta's 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

29th January, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2019

Conservation Areas Around Wrecks

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has set a number of conservation areas around wrecks.

In view of the above, mariners are to note that conservation areas have been established within the points as follows:

Location                      Wreck                        Point                Latitude (N)                  Longitude (E)

 

Wied iż-Żurrieq           Um el Faroud  A                      35° 49'.200                   014° 26'.917                                                                                    B                      35° 49'.150                    014° 27'.200

                                                                       C                      35° 49'.067                   014° 27'.067

                                                                       D                      35° 49'.083                   014° 26'.833

 

Off Xatt l-Aħmar        MV Xlendi                A                      36° 01'.067                   014° 16'.967

                                    Cominoland               B                      36° 01'.083                   014° 17'.367

                                    Karwela                     C                      36° 00'.867                   014° 17'.367

                                                                       D                      36° 00'.867                   014° 16'.983

 

Marsaskala                  Tug St Michael          A                      35° 52'.100                   014° 34'.550       

                                    Tug 10                       B                      35° 51'.900                   014° 34'.650

                                                                       C                      35° 51'.817                   014° 34'.417

                                                                       D                      35° 52'.017                   014° 34'.300

 

Off Qawra Point          Imperial Eagle           A                      35° 57'.983                   014° 26'.033

                                                                       B                      35° 57'.833                   014° 26'.233

                                                                       C                      35° 57'.683                   014° 26'.033

                                                                       D                      35° 57'.833                   014° 25'.850

 

Off Ċirkewwa             Rożi                           A                      35° 59'.224                   014° 19'.645

                                    P29                             B                      35° 59'.148                   014° 19;.555

                                                                       C                      35° 59'.299                   014° 19'.365

                                                                       D                      35° 59'.491                   014° 19'.588

                                                                       E                      35° 59'.387                   014° 19'.716

 

Off Xrobb l-Għaġin           Blenheim             A                      35° 50'.267                   014° 34'.467

                                           Bomber               B                      35° 50'.117                   014° 34'.667

                                                                       C                      35° 49'.950                   014° 34'.467

                                                                       D                      35° 50'.117                   014° 34'.283

 

Off Exiles Point         Bristol                        A                      35° 55'.617                    014° 30'.183

                                    Beaufighter                B                      35° 55'.467                    014° 30'.367

                                                                       C                      35° 55'.300                    014° 30'.183

                                                                       D                      35° 55'.467                    014° 29'.983

 

Off Il-Ponta ta'            Tug 2                                                 100m radius centred on

San Ġiljan                                                                                                                     35° 55'.228               014° 29'.927

 

South entrance             P 31                                                   200m radius centred on

of Blue Lagoon                                                                                                             36° 00'.540               014° 19'.387

Off Saint George's      Anadrian                                             100m radius centred on

Point                                                                                        35° 56'.967                   014° 30'.466

 

Off Il-Ponta                  Barge                        1                       100m radius centred on

Tal-Qawra                                                                               35° 58'.743                   014° 29'.606

 

Off Il-Ponta                  Barge                        2                       100m radius centred on

Tal-Qawra                                                                               35° 58'.684                   014° 28'.735

 

 

These areas are considered as "NO STOPPING AREAS". Anchoring is allowed to divers' vessels ONLY after pre-notification to the Valletta VTS on VHF channel 12.  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 shown at all times. Furthermore, 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.

Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2008 and 8 of 2019 are hereby cancelled.

 

Charts Affected: BA 177, 194, 211A, 211B, 2537, 2538

 

Positions are referred to WGS84 DATUM                                       

 29th January, 2019

TRANSPORT MALTA


Local Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2019

Further to Local Notice to Mariners Nos. 129 
of 2018 and 4 of 2019 – Regarding Sediment
Sampling from Seabed at 
Different Localities

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that further to Local Notice to Mariners Nos. 129 of 2018 and 4 of 2019 regarding sediment sampling from seabed at different localities, sampling will also be carried out from the following two points shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt):

Point  Latitude (N)  Longitude (E) 

B1      35º 54’.016    14º 30’.567   
B2      35º 54’.069    14º 30’.644

All other information included in Local Notice to Mariners Nos. 129 of 2018 and 4 of 2019 will remain valid.

Chart Affected: BA 177

25th January, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2019

 Air Gunnery Exercise on AW139 Helicopter

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Armed Forces of Malta shall conduct an Air Gunnery Exercise in the South of Malta.

The exercise will be held within a circular area of 8 Nautical Mile Radius, centred on point A (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)):

Point  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

   A    35° 30’.500    014° 11’.000

The exercise will be held from 7.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. local time (6.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. UTC) on the following dates:

Monday, 4th February, 2019;
Tuesday, 5th February, 2019;
Monday, 11th February, 2019; and
Tuesday, 12th February, 2019.

In view of the above all vessels in the vicinity must proceed with caution. They are advised to give the exercise areas a wide berth and comply at all times with any instructions given by AFM craft patrolling the area and Valletta VTS (Valletta Port Control Channel 12).
Chart Affected: BA 2124, 165

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

25th January, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 10 of 2019

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 5 and 6 February 2019 – 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, 5th February, 2019, while Wednesday, 6th February, 2019, being a reserve date, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 11.00 p.m. (Local Time).

The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.

From Position A

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

35º 55’.540    014º 28’.320 
(Centre point on 
land),
 
a radius of 4 Nautical miles to points 

35º 59’.460    014º 27’.150 and
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.  Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 12 are to be strictly observed.

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

25th January, 2019


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2019

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 129 of 2018
Re - Sediment Sampling from Seabed 
at Different Localities

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 129 of 2018.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the sediment sampling from seabed at different localities completion date has been extended until Friday, 15th February, 2019.

Local Notice to Mariners No. 129 of 2018 is to be amended accordingly.

All other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 129 of 2018 will remain.

Chart affected:  BA 177

 18th January, 2019




TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2019

Marine Ecological Surveys in Marsamxett Harbour
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that, weather permitting, Marine Ecological Surveys will be carried out in Marsamxett Harbour (Fortina Hotel area) on Friday, 18th January, 2019.

The survey will be carried out using a drone for filming the seabed and divers to take sediment samples and will be carried out within the area A, B, C, D, E, F and the intermediate coastline as shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Mariners and operators of vessels are advised not to navigate in the safety zone. Any movements in the proximity of the safety zone are to be coordinated with Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

Instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 are to be complied with.

Chart affected:  BA 177

18th January, 2019




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Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2019

Conservation Areas Around Wrecks

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has set a number of conservation areas around wrecks.

In view of the above, mariners are to note that conservation areas have been established within the points as follows:


Location Wreck Point Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

Wied iż-Żurrieq Um el Faroud A 35° 49.200’ 014° 26.917’
B 35° 49.150’ 014° 27.200’
C 35° 49.067’ 014° 27.067’
D 35° 49.083’ 014° 26.833’

Off Xatt l-Aħmar MV Xlendi A 36° 01.067’ 014° 16.967’
Cominoland B 36° 01.083’ 014° 17.367’
Karwela C 36° 00.867’ 014° 17.367’
D 36° 00.867’ 014° 16.983’

Marsaskala Tug St Michael A 35° 52.100’ 014° 34.550’
Tug 10 B 35° 51.900’ 014° 34.650’
C 35° 51.817’ 014° 34.417’
D 35° 52.017’ 014° 34.300’

Off Qawra Point Imperial Eagle A 35° 57.983’ 014° 26.033’
B 35° 57.833’ 014° 26.233’
C 35° 57.683’ 014° 26.033’
D 35° 57.833’ 014° 25.850’

Off Ċirkewwa Rożi A 35° 59.224’ 014° 19.645’
P29 B 35° 59.148’ 014° 19.555’
C 35° 59.299’ 014° 19.365’
D 35° 59.491’ 014° 19.588’
E 35° 59.387’ 014° 19.716’

Off Xrobb l-Għaġin Blenheim bomber A 35° 50.267’ 014° 34.467’
B 35° 50.117’ 014° 34.667’
C 35° 49.950’ 014° 34.467’
D 35° 50.117’ 014° 34.283’

Off Exiles Point Bristol Beaufighter A 35° 55.617’ 014° 30.183’
B 35° 55.467’ 014° 30.367’
C 35° 55.300’ 014° 30.183’
D 35° 55.467’ 014° 29.983’

Off Il-Ponta ta’  Tug 2                                     100m radius centred on
San Ġiljan  35° 55’.228    014° 29’.927

South entrance  P 31                                     200m radius centred on
of Blue Lagoon                                                  36° 00’.540            014° 19’.387


These areas are considered as “NO STOPPING AREAS”. Anchoring is allowed to divers’ vessels ONLY after pre-notification to the Valletta VTS on VHS channel 12. 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 shown at all times. Furthermore, 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.

Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2008 is hereby cancelled.

Charts affected: BA 177, 194, 211A, 211B, 2537, 2538

Positions are referred to WGS84 DATUM

18th January 2019







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Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2019

 Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 23rd 
and 24th January, 2019 – 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, 23rd and Thursday, 24th January, 2019, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 11.00 p.m. (Local Time).

The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.

From Position A

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

35º 55’.540    014º 28’.320 (Centre Point
        on land),
a radius of 4 Nautical miles to points:

35º 59’.460   014º 27’.150 and
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.  Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 Nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

Moreover, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 12 are to be strictly observed.


Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

11th January, 2019



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Local Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2019

Marine Ecological Surveys in Marsamxett Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that, weather permitting, a Marine Ecological Survey will be carried out in Marsamxett Harbour (Sliema Ferries), starting with immediate effect and is expected to be concluded by end of January 2019.

The survey, which will include the use of divers, will be held within the safety zone shown hatched in red on chart shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

M.V. Atlantis II will be assisting in the survey operations and will display Alpha Flag in accordance with International Code of Signals when divers are in the water.

Mariners and operators of vessels are advised not to navigate in the safety zone. Any movements in the proximity of the safety zone are to be coordinated with the survey team on board the M.V. Atlantis II and with Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, minimum speed and give the survey vessel a wide berth.

Instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 are to be complied with.

Chart affected: BA 177

8th January, 2019




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Notice to Mariners No. 1 of 2019

 Cumulative List of Notices to Mariners for 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the following Notices to Mariners are still in force.

1. Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2017
Re: Information and promulgation of Notices to Mariners

2. Notice to Mariners No. 48 of 2017
Re: Special marker buoys indicating a wreck − seasonal


3. Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2018
Re: Merkanti East, Cardinal Light - Destroyed

4. Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2018
Re: Mellieha Bay Reef Isolated Danger Light – Unlit

8th January, 2019



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Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2019

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, between 7.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m., local time.

The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.

From Position A

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

35º 55’.540    14º 28’.320 (Centre point on land),

a radius of 4 Nautical miles to points 

35º 59’.460    14º 27’.150 and
35º 58’.290    14º 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 from Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.


This notice is to supersede Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2015.

Charts affected BA 2538, 2537, 194.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

8th January, 2019



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Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2019

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 14 and 19 January 2019 – 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 with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m., local time, on Monday, 14th and Saturday, 19th January, 2019.
The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.

From Position A

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

35º 55’.540    14º 28’.320 (Centre point on land),

a radius of 4 Nautical miles to points 

35º 59’.460    14º 27’.150 and
35º 58’.290    14º 32’.190

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, any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 12 are to be strictly observed.

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 8th January, 2019

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Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2019

Chart Correction
Remove Tuna Farm North East off Malta, Insert Foul Area

Reference is made to BA Charts 194, 211A, 211B, 2537 and 2538

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners of the following changes to the tuna farm near Sikka l-Bajda off Mellieħa Bay.

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

1) Delete symbol: indicating fish farm centred on: (a) 35° 58’.500  014° 25’.320 

2) Delete 4 buoys including legend close to (a) above

3) Insert symbol: indicating foul area centred on  (a) above


Charts Affected: BA Chart 194, 211A, 211B, 2537, 2538

 8th January, 2019



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Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2019

Chart Correction - Tuna Farm North East off Malta

Reference is made to BA Charts 194, 211A, 211B, 2537 and 2538

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners of the following changes to the tuna farms near Sikka l-Bajda off Mellieħa Bay.

1)  Delete dashed line joining points:  

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E) 

36° 00’.653  014° 25’.178  
36° 00’.325  014° 25’.701   
35° 59’.821  014° 26’.176 
35° 59’.821  014° 26’.861 
36° 00’.540  014° 25’.908  
36° 00’.868  014° 25’.382
36° 00’.653  014° 25’.178  

2) Insert dashed line joining points:

(a) 36° 00’.238  014° 26’.280 
(b) 36° 00’.069  014° 26’.096
(c) 36° 00’.303  014° 25’.667
(d) 36° 00’.577  014° 25’.274
(e) 36° 00’.765  014° 25’.426
(f) 36° 00’.604  014° 26’.003
(a) 36° 00’.238  014° 26’.280

3) Insert symbol: buoy at position:  

(a) above
(b) above
(c) above
(d) above
(e) above
(f) above

4) Insert legend: Fl.Y.5s close to:   

(a) above
(b) above
(c) above
(d) above
(e) above
(f) above
5) Insert symbol: fish farm in position 

36° 00’.454  014° 25’.835

Charts Affected: BA Chart 194, 211A, 211B, 2537, 2538

 8th January, 2019



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Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2019

Chart Correction – Port Hand Buoy at Ċirkewwa Ferry Terminal

Reference is made to BA Chart 211A – Channels between Malta and Gozo.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Port Hand Buoy at Ċirkewwa ferry terminal flashing red every 5 Seconds (Fl.R.5s) in position:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)   

35° 59’.369    014° 19’.875 

has been PERMANENTLY DISCONTINUED  

Position referred to WGS 84 DATUM

Chart affected: BA chart 211A

8th January, 2019








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Local Notice to Mariners No. 1 of 2019

Cumulative List of Local Notices to Mariners for 2019

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the following Local Notices to Mariners are still in force:

1. Local Notice to Mariners Nos. 46 and 53 of 2014

Re: Use of Il-Moll ta' Buġibba

2. Local Notice to Mariners No. 51 of 2014

Re: Berthing and mooring of vessels along breakwaters, jetties and slipways

3. Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2015

Re: Speed restricted in close proximity of small crafts, mooring areas and marinas

4. Local Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2016

Re: Entry restriction in St George's Bay – St Julians

5. Local Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2016

Re: Prohibited use of illegal and unsafe landing places in Blue Lagoon, Comino.

6. Local Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2017

Re: Safe distance from diver's flags signal

7. Local Notice to Mariners No. 34 of 2017

Re: Noise levels on board commercial vessels

8. Local Notice to Mariners No. 40 of 2018

Re: Conduct of small craft inside Maltese harbours

9. Local Notice to Mariners No. 16 and 41 of 2018

Re: Refurbishment of slipway at Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq

10. Local Notice to Mariners Nos. 115 of 2018

Re: Damage to Saint Elmo Breakwater Bridge, Grand Harbour – Valletta

11. Local Notice to Mariners No. 121 of 2018

Re: Underwater hazard at Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa

12. Local Notice to Mariners No. 122 of 2018

Re: Land reclamation and construction works in Gżira – Marsamxett Harbour

13. Local Notice to Mariners No. 123 of 2018

Re: Grand Harbour Marina green fairway buoy – Temporary removed

14 Local Notice to Mariners No. 124 of 2018

Re: Repair works on quay at Blue Lagoon – Comino

4th January, 2019

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2019

Restricted Areas round Malta due to danger of falling rocks

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta would like to bring to the attention of all mariners of the danger of falling rocks in caves and from cliff faces, due to the geological structure of the Maltese Islands.

The following areas (shown hatched) are restricted to both vessels and swimmers and should be avoided:

Il-Ponta ta' Dellimara – The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 1 found on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

A  35º 49'.430             014º 33'.381

B  35º 49'.165             014º 33'.539

Blue Grotto limits of Wied iż-Żurrieq – The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 2 found on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

A  35º 49'.272             014º 27'.415

B  35º 49'.307             014º 27'.455

Il-Veċċja – Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl – The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 3 found on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

A  35º 56'.833             014º 23'.492

B  35º 56'.858             014º 23'.495

Qala tal-Għażżelin – Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl – The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 4 found on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

A  35º 56'.967             014º 24'.121

B  35º 56'.964             014º 24'.129

Il-Ponta taż-Żonqor – Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala – The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B to C and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 5 found on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

A  35º 52'.001             014º 34'.291

B  35º 52'.004             014º 34'.334

C  35º 52'.017             014º 34'.368

Dawret ix-Xatt – Xgħajra – The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B to C and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 6 found on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

A  35º 53'.129             014º 33'.148

B  35º 53'.121             014º 33'.152

C  35º 53'.113             014º 33'.158

Il-Munxar, Marsaskala – The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 7 found on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

A  35º 50'.970             014º 34'.300

B  35º 50'.677             014º 34'.067

Il-Bajja tal-Ġnejna – The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 8 found on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

A  35º 55'.325             014º 20'.643

B  35º 55'.310             014º 20'.644

Tignè – The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 9 found on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

A  35º 54'.507             014º 30'.720

B  35º 54'.493             014º 30'.732

Xorb l-Għaġin Il-Ħoffriet – The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B to C and the intermediate coastline and the imaginary line D to E to F and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 10 found on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

A  35º 50'.313             014º 33'.722

B  35º 50'.267             014º 33'.766

C  35º 50'.248             014º 33'.831

D  35º 50'.344             014º 33'.761

E  35º 50'.323             014º 33'.824

F  35º 50'.285             014º 33'.853

Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas – The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B to C to D and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 11 found on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

A  35º 51'.320             014º 34'.041

B  35º 51'.340             014º 34'.113

C  35º 51'.420             014º 34'.142

D  35º 51'.426             014º 34'.231

Il-Għar Għana – Kemmuna – The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 12 found on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

A  36º 01'.106             014º 19'.469

B  36º 01'.100             014º 19'.495

L-Imġiebaħ – Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa – The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 13 found on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

A  35º 58'.132             014º 22'.841

B  35º 58'.089             014º 22'.88

Mariners are informed that a rope supported by black and white buoys may be placed along all the imaginary lines mentioned above.

This Local Notice to Mariners is to replace the following which are hereby CANCELLED:

Local Notice to Mariners Nos.

30 of 2015 – Blue Grotto, falling rocks;

58 of 2015 – Falling Rocks at Il-Ponta ta' Dellimara;

2 of 2016 – Further to Notice 30 of 2015 falling rocks, Blue Grotto;

78 of 2016 – Restricted area at il-Veċċja – Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl;

17 of 2017 – Restricted area at Qala tal-Għażżenin – Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl;

19 of 2017 – Restricted area at il-Ponta taż-Żonqor – Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala;

28 of 2017 – Restricted area at Dawret ix-Xatt – Xgħajra;

101 of 2017 – Falling Rocks at il-Munxar, Marsaskala;

117 of 2017 – Falling Rocks at Ġnejna Bay;

57 of 2018 – Restricted area at Tignè;

99 of 2018 – Restricted area at Xorb l-Għaġin – Il-Ħoffriet;

102 of 2018 – Restricted Area at Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas;

104 of 2018 – Restricted Area at Għar Għana in Comino;

106 of 2018 – Restricted Areas round Malta due to danger of falling rocks;

110 of 2018 – Restricted Area at L-Imġiebaħ – Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa;

114 of 2018 – Restricted Area at Xorb l-Għaġin – Il-Ħoffriet, laying of floats.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners and owners of vessels that the above list is not comprehensive as such, mariners are to give special attention when entering any cave and to keep at a safe distance from cliff faces all round the Maltese Islands.

Charts affected: BA 36, 177, 194, 211A, 211B, 1537, 2538

4th January, 2019