12/04/2024

Notice to Mariners issued in Govt. Gazette 21,221

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 26 of 2024

Malta International Fireworks Festival 2024

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, hereby notifies mariners that firework displays will be held in the Grand Harbour between Saturday, 20th April and Tuesday, 30th April, 2024, both days included.

Barges will be moored and loaded with fireworks at Kalkara Quay in Il-Bajja tar-Rinella.

Owners of vessels moored in Il-Bajja tar-Rinella are to remove their vessels and the area is to be kept clear from Wednesday, 17th April, 2024, at 11.59 p.m., to Wednesday, 1st May, 2024, at 11.59 p.m. Transport Malta will accept no liabilities whatsoever for any damage caused to vessels that are left within Il-Bajja tar-Rinella during the mentioned dates and times.

The sinkers that will be used to secure the pontoons, will be marked with buoys that have a light on them, at points S and T, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). The pontoons and their sinkers will be laid on each day of the displays, and they will depart from Il-Bajja tar-Rinella on each day of the display at 2.00 p.m.

The barges will be moored at points U, V and W, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). The barges and sinkers will depart from Il-Bajja tar-Rinella to be laid in their position on each day of the display at noon, they will then be removed immediately after the displays finish.

Mariners are informed that part of the Grand Harbour, between the imaginary lines A-B, C-D, E-F, G-H and the intermediate coastline, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), will be closed to all vessels, except for authorised vessels as stated for each day.

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A                     35° 53'.590     014° 30'.699

B                     35° 53'.458     014° 30'.831

C                     35° 53'.417     014° 30'.937

D                     35° 53'.512     014° 31'.031

E                      35° 53'.541     014° 31'.155

F                      35° 53'.545     014° 31'.359

G                     35° 53'.963     014° 31'.376

H                     35° 54'.143     014° 31'.221

S                      35° 53'.794     014° 31'.114

T                      35° 53'.642     014° 30'.841

U                     35° 53'.681     014° 31'.150

V                     35° 53'.660     014° 31'.113

W                    35° 53'.662     014° 31'.282

On Saturday, 20th April, 2024

The Grand Harbour will be closed to traffic from 7.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m., while the display will commence at 8.30 p.m. and terminate at 10.45 p.m.

On Wednesday, 24th April, 2024

The Grand Harbour will be closed to traffic from 8.45 p.m. till 11.15 p.m., while the display will commence at 9.00 p.m. and terminate at 11.00 p.m.

On Tuesday, 30th April, 2024

The Grand Harbour will be closed to traffic from 8.45 p.m. till 11.15 p.m., while the display will commence at 9.00 p.m. and terminate at 11.15 p.m.

A barge, that is to be used as a stage, will be laid at point Z, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

The barge (stage) will be laid in position on Sunday, 28th April, 2024, from 6.45 p.m. till 9.00 p.m. It will again be laid in the same position on Monday, 29th April, 2024, at 6.00 p.m., and removed on Tuesday, 30th April, 2024, after the display. During this period the barge (stage) will have a light on it.

Except for authorised vessels, Barriera Wharf, Lascaris Wharf and the Fish Market are to be kept clear from 00.01 a.m. till 11.59 p.m. on the days of the displays.

During the events, ship movements in the Grand Harbour will be restricted. No vessel will be allowed within the restricted area, except by arrangement through the organising Committee/Valletta VTS. Authorised vessels must be securely moored by not later than 8.00 p.m. in the designated areas, as shown in blue on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

All vessels and bathers are warned to keep well clear and maintain a safe distance of not less than 200 metres from the barges and 50 metres from the pontoons while they are being towed.

Authorised vessels 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.

Transport Malta will accept no liability whatsoever for any damage caused by the firework displays to any vessel and her ancillary equipment, whether such vessel and her ancillary equipment are left within the 200m safety zone, or outside such safety zone, from the point from which the fireworks are let off.

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

Chart affected: BA 177

12th April, 2024

 

 

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