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TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2024

Chart Correction – Deletion of mooring buoys near 31st March Installation

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk – Malta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that mooring buoys near 31st March Installation in Marsaxlokk Port have been removed.

                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                            Latitude (N)       Longitude (E)

Delete: Mooring Buoy    No. 2:                                                          35° 49'.497       014° 31'.997

                                               

            Mooring Buoy   No. 3:                                                            35° 49'.468       014° 32'.018

                                                           

Chart affected: BA 36

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

27th February, 2024

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2024​ 

Fireworks – Feast of St Paul Shipwreck – Valletta – 2024 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that in connection with the titular feast of St Paul's Shipwreck at Valletta, aerial firework displays will be let off from the foreshore at Il-Ponta ta' Sant'Jiermu (point A). Ground fireworks display will take place on the bastion next to il-Ponta tal-Imgerbeb (point B) from approximately the following position: 

                        Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

            A         35° 54'.163     14° 31'.226

            B         35° 53'.892     14° 31'.089 

The dates and times of the firework displays from the above positions, are as follows: 

From point A: 

On Friday, 23rd February, 2024,        from 9.00 p.m. till 10.30 p.m.

On Saturday, 24th February, 2024, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.15 a.m. and from 6.00 p.m. till 7.00 p.m. 

From point B: 

On Friday, 23rd February, 2024,        from 10.15 p.m. till 11.00 p.m. 

Mariners are to note the above, give the positions indicated a wide berth and a safe distance from point A of at least 200m, and from point B of at least 60m (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)). They are further instructed to contact Valletta VTS on VHF channel 12 when navigating in and/or out of the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour on the above dates and times. 

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. 

Any instructions issued on VHF Channels 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and /or by any enforcement agency on site, are to be complied with. 

Positions referred to WGS 84 Datum 

Chart affected: BA 177 

23rd February, 2024


Transport Malta

Local Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2024

Use of Jet Skis and other Personal Watercraft (PWC)

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners and the general public, that the Conventions on the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea 1972 (COLREGs) are to be complied with at all times.

Jet skis and other personal watercraft (PWC) whether being used for personal use or for commercial purposes; shall at all times, comply fully with all the Sections of Part B – Steering and Sailing Rules.

Jet skis and other personal watercraft (PWC) users are reminded of their obligation to comply with Part C – Lights and Shapes, of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea and where these regulations cannot be complied with, jet skis and other personal watercraft (PWC) may ONLY be operated between sunrise and sunset, in the interest of safety of navigation.

20th February, 2024

 

Transport Malta

Local Notice to Mariners No. 14 of 2024

 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. Sinkers and marker buoys will be laid as follows:

1. On Friday, 22nd March, 2024, three (3) yellow marker buoys with flashing lights will be secured to sinkers that will be laid in the following positions:

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

B                     35° 53'.584     014° 30'.965

C                     35° 53'.481     014° 30'.834

D                     35° 53'.410     014° 30'.756

2. On Saturday, 23rd March, 2024 as from 8.00 a.m., virtual line/wire rope with floats will be established/laid in the following positions.

(i) a wire rope with floats will be laid from point (A) ashore on Barriera Wharf to buoy B off Il-Ponta ta' Sant'Anġlu

(ii) a wire rope with floats will be laid from buoy B off Il-Ponta ta' Sant'Anġlu to point C north of Il-Ponta tal-Isla

(iii) a wire rope with floats will be laid 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

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A                     35° 53'.693     014° 30'.831

(iv)  a virtual line will be established from point (D) west of Il-Ponta tal-Isla opposite the entrance to Id-Daħla tal-Franċiżi Bastion to point E on Parlatorio Wharf

(v)  a wire rope with floats will be laid from bollard 8 at Ras Ħanżir 2 point F to bollard 26 at Deep Water Quay point G, 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 6.00 p.m. on Saturday, 23rd March, 2024.

4. The sinkers and marker buoys mentioned in 1 above will also be removed on the completion of the Regatta at approximately 6.00 p.m. on Saturday, 23rd March, 2024.

5. The port hand lateral mark placed at the following coordinates below il-Ponta ta' L-Isla will be removed for the event.

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

                         35° 53'.468    014° 30'.808

Masters of all vessels are notified that on Saturday, 23rd March, 2024, from 8.00 a.m. till about 6.00 p.m., incoming vessels will not be allowed to proceed to any berth southwest of the imaginary line joining point A on Barriera Wharf and Fortizza Sant'Anġlu Flagstaff. Vessels in 'Il-Marsa' sea area will not be allowed to proceed beyond the line F to G indicated in 2(v) above after 8.00 a.m. No vessel will be allowed near the finishing line except those involved in the races. No movements of vessels will be allowed inside the Grand Harbour, except by special permission. All vessels are to keep a minimum distance of 5m away from the lines and floats mentioned in 2(ii), 2(iii), 2(iv) and 2(v).

 

Incoming vessels will not be allowed to proceed to any berth southwest of the imaginary line which is 150m northeast of the line A to B mention in 2(i) above. No vessel will be allowed to stay within this 150m area.

The area bounded by the imaginary lines between the points A to B, B to C, C to D, D to E (corner of Parlatorio Wharf), F to G and the intermediate coastline is to be kept clear on Saturday, 23rd March, 2024, from 8.00 a.m. till 6.00 p.m., from all vessels except those authorised by the activity organisers.

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 comply with any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and enforcement personnel in the area.

Chart affected: BA 177

20th February, 2024

 

Transport Malta

Local Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2024

Filming near the Blue Hole at Dwejra, Gozo

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies all mariners, owners of vessels and divers, that filming activities will take place near the Blue Hole at Dwejra, Gozo.

The filming will be held on Wednesday, 6th, and Thursday, 7th March, 2024, from 9.00 a.m. till 3.00 p.m., on both days.

All mariners, owners of vessels and divers are advised that entry into the area formed by joining the points A, B, C, D, and the intermediate coastline (as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) is prohibited on the abovementioned dates and time.

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 abovementioned area.

Mariners and vessel operators are to comply with instructions and directions issued on VHF channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

Charts affected: BA 2537

20th February, 2024

 

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Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2024

Ricasoli Breakwater Head, Entrance to Valletta Harbour – UNLIT

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Ricasoli Breakwater Head at the entrance of the Grand Harbour, flashing quick red (Q.R.), in the following position:

Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

35º 53'.960                 014º 31'.378

is UNLIT

Mariners are to note the above and navigate with great caution.

Position in WGS 84 Datum

Charts affected: BA 177, 2537, 2538

16th February, 2024​


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2024

Geotechnical Investigation and Structural Testing on Pont tax-Shell in Birżebbuġa

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that geotechnical investigation and structural testing will be carried out on Il-Pont tax-Shell (31st March Installation) in Birżebbuġa. The investigation will be carried out on any days between Monday, 19th February, 2024 and Monday, 19th March, 2024.

The investigations will be carried out within the area formed by the imaginary line joining the points A, B, C, D, E, and the intermediate coastline as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Point   Latitudni (T)   Lonġitudni (L)

A                     35° 49'.574     014° 31'.981

B                     35° 49'.481     014° 32'.039

C                     35° 49'.508     014° 32'.106

D                     35° 49'.617     014° 32'.038

E                      35° 49'.611     014° 32'.023

Any boats moored within the area shown on attached chart are to be removed during the abovementioned dates.

The investigation will be carried out by scuba divers who will be accompanied by a support vessel which will be displaying the International Code of Signals Flag 'A'. A safety distance of 50m from the support vessel is requested.

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speed (no wake) and give the indicated areas a wide berth.

They are to cooperate with the contractor on site and comply with any instructions issued on VHF Channel 14/16 by Marsaxlokk VTS and any enforcement agency on site.

Charts affected: BA 36

13th February, 2024

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2024

Benthic survey along Pinto 3 in the Grand Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that benthic survey will be held along Pinto 3 in the Grand Harbour.

The survey which will be held on any day between Tuesday, 13th February, 2024 and Saturday, 30th March, 2024, within the area formed by joining the points A, B, C and D, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Position           Latitudni (T)   Lonġitudni (L)

A                     35° 53'.448     014° 30'.584

B                     35° 53'.432     014° 30'.605

C                     35° 53'.531     014° 30'.626

D                     35° 53'.539     014° 30'.615

The benthic survey will be carried out by scuba divers and will be accompanied by a support vessel which will be displaying the International Code of Signals Flag 'A'.

A safety zone of 20m round the survey area is to be kept during the survey.

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

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

Chart affected: BA 177

13th February, 2024

 



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2024

Recovery of buoys and sinkers from Xemxija (Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl)

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and operators of vessels, that the buoys and sinkers used for the demarcation of the designated area in Xemxija (Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl) will be recovered.

The recovery operation will take place on any day between Monday, 12th February, 2024 and Friday, 16th February, 2024.

The buoys and sinkers being recovered are in the following positions as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt):

                        Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A1                   35° 56'.934     014° 23'.258

A                     35° 56'.921     014° 23'.269

B                     35° 56'.855     014° 23'.151

B1                   35° 56'.869     014° 23'.140

C                     35° 56'.903     014° 23'.111

D                     35° 56'.935     014° 23'.161

E                      35° 56'.946     014° 23'.152

F                      35° 56'.982     014° 23'.217

The recovery operation will be carried out with the use of crane loaded on a vessel. The operation will also be assisted by divers, who will be displaying the International Code of Signals Flag 'A', while the survey is being carried out.

The vessel carrying out the operation will be restricted in manoeuvrability.

A safety zone of 200m from the given points is to be kept clear while the recovery operation is being carried out.

Any vessels moored within the above-mentioned safety zone are to be removed during these days.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution at slow speed and give a wide berth when in the vicinity and are to cooperate with the contractor on site.

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

Chart affected:  BA 211

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

9th February, 2024

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 10 of 2024

Fireworks display from Saint Elmo breakwater in the Grand Harbour  10th February, 2024

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a firework display will be let off from St. Elmo Breakwater in the Grand Harbour, from point A, as shown on the attached chart, in the approximate following position:

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

A         35° 54'.182                 14° 31'.390

The display will take place on Saturday, 10th February, 2024, from 7.00 p.m. till 9.15 p.m.

Mariners are to note the above and keep a safe distance of at least 200m from point A.

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.

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

Chart affected: BA 177

9th February, 2024

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Transport Malta

Local Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2024

Works in connection with the new Buġibba breakwater Dredging and construction works – February 2024

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, hereby notifies mariners and the general public that dredging and construction work in connection with the new Buġibba breakwater will now cover the whole working area and will last until further notice.

The dredging and construction working area is as shown in red on the attached chart. Mariners and the general public are to note that as from mid-February 2024 no berthing will be allowed on both sides of the Buġibba breakwater, not even for un/loading.

During these works, the area is to be kept clear and all vessels within the area are to be removed. Any vessels and moorings that are left in the area after the stipulated date will be removed at the expense of their owner.  No liability whatsoever will be accepted by the Authority for any damage that may be caused while removing the said vessels and moorings.

The vessels engaged in the dredging and construction work are to be given a wide berth and will be exhibiting the appropriate lights and shapes in accordance with the requirements of the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (Colregs) 1972.

Some of the works will be carried out by scuba divers who will be displaying the International Code of Signals Flag 'A', while works are being carried out.

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

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

Local Notice to Mariners No. 175 of 2023 is hereby CANCELLED.

Chart affected: BA 211

6th February, 2024

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2024

Chart Correction Foul area (steel beam)

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk and approaches

BA Chart 2538 – Malta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that a steel beam has been laid to the west-northwest of Bunkering Area 2, in the following approximate position.

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

35° 53'.043                 014° 34'.437

Insert symbol (#) indicating a foul area, in the above position.

Positions are referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

Charts affected: BA 36, 2538

6th February, 2024

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Transport Malta 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2024 

Fireworks Display (Chinese Cakes) from the foreshore off Grand Hotel Excelsior 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a Chinese Cakes fireworks display will be held from the foreshore off the Grand Hotel Excelsior on Friday, 9th February, 2024, starting at 10.00 p.m. for not more than 10 minutes. The display will be centred at Point A (as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) in the approximate following position: 

                        Latitude (N)    Longitude (E) 

A                     35° 53'.904     014° 30'.282 

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

Any boats berthed within the area shown on the attached chart are to be removed during the above-mentioned date and time. 

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 10m safety zone, or outside such safety zone, from the point from which the fireworks are let off. 

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

Chart affected: BA 177 

2nd February, 2024 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA 

Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2024 

Cancellation of Notice to Mariners No. 42 of 2023 regarding  Kalkara Marina starboard hand light buoy – Destroyed 

Reference is made for BA Charts 177  Valletta Harbours 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Kalkara Marina starboard hand light buoy, flashing green every 5 seconds (Fl.G.5s) in the following position:

                       

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E) 

35° 53'.452                 014° 31'.319 

mentioned in Notice to Mariners No. 42 of 2023, has been re-established and is functioning properly. 

Notice to Mariners No. 42 of 2023 is hereby CANCELLED. 

2nd February, 2024​



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2024

Archaeological Zones at Sea – Superintendence of Cultural Heritage (Consolidated list January 2024)

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

As per the Government Gazette dated 31st May, 2019, No. 615, Cultural Heritage Act (Cap. 455), Declaration of Archaeological Zones at Sea; Government Gazette dated 8th October, 2019, No. 1261, Cultural Heritage Act 2019 (Cap. 455), Article 45 and Government Gazette dated 4th March, 2022, No. 20799, Cultural Heritage Act (Cap. 455), Declaration of Archaeological Zones at Sea; Government Gazette dated 27th October, 2023, No. 21139, Cultural Heritage Act (Cap. 455), Declared Archaeological Zones at Sea and Declaration of Archaeological Zones at Sea, the following sites have been established:

 

Off Xlendi (Gozo)

Xlendi Underwater Archaeological Park (Gozo)

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

                        Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

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

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

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

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

 

Wreck                                     Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)          Buffer Area (Radius)

                                                                                                                       

Off San Blas Bay (Gozo)

Spitfire                                                36° 03'.539                 014° 19'.344               150 m

Off Il-Ponta tal-Qawra

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

Off Il-Bajja ta' San Ġiljan

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

Off Il-Port il-Kbir (Valletta)

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

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

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

HMS Urge                              35° 55'.200                 014° 33'.956               100m

Off Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala

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

HMS Southwold (Bow)          35° 52'.434                 014° 35'.836               500m

HMS Southwold (Stern)         35° 52'.349                 014° 35'.861               500m

SS Polynesian (Bow)              35° 51'.469                 014° 36'.297               500m

SS Polynesian (Stern)             35° 51'.451                 014° 36'.392               500m

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

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

JU88                                        35° 53'.117                 014° 37'.976               150 m

Maryland Bomber                  35° 51'.296                 014° 36'.842               150 m

Off Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

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

Off Il-Ponta ta' Bengħajsa

B24 Liberator                         35° 47'.991                 014° 32'.982               200m

Douglas A-1 Skyraider           35° 47'.905                 014° 32'.062               150m

South of Il-Pinnur tal-Wardija (Gozo)

Phoenician                              36° 01'.646 N             014° 11'.458E             100m

 

In view of the above, Transport Malta hereby notifies that with immediate effect, all commercial vessels intending to carry out diving operations on the, above listed, historical wrecks must be fitted with an operational AIS which must be kept on at all times. Besides the necessary permits from Heritage Malta – Underwater Cultural Heritage Unit, they must also obtain clearance from Valletta VTS on VHF Channel 12 or Marsaxlokk VTS on VHF Channel 14, following pre-notification.

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

The buffer areas, as listed, are to be considered as 'No Stopping Areas'.  Only divers' vessels fitted with an operational AIS and holding a special permit, as stated above, will be permitted to the facility of anchoring/mooring. The deployment of electronic anchoring/positioning systems is not allowed. Masters of diving support vessels are to ensure that the appropriate signals in accordance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea and the International Code of Signals, are exhibited during diving sessions. Furthermore, divers/mariners are to note that spear fishing and the use of fishing gear such as set bottom lines, trammel nets, gill nets and entangling nets, encircling nets, demersal pots and traps are prohibited in these areas. Only surface fishing is allowed including trolling lines (rixa).

 

Drifting vessels and swimming will be allowed.

This notice is to supersede Notice to Mariners Nos 4 and 39 of 2023.

Charts affected: BA 36, 177, 2537, 2538

Positions are referred to WGS84 DATUM

30th January, 2024​

                        


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2024

Yachting Malta BSC Regatta – February 2024

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, would like to notify mariners that the Birżebbuġa Sailing Club (BSC) shall be holding the Yachting Malta BSC Regatta 2024 between Thursday, 1st February and Sunday, 4th February, 2024.

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

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

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

Races will take place, only when no merchant vessel traffic is scheduled to enter or to depart, from the Malta Freeport Terminals. 

Masters of all craft, not directly involved in any of these events, are asked to keep clear of the racing areas, especially at each of the turning marks.   All mariners are to observe any instructions that may be given by the race organisers safety crafts and on VHF Channels 14 and/or 16 by Marsaxlokk VTS.

Charts affected: BA 36, 2538

19th January, 2024​


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2024

Construction of a landing platform at Lascaris/Barriera Wharf

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the public in general that the construction of a landing platform at Lascaris/Barriera Wharf in Il-Port il-Kbir will start on Wednesday 17th January, 2024, and is expected to be completed by Friday, 15th March, 2024.

The area within the imaginary lines A, B, C, D, and the intermediate coastline, as shown on the attached chart, will become a work area and no vessel or sea craft is to enter this area.

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A                     35° 53'.674     014° 30'.824

B                     35° 53'.671     014° 30'.835

C                     35° 53'.659     014° 30'.827

D                     35° 53'.666     014° 30'.812

Throughout the duration of the works, a silt curtain will be laid within the abovementioned area.

The work will be carried out with the use of a jack-up platform, flat top barges, small workboats and will include the deployment of divers.  During the diving operations the International Code of Signals Flag 'A' will be displayed accordingly.

A safety distance of at least 50m from the abovementioned area is to be kept at all times.

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

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

Chart affected: BA 177

16th January, 2024

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TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2024

Diving survey next to the south side of Ricasoli breakwater arm

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that a diving survey will be held next to the Ricasoli breakwater arm in the Grand Harbour.

The diving survey will be held on Tuesday, 16th January, 2024 in the morning, close to point A, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A                     35° 53'.942     014° 31'.394

During the diving survey the scuba divers will be accompanied by a support RIB which will be exhibiting the International Code of Signals Flag 'A'.

A safety zone of 25m round the survey area is to be kept during the survey.

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, proceed with caution and at slow speed (no wake) when navigating in the vicinity of the above indicated area.

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

Chart affected: BA 177

12th January, 2024​


TRANSPORT MALTA 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2024 

Diving survey (benthic) within Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk – January 2024 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that a diving (Benthic) survey will be held within Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk. 

The diving survey which will be held on any day between Tuesday, 9th January, 2024 and Wednesday, 31st January, 2024, within the area formed by joining the 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                     35° 50'.066     014° 32'.750  
B                     35° 50'.083     014° 32'.750  
C                     35° 50'.083     014° 32'.767  
D                     35° 50'.066     014° 32'.767 

During the diving survey the scuba divers will be accompanied by a support vessel which will be displaying the International Code of Signals Flag 'A'. 

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

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

They are to comply with instructions given on VHF Channel 14 and/or 16 by Marsaxlokk VTS. 

Chart affected: BA 36 

9th January, 2024


TRANSPORT MALTA

​Local Notice to Mariners No. 1 of 2024

Cumulative list of Local Notices to Mariners for 2024

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the following Local Notices to Mariners are some of the ones still in force.

1. Local Notice to Mariners No. 10 of 2020

Re: Use of Il-Moll ta' Buġibba by commercial vessels

2. Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2021

Re: Conduct of small craft inside Maltese harbours

3. Local Notice to Mariners No. 21 of 2021

Re: Removal of sand from Il-Magħluq for the re-nourishment of the beach close by

4. Local Notice to Mariners No. 43 of 2021

Re: Refurbishment work on Marfa breakwater at Ir-Ramla tal-Bir in Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna

5. Local Notice to Mariners No. 48 of 2021

Re: Demarcation of designated areas in Xemxija (Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl)

6. Local Notice to Mariners No. 70 of 2021

Re: No entry zone at Manoel Island (Sliema Creek) due to a derelict wall

7. Local Notice to Mariners No. 95 of 2021

Re: Illicit discharges

8. Local Notice to Mariners No. 120 of 2021

Re: Official Nautical Charts and Notices to Mariners

9. Local Notice to Mariners No. 121 of 2021

Re: Introduction of Fast Ferry Services

10. Local Notice to Mariners No. 160 of 2021

Re: Re-construction works on the dilapidated pier at Ghajn Rażul, St Paul's Bay

11. Local Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2022

Re: Misuse of distress signals

12. Local Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2022

Re: Refurbishment works on a slipway at Il-Bajja tal-Ġnejna

13. Local Notice to Mariners No. 72 of 2022

Re: Dumping of inert material at spoil ground

14. Local Notice to Mariners No. 78 of 2022

Re: Precautionary area – off Għallis Rock

15. Local Notice to Mariners No. 93 of 2022

Re: Speed restriction when entering and within Mġarr Port

16. Local Notice to Mariners No. 147 of 2022 and No. 139 of 2023

Re: Upgrading work on Pinto Wharf 4 and 5 and part of Lascaris Wharf in Il-Port il-Kbir

17. Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2023

Re: Entry restriction in St George's Bay – St Julian's

18. Local Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2023

Re: Safe distance from diver's flags signal

19. Local Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2023

Re: Berthing and mooring of vessels along breakwaters, and jetties, and the proper use of slipways

20. Local Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2023

Re: Establishment of a manoeuvring area off Dellimara Power Station in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

21. Local Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2023

Re: Noise levels on board commercial vessels

22. Local Notice to Mariners No. 31 of 2023

Re: Speed restricted in close proximity to small craft, mooring areas and marinas (revised)

23. Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2023

Re: Construction of quay between Ras Ħanżir and Fuel Wharf in the Grand Harbour

24. Local Notice to Mariners No. 49 of 2023

Re: Works in connection with the new Buġibba breakwater – temporary pedestrian access

25. Local Notice to Mariners No. 73 of 2023

Re: Works in connection with the new Buġibba breakwater – dredging and construction works – May

26. Local Notice to Mariners No. 85 of 2023

Re: Restricted use of Il-Moll tal-Fekkruna in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl

27. Local Notice to Mariners No. 100 of 2023

Re: No entry area due to damaged lantern base at Ċirkewwa

28. Local Notice to Mariners No. 175 of 2023

Re: Works in connection with the new Buġibba Breakwater – dredging and construction works – September 2023

29. Local Notice to Mariners No. 181 of 2023

Re: Removal of Vessels and moorings from near Sirens Waterpolo Club in St Paul's Bay

30. Local Notice to Mariners No. 188 of 2023

Re: Restricted use of Il-Moll tal-Fekruna in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl – October 2023

31. Local Notice to Mariners No. 215 of 2023

Re: Conservation areas around wrecks – updated December 2023

5th January, 2024

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2024

Restricted areas round Malta due to danger of falling rocks January 2024

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, would like to bring to the attention of all mariners of the danger of falling rocks in sea caves, from sea arches and sea stacks and from cliff faces. This is due to the geological structure of the Maltese Islands and land erosion which is caused by the combined effects of sea waves, strong wind, and precipitation.

The following areas (shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) 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 Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

                        Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A                     35° 49'.430     014° 33'.381

B                     35° 49'.165     014° 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 Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt))

A                     35° 49'.272     014° 27'.415

B                     35° 49'.307     014° 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 Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

A                     35° 56'.833     014° 23'.492

B                     35° 56'.858     014° 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 Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

​A                     35° 56'.967     014° 24'.121

B                     35° 56'.964     014° 24'.129

Il-Ponta taż-Żonqor – Il-Bajja ta' Marsascala The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B to C and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart 5 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

A                     35° 52'.001     014° 34'.291

B                     35° 52'.004     014° 34'.334

C                     35° 52'.017     014° 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 Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

A                     35° 53'.129     014° 33'.148

B                     35° 53'.121     014° 33'.152

C                     35° 53'.113     014° 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 Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

A                     35° 50'.970     014° 34'.300

B                     35° 50'.677     014° 34'.067

Il-Bajja tal-Gnejna The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart 8 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

A                     35° 55'.325     014° 20'.643

B                     35° 55'.310     014° 20'.644

Tignè The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart 9 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

A                     35° 54'.507     014° 30'.720

B                     35° 54'.493     014° 30'.732

Xrobb 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 Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

​A                     35° 50'.313     014° 33'.722

B                     35° 50'.267     014° 33'.766

C                     35° 50'.248     014° 33'.831

D                     35° 50'.344     014° 33'.761

E                      35° 50'.323     014° 33'.824

F                      35° 50'.298     014° 33'.843

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 Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

A                     35° 51'.320     014° 34'.041

B                     35° 51'.340     014° 34'.113

C                     35° 51'.420     014° 34'.142

D                     35° 51'.426     014° 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 Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

A                     36° 01'.106     014° 19'.469

B                     36° 01'.100     014° 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 Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

A                     35° 58'.132     014° 22'.841

B                     35° 58'.089     014° 22'.889

Għar Lapsi The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B to C to D and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart 14 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

A                     35° 49'.639     014° 25'.464

B                     35° 49'.640     014° 25'.497

C                     35° 49'.615     014° 25'.523

D                     35° 49'.614     014° 25'.528

Ġolf l-Abjad – Ħaż-Żabbar The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart 15 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

A                     35° 52'.891     014° 33'.450

B                     35° 52'.888     014° 33'.503

Qarraba Bay The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B to C and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart 16 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

A                     35° 55'.586     014° 20'.509

B                     35° 55'.601     014° 20'.570

C                     35° 55'.582     014° 20'.609

Fort Ricasoli The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart 17 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

A                     35° 53'.887     014° 31'.617

B                     35° 53'.861     014° 31'.688

Daħla ta' Rinella The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart 18 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

A                     35° 53'.697     014° 31'.610

B                     35° 53'.666     014° 31'.621

Rdum il-Bies Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl An area of 50m radius centred on the following approximate position (as shown on chart 19 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

A                     35° 57'.708     014° 23'.766

Fort Ricasoli Bastion An area of 50m radius centred on the following approximate position (as shown on chart 20 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

A                     35° 53'.885     014° 31'.422  

Under Ex-Bighi Hospital in Id-Daħla tar-Rinella The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B to C and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart 21 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

A                     35° 53'.645     014° 31'.504

B                     35° 53'.652     014° 31'.517

C                     35° 53'.600     014° 31'.556

 

Between Il-Ponta ta' Aħrax and Daħlet ix-Xilep – Mellieħa The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B to C and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart 22 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

 

A                     35° 59'.601     014° 22'.323

B                     35° 59'.418     014° 22'.522

C                     35° 59'.405     014° 22'.506

Il-Ħofra il-Kbira The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B to C to D and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart 23 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

 

A                     35° 50'.527     014° 33'.798

B                     35° 50'.509     014° 33'.819

C                     35° 50'.481     014° 33'.781

D                     35° 50'.506     014° 33'.753

Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa The area bounded by the imaginary line A to B to C to D and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart 24 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

A                     35° 55'.845     014° 20'.576

B                     35° 55'.832     014° 20'.558

C                     35° 55'.807     014° 20'.586

D                     35° 55'.802     014° 20'.617

E                      35° 55'.819     014° 20'.621

Il-Ħofra ż-Żgħira An area of 50m radius centred on the following approximate position (as shown on chart 25 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

 

A                     35° 50'.124     014° 33'.617  

Mariners are informed that a rope supported by black and white buoys may be placed along all the imaginary lines mentioned above.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that the above list is not comprehensive as other coastal areas may be added at a later stage and because rocks and boulders may become dislodged at any time.

Mariners are to give special attention when entering any cave and shall keep at a safe distance from cliff faces all around the Maltese Islands.

This Local Notice to Mariners is to replace Local Notice to Mariners Nos 8, 25, 86, 93, 109 and 145 of 2023, which are hereby CANCELLED.

Charts affected: BA 36, 177, 194, 211, 1537, 2538   

5th January, 2024


TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 1 of 2024

Cumulative List of Notices to Mariners for 2024

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the following Notices to Mariners are some of the ones still in force.

1. Notice to Mariners No 35 of 2008 and No. 20 of 2021

Re: Malta Vessel Traffic Services and use of International Marine VHF Channels

2. Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2021

Re: Radio frequency interference to the Global Navigational Satellite Service (GNSS)

3. Notice to Mariners No. 19 of 2021

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

4. Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2021

Re: Live firing practice at Pembroke Ranges

5. Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2023

Re: Maritime Safety Information and the Promulgation of Notices to Mariners

6. Notice to Mariners Nos 4 and 39 of 2023

Re: Maritime Safety Information and the Promulgation of Notices to Mariners

7. Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2023

Re: Marsaxlokk Breakwater Head – Light Unreliable

8. Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2023

Re: Life Arcipelagu Garnija Project – Restrictions areas around Malta

9. Notice to Mariners No. 10 of 2023

Re: Restricted area between Il-Ponta tal-Ahrax and Daħlet ix-Xilep

10. Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2023

Re: Vessels towing fish cages

11. Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2023

Re: Għallis north cardinal buoy – Top marks missing

5th January, 2024

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 225 of 2023

Damage to slipway at Qajjenza – Il-Port ta' Marsaxlokk

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that the slipway at Qajjenza in Il-Port ta' Marsaxlokk, has been damaged.

Due to the damage, the slipway shown by a red circle as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) and centred on the below position, will not be accessible until further notice.

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

35° 49'.981                 014° 32'.288

Chart affected: BA36

29th December, 2023

 

Notice to Mariners No. 43 of 2023

Chart Correction – Re-alignment of part of Submarine GO1 Data Cable – Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl

Reference is made to BA Chart 211B – St Paul's Bay – Malta.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that part of the Submarine GO1 Data Cable in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl has been re-aligned.

                                                                       

Latitude (N)           Longitude (E)

 

Insert: Submarine Date Cable, joining:         35° 57'.032            014° 23'.935                                                                        Coastline

                                                                        35° 57'.196            014° 23'.903

                                                                        35° 57'.273            014° 24'.144

                                                                        35° 57'.271            014° 24'.474

                                                                        35° 57'.292            014° 24'.510                                                                         Connection

 

Delete: Submarine Date Cable, joining:        35° 57'.033            014° 23'.932                                                                                Coastline

                                                                        35° 57'.149            014° 23'.909

                                                                        35° 57'.226            014° 24'.062

                                                                        35° 57'.228            014° 24'.392

                                                                        35° 57'.292            014° 24'.510             Connection

 

Chart affected: BA 211B

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

29th December, 2023

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 224 of 2023

​New Year's Eve fireworks outside Id-Daħla tal-Franċiżi in the Grand Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that fireworks will be let off from three pontoons anchored in front of Id-Daħla tal-Franċiżi in the Grand Harbour.

The display will be held between Sunday, 31st December, 2023, at 11.55 p.m., and Monday, 1st January, 2024, at 00.10 a.m.

The three pontoons will be anchored along the imaginary line A to B, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Position          Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 53'.281                 014° 31'.613

B                     35° 53'.338                 014° 31'.676

Mariners are to note that the pontoons will be set-up along the quay in Rinella Bay (point X) and will be towed from there to their anchoring position between A and B on Sunday, 31st December, 2023, at about 11.00 p.m. After the display at about 00.15 a.m. the pontoons will be towed back to point X to be disassembled.

In view of the above, mariners are to give a wide berth of 200 meters from the pontoons; they are also to keep a safe distance while the pontoons are being set-up and towed to the anchoring position.

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 safety zone, or outside such safety zone, from the point from which the fireworks are let off.

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

Chart affected: BA 177

26th December, 2023​

​TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 220 of 2023

Fireworks Display (Chinese Cakes) from the foreshore off Grand Hotel Excelsior

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a Chinese Cakes fireworks display will be held from the foreshore off the Grand Hotel Excelsior on Sunday, 31st December, 2023, starting at 11.58 p.m. for about 15 minutes. The display will be centred at Point A (as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) in the approximate following position:

                       

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A                     35° 53'.904     014° 30'.282

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

 

Any boats berthed within the area shown on attached chart are to be removed during the above-mentioned date and time.

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 10m safety zone, or outside such safety zone, from the point from which the fireworks are let off.

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

Chart affected:  BA 177

22nd December, 2023

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 221 of 2023

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 216 of 2023 re Diving survey close to the foreshore in Marsaxlokk Harbour

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No 216 of 2023.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that the diving survey close to the foreshore in Marsaxlokk Harbour, will not be completed within the time, as planned. The completion date is therefore being extended until Saturday, 6th January, 2024.

Local Notice to Mariners No 216 of 2023 is to be amended accordingly.

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No 216 of 2023 will remain valid.

Chart affected: BA 36

22nd December, 2023

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 222 of 2023

OASI Foundation- Jump for Life 30th December, 2023

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the OASI foundation will be organising a Jump for Life awareness event at Il-Bajja tax-Xlendi.

The event will be held on Saturday, 30th December, 2023 from 7.00 a.m. till 1.00 p.m.

Part of the event consists of several people jumping into the sea from the jetty (point A) and swimming to the sandy beach (point B) on chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Due to this part of the event mariners are to note the above and any vessels moored next to the outer end of the jetty are to be removed for the duration of the event.

The other part of the event will consist of a few kayakers rowing in Il-Bajja tax-Xlendi within the area enclosed by the imaginary line C to D and the intermediate coastline, as shown on the chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

If the event can not be held on the above-mentioned date, it will be held on Saturday 6th January, 2024.

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with extreme caution and at slow speed when in the vicinity, they are to give a wide berth of at least 15m away from the kayakers.

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

Charts affected: BA 211

22nd December, 2023

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 223 of 2023

Fireworks display from a barge at Entrance of Kalkara Creek - New Year

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that fireworks will be let off from a barge anchored off Bighi at point P, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

P                      35° 53'.629     014° 31'.255  

Mariners are to note that in the early morning on Sunday, 31st December, 2023, the barge will be towed from the shipyard to where it will be moored alongside the quay at point A inside Rinella Bay.

The barge will then be set-up and loaded with the fireworks by 11.00 a.m. and towed to the anchoring position P, at approximately noon.

The fireworks will then be let off between Sunday 31st December 2023 at 11.55 p.m. and Monday 1st January, 2024 at 00.15 a.m.

On Monday, 1st January, 2024, in the early morning, the barge will again be towed to the quay in Rinella Bay, point A, to be unloaded and later towed back to the shipyard by 8.00 a.m.

Since the barge will remain in position at point P, during the dark hours, it will be exhibiting lights.

In view of the above, mariners are to give a wide berth of 200 meters from the barge, they are also to keep the quay at Kalkara Creek vacant between Sunday, 31st December, 2023 at 6.00 a.m. and Monday, 1st January, 2024 at 8.00 a.m.

 

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 is left within the safety zone, or outside such safety zone, from the point from which the fireworks are let off.

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

Chart Affected: BA 177

22nd December, 2023

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 42 of 2023

Kalkara Marina starboard hand light buoy - Destroyed

Reference is made to BA Charts 177 – Valletta Harbours

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Kalkara Marina starboard hand light buoy in position:

Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

35° 53'.452                 014° 31'.319

Flashing green every 5 seconds, has been Destroyed.

22nd December, 2023

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Transport Malta

Local Notice to Mariners No. 216 of 2023

Diving survey close to the foreshore in Marsaxlokk Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that a diving survey will be held within Il-Bajja ta'Marsaxlokk.

The diving survey which will be held on any day between Wednesday 13th December 2023 and Saturday 23rd December 2023, within the area formed by joining the points A, B, C and D, and the intermediate coastline, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

​Position          Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

A                     35° 49'.317                 014° 31'.810  

B                     35° 49'.321                 014° 31'.834  

C                     35° 49'.295                 014° 31'.840  

D                     35° 49'.292                 014° 31'.824

The survey will be carried out by scuba divers who will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag “A", while the survey is being carried out.

A safety zone of 10m round the survey area indicated above, is to be observed during the survey.

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

They are to comply with instructions given on VHF Channel 14 and/or 16 by Marsaxlokk VTS.

Chart affected: BA 36

7th December, 2023

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 217 of 2023

 Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 186 of 2022 and 164 of 2023 regarding Reconstruction works on a slipway at Il-Qala tal-Mistra in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the reconstruction work on a slipway at Il-Qala tal-Mistra in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl, mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners Nos 186 of 2022 and 164 of 2023, has been completed.

Local Notice to Mariners Nos 186 of 2022 and 164 of 2023 are hereby CANCELLED.

7th December, 2023


Local Notice to Mariners No. 218 of 2023

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2022 regarding Refurbishment works on a slipway at Qala San Marku

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the refurbishment works on a slipway at Qala San Marku, mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No 016 of 2022, has been completed.

Local Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2022 is hereby CANCELLED.

7th December, 2023

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 219 of 2023

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 180 of 2022 regarding laying of silt curtain next to quay at Cirkewwa - Comino Berth

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the laying of silt curtain next to quay at Cirkewwa - Comino Berth, mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 180 of 2022, is no longer required.

Local Notice to Mariners No. 180 of 2022 is hereby CANCELLED.

7th December, 2023


Local Notice to Mariners No. 215 of 2023

Conservation Areas around Wrecks – Updated December 2023

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has set several conservation areas around wrecks that are lying on the sea bottom, within Maltese territorial waters.

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'.916               014° 34'.642

                                    P33                              C                     35° 51'.858               014° 34'.479

                                                                        D                     35° 52'.017               014° 34'.399

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                         Rozi                            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 taʼ                       Tug 2               100m radius    35° 55'.228               014° 29'.927

San Ġiljan                                                       centred on

                                                                                                                      

South entrance                         P 31                 200m radius    36° 00'.540               014° 19'.387

off Blue Lagoon                                              centred on                              

                                              

                       

Off Saint George's                Anadrian         100m radius    35° 56'.967               014° 30'.466

Point                                                               centred on

                                                                       

                                                                       

Off Il-Ponta                              Barge 1          100m radius    35° 58'.743               014° 29'.606

tal-Qawra                                                        centred on

                                                           

Off Il-Ponta                            Barge 2           100m radius    35° 58'.684               014° 28'.735

tal-Qawra                                                        centred on                              

                                                           

                                                                                                           

Off Ras                                   Scotts Craig    100m radius    35° 57'.853               014° 20'.000

il-Qammieħ                                                     centred on                                          

                                                                                   

Off Daħlet                               MV Pippo       100m radius    35° 59'.184                014° 23'.702

ix-Xilep                                                          centred on 

                                                           

                                                                       

Off Selmunett                         HMS               100m radius    35° 58'.958                014° 26'.772

                                                Stubborn         centred on​

                                                                       

Within these Conservation Areas, vessels engaged in diving operations are permitted to drop anchor 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 always shown.

All other vessels are to remain clear of the conservation areas, in the interest of safety, and maintain safe distance and navigate at safe speed 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 within the conservation areas.

Surface fishing including trolling lines (rixa) and angling for pelagic fish is permitted within the conservation areas, subject that a safe distance is maintained from the position of the wrecks.

Local Notice to Mariners No. 208 of 2023 is hereby SUPERSEDED.

Charts Affected: BA 177, 194, 211A, 211B, 2537, 2538

Positions are referred to WGS84 DATUM

5th December, 2023

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2023

Live firing practice at Pembroke Ranges – 12th December, 2023 – extended hours

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2021, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out live firing practice on Tuesday 12th December, 2023, with extended hours between 4.30 p.m. and 11.00 p.m.  (local time).

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

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

 

From Position A                                           

Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

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

                       

a radius of 4 nautical miles to points          

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

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

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

           

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

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

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

5th December, 2023

 

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​TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 40 of 2023

Live firing practice at Pembroke Ranges – 7th December, 2023 – extended hours

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2021, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out live firing practice on Thursday, 7th December, 2023, with extended hours from 4.30 p.m. till 11.00 p.m. (local time).

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

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

From Position A

Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

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

a radius of 4 nautical miles to points

B 35° 59’.460 014° 27’.150 and
C 35° 58’.290 014° 32’.190

Limits are indicated on BA charts 194, 2537 and 2538.
During the Live Firing Practice, Red Flags (approximate size 2.5m x 2m), will be flown from the shore limits.  

After sunset, instead of the Red Flags, there will be Red Lights and there will be two safety vessels with blue lights on each side, to indicate the limits of the area. Mariners are warned to keep, as a minimum, 4 Nautical miles off the coast when the flags or safety vessels are sighted.

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


Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

1st December, 2023



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 213 of 2023

Santa Swimming Event in Marsamxett Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that a Santa swimming event will be held on Sunday, 3rd December, 2023. The swimming event i​s estimated to commence at 10.00 a.m. and will finish at approximately noon.

The Santa Swimming Event will start from the Grand Hotel Excelsior Marina point A, towards Manoel Island point B, then to Ta’ Xbiex Water Polo club point C and finally back to the Grand Hotel Excelsior Marina point A, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)..

Support vessels will accompany the participating swimmers. 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate well clear of the area during the stipulated date and time, giving the swimmers a wide berth. 

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

Chart affected: BA 177

28th November, 2023



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 214 of 2023

Comino Ocean Festival

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that an Ocean Festival consisting of swims in Comino, will be held.

The Ocean Festival will consist of 2 swims, one round Comino and the other round Cominotto. It is being organised on Saturday, 2nd December, 2023, both swims will be held from 7.00 a.m. till noon

For the round Comino swim, the participants will depart from the Blue Lagoon - Comino point A. They are to swim around Comino in a clockwise direction and return to the Blue Lagoon – point A, as shown on the chart 1 found on Transport Malta (www.transport.gov.mt).

The participating swimmers will follow the route as shown on the attached chart and will be accompanied by a rescue boat.

For the round Cominotto swim, the participants will depart from the Blue Lagoon - Comino point A. They are to swim around Cominotto in an anti-clockwise direction and return to the Blue Lagoon – point A, as shown on the chart 2 found on Transport Malta (www.transport.gov.mt).
Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed (No Wake). They are to cooperate with the organisers and keep well clear of the area during the stipulated dates and times, giving the swimmers a wide berth. 

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

Charts affected: BA 211A, 2537

28th November, 2023




 TRANSPORT MALTA 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 211 of 2023

Filming inside the Grand Harbour and inside Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa - ARSF

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners and sea vessel operators that filming activities will take place within the Grand Harbour and within Ir-Ramla ta' Ghajn Tuffieha on Friday, 1st December, 2023.

Filming will take place during the time and at locations as listed below.

Within Grand Harbour.

Filming is scheduled to be carried out from 6.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m. and will be carried out from Senglea point (A) and Bighi point (B), as shown on the chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt ). A drone will also be used for filming.

During the filming, a number of vessels will be filmed sailing in and out of the Grand Harbour and within the Grand Harbour. There will also be a number of RHIBs as support.

It is being requested that all vessels not participating in the filming are to keep out of the way of the vessels being filmed.

Within Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa.

Filming is scheduled to be carried out from 1.00 p.m. till 5.00 p.m. and will be carried out from point (C), as shown on chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt ).

During the filming, no vessel is allowed inside Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa and no vessel is to cross the entrance to the bay.

Mariners navigating in the vicinity of the indicated areas on the mentioned date and times are to keep watch on VHF Channel 12 and are to cooperate with the filming crew and/or any enforcement officers in the areas.

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

Charts affected: BA 177, 211

24th November, 2023


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 212 of 2023

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 210 of 2023 re Recovery of anchors and chains from near 31 March Installation in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 210 of 2023.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that the recovery of anchors and chains from near 31st March Installation in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk, will not be completed within the time, as planned. The completion date is therefore being extended until Sunday, 10th December, 2023.

Local Notice to Mariners No. 210 of 2023 is to be amended accordingly.

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 210 of 2023 will remain valid.

Chart affected: BA 36

24th November, 2023


TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 39 of 2023

Amendment to Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2023 re Archaeological Zones at Sea – Superintendence of Cultural Heritage (Consolidated list January 2023)

Reference is made to Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2023.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels about the amendment and addition of the following to Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2023.

Amend the co-ordinates where Spitfire is laid to:

Off San Blas Bay (Gozo)

Spitfire 36° 03'.539 N  014° 19'.344          E   150 m

Insert an additional Archaeological Zone:

South of Il-Pinnur tal-Wardija (Gozo)

Phoenician  36° 01'.646  N  014° 11'.458  E   100 m

Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2023 is to be amended accordingly.

All the other information mentioned in Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2023 will remain valid.

Chart affected:  BA 2537

24th November, 2023


TRANSPORT MALTA 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 209 of 2023 

Malta Young Sailors Club Euromed International Regatta Mellieħa Bay December 2023 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Malta Young Sailors Club will be holding the Euromed Sailing Championship 2023, between Sunday 10th December and Saturday, 16th December, 2023. 

The activities will take place in Mellieħa Bay and its approaches, in an area delineated by the imaginary lines joining positions A to B and B to C as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). 

Inflatable marker buoys, to indicate the racecourse within the above-mentioned area, shall be laid, from 8.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m., on each day of the activities. 

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

If for some reason the event cannot be held on all the abovementioned days, the organisers may use any of the days between Sunday, 17th December, 2023 and Tuesday, 19th December, 2023, during the same times.

Mariners are to note the above and are to give the area indicated a wide berth. They are further instructed to fully comply with Rule 18 (COLREGS 1972) and to keep out of the way of the sailing vessels participating in the regatta.  Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and/or by any enforcement agency on site, are to be complied with. 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2538, 2537 

21st November, 2023
 

TRANSPORT MALTA 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 210 of 2023 

Recovery of anchors and chains from near 31st March Installation in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and operators of vessels, that two (2) unused anchors and their chain on the sea bottom in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk will be recovered.

The recovery operation will start on Tuesday 21st November, 2023, and is expected to be completed by Tuesday 28th November, 2023. The works will be carried out at points A and B as shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Point               Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

    A                 35°49'.471                  014°31'.994

    B                 35°49'.491                  014°32'.018

The recovery operation will be carried out with the use of crane loaded on a vessel. The operation will also be assisted by divers, who will be displaying the International Code Flag 'A'.

The vessel carrying out the operation will be restricted in manoeuvrability.

A safety zone of 200m from the above-mentioned points is to be kept while the recovery operation is being carried out.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution at slow speed and give a wide berth when in the vicinity and are to cooperate with the contractor on site.

They are to comply with instructions given on VHF Channel 14 and/or 16 by Marsaxlokk VTS.

Chart affected:  BA 36

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

21st November, 2023

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 38 of 2023

Live firing practice at Pembroke Ranges – Sunday, 26th November, 2023

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2021, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out live firing practice on Sunday, 26th November, 2023, at the Pembroke Ranges, from 8.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m, local time.

The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.

From Position A                   

            Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

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

a radius of 4 nautical miles to points          

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

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

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

​21st November, 2023

TRANSPORT MALTA


​Local Notice to Mariners No. 206 of 2023

Dinghy rankin event off Tas-Sliema/StJulian's Seafront

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, hereby notifies mariners that a dinghy ranking event, will be held off Tas-Sliema/St Julian's seafront.

The races will be held off Tas-Sliema/St Julian's within race area 1, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), on the following days and times:

On Saturday, 18th November, 2023, fromn 11.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m., and

On Sunday, 19th November, 2023 from 10.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m.

Orange inflatable marker buoys to indicate the racecourse within the above-mentioned areas will be laid at the start time indicated above and will be removed by 6.00 p.m., on each day of the races.

All vessels that are not involved in the activity are to keep well clear from the competing sailing vessels and are to follow any instructions given by the race officials, the support vessels and any enforcement officers in the area.

If for some reason the event cannot be held within race area 1 as stated above, an attempt will be made to hold the event off Smart City/Marsaskala Seafront, within race area 2, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), on the same days and times.

Mariners navigating in the vicinity are to note the above, keep watch on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 and are to give the areas indicated a wide berth. They are further instructed to fully comply with Rule 18 (COLREGS 1972) and to 'keep out of the way' of the sailing vessels participating in the regatta.

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

Charts affected: BA 177, 2538, 2537

 

14th November, 2023​ 


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 205 of 2023

Filming on the East side of Malta Morrel

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners and owners of vessels, that filming activities will take place on the East side of Malta.

Filming will be carried out on any day between Wednesday, 15th November, 2023 and Friday, 17th November, 2023, depending on weather conditions.

The filming will consist of the vessel 'L'Etoile du Roy', and her support vessels 'Maria C' and 'Nautical 1 & 2' sailing along the line A to B, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), and will be carried out from 6.00 a.m. till 6.00 p.m.

Mariners and owners of vessels are informed that a wide berth from the above-mentioned vessels is requested.

Power driven vessels navigating in the vicinity of the indicated area on the mentioned date and times are to keep watch on VHF Channel 12/16 and are to cooperate with the filming crew and/or enforcement personnel in the area.

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

Charts affected: BA 2537, 2538

 

10th November, 2023

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TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 204 of 2023

Beneteau Cup Sailing regattas between Marsamxett Harbour and Blue Lagoon, Comino

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a sailing regatta between Marsamxett Harbour and Blue Lagoon, will be held on Saturday, 11th November, 2023.

The first leg of the regatta will start at 9.00 a.m. from outside Marsamxett Harbour point A, they will sail towards point B and finish approximately at 12.30 p.m. outside Blue Lagoon point C, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

All the vessels will then anchor at Blue Lagoon, Comino.

The second leg of the regatta will start at 3.00 p.m. from outside Blue Lagoon point C, they will sail towards point B and finish approximately at 5.30 p.m. outside Marsamxett Harbour point C, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A                     35° 54'.741     014° 31'.462

C                     36° 01'.127     014° 19'.128

If due to unfavourable weather conditions, the regatta cannot be held as planned, it will be held on the same day, the first leg of the regatta will start at 9.00 a.m. from outside Marsamxett Harbour point A, they will sail towards points D, E, F, G respectively and finish approximately at 12.30 p.m. outside Fomm ir-Riħ point H, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

All the vessels will then anchor at Fomm ir-Riħ.

The second leg of the regatta will start at 3.00 p.m. from outside Fomm ir-Riħ point H, they will sail towards points G, F, E, D respectively and finish approximately at 5.30 p.m. outside Marsamxett Harbour point C, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

H                     35° 54'.827     014° 18'.778

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

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

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

Charts affected: BA 194, 177, 211, 2538, 2537.

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TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 200 of 2023

Filming from different localities Band of Spies

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners and sea vessel operators that filming activities will take place at different localities.

Filming will take place on the days and locations as listed below.

 At Rinella Bay in the Grand Harbour:

Filming is scheduled to be carried out on Wednesday, 1st November, 2023, from 9.00 a.m. till 10.30 p.m., from point A, as shown on chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

During the filming, the area shown circled in red, is to be kept clear from all vessels. The short quay on the western part of Rinella quay will not be available for use on the abovementioned day and times.

At the slipways in Salina Bay:

Filming is scheduled to be carried out between Tuesday, 21st November, 2023, at 12.30 p.m., and Wednesday, 22nd November, 2023, at 1.30 a.m., from point B, as shown on chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

The slipways within the area indicated will not be available for use on the abovementioned dates and times.

If the filming at Salina Bay mentioned-above cannot be held on the day listed it will instead be held at Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas, within the area as shown on chart 4 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), on the same dates and times.

At Il-Moll tal-Braken near potato shed, Marsa, in the Grand Harbour:

Filming is scheduled to be carried out between Friday, 24th November, 2023, at 2.30 p.m., and Saturday, 25th November, 2023, at 3.30 a.m., from point C, as shown on chart 3 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

The quay within the area indicated will not be available for mooring on the abovementioned dates and times.

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

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

Charts affected: BA 36, 177, 211

3rd November, 2023

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 199 of 2023

Diving survey (benthic) within Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk November 2023

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that diving (Benthic) survey will be held within Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk.

The diving survey which will be held on any day between Wednesday, 1st November, 2023 and Thursday, 30th November, 2023, within the area formed by joining the 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                     35° 50'.066     014° 32'.750  

B                     35° 50'.083     014° 32'.750  

C                     35° 50'.083     014° 32'.767  

D                     35° 50'.066     014° 32'.767

During the diving survey the scuba divers will be accompanied by a support vessel which will be displaying the International Code of Signals Flag 'A'.

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

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

They are to comply with instructions given on VHF Channel 14 and/or 16 by Marsaxlokk VTS.

Chart affected: BA 36

 

31st October, 2023

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TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 196 of 2023

Repair work on the Bighi fortification wall in the Grand Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that repair work on the Bighi fortification wall in the Grand Harbour, will be carried out.

The works will be carried out between Wednesday 1st November, 2023, and Thursday 31st October, 2024.

A work area formed by the imaginary lines joining the points A, B, C and D and the intermediate coastline, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), will be established.

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A                     35° 53'.605     014° 31'.551

B                     35° 53'.633     014° 31'.524

C                     35° 53'.639     014° 31'.512

D                     35° 53'.640     014° 31'.503

A silt curtain will be laid within the abovementioned areas depending on where work is being carried out.

Scuba divers will be assisting in the works and will be displaying the International Code of Signals Flag 'A'.

Mariners are to note that due to these works no vessel is allowed to enter the above-mentioned area and that the small quay within the area will not be accessible throughout the duration of the works.

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

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

Chart affected: BA 177

 

27th October, 2023

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 34 of 2023

Amendment to Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2023 regarding Live firing practice exercise at Sea – Gunex 01/2023

Reference is made to Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2023

The ​Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that the corridor mentioned in the Notice to Mariners has been amended.

At Pembroke ranges   LM-D01 (Pembroke High)

The corridor will now be of three nautical miles (3NM) between the coast and the line X – Y as shown on the chart A found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

X         36° 01'.217                 014° 25'.420

Y         35° 58'.610                 014° 34'.320

Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2023 is to be amended accordingly.

All the other information mentioned in Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2023 will remain valid.

Charts affected: BA 2537, 2538

13th October, 2023

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TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 190 of 2023

Geotechnical Investigation at Malta Freeport Terminal 2

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that a geotechnical investigation will be carried out at Malta Freeport terminal 2. The investigation will commence with immediate effect and is expected to be completed by the end of November 2023.

The work consists of geotechnical investigation within the area formed by the imaginary line joining the points 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).

Point               Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A                     35° 49'.313     014° 32'.370

B                     35° 49'.320     014° 32'.361

​C                     35° 49'.405     014° 32'.459

D                     35° 49'.410     014° 32'.474

E                      35° 49'.405     014° 32'.488

F                      35° 49'.313     014° 32'.588

G                     35° 49'.306     014° 32'.579

H                     35° 49'.303     014° 32'.634

A barge and a piler will be used to carry out the work.

Yellow buoys with flashing lights will be placed along the imaginary lines between the points A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H.

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speed (no wake) and give the indicated areas a wide berth.

They are to cooperate with the contractor on site and comply with any instructions issued on VHF channel 14/16 by Marsaxlokk VTS and any enforcement agency on site.

Chart affected: BA 36

10th October, 2023

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 180 of 2023

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 75 of 2023 regarding zones reserved for swimmers in Malta and Gozo

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 75 of 2023 – Figure 23.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that the configuration of swimmer zone number 23 mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 75 of 2023 is being amended with immediate effect as follows:

​23. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Għażżelin) refer to Figure 23                                                                                            
Line joining points 23A, 23B, 23C, 23F and 23G and the intermediate coastline.

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

23A                 35° 56'.975     014° 24'.011

23B                 35° 56'.996     014° 24'.013

23C                 35° 57'.028     014° 24'.144

23F                  35° 57'.022     014° 24'.220

23G                 35° 56'.994     014° 24'.217

The area between the imaginary line A and B and the coast South-West of it, shown hatched, is not to be used by swimmers since it has been declared as dangerous, as per Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2020.

Local Notice to Mariners No. 75 of 2023 is to be amended accordingly.

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 75 of 2023 will remain valid.

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537

3rd October, 2023

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 181 of 2023

Removal of vessels and moorings from near Sirens Waterpolo Club in St Paul's Bay

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels, that a keep clear area and fairway is being established near Sirens Waterpolo Club.

The keep clear are being established is formed by the imaginary lines joining the points 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and the intermediate coastline, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt​).

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

1                      35° 56'.979     014° 24'.261

2                      35° 57'.021     014° 24'.338

3                      35° 57'.046     014° 24'.318

4                      35° 57'.064     014° 24'.343

5                      35° 57'.078     014° 24'.309

6                      35° 57'.058     014° 24'.282

7                      35° 57'.069     014° 24'.226

8                      35° 56'.994     014° 24'.217

Due to the above, owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring within the area bounded by the imaginary line 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and the intermediate coastline, are to remove these vessels, moorings and related ground tackle, by Monday 2nd October, 2023.

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

Furthermore, mariners are reminded that it is prohibited to lay any moorings and ground tackle without the prior permission of the Authority and that approaches to marinas, terminals manoeuvring areas and fairways are to be kept clear at all times. 

Failure to comply with the above directions may be subject to legal proceedings.

​Chart affected: BA 177

​3rd October, 2023​