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Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 60 of 2022

 

Laying of Sinkers at Garden Yacht Marina, Id-Daħla ta' Lazzarett

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that several sinkers will be laid at Id-Daħla ta' Lazzarett in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett.

 

The laying of the sinkers will be carried out between Tuesday, 17th May, 2022 and Friday, 20th May 2022, between 7.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. daily.

 

The sinkers will be laid within the area formed by joining the imagenary points A, B, C, D, E, F, and the intermediate coastline, as shown on the chart on the Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Works will be carried out from the barge Gold Dredger and will be assisted by divers.

 

The barge Gold Dredger will be displaying the international code of Signals Flag 'A' whilst diving operations are being carried out.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the above indicated area. They are to keep a safety distance of at least 20m from the above-mentioned area.

 

They are to coordinate with the contractor on site on VHF channel 13 and comply with instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

17th May, 2022

 

 

 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 61 of 2022

 

Refurbishment Works on Comino Pier at Blue Lagoon

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that refurbishment work on the Comino pier at Blue Lagoon will start with immediate effect and will continue until Sunday, 29th May, 2022.

 

Divers will be engaged in the works, and they will be assisted by personnel on the vessel Gold Dredger.

 

The International Code of Signals Flag 'A' will be displayed during the diving operation. A safety distance of 50 meters from the Comino pier is required while works are being carried out.

 

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-mentioned pier. They are to co-operate with the contractor on site. The pier will not be accessible while the works are in progress.

 

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 211, 2537

 

17th May, 2022

 

 

 

 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 62 of 2022

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 53 of 2022 regarding Diving Survey along the Coast in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 53 of 2022

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that the diving survey has not been completed within the time as planned. The completion date is therefore being extended to the end of May 2022.

Local Notice to Mariners No. 53 of 2022 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 53 of 2022 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

17th May, 2022

 

 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 63 of 2022

 

Repair Works on the Road and Quay at Il-Qala tal-Mistra in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that repair works are to be carried out on part of the road and quay at Il-Qala tal-Mistra in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl.

 

The works will start with immediate effect and are expected to be completed by Sunday, 29th May, 2022.

 

A silt curtain will be laid along the imaginary line joining points A, B, C, D, E, and F as shown on the chart found on the Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt)

 

Owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring within the area of 10 meters from the quay, are to remove such moorings and associated ground tackle with immediate effect.

 

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

 

The quay cannot be used during this period due to the silt curtain.

 

Masters and vessel operators are to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at very slow speed (no wake) when in proximity of the above-mentioned area.

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

 

17th May, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2022

 

Departure of Oil Rig 'Key Singapore'

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the oil rig 'Key Singapore' has DEPARTED from the following position:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

35° 55'.400                 014° 49'.300

 

Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2021 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

Position is referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Chart affected: BA 194

 

17th May, 2022

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Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 56 of 2022

 

Zones Reserved for Swimmers in Malta and Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners, owners of vessels and bathers regarding the following restrictions in respect of designated zones reserved for swimmers.

 

These restrictions shall be in place from the date indicated for each area and until Friday, 30th September, 2022.

 

Mariners and owners of vessels moored within the zones reserved for swimmers are requested to remove their vessels and mooring buoys immediately. Any vessels and mooring buoys left in these areas will be removed. No liability whatsoever will be borne by Transport Malta for any damage to vessels or any damage/loss of mooring buoys and ground tackle that are left in these areas.

 

The zones reserved for swimmers will be indicated by coloured marker buoys and ropes. The ropes may be kept afloat by marker floats in location up to 2 weeks after the abovementioned dates.

 

Within several bays, access to the beach will be provided through launching lanes, which will also be marked by floats. Any vessels, needing to access the beach, shall only do so through the launching lanes. No vessel is to be moored close to the approaches to the entrance or inside the launching lanes unless authorised by Transport Malta. Such lanes shall be used solely for embarking and disembarking of passengers and by commercial and water sports vessel operators.

 

No vessels or objects which may endanger the safety of bathers, including any type of fishing gear/implements, shall be used within a swimmers' zone.

 

The boundaries of these Swimmers' Zones are as follows:

 

1. Blue Lagoon, Comino: Refer to Local Notice to Mariners No. 44 of 2022

 

2. Mġarr ix-Xini, Gozo: Refer to Figure 2    

 

Lines joining points 2A, 2B and 2C and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

2A                    36° 01'.214     14° 16'.271

2B                    36° 01'.164     14° 16'.331

2C                    36° 01'.172     14° 16'.341

 

3. Il-Bajja tax-Xlendi, Gozo: Refer to Figure 3        

A wire rope between points 3A (on Quay) and 3B (near slipway) and the intermediate coastline. 

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

3A                    36º 01'.839     14º 12'.986

3B                    36º 01'.836     14º 12'.997

 

The boundary of this swimmer zone in Xlendi is a wire rope between points 3C (sandy beach), 3D (off the jetty) and 3E (near Churchill Bar) and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

3C                    36° 01'.828     14° 13'.022 

3D                    36° 01'.818     14° 13'.003 

3E                    36° 01'.784     14° 13'.021 

           

Furthermore, lines joining points 3F, 3G, 3H, 3I and 3J and the intermediate coastline delineate another zone.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

3F                     36º 01'.781     14º 13'.007

3G                    36º 01'.789     14º 12'.993

3H                    36º 01'.770     14º 12'.900

3I                     36º 01'.747     14º 12'.876

3J                     36º 01'.737     14º 12'.892

 

4. Il-Bajja tal-Qbajjar, Gozo: Refer to Figure 4        

 

Line joining points 4A (SW of slipway) and 4B (steps) and the intermediate coastline to the southwest of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

4A                    36º 04'.624     14º 15'.112

4B                    36º 04'.596     14º 15'.192

           

5. Il-Bajja ta' Marsalforn, Gozo:        Refer to Figure 5                               

Line joining points 5A, 5B 5C and 5D and the intermediate coastline of this line and line joining points 5E and 5F and the intermediate coastline south of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

5A                    36º 04'.505     14º 15'.515

5B                    36º 04'.505     14º 15'.533

5C                    36º 04'.344     14º 15'.538

5D                    36º 04'.332     14º 15'.485

5E                    36º 04'.314     14º 15'.493

5F                     36º 04'.344     14º 15'.622

 

6. Ir-Ramla, Gozo: Refer to Figure 6                                                   

Line joining points 6A, 6B, 6C and 6D and the intermediate coastline to the south of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

6A                    36º 03'.693     14º 16'.917

6B                    36º 03'.754     14º 16'.879

6C                    36º 03'.784     14º 17'.165

6D                    36º 03'.725     14º 17'.182

 

7. Il-Bajja ta' San Blas, Gozo: Refer to Figure 7

                       

Line joining points 7A, 7B, 7C and 7D and the intermediate coastline to the southwest of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

7A                    36º 03'.488     14º 17'.965

7B                    36º 03'.489     14º 17'.975

7C                    36º 03'.465     14º 18'.060

7D                    36º 03'.419     14º 18'.070

 

8. Il-Bajja ta' Ħondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo: Refer to Figure 8                       

 

Line joining points 8A, 8B and 8C and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

8 A                   36º 01'.673     14º 19'.368

8 B                   36º 01'.629     14º 19'.393

8 C                   36º 01'.615     14º 19'.338

 

9. Il-Bajja ta' San Niklaw, Comino: Refer to Local Notice to Mariners No. 44 of 2022                       

 

10. Il-Bajja ta' Santa Marija, Comino (inner and outer): Refer to Local Notice to Mariners No. 44 of 2022

 

 

11. Ċirkewwa: Refer to Figure 11

 

Line joining points 11A and 11B and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

11A                  35º 59'.242     14º 19'.777

11B                  35º 59'.245     14º 19'.863    

 

12. Marfa (Ir-Ramla tal-Bir): Refer to Figure 12

 

Line joining points 12A and 12B and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

12A                  35º 59'.171     014º 20'.755

12B                  35º 59'.166     014º 20'.741

 

13. Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa (Ramlet il-Qortin): Refer to Figure 13

 

Line joining points 13A, 13B, and 13C and the intermediate coastline of this line.

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

13A                  35º 59'.222     014º 21'.021

13B                  35º 59'.265     014º 21'.048

13C                  35º 59'.251     014º 21'.105

 

14. Il-Bajja tal-Armier: Refer to Figure 14

 

Line joining points 14A, 14B ,14C and 14D and the intermediate coastline to the south of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

14A                  35º 59'.390     14º 21'.353

14B                  35º 59'.399     14º 21'.397

14C                  35º 59'.413     14º 21'.523

14D                  35º 59'.387     14º 21'.566

 

15. Ir-Ramla tat-Torri: Refer to Figure 15

 

Line joining points 15A and 15B and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

15A                  35º 59'.604     14º 21'.873

15B                  35º 59'.496     14º 21'.855

 

16. Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa: Refer to Figure 16 

 

Line joining points 16A, 16B, 16C and 16D and the intermediate coastline to the North West of this line and line joining points 16E, 16F, 16G and 16H and the intermediate coastline to the South West of this line.

 

A minimum safety/navigable clearance distance of 5 metres from these lines is to be maintained.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

16A                  35º 58'.530     14º 21'.254

16B                  35º 58'.514     14º 21'.267

16C                  35º 58'.437     14º 21'.120

16D                  35º 58'.460     14º 21'.098

16E                  35º 58'.429     14º 21'.039

16F                   35º 58'.364     14º 21'.104

16G                  35º 58'.005     14º 21'.292

16H                  35º 57'.980     14º 21'.349

 

17. Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa (It-Tunnara): Refer to Figure 17                            

 

Line joining points 17A, 17B and 17C and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points             Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

17A                  35º 58'.017     14º 21'.429

17B                  35º 58'.027     14º 21'.458

17C                  35º 58'.007     14º 21'.471

18. Il-Bajja tal-Imġiebaħ: Refer to Figure 18

 

Line joining points 18A, 18B, 18C and the intermediate coastline to the south of this line.

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

18A                  35º 58'.089     014º 22'.889

18B                  35º 58'.099     014º 22'.890

18C                  35º 58'.094     014º 23'.021

           

19. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Selmun): Refer to Figure 19                  

 

Line joining points 19A and 19B and the intermediate coastline to the south of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

19A                  35º 58'.033     14º 23'.814

19B                  35º 57'.847     14º 23'.828

 

20. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Tal-Fekruna): Refer to Figure 20          

 

Line joining points 20A and 20B and the intermediate coastline to the West of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

20A                  35º 57'.177     14º 23'.333

20B                  35º 57'.147     14º 23'.357

 

21. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Xemxija): Refer to Figure 21    

 

Line joining points 21A, 21B, 21C and 21D and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

21A                  35º 56'.911     14º 23'.089

21B                  35º 56'.897     14º 23'.107

21C                  35º 56'.872     14º 23'.078

21D                  35º 56'.875     14º 23'.057

 

22. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Għajn Rażul – Veċċja Breakwater): Refer to Figure 22

           

Line joining points 22A, 22B, 22C and 22D and the intermediate coastline and line joining points 22E, 22F, 22G and 22H and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

22A                  35º 56'.904     14º 23'.584

22B                  35º 56'.950     14º 23'.560

22C                  35º 56'.922     14º 23'.459

22D                  35º 56'.863     14º 23'.502

22E                  35º 56'.833     14º 23'.492

22F                   35º 56'.858     14º 23'.495

22G                  35º 56'.843     14º 23'.444

22H                  35º 56'.832     14º 23'.445

 

The area between the imaginary line 22E and 22F and the coast East of it, shown hatched, is not to be used by swimmers since it has been declared as dangerous, as per Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2020.

 

23. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Għażżelin): Refer to Figure 23  

                       

Line joining points 23A, 23B, 23C, 23D and 23E and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

23A                  35º 56'.975     14º 24'.010

23B                  35º 56'.996     14º 24'.013

23C                  35º 57'.028     14º 24'.144

23D                  35º 57'.016     14º 24'.289

23E                  35º 56'.938     14º 24'.297

 

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

 

24. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Buġibba Square): Refer to Figure 24                

 

Line joining points 24A, 24B and 24C and the intermediate coastline to the South East of this line and line joining points 24D, 24E and 24F and the intermediate coastline to the South West of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

24A                  35º 57'.213     14º 24'.892

24B                  35º 57'.198     14º 24'.804

24C                  35º 57'.136     14º 24'.834

24D                  35º 57'.128     14º 24'.832

24E                  35º 57'.197     14º 24'.789

24F                   35º 57'.187     14º 24'.718

 

25. Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar, Buġibba (opposite Dolmen Hotel): Refer to Figure 25

 

Lines joining points 25A, 25B, 25C and 25D and the intermediate coastline and line joining points 25E, 25F and 25G and the intermediate coastline and line joining points 25H, 25I and 25J and the intermediate coastline.   

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

25A                  35° 57'.405     14° 25'.044

25B                  35° 57'.312     14° 24'.973

25C                  35° 57'.292     14° 25'.024

25D                  35° 57'.277     14° 25'.022

25E                  35° 57'.288     14° 24'.954

25F                   35° 57'.260     14° 24'.933

25G                  35° 57'.230     14° 24'.961

25H                  35° 57'.227     14° 24'.948

25I                   35° 57'.225     14° 24'.927

25J                   35° 57'.218     14° 24'.909

 

26. Qawra: Refer to Figure 26                       

                                                           

Lines joining points 26A, 26B, 26C, 26D and 26E, and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

26A                  35° 57'.562     14° 25'.742

26B                  35° 57'.561     14° 25'.742

26C                  35° 57'.560     14° 25'.602

26D                  35° 57'.433     14° 25'.602

26E                  35° 57'.432     14° 25'.586

 

27. Il-Bajja tas-Salina (opposite Suncrest Hotel): Refer to Figure 27

 

Line joining points 27A, 27B, 27C and 27D and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

27A                  35º 57'.244     14º 25'.458

27B                  35º 57'.259     14º 25'.535

27C                  35º 57'.196     14º 25'.529

27D                  35º 57'.154     14º 25'.481

 

28. Il-Bajja tas-Salina (opposite ex Coastline Hotel): Refer to Figure 28    

                       

Line joining points 28A and 28B and the intermediate coastline to the South East.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

28A                  35º 56'.954     14º 25'.703

28B                  35º 56'.925     14º 25'.652

 

29. Il-Bajja ta' San Ġorġ (San Ġiljan): Refer to Figure 29

 

 

Line joining points 29A, 29B, 29C and 29D and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

29A                  35º 55'.578     14º 29'.264

29B                  35º 55'.593     14º 29'.307

29C                  35º 55'.549     14º 29'.348

29D                  35º 55'.525     14º 29'.309

 

30. Ix-Xatt ta' Spinola (opposite Cavalieri Hotel): Refer to Figure 30         

                       

Line joining points 30A, 30B and 30C and the intermediate coastline.

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

30A                  35º 55'.130     14º 29'.583

30B                  35º 55'.139     14º 29'.681

30C                  35º 55'.149     14º 29'.680

 

31. Ix-Xatt ta' Spinola (St Julian's): Refer to Figure 31                   

A rectangular line joining points 31A, 31B, 31C and 31D and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

31A                  35º 55'.074     14º 29'.569

31B                  35º 55'.090     14º 29'.580

31C                  35º 55'.009     14º 29'.667

31D                  35º 54'.994     14º 29'.642

 

32. Il-Bajja ta' Spinola (Balluta Bay): Refer to Figure 32

 

 

Line joining points 32A and 32B and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

32A                  35º 54'.899     14º 29'.628

32B                  35º 54'.883     14º 29'.674

 

33. Ix-Xatt ta' Spinola (Tas-Sliema): Refer to Figure 33

 

Line joining points 33A, 33B, 33C, 33D and 33E and the intermediate coastline of this line and the line joining points 33F, 33G and 33H and the intermediate coastline south of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

33A                  35º 54'.912     14º 29'.831

33B                  35º 54'.970     14º 29'.820

33C                  35º 55'.080     14º 29'.830

33D                  35º 55'.133     14º 29'.872

33E                  35º 55'.124     14º 29'.925

33F                   35° 54'.924     14° 29'.746

33G                  35° 54'.930     14° 29'.747

33H                  35° 54'.925     14° 29'.817

 

34. Tas-Sliema (Font Għadir): Refer to Figure 34

 

Line joining points 34A, 34B and 34C and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

34A                  35º 54'.971     14º 30'.297

34B                  35º 54'.940     14º 30'.381

34C                  35º 54'.928     14º 30'.373

 

35. Tigné: Refer to Figure 35

 

Line joining points 35A, 35B, 35C and 35D and the intermediate coastline of this line.

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35A                  35º 54'.321     014º 30'.706

35B                  35º 54'.311     014º 30'.689

35C                  35º 54'.356     014º 30'.619

35D                  35º 54'.367     014º 30'.629

 

36. Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala (Waterpolo Pitch): Refer to Figure 36

 

Line joining points 36A, 36B, 36C, 36D and 36E and the intermediate coastline to the North of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

36A                  35° 51'.979     14° 34'.073

36B                  35° 51'.974     14° 34'.074

36C                  35° 51'.975     14° 34'.225

36D                  35° 51'.996     14° 34'.432

36E                  35° 52'.028     14° 34'.507

 

The area between the imaginary lines joining the points A to B to C and the coast north of it, shown hatched, is not to be used by swimmers since it has been declared as dangerous, as per Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2020.

 

 

37. Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala (opposite ex Jerma Hotel): Refer to Figure 37

 

The lines joining the points 37A, 37B, 37C, 37D and 37E and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

37A                  35° 51'.913     14° 34'.099

37B                  35° 51'.917     14° 34'.103

37C                  35° 51'.894     14° 34'.260

37D                  35° 51'.802     14° 34'.385

37E                  35° 51'.698     14° 34'.529

 

38. Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas (Outer): Refer to Figure 38

 

Line joining points 38A, 38B, 38C and 38D and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

38A                  35° 51'.287     14° 33'.938

38B                  35° 51'.255     14° 33'.943

38C                  35° 51'.270     14° 34'.110

38D                  35° 51'.416     14° 34'.276

 

39. Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas (Inner): Refer to Figure 39

 

Line joining points 39A, 39B, and 39C and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

39A                  35º 51'.216     014º 33'.798

39B                  35º 51'.215     014º 33'.809

39C                  35º 51'.163     014º 33'.804

 

40. Xrobb l-Għaġin (Dellimara): Refer to Figure 40

 

Line joining points 40A, 40B, 40C and 40D and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

40A                  35° 50'.490     14° 34'.029

40B                  35° 50'.465     14° 33'.968

40C                  35° 50'.394     14° 34'.033

40D                  35° 50'.415     14° 34'.150

 

41. St Peter's Pool: Refer to Figure 41

 

Line joining points 41A and 41B and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

41A                  35º 49'.981     14º 33'.735

41B                  35º 49'.965     14º 33'.745

 

42. Il-Kalanka tat-Tumbrell: Refer to Figure 42

 

Line joining points 42A, and 42B and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

42A                  35º 49'.869     014º 33'.737

42B                  35º 49'.832     014º 33'.726

 

43. Il-Kalanka t-Tawwalija (Dellimara): Refer to Figure 43

 

Line joining points 43A and 43B and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

43A                  35° 49'.435     14° 33'.665

43B                  35° 49'.388     14° 33'.625

 

44. Marsaxlokk: Refer to Figure 44

 

Line joining points 44A, 44B, 44C, 44D, 44E and 44F and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

44A                  35º 50'.105     14º 32'.752

44B                  35º 50'.102     14º 32'.761

44C                  35º 50'.017     14º 32'.724

44D                  35º 49'.960     14º 32'.822

44E                  35º 49'.936     14º 32'.803

44F                   35º 49'.939     14º 32'.797

 

45. Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa (Qajjenza): Refer to Figure 45

Line joining points 45A, 45B, 45C and 45D and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

45A                  35º 49'.918     14º 32'.051

45B                  35º 49'.907     14º 32'.056

45C                  35º 49'.950     14º 32'.164

45D                  35º 49'.960     14º 32'.158

 

46. Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa (San Ġorġ): Refer to Figure 46

 

Line joining points 46A and 46B and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

46A                  35° 49'.947     14° 31'.893

46B                  35° 49'.879     14° 31'.862

 

47. Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa (Pretty Bay): Refer to Figure 47

 

Line joining points from 47A (Southern most part of old breakwater jetty), 47B and 47C (the southeast part of the waterpolo pitch) and the intermediate coastline.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

47A                  35º 49'.408     14º 31'.770

47B                  35º 49'.417     14º 31'.822

47C                  35º 49'.517     14º 31'.865

 

48. Il-Bajja tal-Ġnejna: Refer to Figure 48

 

Line joining points 48A, 48B, 48C and 48D and the intermediate coastline to the South East of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

48A                  35º 55'.214     14º 20'.499

48B                  35º 55'.244     14º 20'.482

48C                  35º 55'.287     14º 20'.585

48D                  35º 55'.283     14º 20'.619

 

49. Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa: Refer to Figure 49

 

Line joining points 49A 49B and 49C and the intermediate coastline to the southeast of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

49A                  35º 55'.782     14º 20'.698

49B                  35º 55'.801     14º 20'.588

49C                  35º 55'.717     14º 20'.496

 

50. Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa (Golden Sands): Refer to Figure 50

 

Line joining points 50A, 50B and 50C and the intermediate coastline to the northeast of this line.

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

50A                  35º 56'.074     14º 20'.616

50B                  35º 56'.002     14º 20'.488

50C                  35º 55'.896     14º 20'.577

 

51. Il-Bajja taċ-Ċirkewwa (Paradise Bay): Refer to Figure 51

 

Line joining points 51A, 51B and 51C and the intermediate coastline of this line.

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

51A                  35º 58'.916     14º 19'.920

51B                  35º 58'.962     14º 19'.898

51C                  35º 58'.970     14º 19'.974

 

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

 

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

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

52A                  35º 57'.037     14º 23'.273

52B                  35º 57'.031     14º 23'.277

52C                  35º 57'.025     14º 23'.262

52D                  35º 57'.032     14º 23'.258

 

The ropes with buoys to indicate the swimmer zones will be laid as follows:

 

On Saturday, 21st May, 2022 – effective date Saturday, 21st May, 2022

Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa: Figure 16

 

Between Saturday, 21st May, 2022, and Tuesday, 31st May, 2022 – effective date Saturday, 21st May, 2022

Ir-Ramla – Gozo: Figure 6

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar – Buġibba (opposite Dolmen Hotel): Figure 25

Il-Qawra: Figure 26

Il-Bajja tas-Salina (opposite Suncrest Hotel): Figure 27

Il-Bajja tas-Salina (opposite Ex Coastline Hotel): Figure 28

 

Il-Bajja ta' San Ġorġ (St Julian's): Figure 29

Tas-Sliema (Font Għadir): Figure 34

Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa: Figure 49

Il-Bajja taċ-Ċirkewwa (Paradise Bay): Figure 51

           

between Tuesday, 31st May, 2022 and Saturday, 4th June, 2022 – effective date Tuesday, 31st May, 2022

 

Mġarr ix-Xini – Gozo: Figure 2

Il-Bajja tax-Xlendi – Gozo: Figure 3

Il-Bajja tal-Qbajjar – Gozo: Figure 4

Il-Bajja ta' Marsalforn – Gozo: Figure 5

Il-Bajja ta' San Blas – Gozo: Figure 7

Il-Bajja ta' Ħondoq ir-Rummien – Gozo: Figure 8

Iċ-Ċirkewwa: Figure 11

Marfa (Ir-Ramla tal-Bir): Figure 12

Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa (Ramlet il-Qortin): Figure 13

Il-Bajja tal-Armier: Figure 14

Ir-Ramla tat-Torri: Figure 15

Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa – It-Tunnara: Figure 17

Il-Bajja tal-Imġiebaħ: Figure 18

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Selmun): Figure 19

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Tal-Fekruna): Figure 20

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Xemxija): Figure 21

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Għajn Rażul – Veċċja Breakwater): Figure 22

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Għażżelin): Figure 23

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Buġibba Square): Figure 24

Ix-Xatt ta' Spinola (opposite Cavallieri Hotel): Figure 30

Ix-Xatt ta' Spinola (St Julian's): Figure 31

Il-Bajja ta' Spinola (Balluta Bay): Figure 32

Ix-Xatt ta' Spinola (Tas-Sliema): Figure 33

Tigné: Figure 35

Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala (Waterpolo Pitch): Figure 36

Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala (opposite ex Jerma Hotel): Figure 37

Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas (Outer): Figure 38

Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas (Inner): Figure 39

Xrobb l-Għaġin (Dellimara): Figure 40

St Peter's Pool: Figure 41

Kalanka tat-Tumbrell: Figure 42

Kalanka t-Tawwalija (Dellimara): Figure 43

Marsaxlokk: Figure 44

Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa (Qajjenza): Figure 45

Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa (San Ġorġ): Figure 46

Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa (Pretty Bay): Figure 47

Il-Bajja tal-Ġnejna: Figure 48

Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa (Golden Sands): Figure 50

Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl il-Baħar (Tal-Fekruna – outer): Figure 52

 

For ease of reference, charts depicting swimmers' zones and launching lanes can be viewed on the Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

 

While the effective dates of the swimmer zones are those indicated above, due to the current situation the deployment of the ropes and buoys indicating the swimmer zones may be delayed.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a good lookout and navigate with caution and at slow speed when in the vicinity of the abovementioned areas. They are also reminded that it is prohibited to secure/moor any vessel or object with any marker buoy, ropes and related gear delineating the swimmer's zones.

A minimum safety distance of 5 metres from the swimmers' zone is to be maintained.

 

For the benefit and safety of all bathers and mariners, Transport Malta urges all visitors and commercial vessels to adhere to these arrangements. Enforcement officers will be regularly patrolling the area. Any offender, on conviction, shall be liable to the fines (multa) as laid down in the second column to the Third Schedule of the Small Ships Regulations, as amended.

 

All positions are referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Parts of charts may be viewed on the abovementioned website.

 

13th May, 2022

 

 

 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 57 of 2022

 

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

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a swimming event starting from Malta and finishing in Gozo will be held on Sunday, 15th May, 2022.

 

The participants will depart from Marfa – Ir-Ramla tal-Bir (Malta), point A, at approximately 7.30 a.m. and finish at Ħondoq ir-Rummien (Gozo), point G at approximately 11.00 a.m. They will be following the route along the points A, B, C, D, E, F, and G as shown on the chart on the Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

They will be supported by the vessel Goldmine.

 

Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna will be restricted to navigation from 7.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m, and

 

Il-Fliegu ta' Għawdex will be restricted to navigation from 9.15 a.m to 11.00 a.m.

 

If the swimming event cannot be held on the date mentioned, other attempts will be held on Saturday 21st, or Sunday 22nd, or Sunday, 29th May, 2022, depending on the sea conditions, at the same time.

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 211A, 2537 and 2538

 

13th May, 2022

 

 

 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 58 of 2022

 

Fireworks Display from the Chop House, Tignè 16th May, 2022

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a 3-minute fireworks display will be let off from the foreshore off 'Chop House' on Monday, 16th May, 2022. The display will be centred at Point A (as shown on the chart on the Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt)) in the approximate following position:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A 35° 54'.332             14° 30'.735

 

The fireworks display will take place between 10.30 p.m. and 11.30 p.m.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

13th May, 2022

 

 

 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 59 of 2022

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2021  regarding refurbishment works along the quays and stairs at Tal-Għażżelin in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl

 

Reference is made to BA chart 211B – Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the refurbishment works along the quays and stairs at Tal-Għażżelin in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl, mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2021, has been completed.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2021 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

13th May, 2022

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2022

 

Windsurfing crossing from Malta to Pozzallo, Sicily Italy

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that a windsurfing crossing from Malta to Pozzallo (Sicily, Italy) is being held.

 

Five windsurfers will be departing Malta from the imaginary line joining Tigne Point to the fairway buoy. The event will take place on Friday, 13th May, 2022. The actual departure time will be decided the previous day and communicated to mariners through the issue of a Navigational Warning and a Sécurité message. They will be taking the shortest route possible to Pozzallo (Sicily, Italy), this will, however, depend on the force and direction of the prevailing wind.

 

The following support vessels will be accompanying the windsurfers: Lady Lu Lu, Just For Fun, Cobemagica, Maggie May, Doghouse, Baloo, Dee Kay, Sandy 5, Lucy X, “Cant Think, and Sierra 62.

 

Mariners transiting the Malta/Sicily channel on the abovementioned date are requested to keep a sharp lookout for the windsurfers and the support vessels and are to give a wide berth when they are sighted.

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 2123, 2124

 

13th May, 2022

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 55 of 2022

 

Filming from Different Localities - From Malta to Oblivion

 

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 listed dates for each locality, from 6.00 a.m. till 8.00 p.m., on each day.

 

Il-Bajja tal-Dwejra (Gozo).

 

Filming is scheduled to be carried out on Wednesday, 11th and Thursday, 12th May, 2022.

 

If due to adverse weather conditions filming cannot be carried out on the listed days, filming will be carried out on any days within the following 7 days.

 

The filming will be carried out within the area bounded by the imaginary lines A to B, B to C, and the intermediate coastline, as shown on chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Due to this filming the area mentioned above will not be accessable to any vessels except those involved in the filming.

 

Along one of the following lines listed below.

 

Filming is scheduled to be carried out on Wednesday, 18th May, 2022.

If due to adverse weather conditions filming cannot be carried out on the listed day, filming will be carried out on any days within the following 7 days.

 

The filming will be carried out off the coast along any of the imaginary lines D to E, F to G, H to I or J to K, as shown on chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), depending on weather conditions.

 

Il-Bajja tal-Ġnejna.

 

Filming is scheduled to be carried out on Thursday, 19th May, 2022.

 

If due to adverse weather conditions filming cannot be carried out on the listed day, filming will be carried out on any days within the following 7 days.

 

The filming will be carried out within the area bounded by the imaginary lines L to M, and the intermediate coastline, as shown on chart 3 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Due to this filming the area mentioned above will not be accessable to any vessels except those involved in the filming.

 

Inside the Grand Harbour and off Rinella.

 

Filming is scheduled to be carried out on Tuesday, 14th June, 2022.

 

If due to adverse weather conditions filming cannot be carried out on the listed day, filming will be carried out on any days within the following 7 days.

 

The filming will be carried out from the following positions M, N, O, and P, as shown on chart 4 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The vessels “Nautical One", “Nautical Two", “SSR 105573", “CHIKO", “Xanna", “Swift", “Grecale", “S10714", and “S22930" will be used during the filming. All vessels are to give these vessels a wide berth during the above-mentioned dates and times.

 

Mariners and owners of vessels are informed that, for filming purposes, a clear horizon is being requested. Consequently, vessels in the vicinity, will not be allowed to drop anchor or remain underway whilst filming is taking place in the area.

 

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 2537

 

10th May, 2022​

Local Notice to Mariners No. 52 of 2022

 

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 47 of 2022  regarding Designated Restricted Areas 2022

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners, owners of vessels and the general public that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 47 of 2022 regarding Designated Restricted Areas – 2022, the following areas have also been established as a designated restricted area to navigation:

 

N) In Wied il-Għasri (Gozo), the area joining the points N1, N2, and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart N found on Transport Malta website  (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points             Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

N1                   36° 04'.732     014° 13'.705

N2                   36° 04'.726     014° 13'.710

 

This designated restricted area shall be in place with immediate effect until Friday 30th September 2022. It will be delineated by ropes, which will be kept afloat by coloured buoys.

 

All the information and restrictions mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 47 of 2022 also apply to this area.

 

Position is referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Chart affected: BA 2537

 

6th May, 2022

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 53 of 2022

 

Diving survey along the coast in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that diving surveys will be held in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett.

The diving survey will be held between Friday, 6th May, 2022, and Tuesday, 17th May, 2022, from 7.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m., daily, along the coast from point A to point B, as shown in red on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 54'.231     014° 29'.743

B                     35° 54'.361     014° 30'.641

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

6th May, 2022

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 54 of 2022

 

Post-translocation of Cladocora Ceaspitosa

Diving Surveys in the Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that post-translocation of Cladocora Ceaspitosa diving surveys will be held in the Grand Harbour.

 

The diving survey will be held between Tuesday, 10th May ,2022 and Wednesday, 11th May, 2022, from 9.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. both days.

 

The post diving surveys will be held in the following locations as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Entrance to No.1 Dock (point V),

 

Corner between Machinery Wharf and Oil Wharf (point W),

 

North end of Oil Wharf (point X) and

 

Il-Ponta ta' Bighi (point Z)

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

 

In view of the above, mariners navigating in the above-mentioned areas, are to proceed with caution and at very slow 'no wake' speed. They are to give the vessel “Julie Pearl" a wide berth of at least 50m, when sighted.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are to comply with instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

6th May, 2022​

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 48 of 2022

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2022 regarding Benthic Survey along Boiler Wharf in the Grand Harbour

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2022.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that the benthic survey has not been completed within the time, as planned. The completion date is therefore being extended to the end of May, 2022.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2022 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2022 will remain valid.

Chart affected: BA 177

 

3rd May, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 49 of 2022

 

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

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a seabed clean-up operation by divers in id-Daħla tad-Dockyard - Isla side, within the area shown in red on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), will be held on Saturday, 7th May, 2022, from 8.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m.

 

The surveys will be carried out with the assistance of the vessel 'S-18569' which will be displaying the international code of Signals flag 'A'.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with extreme caution and at slow speed when in the vicinity, on the stipulated date.

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 177

 

3rd May, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 50 of 2022

 

Fireworks Display from Manoel Island – Pilgrimage of Our Lady, Star of the Sea – Tas-Sliema

 

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

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

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

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

 

The fireworks display will take place as follows:

 

On Sunday, 8th May, 2022, from 9.00 a.m. till 9.30 a.m. and from 10.00 a.m. till 10.30 a.m.

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

 

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

 

Mariners are to obey instructions and directions given on VHF channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and any enforcement agency in the area.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

3rd May, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 51 of 2022

 

Fireworks Display from the Foreshore off Il-Fortizza Manoel – 9th May, 2022

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a 3-minute fireworks display will be held from the foreshore off Il-Fortizza Manoel on Monday, 9th May, 2022. 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° 54'.203     14° 30'.425

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

3rd May, 2022

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 46 of 2022

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2022 regarding Translocation of Maltese Top-shell (Gibbula nivosa) within Marsamxett Harbour

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2022

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that the translocation has not be completed within the time as planned. The completion date is therefore being extended to the end of May 2022.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2022 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2022 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

29th April, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 47 of 2022

 

Designated Restricted Areas – 2022

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners, owners of vessels and the general public that the following designated restricted areas to navigation have been established:

 

A) At Xatt l-Aħmar – Gozo, the area joining the points A1, A2 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart A found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A1                   36° 01'.142     014° 17'.273

A2                   36° 01'.145     014° 17'.306

 

B) In Il-Bajja ta' San Ġorġ, the area joining the points B1, B2, B3, B4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart B found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

B1                   35° 55'.685     014° 29'.501

B2                   35° 55'.666     014° 29'.519

B3                   35° 55'.650     014° 29'.452

B4                   35° 55'.650     014° 29'.436

 

C) In Il-Bajja ta' San Ġorġ, the area joining the points C1, C2, C3, C4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 2C found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

C1                   35° 55'.575     014° 29'.570

C2                   35° 55'.586     014° 29'.585

C3                   35° 55'.590     014° 29'.598

C4                   35° 55'.583     014° 29'.642

 

D) At Il-Ponta tad-Dragunara, the area joining the points D1, D2, D3, D4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart D found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

D1                   35° 55'.527     014° 29'.679

D2                   35° 55'.499     014° 29'.704

D3                   35° 55'.449     014° 29'.672

D4                   35° 55'.459     014° 29'.617

 

E) In Il-Bajja tal-Balluta, the area joining the points E1, E2, E3, E4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart E found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

E1                    35° 54'.931     014° 29'.627

E2                    35° 54'.931     014° 29'.650

E3                    35° 54'.898     014° 29'.650

E4                    35° 54'.898     014° 29'.627

 

F) In Il-Bajja ta' Għar id-Dud – Tas-Sliema, the area joining the points F1, F2 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart F found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

F1                    35° 54'.816     014° 30'.477

F2                    35° 54'.756     014° 30'.451

 

G) In Il-Port ta' Marsamxett (Ta' Xbiex area), the area joining the points G1, G2, G3, G4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart G found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

G1                   35° 53'.946     014° 30'.044

G2                   35° 53'.942     014° 30'.062

G3                   35° 53'.889     014° 30'.045

G4                   35° 53'.893     014° 30'.027

 

H) In Il-Port ta' Marsamxett, the area joining the points H1, H2, H3, H4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart H found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

H1                   35° 53'.903     014° 30'.276

H2                   35° 53'.916     014° 30'.279

H3                   35° 53'.928     014° 30'.301

H4                   35° 53'.925     014° 30'.320

 

I) In Marsamxett Harbour (Valletta Water Polo Pitch area), the area joining the points I1, I2, I3 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart I found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

I1                     35° 54'.070     014° 30'.638

I2                     35° 54'.138     014° 30'.724

I3                     35° 54'.130     014° 30'.733

 

J) In Il-Port il-Kbir (Kalkara Creek – Toqba area – Birgu), the area joining the points J1, J2, J3, J4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart J found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

J1                    35° 53'.450     014° 31'.225

J2                    35° 53'.452     014° 31'.228

J3                    35° 53'.418     014° 31'.271

J4                    35° 53'.411     014° 31'.263

 

K) In Il-Port il-Kbir (Rinella Bay area), the area joining the points K1, K2 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart K found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

 

Points Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

K1                   35° 53'.656     014° 31'.629

K2                   35° 53'.584     014° 31'.609

 

L) In Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl (Sirens ASC area), the area joining the points L1, L2, L3, L4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart L found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

L1                    35° 57'.004     014° 24'.266

L2                    35° 56'.998     014° 24'.249

L3                    35° 56'.980     014° 24'.265

L4                    35° 56'.987     014° 24'.279

 

M) In Tas-Sliema, a floating platform will be laid centred at point M1 as shown on chart M found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

M1                  35° 54'.882     014° 30'.449

 

To always ensure safety, no vessel, craft or other object, whether equipped with an engine or not, is to enter these designated restricted areas. Furthermore, the use of fishing gear/implements is not allowed in these areas.

 

These designated restricted areas may be in place any time between Sunday, 1st May, 2022 and Friday, 30th September, 2022. All designated restricted areas, except for the floating platform, will be delineated by ropes, which will be kept afloat by coloured buoys.

 

Owners of vessels moored within these designated restricted areas are advised to remove their vessels and mooring buoys immediately. Any vessels and mooring buoys left in these areas may be removed by the respective operators. No liability whatsoever, will be borne by Transport Malta for any damage to vessels or any damage/loss of mooring buoys and ground tackles, that are left in these areas.

 

Mariners are informed that it is prohibited to secure/moor any vessel, craft, or object to any marker buoy, ropes, floating platform and related gear delineating the designated restricted areas.

 

Position is referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Chart affected: BA 177, 211, 2537, 2538

 

29th April, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 21 of 2022

 

Cancellation of Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2022 regarding the Malta and Tunisia NAVTEX service – temporarily suspended

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Malta (O) and Tunisia (T) NAVTEX service has been restored and messages are being transmitted as scheduled.

 

Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2022 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

29th April, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 22 of 2022

 

Cancellation of Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2022 regarding Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light – UNLIT

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light mentioned in Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2022 has been repaired and is functioning properly.

 

Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2022 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

29th April, 2022

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 44 of 2022

 

Zones Reserved for Swimmers in Comino

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners, owners of vessels and bathers, that the following arrangements will be made for Blue Lagoon, Santa Maria Bay and San Niklaw Bay in the north Comino channel for the period between Sunday 1st May, 2022 and Saturday 15th October 2022.

 

1a) Blue Lagoon – Comino Swimmers' Zone (Figure 1 shown on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt))

 

No vessels or objects which may endanger the safety of bathers, including any type of fishing gear/implements, shall be used within a swimmers' zone. The swimmers' zone is being reserved exclusively for bathers and is delineated by the following coordinates:

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

1A                   36º 00'.893     014º 19'.281 (Shore)

1B                   36º 00'.898     014º 19'.289

1C                   36º 00'.825     014º 19'.351

1D                   36º 00'.846     014º 19'.440

1E                    36º 00'.851     014º 19'.452 (Shore)

1F                    36º 00'.751     014º 19'.471 (Shore)

1G                   36º 00'.740     014º 19'.390 (Shore)

 

1b) Mooring areas for commercial vessels

 

Two mooring areas are being assigned for commercial vessels. The boundaries of these mooring areas are delineated by the following coordinates:

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

4                      36º 01'.004     014º 19'.397 (Shore)

5                      36° 00'.965     014° 19'.332 (Buoy)

6                      36° 00'.927     014° 19'.364

7                      36° 00'.974     014° 19'.425 (Shore)

8                      36º 00'.920     014º 19'.458 (Shore)

9                      36º 00'.941     014º 19'.433

10                    36º 00'.904     014º 19'.383

11                    36° 00'.859     014° 19'.421

12                    36° 00'.866     014° 19'.439 (Shore)

 

1c) Fairway

 

A fairway has been established as indicated on the chart as Figure 1 shown on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt) and it is delineated by the following positions. Special mark buoys fitted with a yellow light flashing every 5 seconds will be placed at points 1, 2, 3 and 5.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

1                      36° 00'.852     014° 19'.401 (Buoy)

2                      36º 00'.913     014º 19'.346 (Buoy)

3                      36º 00'.952     014º 19'.310 (Buoy)

5                      36º 00'.965     014º 19'.332 (Buoy)

11                    36° 00'.859     014° 19'.421

 

9a) Il-Bajja ta' San Niklaw – Comino Swimmers' Zone (Figure 9 shown on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt))

 

No vessels or objects which may endanger the safety of bathers, including any type of fishing gear/implements, shall be used within a swimmers' zone. The swimmers' zone is being reserved exclusively for bathers and is delineated by the following coordinates:

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

9A                   36º 01'.008     014º 19'.735 (Shore)

9B                   36º 01'.005     014º 19'.749 (Shore)

9C                   36º 01'.001     014º 19'.766

9D                   36º 01'.039     014º 19'.773

9E                    36º 01'.037     014º 19'.820 (Shore)

 

9b) Fairway

 

The fairway was established by Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2017 and is to be used solely for navigation and should otherwise be kept clear.

 

10a) Il-Bajja ta' Santa Maria – Comino (Inner) Swimmers' Zone (Figure 10 shown on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt))

 

No vessels or objects which may endanger the safety of bathers, including any type of fishing gear/implements, shall be used within a swimmers' zone. The swimmers' zone is being reserved exclusively for bathers and is delineated by the following coordinates:

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

10A                 36º 00'.996     014º 20'.180 (Shore)

10B                 36º 01'.001     014º 20'.185

10C                 36º 00'.997     014º 20'.247

10D                 36º 00'.984     014º 20'.249 (Shore)

 

10b) Il-Bajja ta' Santa Maria – Comino (Outer) Swimmers' Zone (Figure 10 shown on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt)).

 

No vessels or objects which may endanger the safety of bathers, including any type of fishing gear/implements, shall be used within a swimmers' zone. The swimmers' zone is being reserved exclusively for bathers and is delineated by the following coordinates:

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

10E                  36º 01'.089     014º 20'.289 (Shore)

10F                  36º 01'.134     014º 20'.301 (Shore)

 

10c) Fairway

 

The fairway was established by Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2017 and is to be used solely for navigation and should otherwise be kept clear.

 

A minimum safety distance of 5 metres from the swimmers' zone is to be maintained.

 

Nylon ropes supported by floats will delineate the swimmers' zone and may remain in place, two weeks after the stipulated date. Mariners are to keep a safe distance from the vessels that will be laying and/or removing the ropes.

 

For the benefit and safety of all bathers and mariners, Transport Malta urges all visitors and commercial vessels to adhere to these arrangements. Enforcement officers will be constantly patrolling the area. Any offender, on conviction, shall be liable to the fines (multa) as laid down in the second column to the Third Schedule of the Small Ships Regulations, as amended.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a good lookout and navigate with caution and at slow speed in the North Comino Channel when entering the Blue Lagoon, Il-Bajja ta' San Niklaw and Il-Bajja ta' Santa Maria. They are also reminded that it is prohibited to secure/moor any vessel to any of the marker buoys, swimmers' zone delineation markers and related gear belonging to Transport Malta.

All positions are referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

26th April, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 45 of 2022

 

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2022 regarding the Malta International Fireworks

Festival 2022 – Reissue

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2022.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that if due to adverse weather conditions on Tuesday, 26th April, 2022, the Malta International Fireworks Festival planned to be held at Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas cannot be held and it will instead be held at the Grand Harbour, Valletta, as follows:

 

The Grand Harbour, Valletta, on Tuesday, 26th April, 2022

 

 

At noon the positioning of the pontoons and barges will commence.

 

The barges and pontoons will be moored in the following positions, as shown on chart shown on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The pontoons will be moored along the imaginary line 1 to 2 and a barge will be moored at point 3 and another at point 4.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

1                      35° 54'.262     014° 31'.211

2                      35° 54'.592     014° 31'.377

3                      35° 54'.652     014° 31'.239

4                      35° 54'.731     014° 31'.310

 

The display will start at 8.30 p.m. and finish by 11.00 p.m.

 

In view of the above, mariners are informed that part of the Grand Harbour, between the imaginary lines A-B, C-D, E-F, G-H, I-J, and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart   found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt)), will be closed to all vessels.

 

The port closure and prohibited area will be effective on Tuesday, 26th April, 2022, from 8.30 p.m. till 11.00 p.m., local time (6.30 p.m. till 9.00 p.m. UTC), except for authorised vessels.

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

G                     35° 53'.653     014° 31'.479

H                     35° 53'.840     014° 31'.112

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

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

 

During the event shipping movements in Grand Harbour will be restricted.

 

Any vessel arriving and/or departing from Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara outside the display times is to keep close to Bighi foreshore as possible and maintain a safe distance.

 

All vessels and bathers are warned to keep well clear and always maintain a safe distance of not less than 200 metres from any of the pontoons and barges.

 

After the display, pontoons and barges will be towed back to Kalkara Quay and the sinkers and anchors lifted from the bottom.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2022 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

26th April, 2022

 

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​TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 40 of 2022

 

Sailing Regatta in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk – April 2022

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, would like to notify mariners that the Birżebbuġa Sailing Club shall be holding regattas for dinghies on Saturday, 23rd April, 2022, and Sunday, 24th April, 2022.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 36, 2538

 

22nd April, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2022

 

Malta International Fireworks Festival 2022 – re-issue

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that firework displays will be held in different localities and dates as shown below.

 

On Thursday, 14th April, 2022, in the morning, 2 barges will be shifted to Kalkara Quay to be loaded with concrete blocks, sinkers and anchors.

 

Owners of vessels moored in Rinella Bay are to remove their vessels and the area is to remain clear on Thursday 14th April, 2022, from early morning until 1.00 p.m. Transport Malta will accept no liabilities whatsoever for any damage caused to vessels that are left within Rinella Bay on the mentioned dates and times.

 

The Grand Harbour, Valletta, on Wednesday, 20th April, 2022

 

At noon the positioning of the pontoons and barges will commence. The barges and pontoons will be moored in the following positions, as shown on the chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

The pontoons will be moored along the imaginary line 1 to 2 and a barge will be moored at point 3 and another at point 4.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

1                      35° 54'.262     014° 31'.211

2                      35° 54'.592     014° 31'.377

3                      35° 54'.652     014° 31'.239

4                      35° 54'.731     014° 31'.310

 

The display will start at 9.15 p.m. and finish by 11.00 p.m.

 

In view of the above, mariners are informed that part of Grand Harbour, between the imaginary lines A - B, C - D, E - F, G - H, I - J, and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart 4 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)), will be closed to all vessels.

 

The port closure and prohibited area will be effective on Wednesday, 20th April, 2022, from 9.15 p.m. till 11.00 p.m., local Time (7.15 p.m. till 9.00 p.m. UTC), except for authorised vessels.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

G                     35° 53'.653     014° 31'.479

H                     35° 53'.840     014° 31'.112

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

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

 

During the event shipping movements in Grand Harbour will be restricted.

 

Any vessel arriving and/or departing from Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara outside the display times is to keep close to Bighi foreshore as possible and maintain a safe distance.

 

All vessels and bathers are warned to keep well clear and maintain a safe distance of not less than 200 metres from any of the pontoons and barges at all times in all the above-mentioned localities during the dates and times mentioned.

 

After the display, pontoons and barges will be towed back to Kalkara Quay and the sinkers and anchors lifted from the bottom.

 

Il-Bajja ta' Marsalforn, Gozo, on Saturday, 23rd April, 2022

 

The fireworks display will be held at Il-Bajja ta' Marsalforn, Gozo, as follows:

 

At 6.00 a.m. the pontoons and barges will be shifted from Kalkara Quay to Il-Bajja ta' Marsalforn, Gozo.

 

By 11.00 a.m. the positioning of the pontoons and barges will commence and will be moored in the following positions, as shown on the chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The pontoons will be moored along the imaginary line 5 to 6 and a barge will be laid at point 7 and another at point 8.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

5                      36° 04'.566     014° 15'.568

6                      36° 04'.473     014° 15'.624

7                      36° 04'.545     014° 15'.661

8                      36° 04'.626     014° 15'.674

 

The display will start at 8.00 p.m. and finish by 11.00 p.m.

 

After the display the pontoons and barges will be towed back to Kalkara Quay, and the sinkers and anchors will be lifted off the bottom.

 

Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas on Tuesday, 26th April, 2022

 

At 6.00 a.m. the pontoons and barges will be shifted from Kalkara Quay to Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas, Marsaskala.

 

By 11.00 a.m. the positioning of the pontoons and barges will commence. The pontoons and barges will be moored in the following positions, as shown on the chart 3 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The pontoons will be moored along the imaginary line 9 to 10 and a barge will be moored at point 11 and another at point 12.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

9                      35° 51'.295     014° 34'.145

10                    35° 51'.229     014° 34'.056

11                    35° 51'.139     014° 34'.097

12                    35° 51'.164     014° 34'.212

 

The display will start at 8.00 p.m. and finish by 11.00 p.m.

 

After the display the pontoons and barges will be towed back to Kalkara Quay, and the sinkers and anchors removed.

The Grand Harbour, Valletta, on Saturday, 30th April, 2022

 

At 3.00 p.m. the positioning of the anchors for the pontoons and barge will commence.

At 4.00 p.m. the pontoons and one barge will be shifted from Kalkara Quay to their positions. They will be set up in the following positions, as shown on chart 4 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

There will be 3 rows of pontoons moored along the imaginary lines 13 to 14, 16 to 17 and 18 to 19 and a barge will be moored at point 15.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

13                    35° 53'.746     014° 31'.156

14                    35° 53'.565     014° 30'.857

15                    35° 53'.677     014° 30'.988

16                    35° 53'.775     014° 31'.075

17                    35° 53'.635     014° 30'.846

18                    35° 53'.751     014° 31'.007

19                    35° 53'.682     014° 30'.894

 

The display will start at 8.00 p.m. and finish by 10.15 p.m.

 

After the display the pontoons and the barge will be towed back to Kalkara Quay. The sinkers and anchors will be removed, and the area cleared by 10.50 p.m.

 

The pontoons and barge will then be left at Kalkara Quay up to Monday, 2nd May, 2022.

 

In view of the above, mariners are informed that part of Grand Harbour, between the imaginary lines A - B, C - D, E - F, G - H, I - J, and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart 4 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)), will be closed to all vessels.

 

The port closure and prohibited area will be effective on Saturday, 30th April, 2022, from 3.00 p.m. till 10.50 p.m., local time (11.00 a.m. till 9.00 p.m. UTC), except for authorised vessels.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

G                     35° 53'.653     014° 31'.479

H                     35° 53'.840     014° 31'.112

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

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

 

During the event shipping movements in Grand Harbour will be restricted. Authorised vessels MUST be securely moored by not later than 7.30 p.m.

 

All vessels and bathers are warned to keep well clear and maintain a safe distance of not less than 200 metres from any of the pontoons and barges while they are being towed and once they have been anchored in all the above-mentioned localities during the dates and times mentioned.

 

Authorised vessels are to give the display pontoons and barges a wide berth of at least 200m. No movements whatsoever will be allowed during the actual displays.

 

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

 

Due to the above Local Notice to Mariners, Nos 37 and 39 are hereby CANCELLED.

 

Positions are in WGS 84 DATUM

 

Charts affected: BA 36, 177, 211, 2537, 2538

 

22nd April, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 42 of 2022

 

Diving next to the Main Breakwater Arm at il-Port tal-Imġarr Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that diving operations will be taking place next to the Main Breakwater Arm at Il-Port tal-Imġarr – Gozo.

 

The diving operations will take place on Wednesday, 27th April, 2022, from 1.00 p.m. till 3.00 p.m., within the area bounded by the imaginary line A, B, C, D and the intermediate coastline, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position           Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

 

A                     36° 01'.450     014° 17'.979

B                     36° 01'.453     014° 17'.976

C                     36° 01'.486     014° 18'.022

D                     36° 01'.475     014° 18'.033

 

The diving team will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag 'A' when diving operations are being carried out.

 

A safety zone of 25m around the survey area is to be observed throughout the allocated survey times. All vessel movements, transits, dockings and undockings outside the safety zone are to be coordinated with the diving team on site and with the port operations manager.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speed when proceeding close to the above indicated areas. They are to comply with instructions given on VHF Channel 10 and/or 16 by Mġarr Port Control and any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

22nd April, 2022

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 43 of 2022

 

Filming from Different Localities Marengo

 

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 listed dates or the next available date, between Thursday, 28th April, 2022 and Monday, 16th May, 2022, from 6.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., each day.

 

Ir-Ramla ta' Għajn Tuffieħa

 

The filming in this area is scheduled to take place on Friday 29th, and Saturday, 30th April, 2022, within the area A, as shown on chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

From the foreshore beneath Il-Fortizza ta' Sant'Jiermu

 

The filming in this area is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 30th April, 2022, within the area B, as shown on chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

At the entrance to Id-Daħla tad-Dockyard

 

The filming in this area is scheduled to take place on Friday, 6th May, 2022, in the morning and afternoon, within the area C, as shown on chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

At the entrance of Rinella Bay below Fort Ricasoli

 

The filming in this area is scheduled to take place on Friday, 6th May, 2022, in the evening up to 10.00 p.m., within the area D, as shown on chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

From Kalkara foreshore

 

The filming in this area is scheduled to take place on Monday, 9th May, 2022, within the area E, as shown on chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The vessels Maria C, Wilfred, Silver Charm, Abbot, Sirairs 1, Beezer, Swift and S22263 will be used during the filming. All vessels are to give these vessels a wide berth during the abovementioned dates and times.

 

 

Mariners and owners of vessels are informed that, for filming purposes, a clear horizon is being requested. Consequently, vessels in the vicinity, will not be allowed to drop anchor or remain underway whilst filming is taking place in the area.

 

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 2537

 

22nd April, 2022

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2022

 

Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light – UNLIT

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

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

 

Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

 

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

 

is UNLIT.

 

22nd April, 2022

 

​ 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 38 of 2022

 

UIM V2 Powerboat World Championship Race St Paul's Bay

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) V2 Powerboat World Championship Races will be held, weather permitting, on each day, in St Paul's Bay from Friday, 22nd April, 2022 to Sunday, 24th April, 2022, between 8.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m

 

On each day, between 8.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m., navigation will be restricted within the area bounded by the imaginary lines between points Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y and Z, as shown in colour blue on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

A number of mega buoys, indicating the waypoints of the race courses, will be laid within the area at the following positions: A, A1, B, C, C1, D, E, F, G, H and I, as indicated on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt):

 

Position       Latitude (N) Longitude (E)  Colour

 

A                  35° 57'.261 014° 24'.371 Chequered

A1                35° 57'.205 014° 24'.397 Chequered

B                  35° 57'.336 014° 24'.642 Yellow

C                  35° 57'.600 014° 24'.951 Yellow

C1                35° 57'.592 014° 24'.969 Green

D                  35° 57'.764 014° 24'.903 Yellow

E                  35° 57'.802 014° 24'.629 Yellow

F                  35° 57'.508 014° 24'.423 Red

G                  35° 57'.209 014° 23'.754 Yellow

H                  35° 57'.144 014° 23'.757 Yellow

I                   35° 57'.109 014° 23'.814 Yellow

 

The mega buoys will be replaced by other buoys during the night which will exhibit a yellow flashing light. The mega buoys, or when replaced by the other buoys, will be laid in the above positions on Thursday, 21st April, 2022, in the afternoon, and removed on Sunday, 24th April, 2022, in the afternoon, after the last race has been completed.

 

The quay below Tarragon Restaurant (point M) and the slipway next to the Buġibba breakwater (point N), as shown on chart on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), are to be kept clear for the exclusive use of the participating craft, on each day, from Friday, 22nd April , 2022 to Sunday, 24th April, 2022, between 8.00 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.

 

Mariners are instructed not to enter the restricted area on the mentioned dates and times stated above. They are to cooperate with the organisers and Maritime enforcement officers in the area. Moreover, they are to comply with any instructions issued on VHF channels 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS.

 

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

 

19th April, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 39 of 2022

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2022 regarding Malta International Fireworks Festival 2022

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2022.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to applicable restrictions two of the localities have to be changed.

 

On Wednesday, 20th April, 2022, the fireworks display will not be held at Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa. The fireworks display will instead be held at Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl (Buġibba area) as follows:

 

At 6.00 a.m. the pontoons and barges will be shifted from Ċirkewwa South Quay to Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl.

 

By 11.00 a.m. the setting up of the pontoons and barges will commence. The barges and pontoons will be moored in the following positions, as shown on chart 1A found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

The pontoons will be moored along the imaginary line 1 to 2 and a barge will be moored at points 3 and another at point 4.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

1                      35° 57'.214     014° 24'.741

2                      35° 57'.238     014° 24'.865

3                      35° 57'.259     014° 24'.793

4                      35° 57'.283     014° 24'.683

 

The display will start at 8.00 p.m. and finish by 11.00 p.m.

 

After the display, the pontoons and barges will be towed back to Ċirkewwa South Quay and the sinkers and anchors lifted from the bottom.

 

On Sunday, 23rd April, 2022, the fireworks display will not be held at Il-Bajja ta' Ħondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo. The fireworks display will instead be held at Il-Bajja ta' Marsalforn, Gozo, as follows:

 

At 6.00 a.m. the pontoons and barges will be shifted from Ċirkewwa South Quay to Il-Bajja ta' Marsalforn, Gozo.

 

By 11.00 a.m. the setting up of the pontoons and barges will commence and will be moored in the following positions, as shown on chart 2A found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The pontoons will be moored along the imaginary line 5 to 6 and a barge will be laid at point 7 and another at point 8.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

5                      36° 04'.566     014° 15'.568

6                      36° 04'.473     014° 15'.624

7                      36° 04'.545     014° 15'.661

8                      36° 04'.626     014° 15'.674

 

The display will start at 8.00 p.m. and finish by 11.00 p.m.

 

After the display the pontoons and barges will be towed back to Kalkara Quay, and the sinkers and anchors will be lifted off the bottom.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2022 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2022 will remain valid.

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 211, 2537, 2538

 

19th April, 2022

 

 

 


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2022

 

ROV Survey of Cooling Pipeline at Qala San Marku, outwards

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a survey will be carried out with the use of a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). This survey will be carried out by the RHIB 'ER - 1' and her ancillary equipment.

 

Weather permitting, the survey is planned to be carried out on Tuesday 19th April, 2022. If due to weather conditions the survey cannot be held on this day, it will be held between Monday 2nd May, 2022, and Sunday 8th May 2022.

 

The ROV survey will be held along the line A-B as shown on Chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt):

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A         35° 56'.833     14° 26'.812 (Coast)

B         35° 57'.148     14° 27'.290

 

The actual survey is expected to take about 1 day.

 

Since the RHIB 'ER - 1' will be towing an ROV, she will be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre.

 

Mariners are instructed to navigate with caution when the above-mentioned vessel is sighted, and they are to maintain a safe distance of 100m from the vessels.

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

 

Charts affected: BA 2537, 2538

 

14th April, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 36 of 2022

 

Diving next to the North Breakwater Arm at Il-Port tal-Imġarr Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that diving will be taking place next to the North Breakwater arm at Il-Port tal-Imġarr, Gozo.

 

The diving will take place on Wednesday, 20th April, 2022, from 1.00 p.m. till 3.00 p.m., within the area bounded by the imaginary line A, B, C, D and the intermediate coastline, as shown on Chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     36° 01'.623     014° 18'.125

B                     36° 01'.626     014° 18'.112

C                     36° 01'.593     014° 18'.102

D                     36° 01'.591     014° 18'.115

 

The diving team will be displaying the International Code of Signals Flag 'A' when diving operations are being carried out.

 

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

 

Due to the diving operations, any docking and undocking manoeuvres within the area will be restricted and must be coordinated with the diving team on site and with the port operations manager.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speed when proceeding close to the above indicated areas. They are to comply with instructions given on VHF Channel 10 and/or 16 by Mġarr Port Control and any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

14th April, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2022

 

Malta International Fireworks Festival 2022

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that firework displays will be held in different localities and dates as shown below.

 

On Thursday, 14th April, 2022, in the morning, 2 barges will be shifted to Kalkara quay to be loaded with concrete blocks, sinkers and anchors. Later in the afternoon, the barges will be shifted to Ċirkewwa South Quay.

 

Owners of vessels moored in Rinella Bay are to remove their vessels and the area is to remain clear on Thursday, 14th April, 2022, from early morning until 1.00 p.m. Transport Malta will accept no liabilities whatsoever for any damage caused to vessels that are left within Rinella Bay on the mentioned dates and times.

 

Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa on Wednesday 20th April, 2022

 

At 6.00 a.m. the pontoons and barges will be shifted from Ċirkewwa South Quay to Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa.

 

By 11.00 a.m. the setting up of the pontoons and barges will commence. The barges and pontoons will be moored in the following positions, as shown on chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The pontoons will be moored along the imaginary line 1 to 2 and a barge will be moored at point 3 and another at point 4.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

1                      35º 58'.206     014º 21'.087

2                      35º 58'.122     014º 21'.149

3                      35º 58'.235     014º 21'.260

4                      35º 58'.314     014º 21'.243

 

The display will start at 8.00 p.m. and finish by 11.00 p.m.

 

After the display pontoons and barges will be towed back to Ċirkewwa South Quay and the sinkers and anchors lifted from the bottom.

 

Il-Bajja ta' Ħondoq ir-Rummien on Sunday, 23rd April, 2022

 

At 6.00 a.m. the pontoons and barges will be shifted from Ċirkewwa South Quay to Il-Bajja ta' Ħondoq ir-Rummien, Qala. By 11.00 a.m. the setting up of the pontoons and barges will commence and will be moored in the following positions, as shown on chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The pontoons will be moored along the imaginary line 5 to 6 and a barge will be laid at point 7 and another at 8.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

5                      36º 01'.647     014º 19'.496

6                      36º 01'.591     014º 19'.395

7                      36º 01'.529     014º 19'.519

8                      36º 01'.449     014º 19'.464

 

The display will start at 8.00 p.m. and finish by 11.00 p.m.

 

After the display the pontoons and barges will be towed back to Kalkara quay and the sinkers and anchors will be lifted off the bottom.

 

Vessels engaged on the HSC Fast Ferry route, between Malta and Gozo, are to navigate through the Comino Channel on this day.

 

Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas on Friday, 26th April, 2022

 

At 6.00 a.m. the pontoons and barges will be shifted from Kalkara quay to Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas, Marsaskala.

 

By 11.00 a.m. the setting up of the pontoons and barges will commence. The pontoons and barges will be moored in the following positions, as shown on the chart 3 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The pontoons will be moored along the imaginary line 9 to 10 and a barge will be moored at point 11 and another at point 12.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

9                      35º 51'.295     014º 34'.145

10                    35º 51'.229     014º 34'.056

11                    35º 51'.139     014º 34'.097

12                    35º 51'.164     014º 34'.212

 

The display will start at 8.00 p.m. and finish by 11.00 p.m.

 

After the display the pontoons and barges will be towed back to Kalkara quay, and the sinkers and anchors removed.

 

The Grand Harbour, Valletta, on Saturday, 30th April, 2022

 

At 3.00 p.m. the positioning of the anchors for the pontoons and barge will commence.

 

At 4.00 p.m. the pontoons and one barge will be shifted from Kalkara quay to their positions. They will be set up in the following positions, as shown on chart 4 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

There will be 3 rows of pontoons moored along the imaginary lines 13 to 14, 16 to 17 and 18 to 19 and a barge will be moored at point 15.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

13                    35º 53'.746     014º 31'.156

14                    35º 53'.565     014º 30'.857

15                    35º 53'.677     014º 30'.988

16                    35º 53'.775     014º 31'.075

17                    35º 53'.635     014º 30'.846

18                    35º 53'.751     014º 31'.007

19                    35º 53'.682     014º 30'.894

 

The display will start at 8.00 p.m. and finish by 10.15 p.m.

 

After the display the pontoons and the barge will be towed back to Kalkara quay. The sinkers and anchors will be removed, and the area cleared by 10.50 p.m.

 

The pontoons and barge will then be left at Kalkara quay up to Monday, 2nd May, 2022.

 

In view of the above, mariners are informed that part of Grand Harbour, between the imaginary lines A - B, C - D, E - F, G - H, I - J, and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart 4 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)), will be closed to all vessels.

 

The port closure and prohibited area will be effective on Saturday, 30th April, 2022, from 3.00 p.m. till 10.50 p.m. local time (11.00 a.m. till 9.00 p.m. UTC), except for authorised vessels.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

G                     35º 53'.653     014º 31'.479

H                     35° 53'.840     014° 31'.112

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

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

 

During the event shipping movements in Grand Harbour will be restricted. Authorized vessels MUST be securely moored by not later than 7.30 p.m.

 

All vessels and bathers are warned to keep well clear and maintain a safe distance of not less than 200 metres from any of the pontoons and barges while they are being towed and once, they have been anchored in all the above-mentioned localities during the dates and times mentioned.

 

 

Authorized vessels are to give the display pontoons and barges a wide berth of at least 200m. No movements whatsoever will be allowed during the actual displays.

 

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

 

Positions are in WGS 84 DATUM

 

Charts affected: BA 36, 177, 211, 2537, 2538

 

14th April, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 19 of 2022

 

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges

19th April 2022 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, 19th April, 2022, with extended hours from 4.30 p.m. till 10.00 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

 

14th April, 2022​


 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2022

 

The Malta and Tunisia NAVTEX Service is Temporarily Suspended

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Malta (O) and Tunisia (T) NAVTEX service is temporarily suspended.

 

While every effort is being made to resume transmitting NAVTEX messages as soon as possible, during the period of no transmission, Malta Navigational Warnings will be promulgated by voice, on radio, as follows:

 

Malta Vessel Traffic Service (Malta VTS) on VHF channel 16 at 10.03 a.m., 4.03 p.m. and 9.03 p.m. (UTC) daily.

 

12th April, 2022

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2022

 

Live Firing Practice Exercise at Sea – Gunex 01/2022

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the Armed Forces of Malta shall conduct a live firing practice exercise at sea from either Pembroke Ranges (LM-D01) or south of Malta (LM-D05) between Monday, 18th April, 2022 and Friday, 22nd April, 2022.

 

Which one, of the areas is to be used on the day, will be determined by the prevalent weather conditions.

 

The exercise will take place within either of the areas as mentioned below, from 8.00 a.m. till 6.00 p.m., local time (6.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. UTC).

 

At Pembroke ranges LM-D01 (Pembroke High)

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Position B:                  Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

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

 

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

 

Position C:                  Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

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

 

thence on a bearing of 240 True to position A.

 

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

 

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

 

                                    Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

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

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

 

At south of Malta LM-D5 (MELITA)

 ​

The exercise will be held within a circular area of 8 nautical mile radius, centred on point Z:

 

Position Z:                  Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 194, 2124, 2537 and 2538

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

12th April, 2022

 

​ 


Local Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2022

 

Multi-beam Bathymetric Survey on inshore part of Interconnector – Qalet Marku

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a multi-beam bathymetric survey will be carried out on the inshore part of the Interconnector Cable.

 

The multi-beam bathymetric survey will start from the coast at Qalet Marku from point A and will follow the route to point B and extend 3km outwards to point C, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

                                                Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A (Coast – Qalet Marku)        35° 56'.560                 014° 26'.960

B                                             35° 57'.769                 014° 27'.276

C                                             35° 58'.136                 014° 27'.716

 

The survey will start with immediate effect and is expected to be completed by Sunday, 10th April, 2022.

 

The support vessels Sea Express 4 or Sea Express 5 will be used during the survey.

 

During the survey the vessels will be restricted in their ability to manoeuvre therefore a wide berth of 500m is requested.

 

The support vessel will be moving slowly and will display the International Code of Signals Flag 'D' during the survey.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speed. All vessels shall give the above support vessels Sea Express 4 and Sea Express 5 a wide berth and are to cooperate with the survey team.

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

8th April, 2022

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 34 of 2022

 

Xterra Swim Event at Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa Part of Triathlon

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that a Xterra Swim Event, which is part of a triathlon, will be held at Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa.

 

The swim will be held within the area A, B, C and D (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)), on Saturday 9th April, 2022, from 9.30 a.m. till 1.00 p.m.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 56'.069     014° 20'.619

B                     35° 56'.026     014° 20'.417

C                     35° 55'.953     014° 20'.474

D                     35° 56'.021     014° 20'.656

 

Marker buoys will be placed at approximate positions B and C.

 

A personal watercraft (jet ski) and lifeguards of the Red Cross Society will be available for safety reasons and to assist swimmers as necessary.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537

 

8th April, 2022​


Local Notice to Mariners No. 32 of 2022

 

Malta Young Sailors Club Sailing Regatta, St Paul's Bay

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Malta Young Sailors Club will be holding a sailing regatta in St Paul's Bay, between Saturday, 9th April, 2022 and Sunday, 10th April, 2022.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Mariners are to note the above and give the area indicated a wide berth. They are further instructed to keep out of the way of all the sailing vessels participating in the regattas.

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2538, 2537.

 

5th April, 2022

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 29 of 2022

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners Nos 21 and 25 of 2022 regarding Translocation Operation of Cladocora Ceaspitosa within the Grand Harbour

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners Nos 21 and 25 of 2022.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that, due to unfavourable circumstances, the work will not be completed within the time as planned. The completion date is therefore being extended to Friday, 15th April, 2022.

 

Local Notice to Mariners Nos 21 and 25 of 2022 are to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 21 of 2022 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

1st April, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 30 of 2022

 

Pollution Response Exercise within Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a Pollution Response Exercise will be carried out within Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk.

 

The exercise will be carried out by personnel from Transport Malta in collaboration with personnel from the Malta Freeport Terminals. The exercise is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 6th April, 2022.

 

The exercise will simulate an oil spill and is expected to commence at approximately 9.00 a.m. and should be completed by 2.00 p.m. The exercise will involve the deployment of booms and various vessels, and the use of drones is also possible.

 

The vessels to be used are the Harbour Masters Launch, MV tmONE and Transport Malta Maritime Enforcement vessels together with two vessels from Cassar Ship Repair and two vessels from OceanCare Co. Ltd.

 

Mariners are to take note of the time and location of this exercise and are to navigate with caution if operating in the area. When any of the vessels engaged in the exercise are spotted, they are to be given a wide berth.

 

They are to comply with any instructions issued on VHF channel 14 and/or 16 by Marsaxlokk VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

1st April, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 31 of 2022

 

Further Works as Part of the PEACE MED Submarine Cable Laying of the Malta Branching Unit – Inshore

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 184 of 2021.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that further works as part of the PEACE MED Submarine Cable Laying of the Malta Branching Unit – Inshore, at ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa, will commence on Monday, 4th April, 2022, and are expected to be completed by Friday, 15th April, 2022.

 

The work, which will be carried out during daylight hours only and with the use of an excavator located on the foreshore, shall consists of the burial of the submarine cable into the sand. The work area will extend up to 30m from the shore.

 

The works do not require the use of any vessels; however, divers will be monitoring the works underwater. Appropriate signals in accordance with the requirements of the Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (Signal Flag 'A') shall be exhibited accordingly.

A safety distance of 15m is required from the excavator and divers as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

 

1st April, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2022

 

Cancellation of Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2022 Regarding Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light – UNRELIABLE

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light, mentioned in Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2022 has been repaired and is functioning properly.

 

Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2022 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

 

1st April, 2022

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 27 of 2022

 

31st March Regatta in 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 Wednesday, 30th March, 2022, 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 Thursday 31st March, 2022, from 8.00 a.m., wire ropes with floats will be laid in the following positions:

 

(i) from point (A) ashore on Barriera Wharf to buoy (B) off Il-Ponta ta' Sant'Anġlu

 

(ii) from buoy (B) off Il-Ponta ta' Sant'Anġlu to point (C) north of Il-Ponta tal-Isla

 

(iii) 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) 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 6.30 p.m. on Thursday, 31st March, 2022.

 

4. The sinkers and marker buoys mentioned in 1 above will then be removed on Friday, 1st April, 2022.

 

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 Thursday 31st March, 2022, between 8.00 a.m. and about 6.30 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 Marsa sea area will not be allowed to proceed beyond the line (F) to (G) indicated in 2(iv) 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) and 2(iv).

 

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) mentioned 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 Thursday 31st March, 2022, from 8.00 a.m. till 6.30 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 obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and enforcement personnel in the area.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

29th March, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 28 of 2022

 

Port Closure in Grand Harbour and Mġarr Harbour, during the Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that in connection with the visit in Grand Harbour of His Holiness Pope Francis on Saturday, 2nd April, 2022, navigation within the Grand Harbour will be restricted from 2.30 p.m. until the departure of the “HSC Maria Dolores" from the Grand Harbour.

 

Grand Harbour

 

A number of areas are being designated to accommodate spectators as noted below:

 

1. Rinella Bay/Bighi Bay,

2. Dockyard Creek,

3. Lab South 2 to limits of Boiler Wharf

 

Vessels intending to moor within the above areas are to be securely moored by not later than 2.00 p.m. on Saturday, 2nd April, 2022 in the area bound by the following coordinates. No spectator vessel will be permitted into the harbour after this time. Enforcement Units will be present to coordinate.

 

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 53'.882     014° 31'.423

B                     35° 53'.540     014° 31'.156

C                     35° 53'.535     014° 31'.005

D                     35° 53'.456     014° 30'.864

E                      35° 53'.355     014° 30'.844

F                      35° 53'.136     014° 30'.412

 

and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart A found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

 

During the transit of the “HSC Maria Dolores", which will be conveying His Holiness from Deep Water Quay 5 to Mġarr Harbour, the “HSC Maria Dolores" will carry out manoeuvres within the Grand Harbour as shown on Chart C found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

 

All vessels moored within the designated areas A, B and C are to remain in position, but will be permitted to follow the “HSC Maria Dolores" following her departure from Deep Water Quay.

 

These vessels must, at all times, maintain a minimum distance of 100 metres from the “HSC Maria Dolores" and must never impede the safe passage of the vessel. In addition, they are to comply with the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea and with due regard to the observance of good seamanship.

 

Transit between the Grand Harbour and Mġarr Harbour

 

Vessels forming part of the convoy following the “HSC Maria Dolores" and any vessel joining the convoy must always maintain a minimum distance of 100 metres from the HSC and must never impede the safe passage of the vessel.

 

Mġarr Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that in connection with the visit in Mġarr Harbour of His Holiness Pope Francis on Saturday, 2nd April, 2022, the Mġarr Harbour will be restricted from 4.30 p.m. till 7.45 p.m.

 

Several areas are being designated to accommodate spectators as noted below:

 

4. East of North Breakwater,

5. South of South Breakwater,

 

Vessels intending to moor within the above areas are to be securely moored by not later than 4.00 p.m. on Saturday, 2nd April, 2022 in the area bound by the following coordinates. No spectator vessel will be permitted into these areas after this time. Enforcement Units will be present to coordinate.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

G                     36° 01'.610     014° 18'.137

H                     36° 01'.593     014° 18'.236

I                       36° 01'.546     014° 18'.225

J                      36° 01'.563     014° 18'.125

K                     36° 01'.482     014° 18'.111

L                      36° 01'.443     014° 18'.144

M                    36° 01'.349     014° 17'.977

N                     36° 01'.388     014° 17'.944

 

(as shown on Chart B on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt))

 

Vessels wishing to follow the Ro-Ro vessel “Ta' Pinu" on departure from Mġarr and any vessel joining the convoy must at all times, maintain a minimum distance of 100 metres from the Ro-Ro vessel “Ta' Pinu" and must never impede the safe passage of the vessel.

 

Any changes to the schedule will be communicated by VTS Valletta on channel 12 and Mġarr Port Control on channel 10.

 

Vessels are to comply with instructions issued by Transport Malta, Valletta VTS, Mġarr Port Control, the Armed Forces of Malta and the Police.

 

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

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 Datum.

 

29th March, 2022

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 25 of 2022

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 21 of 2022 re Translocation Operation of Cladocora Ceaspitosa within the Grand Harbour

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 21 of 2022.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that, due to unfavourable circumstances the work will not be completed within the time, as planned. The completion date is therefore being extended to Friday, 1st April, 2022.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 21 of 2022 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 21 of 2022 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

25th March, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 26 of 2022

 

Filming from Different Localities Breathless

 

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 between Tuesday, 29th March, 2022 and Wednesday, 30th March, 2022, from 6.00 a.m. till 6.00 p.m., both days.

 

Filming will be carried out from the following locations, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt):

 

Point A – Xgħajra

Point B – Il-Bajja ta' San Ġiljan

Point C – Il-Bajja ta' Għar id-Dud

 

If due to bad weather conditions filming cannot take place from these localities, it will be carried out from any of the following locations, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website  (www.transport.gov.mt)

 

Point D – Ir-Ramla taċ-Ċirkewwa

Point E – Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa

Point F – Il-Ponta taż-Żonqor

Point G – Il-Ħofriet

 

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

 

The RHIB Nautical 1 will be used during the filming while another safety boat/RHIB will be assisting during the filming. They are to be given a wide berth when sighted.

 

Mariners navigating in the vicinity of the indicated areas on the mentioned dates and times are requested to keep watch on VHF Channel 12/16 and are to cooperate with any instructions originating from the filming crew.

 

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.

 

Charts affected: BA 2537, 2538, 211.

 

25th March, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2022

 

Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light – UNRELIABLE

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

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

 

            Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

 

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

 

is UNRELIABLE.

 

25th March, 2022

 

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2022

 

Benthic Survey along Boiler Wharf in the Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a benthic survey will be carried out along Boiler Wharf in the Grand Harbour.

 

The survey will be carried out by divers on any day between Tuesday 22nd March, 2022 and Monday 18th April, 2022. The divers will display the International Code of Signals Flag A when diving is taking place.

 

The benthic survey will be carried out within the area A, B, C, D, and the intermediate coastline (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

 

The works will be coordinated by the Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS), the Traffic Management Unit (TMU) at Transport Malta and the contractor on site.

 

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

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

22nd March, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2022

 

Translocation of Maltese Top-shell (Gibbula nivosa) within Marsamxett Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that there will be a translocation operation of Maltese Top-shell (Gibbula nivosa) within Marsamxett Harbour.

 

The works consist of translocating the colonies of Maltese Top-shell (Gibbula nivosa) from within area 'A' (Valletta Waterpolo Pitch) to within area 'B' (Manoel Island), as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The translocation operation is expected to commence on any day from Tuesday, 22nd March, 2022 onwards and is expected to be completed by Monday, 18th April, 2022.

 

Divers will be performing the translocation and will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag A when diving is taking place.

The works will be coordinated between the Ferry Service operator and the contractor on site.

 

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

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

22nd March, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 14 of 2022

 

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 23rd and 24th March, 2022 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 Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th March, 2022, 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

 

22nd March, 2022

 

 

 

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 22 of 2022

 

Yachting Malta EurILCA MASTERS Regatta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC) will be organising the Yachting Malta EurILCA Masters sailing regatta.

 

The sailing regatta will be held off Tas-Sliema within area A, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), between Friday, 18th March, 2022 and Sunday, 20th March, 2022, from noon till 4.00 p.m. daily.

 

Inflatable marker buoys to indicate the racecourse within the abovementioned area shall be laid, from 11.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m., on each day of the races.

 

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

 

If due to wind conditions the sailing regatta cannot be held off Tas-Sliema, it will be held in Marsamxett Harbour within area B, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). The dates and times of the regatta will remain unchanged.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 2538, 2537.

 

18th March, 2021​


Local Notice to Mariners No. 21 of 2022

 

Translocation of Operation Cladocora Ceaspitosa within the Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that there will be a translocation operation of Cladocora Ceaspitosa (a type of coral) colonies within the Grand Harbour.

 

The works consist of translocating the colonies of Cladocora Ceaspitosa from Pinto Wharf 4 and 5 (point A) and, if found, from approximately 80m from Fuel Wharf (point B) to the following places:

 

Entrance to No. 1 Dock (point V),

 

Corner between Machinery Wharf and Oil Wharf (point W),

 

North end of Oil Wharf (point X),

Xatt ir-Risq (point Y), and/or

 

Il-Ponta ta' Bighi (point Z), positions as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The translocation operation is scheduled to start on Friday, 18th March, 2022, and be completed by Friday, 25th March, 2022. No work will be carried out on Saturday, 19th and Sunday, 20th March, 2022.

 

Divers will be preforming the translocation with the assistance of the vessel Lobster which will be displaying the International Code of Signals Flag A, during the diving operation.

 

In view of the above, mariners navigating in the abovementioned areas, are to proceed with caution and at very slow speed (no wake). They are to give the vessel Lobster a wide berth of at least 80m, when spotted.

 

Mariners are to cooperate with the contractor on site and comply with any instructions as may be given on VHF channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and/or any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

15th March, 2022

 


​TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2022

 

Slipway not Accessible at Ix-Xatt ta' Tax-Xbiex, Msida

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that refurbishment works are being carried out on the promanade and slipway at Ix-Xatt ta' Tax-Xbiex.

 

The works are to start with immediate effect and are expected to be completed by the end of June, 2022.

 

Due to such works, the slipway shown by a red circle on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) and centred on the below position, will not be accessable during the mentioned period:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

35° 53'.812                 014° 29'.569

 

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

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

11th March, 2022

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2022

 

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 16th to 18th March 2022 - 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 from Wednesday, 16th March, 2022 at 8.00 a.m. to Friday 18th March 2022 at 11.59 p.m.. All times are Local Mean Time (LMT) and the firing practice will be carried out during daytime and night time.

 

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

 

During the Live Firing Practice Red Flags (approximate size 2.5m x 2m) will be flown from the shore limits. After sunset the Red Flags will be replaced by Red Lights. Two safety vessels, exhibiting blue flashing lights, will be positioned on each side of the limits. Mariners are warned to keep, as a minimum, 4 Nautical miles off the coast when the flags, red lights or safety vessels are sighted.

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DAT

 

8th March, 2022

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TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2022

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 153 of 2021 Regarding Refurbishment Works on a Slipway at Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the refurbishment works on the slipway at Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara, mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 153 of 2021, has been completed.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 153 of 2021 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

4th March, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2022

 

Refurbishment Works on a Slipway at Qala San Marku

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the public that refurbishment work on a slipway at Qala San Marku will start with immediate effect and will continue until further notice.

 

The area within the imaginary lines A, B, C and the intermediate coastline, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), will become a work area and no vessel or sea craft is to enter this area.

 

 

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A         35° 56'.914     014° 26'.771

B         35° 56'.888     014° 26'.771

C         35° 56'.888     014° 26'.764

 

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

 

The work will be carried out from land and may include the deployment of divers. During the diving operation the International Code of Signals Flag A, will be displayed accordingly.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, proceed with caution, and at slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the above indicated area. They are to co-operate with the contractor on site. The slipway will not be accessible while the works are in progress.

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

4th March, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2022

 

Dolphins, Whales,Turtles, Sharks, Jellyfish Blooms and Alien Species Studies by the Conservation Biology Research Group of the University of Malta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the Conservation Biology Research Group of the University of Malta is conducting research on marine biodiversity within the Central Mediterranean Region around the Maltese Islands (from coastal to offshore) in respect of:

 

1) Dolphins, whales and turtle sightings

 

2) Sharks, rays sightings

 

3) Jellyfish blooms sightings

 

4) Alien species sightings or caught during fishing

 

Mariners are requested to cooperate and support the research by reporting sightings immediately as follows:

 

Email: Prof. Adriana Vella at (adriana.vella@um.edu.mt)

 

SMS/phone on mobile/WhatsApp: +356 9942 9592

 

Additionally, thanks to support by the NGO BICREF, one may also send information to (http://bicref.org/notices-to-mariners/).

 

The information required includes the following:

 

a) Date and time of observation;

 

b) Number of dolphins/whales/turtles/sharks/blooms of jellyfish/alien species;

 

c) Location of sighting (including GPS coordinates if possible);

d) Photos/videos whenever possible to allow for identification of the species.

 

The participation of mariners in such a long-term initiative is necessary to ensure regular updates supporting monitoring of Maltese waters to devise an early warning system for bathers and assist in Mediterranean-wide marine conservation.

 

 

4th March, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2022

 

Refurbishment Works on a Slipway at Il-Bajja tal-Ġnejna

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that refurbishment works on a slipway at Il-Bajja tal-Ġnejna will start with immediate effect and will continue until further notice.

 

The refurbishment works will be centred on point A and will be carried out by divers who will be assisted by the vessel Gold Dredger which will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag A, during the diving operations.

 

A working area centred on point A and of radius of 100m, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), will be established while works are being carried out.

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A         35° 55'.268     014° 20'.405

 

Due to this work, all vessels within the abovementioned working area and any others which may obstruct the safe passage of the Gold Dredger, are to be removed while the work is being carried out.

 

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

 

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. The slipway will not be accessible while the works are in progress.

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

4th March, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 19 of 2022

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2022 Regarding Hydrographic (Multi-beam) Survey in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2022.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to unfavourable circumstances the work will not be completed within the time, as planned. The completion date is therefore being extended to the end of March 2022.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2022 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2022 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

4th March, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2022

 

Cancellation of Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2022 regarding Marsaskala End of Jetty Light

Temporarily Removed

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 2538 – Malta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Marsaskala end of jetty light mentioned in Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2022 has been re-established and is functioning properly.

 

Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2022 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

 

4th March, 2022

 

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 14 of 2022

 

Filming from Different Localities Deep Fear March 2022

 

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 between Friday, 4th March, 2022 and Saturday, 9th April, 2022, from 5.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. every day.

 

Filming will be carried out at the following locations as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) and also at the Grand Harbour, Marsaxlokk Bay and Hurds Bank and while transiting between the same locations:

 

Point A            Ras in-Niexfa

Point B            Il-Bajja taċ-Ċirkewwa

Point C            Ras in-Newwiela

Point D            Il-Port tal-Imġarr

Point E            Ras il-Qala

Point F            Daħlet ix-Xilep

Point G            Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa

 

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

 

The vessels Warriors Tate, Silver Charm, Sahara Z3, Abbot and Maria C will be used during the filming and are to be given a wide berth when sighted.

 

Mariners navigating in the vicinity of the indicated areas on the mentioned dates and times are requested to keep watch on VHF Channel 12/16 and are to cooperate with any instructions originating from the filming crew.

 

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.

 

Charts affected: BA 2537, 211.

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2022

 

Removal of wreck at Fuel Wharf in the Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that the wreck at Fuel Wharf in the Grand Harbour, is being removed.

 

The removal will take place between Monday, 28th February and Monday, 14th March, 2022.

 

The work will be carried out by the vessel MV Gold Dredger, which will be lifting fragmented sections of the wreckage onto a truck to be transported away from Fuel Wharf.

 

The wreck is in the approximate position A, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

            35° 53'.007     014° 30'.253

 

A boom will be laid while the works are being carried out.

 

Once the wreck has been removed, a survey by divers will be carried out. The International Code of Signals flag 'A' will be displayed during the diving operation. A safety distance of 100 meters from the indicated area, is required.

 

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 cooperate with the contractor and any enforcement personnel on site.

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

25th February, 2022

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2022

 

Further works as part of the PEACE MED Submarine Cable Laying of the Malta Branching Unit – Inshore

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 184 of 2021.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that further works as part of the PEACE MED Submarine Cable Laying of the Malta Branching Unit – Inshore, at Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa, will commence on Tuesday, 22nd February, 2022, and are expected to be completed by Monday, 28th February, 2022.

 

The work, which will be carried out during daylight hours only and with the use of an excavator located on the foreshore, shall consists of the burial of the submarine cable into the sand. The work area will extend up to 30m from the shore.

 

The works do not require the use of any vessels, however, divers, will be monitoring the works underwater. Appropriate signals in accordance with the requirements of the Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (Signal Flag 'A') shall be exhibited accordingly.

 

A safety distance of 15m is required from the excavator and divers as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

 

 

22nd February, 2022

 

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​Local Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2022

 

Maintenance works near slipway at Il-Bajja tal-Ġnejna

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that maintenance works will be carried out near the slipway at Il-Bajja tal-Ġnejna.

 

The work, which should only take a few days to be completed, is expected to start at any time after Tuesday, 22nd February, 2022, and should be completed by Tuesday, 22nd March, 2022. The work will require good weather conditions for a series of consecutive days.

 

For these works a safety zone was formed between the points A to B, C to D and the intermediate coastline, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). Divers will lay a silt curtain within this area.

 

Due to the above, the slipway will not be accessible and all vessels within the mentioned area, are to be removed while the works are being carried out.

 

Mariners and owners of vessels are to proceed at very low speed (no wake) when navigating close to the area and are to co-operate with the contractor on site.

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 2537, 2538

 

18th February, 2022

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2022

 

Marsaskala End of Jetty Light Temporarily Removed

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 2538 – Malta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Marsaskala end of jetty light, flashing 3 red every 3 seconds (pole mounted) in the following position:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

35° 51'.912                 014° 34'.097

 

has been TEMPORARILY REMOVED.

 

18th February, 2022

 


 

Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2022

 

Cancellation of Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2022 Regarding Merkanti Reef,  East Cardinal Light – UNLIT

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light mentioned in Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2022 has been repaired and is functioning properly.

 

Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2022 is hereby CANCELLED

 

11th February, 2022

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 10 of 2022

 

ROV Survey of the Malta-Sicily Interconnector Submarine Cable Nexans 2022

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a survey will be carried out with the use of a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) equipped with video recorder and multibeam echo sounder. This survey will be carried out by the vessel Havila Phoenix and her ancillary equipment.

 

Weather permitting the survey is planned to commence on Sunday, 13th February, 2022, and be completed by Monday, 21st February, 2022, along the route between the following coordinates:

 

Turning Point                         Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

1 (Malta – Qalet Marku)          35° 56'.560                 014° 26'.960

2                                              35° 56'.710                 014° 27'.020

3                                              35° 56'.810                014° 27'.000

4                                              35° 57'.390                 014° 27'.220

5                                              35° 57'.700                 014° 27'.260

6                                              35° 59'.450                 014° 29'.360

7                                              36° 02'.550                 014° 30'.630

8                                              36° 12'.640                 014° 33'.280

9                                              36° 22'.910                 014° 33'.900

10                                            36° 27'.505                 014° 32'.270

11                                            36° 30'.980                 014° 30'.820

12                                            36° 35'.040                 014° 30'.800

13                                            36° 37'.775                 014° 32'.542

14                                            36° 39'.640                 014° 34'.400

15 (Sicily –                             36° 46'.650                 014° 34'.240

Marina di Ragusa)

 

Since the vessel will be towing an ROV, she will be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre.

 

Mariners are instructed to navigate with caution when the above-mentioned vessel Havila Phoenix is sighted and maintain a safe distance of 0.75 nautical miles from the vessels.

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 194, 2123, 2124, 2537, 2538 and Int. 301

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

11th February, 2022​


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2022

 

Hydrographic (multi-beam) survey in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a hydrographic (multi-beam) survey will be carried out in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk.

 

The multibeam hydrographic survey will be held between Wednesday, 9th February, 2022 and Tuesday, 8th March, 2022, and will be within the area as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The survey will be carried out in all areas of Marsaxlokk Bay that are accessible and safe for the survey vessel to manoeuvre.

 

The support vessels Beezer will be used during the survey, therefore a wide berth of 25m is requested. The support vessel will be moving slowly and will display the International Code of Signals Flag D during the survey.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speed. All vessels shall give the above support vessel Beezer a wide berth and shall cooperate with the survey team.

 

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

Chart affected: BA 36

 

8th February, 2022

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2022

 

Fireworks – Feast of St Paul Shipwreck – Valletta – 2022

 

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'Iermu (point A). Ground fireworks displays 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 Wednesday, 9th February, 2022, from 10.30 p.m. till 11.30 p.m.,

 

On Thursday, 10th February, 2022, from 8.00 a.m. till 8.10 a.m.

from 11.50 a.m. till 12.15 p.m. and

from 6.00 p.m. till 8.30 p.m.

 

From point B:

 

On Tuesday, 8th February, 2022, from 9.30 p.m. till 10.30 p.m.

 

On Wednesday, 9th February, 2022, from 10.00 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 50m (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.

 

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 Chart 177

 

8th February, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 10 of 2022

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 204 of 2021 regarding  Submerged Boat at Il-Magħluq – Danger to Navigation

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk and Approaches

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the submerged vessel mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 204 of 2021 has been lifted from the sea bottom and has been transferred to land. The wreck is no longer a danger to navigation.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 204 of 2021 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

8th February, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2022

 

Cancellation of Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2022  regarding Malta and Tunisia NAVTEX service is temporarily suspended

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Malta (O) and Tunisia (T) NAVTEX service has been restored and messages are being transmitted as scheduled.

 

Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2022 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

 

8th February, 2022

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2022

 

Yachting Malta BSC International Regatta 2022

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Birżebbuġa Sailing Club shall be holding the Yachting Malta BSC International Regatta 2022 between Thursday, 10th February and Sunday, 13th February, 2022.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Masters of all craft not directly involved in this event are asked to keep clear of the racing area, especially at each of the turning marks. All mariners are to observe any instructions  given by the Race Organisers safety crafts and on VHF Channels 14 and/or 16 by Marsaxlokk VTS.

 

Charts affected: BA 36, 2538

 

4th February, 2022

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No.7 of 2022

 

Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light – UNLIT

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

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

 

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

35° 55'.490     014° 29'.850

 

is UNLIT.

 

4th February, 2022​​

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TRANSPORT MALTA

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2022

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 172 of 2021  regarding Repair Works by Infrastructure Malta on Mġarr Quay Edge Gozo

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 172 of 2021.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to unfavourable circumstances the work will not be completed within the time, as planned. Therefore, the completion date for Phase 1 is being extended to mid-February, 2022, while the completion date of Phase 2 is being extended to end of February 2022. The whole project, including Phase 3, is still expected to be completed by Saturday 30th April, 2022

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 172 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 172 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537

 

28th January, 2022

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2022

 

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 31st January, 2022 – 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 Monday, 31st January, 2022, with extended hours from 4.30 p.m. till 10.30 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

 

25th January, 2022

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2022

 

Malta and Tunisia NAVTEX Service – is Temporarily Suspended

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Malta (O) and Tunisia (T) NAVTEX service is temporarily suspended.

 

While every effort is being made to resume transmitting NAVTEX messages as soon as possible, during the period of no transmission, Malta Navigational Warnings will be promulgated by voice, on radio, as follows:

 

Malta Vessel Traffic Service (Malta VTS) on VHF Channel 16 at 10.03 a.m., 4.03 p.m. and 9.03 p.m. (UTC) daily.

 

21st January, 2022

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Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2022

 

Chart Correction New coastline and pontoons configuration and Corrected Soundings

at Il-Port tal-Imġarr, Gozo

 

Reference is made to BA Charts 211D – Gozo – Il-Port tal-Imġarr

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that dredging works and alterations to the coastline and pontoons configuration at Il-Port tal-Imġarr, Gozo, have been completed.

 

The new coastline and pontoons configuration and the corrected depths are as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Chart affected: BA 211D

 

18th January, 2022

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2022

 

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 24th January, 2022 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 Monday, 24th January, 2022, with extended hours from 4.30 p.m. till 10.30 p.m. (local time).

 

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

 

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

 

From Position A

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

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

 

a radius of 4 nautical miles to points

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

18th January, 2022

 

 



TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2022

 

Conservation Areas around Wrecks – Updated January 2022

 

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:

 

Lokazzjoni                  Bastiment                               Punt    Latitudni (T) Lonġitudni (L)

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

 

Lil hinn mix-Xatt       MV Xlendi                              A         36° 01'.067     014° 16'.967

l-Aħmar                      Cominoland                            B         36° 01'.083     014° 17'.367

Off Xatt l-Aħmar         Karwela                                  C         36° 00'.867     014° 17'.367

                                                                                    D         36° 00'.867     014° 16'.983

 

Marsakala                   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

 

Lil hinn mill-              Imperial Eagle                        A         35° 57'.983     014° 26'.033

Ponta tal-Qawra                                                          B         35° 57'.833     014° 26'.233

Off Qawra point                                                          C         35° 57'.683     014° 26'.033

                                                                                    D         35° 57'.833     014° 25'.850                                                           

Lil hinn                       Rożi                                        A         35° 59'.224     014° 19'.645

miċ-Ċirkewwa             P29                                          B         35° 59'.148     014° 19'.555

Off Ċirkewwa                                                              C         35° 59'.299     014° 19'.365

                                                                                    D         35° 59'.491     014° 19'.588

                                                                                    E          35° 59'.387     014° 19'.716                                   

 

Lil hinn minn              Blenheim                                A         35° 50'.267     014° 34'.467

Xrobb l-Għaġin          bomber                                    B         35° 50'.117     014° 34'.667

Off Xrobb l-Għaġin                                                    C         35° 49'.950     014° 34'.467

                                                                                    D         35° 50'.117     014° 34'.283

                                                           

Lil hinn mill-ponta     Bristol                                     A         35° 55'.617     014° 30'.183

tal-Exiles                    Beaufighter                             B         35° 55'.467     014° 30'.367

Off Exiles point                                                           C         35° 55'.300     014° 30'.183

                                                                                    D         35° 55'.467     014° 29'.983

                                                           

Lil hinn mill-ponta     Tug 2                                       100m radju iċċentrat fuq

ta' San Ġiljan                                                              100m radius centred on

Off il-Ponta ta'                                                           35° 55'.228     014° 29'.927

San Ġiljan                                          

 

Entratura ta'                P 31                                         200m radju iċċentrat fuq

Nofsinhar ta'                                                               200m radius centred on

Bejn il-Kmieni                                                           36° 00'.540     014° 19'.387

South entrance                                   

of Blue Lagoon                                              

 

Lil hinn mill-Ponta     Anadrian                                 100m radju iċċentrat fuq

ta' San Ġorġ                                                                100m radius centred on                                 

Off Saint George's                                                      35° 56'.967     014° 30'.466

Point                                                  

 

Lil hinn mill-Ponta     Barkun 1

tal-Qawra                    Barge 1                                   100m radju iċċentrat fuq

Off Il-Ponta                                                                 100m radius centred on

Tal-Qawra                                                                  35° 58'.743     014° 29'.606                          

 

Lil hinn mill-Ponta     Barkun 2

tal-Qawra                    Barge 2                                   100m radju iċċentrat fuq

Off Il-Ponta                                                                 100m radius centred on

Tal-Qawra                                                                  35° 58'.684     014° 28'.735

           

Lil hinn minn Ras       Scotts Craig                            100m radju iċċentrat fuq

il-Qammieħ                                                                100m radius centred on                     

Off Ras                                                                        35° 57'.853     014° 20'.000  

Il-Qammieħ    

 

Lil hinn minn

Daħlet ix-Xile             MV Pippo                               100m radju iċċentrat fuq       

Off Daħlet                                                                   100m radius centred on

ix-Xile                                                                         35° 59'.184     014° 23'.702

 

Lil hinn minn              HMS Stubborn                        100m radju iċċentrat fuq

Selmunett                                                                   100m radius centred on                     

Off Selmunett                                                             35° 58'.958     014° 26'.772

 

 

These areas are considered as 'No Stopping Areas'. Anchoring is allowed to divers' vessels ONLY after pre-notification to the Valletta VTS on VHF Channel 12. Masters of diving support vessels are to ensure that the appropriate signals in accordance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea, and the International Code of Signals, are shown at all times. Furthermore, spear fishing and the use of fishing gear such as set bottom lines, trammel nets, gill nets and entangling nets, encircling nets, demersal pots and traps are prohibited in these areas. Only surface fishing is allowed including trolling lines (rixa) and angling for pelagic fish.

 

Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2019 is hereby SUPERSEDED

 

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

 

Positions are referred to WGS84 DATUM.

 

14th January, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2022

 

Ranking Event for SB20 Class of Sailing Boats

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a ranking event for SB20 class of sailing boats will be held on Saturday, 15th and Sunday, 16th January, 2022, in Marsamxett Harbour.

 

Races shall be held from 10.00 a.m. till 2.30 p.m. (local time) on both days.

 

The ranking event shall be held over two (2) adjacent upwind/downwind courses, within the area A, B and C, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The courses shall be defined by big yellow inflatable marks (waypoints) around which the competitors shall have to sail.

 

The safety RHIB Pelagos, will be assisting during the event. The organisers will be directing the races from onboard the safety RHIB.

 

Masters of all craft, not directly involved in this ranking event, are asked to keep clear of the turning marks and to cooperate with the organisers. 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 event.

 

All mariners are to observe any instructions that may be given by the event organisers safety craft and on VHF Channels 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS.

 

Chart effected: BA 177

 

14th January, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2022

 

Repair Works on the Light at the Breakwater Head in St George's Bay, Birżebbuġa

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that repair works will be carried out on the light at the breakwater head in St George's Bay, Birżebbuġa.

 

The repair works are expected to start on Tuesday 18th January, 2022; therefore, the light will be UNLIT until further notice.

 

All mariners are also advised, when approaching the breakwater, to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at very slow speed (no wake). They are to cooperate with the contractor and to comply with any instructions issued on VHF Channel 14 and/or 16 by Marsaxlokk VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

14th January, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2022

 

Misuse of Distress Signals

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that, in line with the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGS), as amended, all mariners should be familiar in the use and in the ability to recognise and relay when necessary 'Distress Signals'. All vessels shall, prior to their launch and use, be provided with adequate means of making effective distress signals by day and night.

 

The distress signals shall be used ONLY for the purpose of indicating distress at sea and the need of immediate assistance. The misuse of any signal, or the use of other signals which may be confused with any of the below, is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

 

COLREGS Annex IV – Distress Signals is being reproduced below.

 

COLREGS 1972, as amended – Annex IV – Distress signals

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(c) rockets or shells, throwing red stars fired one at a time at short intervals;

(d) a signal made by any signalling method consisting of the group ··· --- ··· (SOS) in the Morse Code;

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(i) VHF channel 70, or

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(o) approved signals transmitted by radiocommunication systems, including survival craft radar transponders.

 

2. The use or exhibition of any of the foregoing signals except for the purpose of indicating distress and need of assistance and the use of other signals which may be confused with any of the above signals, is prohibited.

 

3. Attention is drawn to the relevant sections of the International Code of Signals, the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual, Volume III and the following signals:

 

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

(b) a dye marker.

 

In addition, the Ports and Yachting Directorate notifies that the use of any signals similar to, or the use of other signals which may be confused with, any of the above signals for reasons that DO NOT relate to indicating distress and the need for assistance, are to be pre-notified to the Authority in its functions of a Port Authority accordingly.

 

All mariners are reminded that the improper use of distress signals and failure to respond to or relay a distress signal is deemed as an offence and liable, upon conviction, to a fine (multa) or imprisonment or both.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 93 of 2019 is hereby superseded

 

14th January, 2022

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2022

 

Chart Correction Conservation Area at Marsaskala

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 2538 – Malta

and BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk and Approaches

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the following changes have been made to the Conservation Area at Il-Ponta taż-Żonqor in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala.

 

 

                                                                                               

                                                                                                Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

            Insert  limit of conservation area, joining:                35° 52'.080    014° 34'.473

                                                                                                35° 52'.100    014° 34'.550

                                                                                                35° 51'.916    014° 34'.642

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

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

 

            Delete old limit, joining:                                            35° 52'.080    014° 34'.473

                                                                                                35° 52'.100    014° 34'.550

                                                                                                35° 51'.900    014° 34'.650

                                                                                                35° 51'.817    014° 34'.417

                                                                                                35° 52'.017    014° 34'.300

 

 

Charts affected: BA 2538, 36

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

14th January, 2022

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 1 of 2022

 

Cumulative List of Local Notices to Mariners for 2022

 

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 Nos. 2, 26, 132 of 2020 and 182 of 2021

 

Re: Restricted areas round Malta due to danger of falling rocks

 

2. Local Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2020

 

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

 

3. Local Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2020

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

 

4. Local Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2020

 

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

 

5. Local Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2020

 

Re: Safe distance from diver's flags signal

 

6. Local Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2020

 

Re: Noise levels on board commercial vessels

 

7. Local Notice to Mariners No. 10 of 2020

 

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

 

8. Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2021

 

Re: Conduct of Small Craft inside Maltese harbours

 

 

9. Local Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2021

 

Re: Refurbishment works on slipway and adjacent jetty at Ir-Ramla tal-Bir in Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna

 

10. Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2021

 

Re: Refurbishment works along the quays and stairs at Tal-Għażżelin in Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl

 

11. Local Notice to Mariners No. 21 of 2021

 

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

 

12. Local Notice to Mariners No. 43 of 2021

 

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

 

13. Local Notice to Mariners No. 48 of 2021

 

Re: Demarcation of Designated Areas in Xemxija (Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl)

 

14. Local Notice to Mariners No. 70 of 2021

 

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

 

15. Local Notice to Mariners No. 95 of 2021

 

Re: Illicit discharges

 

16. Local Notice to Mariners No. 100 of 2021

 

Re: Refurbishment works on the breakwater at St Georges Bay, Birżebbuġa

 

17. Local Notice to Mariners No. 120 of 2021

 

Re: Official Nautical Charts and Notices to Mariners

 

18. Local Notice to Mariners No. 153 of 2021

 

Re: Refurbishment works on a slipway at Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara

 

19. Local Notice to Mariners No. 154 of 2021

 

Re: Refurbishment works on a slipway at Triq il Luzzu, Qawra

 

20. Local Notice to Mariners No. 155 of 2021

 

Re: Dredging at Birżebbuġa next to Triq San Patrizju (Fishermen Platform)

 

21. Local Notice to Mariners No. 160 of 2021

 

Re: Reconstruction works on the dilapidated pier at Għajn Rażul, St Paul's Bay

 

4th January, 2022

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 1 of 2022

 

Cumulative List of Notices to Mariners for 2022

 

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. 2 of 2020

 

Re: Information and Promulgation of Notices to Mariners

 

2. Notice to Mariners No. 44 of 2020

 

Re: Life Arċipelagu Garnija Project – Restrictions areas around Malta

 

3. Notice to Mariners No. 45 of 2020

 

Re: Restricted Area between Ponta tal-Aħrax and Daħlet ix-Xilep

 

4. Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2021

 

Re: Lay up of rig Key Singapore

 

5. Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2021

 

Re: Radio Frequency Interference to the Global Navigational Satellite Service (GNSS)

 

6. Notice to Mariners No. 19 of 2021

 

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

 

7. Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2021

 

Re: Amendment to Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2008 – re – Designated VHF channels for maritime communications

 

8. Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2021

 

Re: Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges

 

4th January, 2022

 

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 207 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2021 regarding Extension of Ro-Ro Ramp between Deep Water Quay and Wine Wharf

 

Reference is made to Local Notices to Mariners Nos 24, 60, 129 and 176 of 2021.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to unfavourable circumstances the work will not be completed within the time as planned. The completion date is therefore being extended to end of March 2022.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

 

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

 

Local Notices to Mariners Nos 60, 129 and 176 of 2021 are hereby CANCELLED.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

31st December, 2021

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

​Local Notice to Mariners No. 205 of 2021

 

Fireworks Display from Fort Ricasoli in the Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a fireworks display will be let off from Fort Ricasoli, point A (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt)) on the following date and time:

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 53'.886     014° 31'.437

 

On Friday, 31st December, 2021, from midnight till 00.10 a.m.

 

Mariners are to keep a safe distance of at least 200 metres from the position indicated. They are also to maintain a wide berth and to comply with any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 when entering and navigating into the Grand Harbour, close to or at the time of the display.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Chart effected: BA Chart 177

 

28th December, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 206 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 184 of 2021 regarding Peace Med Submarine Cable Laying of Malta Branching Unit Inshore

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 184 of 2021.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to unforeseen weather conditions the work will not be completed in time, therefore the completion date is being extended to Saturday, 22nd January, 2022.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 184 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 184 of 2021 will remain valid.

Local Notice to Mariners No. 191 of 2021 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

 

28th December, 2021

 

 

 


Local Notice to Mariners No. 200 of 2021

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners Nos. 012, 17 and 26 of 2019 and Nos 51 and 73 of 2020 regarding Dredging and Other Works at Mġarr Harbour Gozo

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 211 – Plans in the Maltese Islands

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Dredging and other works at Mġarr Harbour – Gozo, mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners Nos 12, 17 and 26 of 2019 and Nos 51 and 73 of 2020 have been completed.

 

Local Notice to Mariners Nos 12, 17 and 26 of 2019 and Nos 51 and 73 of 2020 are hereby CANCELLED.

 

24th December, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 201 of 2021

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 152 of 2021 regarding Shifting of boulders at Xgħajra

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 2538 – Malta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Shifting of boulders at Xgħajra mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 152 of 2021 has been completed.

Local Notice to Mariners No. 152 of 2021 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

24th December, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 202 of 2021

 

Fireworks (Stage Pyrotechnics) Display from Pinto Wharf 1 and 2 at the Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that fireworks (Stage Pyrotechnics) will be let off from Pinto Wharf 1 and 2 at the Grand Harbour (point A as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

 

The short fireworks display will be let off from the edge of the wharf (seaward side) on Friday, 31st December, 2021 starting at 11.58 p.m. for about 10 minutes.

 

Mariners are informed that a safety distance of 15 meters from the letting off site at The Grand Harbour is required.

 

Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12 and/or by any enforcement agency on site, are to be complied with

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

24th December, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 203 of 2021

 

Removal of Temporary Pontoons along the Main Breakwater in Mġarr Harbour, Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that the temporary pontoon established by Local Notice to Mariners number 23 of 2020 is being removed, any day, between Monday, 3rd January, 2022 and Saturday 15th January 2022.

 

The removal of the temporary pontoons will involve the engagement of divers. The pontoon will then be loaded onto the work barge MV Gold Dredger which will transport it to the Grand Harbour where it will be unloaded onto the land.

 

During the removal and loading on to the MV Gold Dredger a safety distance of 25m from the pontoon is requested, shown as A, B, C and D as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). During the diving operations the barge will exhibit the flag 'A' and any other signals deemed necessary, in accordance with the Regulations for the prevention of Collisions at sea, COLREGS 72 as amended.

 

Mariners are to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at very slow speed giving the indicated areas a wide berth and cooperate with the contractor. They are also to comply with any instructions given on VHF channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and to co-operate with the contractor and any Enforcement Personnel on site.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2020 regarding Laying of Temporary pontoons along the Main Breakwater in Mgarr Harbour , Gozo, is hereby CANCELLED

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

24th December, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 204 of 2021

 

Submerged boat at Il-Magħluq, Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk – Hazard to Navigation

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk and Approaches

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the semi-submerged vessel mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 175 of 2021 in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk in the vicinity of:

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

            35° 50'.410     014° 32'.761

 

has now foundered and lies below the surface on the sea bottom.

 

Whilst every effort is being made to refloat the vessel as soon as possible, mariners are to give a wide berth of at least 30m, from the above position which is indicated by a small buoy.

 

They are to navigate with caution and keep a sharp lookout when navigating in the vicinity.

 

Due to the above Local Notice to mariners No. 175 of 2021 is hereby CANCELLED

 

Position in: WGS 84 Datum.

 

Chart affected: BA Chart 36

 

24th December, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 43 of 2021

 

Cancellation of Notice to Mariners No 41 of 2021 regarding Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light – UNRELIABLE

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light mentioned in Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2021 has been repaired and is functioning properly.

 

Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2021 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

 

24th December, 2021

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 194 of 2021

 

Drilling of Two (2) boreholes (Sediment Testing) in St Julian's Bay

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the drilling of two (2) boreholes (sediment testing) will be carried out in St Julian's Bay.

 

The drilling works will be carried out at points S1 and S2 as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

S1        35° 54'.993     014° 29'.662

S2        35° 55'.020     014° 29'.652

 

The works, which will take one day to be completed, will be carried out any day between Tuesday, 21st December, 2021 and Friday, 31st December, 2021, depending on weather conditions.

 

Works will be carried out from the barge Bezz V which will be accompanied by the tugboat Tug 46. The barge may deploy anchors to hold it in position 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.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp look-out, navigate with caution and at very slow speed and give the indicated vessels a wide berth.

 

They are also to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and to co-operate with the contractor on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

21st December, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 195 of 2021

 

Fireworks Display in Rinella Bay, Kalkara – The Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that fireworks will be let off in Rinella Bay, Kalkara Creek – The Grand Harbour (shown as point A on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)), on the date and times as follows:

 

On Sunday, 26th December, 2021, from 8.00 a.m. till noon.

 

In view of the above, mariners are requested to give a wide berth of 200 meters from point A in Rinella Bay, Kalkara (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)). All vessels within 200 meters radius from point A are to be removed on the abovementioned date and time of the display.

 

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

 

21st December, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 196 of 2021

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2021 Regarding marine works off Ħondoq

ir-Rummien Bay, Gozo

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 211 – Plans in the Maltese Islands

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the marine works off Ħondoq ir-Rummien Bay, Gozo, mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2021 have been completed.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2021 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

21st December, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 197 of 2021

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 45 of 2020 Regarding Re-construction Works of Two Jetties in Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 2538 – Malta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the re-construction works of two jetties in Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 45 of 2020 have been completed.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 45 of 2020 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

21st December, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 198 of 2021

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 46 of 2020 regarding shallow patch in front of slipway at Wied il-Bumi in Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Shallow patch in front of slipway at Wied il-Bumi in Il-Bajja ta' Birżebbuġa mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 46 of 2020 has been removed.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 46 of 2020 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

21st December, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 199 of 2021

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 78 of 2021 regarding Establishment of an Organised Mooring Area in Lazzaretto Creek – Marsamxett Harbour

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the establishment of an organised mooring area in Lazzaretto Creek – Marsamxett Harbour, mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 78 of 2021 has been completed.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 78 of 2021 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

21st December, 2021

 

 

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 191 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 184 of 2021 re PEACE MED Submarine Cable Laying of Malta Branching Unit Inshore

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 184 of 2021

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to unforeseen weather conditions the work will not be completed in time, therefore the completion date is being extended to Friday, 31st December, 2021.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 184 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 184 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

17th December, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 192 of 2021

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2020  regarding the Refurbishment of Slipway Adjacent to Cold War Memorial Monument at Birzebbuġa, in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the refurbishment of slipway adjacent to Cold War Memorial Monument at Birzebbuġa in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2020 has been completed.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2020 is hereby CANCELLED

 

17th December, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 193 of 2021

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 69 of 2021 Regarding Maintenance Dredging

Works at Salina Bay

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 211B – Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Maintenance dredging works at Salina Bay mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 69 of 2021 have been completed.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 69 of 2021 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

17th December, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 40 of 2021

 

Chart Correction Coastline (Ferry Landing) in Id-Daħla ta' Tas-Sliema at Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the following changes have been made to the coastline in Id-Daħla ta' Tas-Sliema at Il-Port ta' Marsamxett.

 

                                                                                                Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

Insert new coastline, joining                        (a)                   35° 54'.524                014° 30'.310

                                                                                                35° 54'.514                014° 30'.303

                                                                                                35° 54'.512                014° 30'.308

                                                                                                35° 54'.501                014° 30'.300

                                                                                                35° 54'.496                014° 30'.309

                                                                                                35° 54'.509                014° 30'.319

                                                                                                35° 54'.496                014° 30'.344

                                                                        (b)                   35° 54'.499                014° 30'.348

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

17th December, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2021

 

Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light – UNRELIABLE

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

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

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

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

 

IS UNRELIABLE.

 

17th December, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 42 of 2021

 

Chart Correction Coastline (Ferry Landing) in Id-Daħla tad-Dockyard at il-Port Il-Kbir

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the following changes have been made to the coastline in Id-Daħla tad-Dockyard at Il-Port il-Kbir.

 

                                                                                               

                                                                                                Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

Insert new coastline, joining                        (a)                   35° 54'.524                014° 30'.310

                                                                                                35° 54'.514                014° 30'.303

                                                                                                35° 54'.512                014° 30'.308

                                                                                                35° 54'.501                014° 30'.300

                                                                                                35° 54'.496                014° 30'.309

                                                                                                35° 54'.509                014° 30'.319

                                                                                                35° 54'.496                014° 30'.344

                                                                        (b)                   35° 54'.499                014° 30'.348

 

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

 

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

17th December, 2021

 

 

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 191 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 184 of 2021 re PEACE MED Submarine Cable Laying of Malta Branching Unit Inshore

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 184 of 2021

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to unforeseen weather conditions the work will not be completed in time, therefore the completion date is being extended to Friday, 31st December, 2021.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 184 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 184 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

17th December, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 192 of 2021

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2020  regarding the Refurbishment of Slipway Adjacent to Cold War Memorial Monument at Birzebbuġa, in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the refurbishment of slipway adjacent to Cold War Memorial Monument at Birzebbuġa in Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2020 has been completed.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2020 is hereby CANCELLED

 

17th December, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 193 of 2021

 

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 69 of 2021 Regarding Maintenance Dredging

Works at Salina Bay

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 211B – Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Maintenance dredging works at Salina Bay mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 69 of 2021 have been completed.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 69 of 2021 is hereby CANCELLED.

 

17th December, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 40 of 2021

 

Chart Correction Coastline (Ferry Landing) in Id-Daħla ta' Tas-Sliema at Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the following changes have been made to the coastline in Id-Daħla ta' Tas-Sliema at Il-Port ta' Marsamxett.

 

                                                                                                Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

Insert new coastline, joining                        (a)                   35° 54'.524                014° 30'.310

                                                                                                35° 54'.514                014° 30'.303

                                                                                                35° 54'.512                014° 30'.308

                                                                                                35° 54'.501                014° 30'.300

                                                                                                35° 54'.496                014° 30'.309

                                                                                                35° 54'.509                014° 30'.319

                                                                                                35° 54'.496                014° 30'.344

                                                                        (b)                   35° 54'.499                014° 30'.348

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

17th December, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2021

 

Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light – UNRELIABLE

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

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

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

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

 

IS UNRELIABLE.

 

17th December, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 42 of 2021

 

Chart Correction Coastline (Ferry Landing) in Id-Daħla tad-Dockyard at il-Port Il-Kbir

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the following changes have been made to the coastline in Id-Daħla tad-Dockyard at Il-Port il-Kbir.

 

                                                                                               

                                                                                                Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

Insert new coastline, joining                        (a)                   35° 54'.524                014° 30'.310

                                                                                                35° 54'.514                014° 30'.303

                                                                                                35° 54'.512                014° 30'.308

                                                                                                35° 54'.501                014° 30'.300

                                                                                                35° 54'.496                014° 30'.309

                                                                                                35° 54'.509                014° 30'.319

                                                                                                35° 54'.496                014° 30'.344

                                                                        (b)                   35° 54'.499                014° 30'.348

 

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

 

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

17th December, 2021

 

 

 

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 190 of 2021

 

Ranking Event for SB20 Class of Sailing Boats

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta would like to notify mariners that a ranking event for SB20 class of sailing boats will be held on Saturday, 11th and Sunday, 12th December, 2021.

 

Races shall be held from 10.00 a.m. till 2.30 p.m. (local time) on both days.

 

The ranking event shall be held over two (2) adjacent upwind / downwind courses, within the area A, B and C, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The courses shall be defined by big yellow inflatable marks (waypoints) around which the competitors shall have to sail.

 

The safety RHIB “PELAGOS" will be assisting during the event. The organisers will be directing the races from onboard the safety RHIB.

 

If due to bad weather conditions the activities cannot be held on the above-mentioned dates, they will be held on Saturday, 8th and Sunday, 9th January, 2022 at the same times.

 

Masters of all craft, not directly involved in this Ranking Event, are asked to keep clear of the turning marks and to cooperate with the organisers. 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 event. 

 

All mariners are to observe any instructions that may be given by the event organisers safety craft and on VHF Channels 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS.

 

Chart effected: BA 177

 

10th December, 2021




Local Notice to Mariners No. 189 of 2021

 

Malta Young Sailors Club – Euromed International

Regatta – Mellieha Bay – December 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Malta Young Sailors Club will be holding the Euromed Sailing Championship 2021, between Friday, 10th December, 2021 and Tuesday, 21st December, 2021.

 

The activity will take place in Mellieħa Bay and its approaches, in an area delineated by the imaginary lines A to B and B to C as shown on 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 between 8.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m., on each day of the activity.

 

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

 

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 211, 2538, 2537.

 

7th December, 2021​


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 188 of 2021

 

Diving Survey Along the Quay at Fuel Wharf in Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that a diving survey will be held along the quays at Fuel Wharf in the Grand Harbour.

 

The diving survey will take place between Monday, 6th December, 2021 and Saturday, 18th December, 2021 (both days included) and will be held close to the quay. A safety distance of 10m from the quays is requested during the survey dates, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Due to this survey the use of the quays will be restricted and must be coordinated with the diving team on site

 

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

 

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

 

They are to coordinate with the diving team on site and comply with instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

3rd December, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 39 of 2021

 

Chart Correction Coastline (Aqualuna Lido) at The Strand Gżira in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

Reference is made to Chart BA 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that the following changes have been made to the coastline at The Strand Gżira in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett.

 

 

                                                                                                Latitude (N)               Longitude (E)

Insert new coastline, joining:                      (a)                   35° 54'.449                014° 29'.957

                                                                                                35° 54'.438                014° 29'.948

                                                                                                35° 54'.422                014° 29'.944

                                                                                                35° 54'.403                014° 29'.922

                                                                                                35° 54'.399                014° 29'.900

                                                                        (b)                   35° 54'.393                014° 29'.889

 

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

 

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

3rd December, 2021

 

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 185 of 2021

 

Hydrographic (Multi-beam) Survey in Marsaxlokk Bay

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a hydrographic (multi-beam) survey will be carried out in Marsaxlokk Bay.

 

The multibeam hydrographic survey will be held between Tuesday, 30th November, 2021 and Tuesday, 21st December, 2021, and will be within the area as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The survey will be carried out in all areas of Marsaxlokk Bay that are accessible and safe for the survey vessel to manoeuvre.

 

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

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speed. All vessels are to give the support vessel Beezer a wide berth and cooperate with the survey team.

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

30th November, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 186 of 2021

 

Santa Swimming Event in Marsamxett Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that a Santa swimming event will be held on Sunday 5th December 2021. The swimming event is estimated to commence at 10.00 a.m. and will finish at approximately noon.

 

The event will start from the Grand Hotel Excelsior Marina point A, to Manoel Island point B, then to the Ta' Xbiex waterpolo 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.

 

Charts affected: BA 177

 

30th November, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 187 of 2021

 

Drilling of Two (2) Boreholes (Sediment Testing) in St Julian's Bay

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the drilling of two (2) boreholes (sediment testing) will be carried out in St Julian's Bay.

 

The drilling works will be carried out at points S1 and S2 as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

S1        35° 54'.993     014° 29'.662

S2        35° 55'.020     014° 29'.652

 

The works will be carried out on Tuesday 7th December 2021 weather permitting.

 

Works will be carried out from the barge Bezz V which will be accompanied by the tugboat Tug 46. The barge may deploy anchors to hold it in position 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.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp look-out, navigate with caution and at very slow speed and give the indicated vessels a wide berth.

 

They are also to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and to co-operate with the contractor on site.

Chart affected: BA 177

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

30th November, 2021

 

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 184 of 2021

PEACE MED Submarine Cable Laying of Malta Branching Unit – Inshore

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the inshore part of the Malta Branching of the PEACE MED Submarine Cable will be laid in Golden Sands Bay (Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa).

The cable will be laid out by the vessels Drago and Frank along the route from A to B as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). The laying of the branching cable will commence on Sunday, 21st November, 2021, and is expected to be completed by Friday, 19th December, 2021.

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

A 35° 56’.044 014° 20’.619 On land (Sandy beach)                      
B 35° 55’.804 014° 20’.103

Divers will be assisting in these works and will be displaying the International Code of Signals Flag A.

The vessels Drago and Frank 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.

Mariners and operators of sea craft are advised to keep a sharp lookout and proceed at slow speed while navigating in the above areas. They are to give the vessels Drago and Frank a wide berth of at least 50m.

They are also to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and to co-operate with the contractor on site.

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

19th November, 2021



 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 181 of 2021

 

Infrastructure Malta - Ferry Landing in Bormla

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that Infrastructure Malta will be continuing with the construction works at Machinery Wharf in Id-Daħla tad-Dockyard in the Grand Harbour.

 

The works will continue with immediate effect and are expected to be completed by 15th March, 2022.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are informed that no vessel will be allowed to berth alongside that section of the quay, while works are in progress. A no entry/keep clear zone is to be observed at all times. The zone is marked A, B, C, D, E, F, and includes the intermediate coastline, up to approximately 10m from the quay, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Mariners are to seek information about any operating restrictions from Transport Malta and are to coordinate with the contractors on site, when necessary. Further details about these works can be obtained from Infrastructure Malta on (info.im@infrastructuremalta.com).

 

They are also advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and very slow speed and give the indicated areas a wide berth. They are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16, by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

12th November, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 182 of 2021

 

Danger due to Falling Rocks at Xrobb l-Għaġin

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that due to excavation works being carried out at Xrobb l-Għaġin, falling rocks and boulders could pose a danger to human life.

 

Due to the existence of this danger, all mariners and swimmers/divers are to keep at least 100m away from the approximate position A as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 50'.646     014° 34'.103

 

Mariners are to note the above information and shall observe the 100m safety zone. They are required to navigate with caution and at slow speed when navigating close to the area.

 

They are to comply with instructions given on VHF Channel 12, 14 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS.

 

Chart affected: BA 36, 2538

 

12th November, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 183 of 2021

 

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, 12th November, 2021. The display will be centred at Point A (as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) in the approximate following position:

 

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

35°53'.902                  14°30'.282

 

The fireworks display will take place from 7.00 p.m. till 8.00 p.m.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

12th November, 2021

 

 

 


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 178 of 2021

 

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

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, would like to notify mariners that the Birżebbuġa Sailing Club will be holding regattas for dinghies on Saturday, 13th November, 2021, and Sunday, 14th November, 2021.

 

Races shall be held between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. (local time) on both days.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 36, 2538

 

9th November, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 179 of 2021

 

Rehearsal Audio visual Floating Structure to be used in connection with the Valletta Pageant of the Seas 2022

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that rehearsals using an audio visual floating structure that is to be used in connection with the Valletta Pageant of the Seas 2022 will be held off Barriera Wharf in the Grand Harbour.

 

The rehearsals will be held on Wednesday, 10th November, 2021, between 6.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m.

 

The floating structure will be laid within the area A, B, C and D (approximately 25m from the coast) as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The vessel S-17202 will be assisting the organisers during the activity.

 

As part of the activity there will also be a fire-engine pumping water into the sea.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with extreme caution, at slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity of the area of activity, on the stipulated dates and times. They are to give the indicated position and the floating structure a wide berth and cooperate with the organiser accordingly.

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

9th November, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 180 of 2021

 

Filming at Il-Ponta tal-Aħrax and Wied iż-Żurrieq SISI

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners and owners of vessels, that filming activities will take place near Coral Lagoon at Il-Ponta tal-Aħrax and at Wied iż-Żurrieq.

 

The one-day filming near Coral Lagoon at Il-Ponta tal-Aħrax, will be carried out from the approximate position A, as shown on chart 1 on Transport Malta (www.transport.gov.mt), between Tuesday, 9th November, 2021 and Saturday, 13th November, 2021, between 6.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.

 

The one-day filming at Wied iż-Żurrieq will be carried out from the approximate positions B, C, D as shown on chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). The filming sessions will be carried out between Saturday, 13th November, 2021 and Thursday, 18th November, 2021 from 6.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m.

 

A RHIB, carrying registration number S-21569 and a safety RHIB, carrying registration number SSR105573 will be assisting during the filming sessions. All vessels are to give the RHIBs a wide berth during the abovementioned dates and times.

 

Mariners and owners of vessels are informed that, for filming purposes, a clear horizon is being requested. Consequently, vessels in the vicinity, will not be allowed to drop anchor or remain underway whilst filming is taking place in the area.

 

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537

 

9th November, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 38 of 2021

 

Live Gunnery Firing Practice from Pembroke Ranges (LMD-1) November, 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Armed Forces of Malta shall conduct a live gunnery firing practice from the Pembroke Ranges between Monday, 15th November, 2021 and Friday, 19th November, 2021. The firing practice will take place between 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. local time, (7.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m. UTC).

 

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

From Position A:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

35° 55'.900                 014° 28'.533 and

 

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

 

 

Position B:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

36° 03'.620                 014° 24'.100 and

 

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

 

Position C:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

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

 

thence on a bearing of 240 True to position A.

 

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

 

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

           

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

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

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 194, 2537 and 2538

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

9th November, 2021

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 173 of 2021

 

Removal of Concrete Blocks from near Slipway at Il-Ponta tal-Qrejten

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that works to remove concrete blocks from near the slipway at Il-Ponta tal-Qrejten, works will be carried out between Thursday, 4th November and Saturday, 6th November, 2021.

 

The works consist of the removal of concrete blocks from inside the approximate area A, B, C and D as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Divers will be assisting and will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag “A".

 

Due to these works the slipway cannot be used and no vessel is allowed to berth on either side of the slipway and jetty next to it while the work is being carried out.

 

Mariners navigating in the area, are to proceed with caution and at very slow (no wake) speed. They are to give the above areas a wide berth and are to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 14 and/or 16, by Marsaxlokk VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

5th November, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 174 of 2021

 

OTILLO Swimrun World Series 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the OTILLO Swimrun World Series 2021 will be held between Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th November, 2021. There will be safety boats in each individual swim at all times.

 

On Saturday, 6th November, 2021, the Spirit Malta 2021 and the Experience Malta 2021 races will be held, they will be starting and finishing at Il-Bajja tal-Mixquqa (Golden Sands). There will be approximately 300 participants taking part in the races.

 

The swimming part of the Experience Malta 2021 will follow the route (as shown on the chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) and will be as follows:

 

Swim between points; start and finish time of the individual swim

 

from 1A to 1B from 12.10 p.m. till 1.44 p.m.,

from 1C to 1D from 12.20 p.m. till 2.12 p.m., and

from 1E to 1F from 12.36 p.m. till 2.30 p.m.

 

The swimming part of the Sprint Malta 2021 will follow the route (as shown on the chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) and will be as follows:

 

Swim between points; start and finish time of the individual swim

 

from 2A to 2B from 12.10 p.m. till 1.05 p.m.,

from 2C to 2D 12.40 p.m. till 2.00 p.m.,

from 2E to 2F 1.07 p.m. till 3.00 p.m.,

from 2G to 2B 1.18 p.m. till 3.30 p.m., and

from 2H to 2A 1.34 p.m. till 4.00 p.m.

 

On Sunday, 7th November, 2021, the World Series Malta 2021 race will be held, the race will be starting and finishing at Il-Bajja tal-Mixquqa (Golden Sands). There will be approximately 300 participants taking part in the race.

 

The swimming part of this race will follow the route (as shown on chart 3 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) and will be as follows:

 

Swim between points; start and finish time of the individual swim

 

from 3A to 3B from 8.20 a.m. till 8.55 a.m.,

from 3C to 3D from 8.30 a.m. till 9.20 a.m.,

from 3E to 3B from 8.40 a.m. till 9.40 a.m.,

from 3F to 3G from 9.15 a.m. till 10.50 a.m.,

from 3H to 3I from 9.15 a.m. till 10.55 a.m.,

from 3J to 3K from 9.45 a.m. till 12.15 p.m.,

from 3L to 3M from 10.00 a.m. till noon,

from 3N to 3O from 10.30 a.m. till 1.30 p.m.,

from 3P to 3Q from 10.50 a.m. till 2.00 p.m.,

from 3R to 3S from 10.55 a.m. till 2.30 p.m.,

from 3T to 3U from 11.05 a.m. till 3.00 p.m.,

from 3V to 3W from 11.25 a.m. till 3.00 p.m.,

from 3X to 3Y from 11.45 a.m. till 3.50 p.m., and

from 3Z to 3A from 12.20 p.m. till 4.30 p.m.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed, they are to keep well clear of the areas during the stipulated dates and times, giving the swimmers and support vessels a wide berth. Mariners are to comply with instructions issued on VHF channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537 and 2538

 

5th November, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 175 of 2021

 

Semi Submerged Boat at Il-Magħluq, Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk – Hazard to Navigation

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk and Approaches.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that there is a semi-submerged vessel in Il-Magħluq, Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk, in the vicinity of:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

35º 50'.409                  014º 32'.784

 

Whilst every effort is being made to rectify as soon as possible, mariners are to give a wide berth of at least 30m, navigate with caution and keep a sharp lookout when navigating in the vicinity.

 

Position in: WGS 84 Datum.

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

5th November, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 176 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners Nos 24, 60

and 129 of 2021 re Extension of Ro-Ro Ramp between Deep Water Quay and Wine Wharf

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners Nos 24, 60 and 129 of 2021.

 

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

 

Local Notice to Mariners Nos 24, 60 and 129 of 2021 are to be amended accordingly.

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

5th November, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 177 of 2021

 

Diving Survey at Barriera Wharf Il-Port il-Kbir

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that a diving surveys will be taking place at Barriera Wharf, Il-Port il-Kbir.

 

The diving survey will take place on Tuesday, 9th November, 2021, from noon till 2.00 p.m., within the area bounded by the imaginary line A, B, C, D and the intermediate coastline, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 53'.758     014° 30'.869

B                     35° 53'.754     014° 30'.881

C                     35° 53'.665     014° 30'.828

D                     35° 50'.671     014° 30'.813

 

During the diving survey, the diving team will be displaying the International Code of Signals Flag A.

 

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

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

5th November, 2021 



TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 172 of 2021

 

Repair Works by Infrastructure Malta on  Mġarr Quay Edge, Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that repair works by Infrastructure Malta on the edge of the Mġarr Quay, Gozo, will be carried out.

 

The work will be carried out in three phases as follows:

 

Phase 1 will consist of the repair works on the quay between points A and D and will commence on Wednesday, 3rd November, 2021, and is expected to be completed by Friday, 31st December, 2021. For the duration of these works, a silt curtain will be laid along the imaginary lines between A, B, C and D, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).  Due to the above the berth along A to D will not be accessible, and the berth between D and E will have limited access.

 

Phase 2 will consist of the repair works on the quay between points E and H and will commence once Phase 1 is finished, on or about Tuesday, 4th January, 2022. Phase 2 is expected to be completed by mid-February 2022. For the duration of these works a silt curtain will be laid along the imaginary lines between points E, F, G and H, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). Due to the above the berth along E to Z will not be accessible, and the berth between D and E will have limited access.

 

Phase 3 will consist of the repair works on the quay between points D and E and will start once phase 2 is completed, about mid-February 2022. Phase 3 is expected to be completed by Saturday, 30th April, 2022. For the duration of these works a silt curtain will be laid along the imaginary lines between D, C, F and E, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). Due to the above, the berth along the points D to E will not be accessible.

 

These works will include the use of divers and various vessels which may include barges and workboats. A working area of 20m from the silt curtain will therefore be required and is to be kept clear, at all times, when works are in operation.

 

Mariners operating in the area, are to seek information about operating restrictions from Transport Malta and coordinate with the contractors on site.

 

Further details about these works can be obtained from Infrastructure Malta on (info.im@infrastructuremalta.com).

 

 

All mariners are also advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and very slow speed and give the indicated areas a wide berth. They are to cooperate with the organisers and to comply with any instructions issued on VHF channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and by any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537

 

2nd November, 2021


 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 168 of 2021

 

Dredging of Inert Material in the Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that dredging of inert material will be carried out at the Grand Harbour.

 

The dredging works will be carried out within the area A, B, C and the intermediate coastline at Deep Water Quay 3 and 4, as shown on chart found on Malta Transport website (www.transport.gov.mt). All vessels are instructed to keep out of this area when the dredging works are in progress.

 

The dredging works will commence on Monday 1st November and are expected to be completed by Monday, 22nd November, 2021.

 

Crane dredger Sea Dragon will be loading the inert dredged material onto the hopper barge Sea Hopper, which when fully loaded, will sail to the dumping area to discharge the dredged material; the barge will then return to the Grand Harbour. The safety work boat Betty will be assisting, as necessary, throughout the dredging works.

 

The vessels engaged in the dredging works 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.

 

Mariners are to keep a sharp lookout, navigate at very slow  speed (no wake) when in the vicinity and give the above-mentioned vessels a wide berth when sighted.

 

They are also to comply with any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and to co-operate with the contractor on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

29th October, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 169 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 150 of 2021 regarding Underwater Survey in Il-Bajja

ta' Marsalforn, Gozo

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 150 of 2021.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to unforeseen circumstances the work will not be completed in time, therefore the completion date is being extended to Sunday, 21st November, 2021.

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 150 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 150 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Charts affected: BA 211 and 2537

 

29th October, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 170 of 2021

 

Coastal Rowing Beach Sprint at Mellieħa Bay

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the University of Malta Rowing Club will be organising a coastal rowing club beach sprint at Mellieħa Bay.

 

The activity will be held on Saturday, 6th November, 2021, between 8.30 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. within the area A, B, C and D as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Position               Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                          35° 58'.282     014° 20'.991

B                          35° 58'.309     014° 21'.164

C                          35° 58'.243     014° 21'.180

D                          35° 58'.217     014° 21'.017

 

During the activity, the participants will have to row around a series of 6 marker buoys which will be purposely laid within the above-mentioned area.

 

If due to inclement weather conditions the activity cannot be held in the above-mentioned locality, it will be held at Għar Aħmar, Marsaxlokk, on the same date and times.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with extreme caution, at slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity of the area of activity, on the stipulated date. They are to give the indicated area a wide berth and cooperate with the organiser.

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 211 and 2537

 

29th October, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 171 of 2021

 

Repair Works to Concrete Wall at Qui-Si-Sana at Il-Fortina

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners and the general public that repair work will be carried out on the damaged concrete wall at Qui-Si-Sana at Il-Fortina.

The works will start on Wednesday, 3rd November, 2021 and is expected to be completed by Monday, 31st January, 2022.

 

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

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 54'.501     14° 30'.708

B                     35° 54'.497     14° 30'.716

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

29th October, 2021

 

 

 

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 166 of 2021

 

Adventure Event Gozo and Malta (Rat Race Events)

30th October 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that a swimming/kayaking activity forming part of the Rat Race Events will be held on Saturday 30th October, 2021.

 

The event will consist of two swimming/kayaking parts (as shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) and a running part on Comino.

 

The first part will start at 6.00 a.m. from Il-Bajja ta' Ħondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo (point A) and finishes at 7.30 a.m. at Wied Ternu, Comino (point B) passing through Blue Lagoon.

 

During part of the race the participants will run a short way over Comino.

 

The second part will start at 7.30 a.m. from Wied Ternu, Comino (point B) and finishes at 10.00 a.m. at Marfa (close to Il-Palazz tal-Marfa), Malta (point C).

 

Position               Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                          36° 01'.674     014° 19'.348

B                          36° 00'.320     014° 20'.169

C                          35° 59'.211     014° 20'.551

 

Il-Fliegu ta' Ghawdex will be restricted to navigation from 6.00 a.m. to 7.30 a.m. and Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna will be restricted to navigation from 7.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m.

 

The participants will be assisted by personnel and vessels from Emergency Response Rescue Corps (ERRC).

 

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 211A, 2537 and 2538

 

26th October, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 167 of 2021

 

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

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a seabed clean-up operation by divers in Id-Daħla tad-Dockyard, Isla side, within the area shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), will be held on Saturday, 30th October, 2021, between 9.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with extreme caution and at slow speed when in the vicinity, on the stipulated date.

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA177

 

26th October, 2021

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 165 of 2021

 

Xterra Swim Event in Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa Part of Triathlon

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that a Xterra swimming event which is part of a triathlon will be held at Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa.

 

The swim will be held within the area A, B, C and D (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)), on Saturday, 23rd October, 2021, from 9.30 a.m. till 10.30 a.m.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 56'.069     014° 20'.619

B                     35° 56'.026     014° 20'.417

C                     35° 55'.953     014° 20'.474

D                     35° 56'.021     014° 20'.656

 

Marker buoys will be placed at approximate positions B and C.

 

A personal water craft (jet ski) of the Red Cross Society will be available for safety reasons and to assist swimmers, as necessary.

 

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537

 

22nd October, 2021

 



TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 163 of 2021

 

Audio Visual and Floating Structure in connection with Valletta Pageant of the Seas 2022 Rehearsal

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that an audio visual and floating structure rehearsal in connection with Valletta Pageant of the Seas 2022 event will be held off Barriera Wharf in the Grand Harbour.

 

The rehearsals will be held on Tuesday, 19th, Wednesday; 20th; and Tuesday, 26th October, 2021, from 6.00 p.m. till 10.00 p.m. on each day.

 

The floating structure will be laid within the area A, B, C and D (approximately 25m from the coast) as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The vessel S-17202 will be assisting the organisers during the activity.

 

As part of the activity as part of the show, on Tuesday, 26th October, 2021, there will also be a fire-engine pumping water into the sea.

 

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with extreme caution, at slow speed (no wake) when in the vicinity of the area of activity, on the stipulated dates and time. They are to give the indicated position and vessel a wide berth and cooperate with the organiser.

 

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

 

19th October, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 164 of 2021

 

Adventure Event Gozo and Malta (Rat Race Events)

23rd October, 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that a kayaking activity forming part of the Rat Race Events will be held on Saturday, 23rd October 2021.

 

The event will consist of two kayaking parts (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) and a running part on Comino.

 

The first part will start at 6.00 a.m. from Il-Bajja ta' Ħondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo (point A) and finish at 7.30 a.m. at Wied Ternu, Comino (point B) passing through Blue Lagoon. Then the participants will run a short way on Comino.

 

The second part will start at 7.30 a.m. from Wied Ternu – Comino (point B) and finish at 10.00 a.m. at Marfa (close to Il-Palazz tal-Marfa), Malta (point C).

 

Position          Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A                     36° 01'.674                 014° 19'.348

B                     36° 00'.320                 014° 20'.169

C                     35° 59'.211                 014° 20'.551

 

Il-Fliegu ta' Għawdex will be restricted to navigation from 6.00 a.m. till 7.30 a.m. and Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna will be restricted to navigation from 7.30 a.m. till 10.00 a.m.

 

The participants will be assisted by personnel and vessels from Emergency Response Rescue Corps. (ERRC).

 

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 211A, 2537 and 2538

 

19th October, 2021

 


 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 159 of 2021

 

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2021

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the Royal Malta Yacht Club will be holding the Rolex Middle Sea Race on Saturday, 23rd October, 2021.  In addition, a coastal race will also be held on Wednesday, 20th October, 2021.

 

The race programme is as follows:

a. Wednesday, 20th October, 2021

 

The coastal race starts at 10.00 a.m. 

 

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

 

Mariners are requested to keep the Marsamxett fairway clear during the start of the coastal race between 9.45 a.m. and 10.45 a.m. and to keep a sharp lookout during the remaining hours of Wednesday, 20th October, 2021.

 

b. Saturday, 23rd October, 2021

 

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

 

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

 

The yachts shall then proceed in a north-easterly direction along the Channel in the Grand Harbour to an inflatable buoy, bearing the sponsor's logo, positioned outside the Saint Elmo Breakwater. The buoy shown as 1 on charts 1 and 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) will be in the following approximate position:

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

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

 

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

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

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

 

They will follow the course as shown on chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)

 

The yachts shall than proceed in a north north-easterly direction towards Sicily.

 

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

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

 

Mariners are advised that on Saturday, 23rd October, 2021, from 9.00 a.m. till 3.00 p.m., or such time as may be communicated on VHF Channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS, if earlier, the Grand Harbour shall be closed for all traffic not directly related to the race.

 

During these times all other vessels shall be required to remain within designated areas in the inner harbour up to Ras Ħanżir, in Dockyard Creek, Kalkara Creek and Rinella Bay. (areas are shown on chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

 

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

 

Mariners are instructed to cooperate with the organisers and Maritime Enforcement officers in the area. Moreover, they are to obey any instructions given on VHF Channel 12 and /or 16 by Valletta VTS.

 

Positions are in WGS 84 Datum.

 

Charts affected: BA Chart 177, 2537, 2538.

 

8th October, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 160 of 2021

 

Re-construction Works on the Dilapidated Pier at Għajn Rażul, St Paul's Bay

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the public that re-construction works on the dilapidated pier at Għajn Rażul, St Paul's Bay, will commence with immediate effect and will continue until further notice.

 

Throughout the duration of the works, a safety distance of 30m from point A has been established, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). A silt curtain will be laid within the said area.

 

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A         35° 53'.407                 014° 31'.509

 

Part of the work will be carried out by divers and they will be displaying the international code of Signals Flag A.

 

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 211

 

8th October, 2021

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 154 of 2021

 

Refurbishment Works on Two Adjacent Slipways at Triq il Luzzu, Qawra

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the public that refurbishment work on two adjacent slipways located at Triq il-Luzzu, Qawra, will start with immediate effect, and will continue until further notice.

 

Throughout the duration of the works, a silt curtain will be laid along a radius of 30m from point A, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A         35° 57'.341     014° 25'.488

 

Any vessels moored within the above-mentioned area are to be removed with immediate effect.

 

Part of the work will be carried out by divers, and they will be displaying the international code of Signals Flag A.

 

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. The slipways will not be accessible while the works are in progress.

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

5th October, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 155 of 2021

 

Dredging at Birżebbuġa Next to Triq San Patrizju (Fishermen's Platform)

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that maintenance dredging will be carried out at Birżebbuġa next to Triq San Patrizju (Fishermen's Platform).

 

Throughout the duration of the works, a silt curtain will be laid along a radius of 30m from point A, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A         35° 49'.305     014° 31'.821

 

The works will commence with immediate effect and will continue until further notice.

 

Any vessels moored within the above-mentioned area are to be removed with immediate effect.

 

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.

 

The platform will not be accessible while the works are in progress.

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

           

Chart affected: BA 36

 

5th October, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 157 of 2021

 

Vikings Sailing Club Regattas Outside Valletta Harbours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners that the 'Vikings Sailing Club' will be organising sailing regattas off Valletta Harbours, within the areas A and B, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The activities will be held as follows:

 

On Saturday, 9th October, 2021, from 8.30 a.m. till 6.00 p.m., and

On Sunday, 10th October, 2021, from 8.30 a.m. till 6.00 p.m.

 

Orange inflatable marker buoys, to indicate the racecourse within the above-mentioned areas, shall be laid, from 8.30 a.m. till 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 boats and are to follow any instructions given by the race officials and support vessels.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 2538, 2537.

 

5th October, 2021

 

 

 


 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 149 of 2021

 

Extension of Quay at Id-Daħla ta' Tas-Sliema in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that works will be carried out to extend part of the quay at Id-Daħla ta' Tas-Sliema in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett.

 

The works are scheduled to start on Thursday, 30th September, 2021, and expected to be completed by Thursday, 30th June, 2022.

 

Throughout the duration of the works, a silt curtain will be laid along the line joining the points A, B, C and D, approximately 20m from the shore, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The vessels Gold Dredger and Goldfinder will be participating in the extension works, therefore the area delineated by the imaginary line A, B, C, D and the intermediate coastline (as shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) are to be considered as a working area. Only vessels involved in the works are permitted to enter.

 

Marker buoys with lights will be placed in positions B and C to indicate the outer limit of the area.

 

Divers will be assisting in these works and will be displaying the International Code of Signals Flag A.

 

Masters and vessel operators are instructed to cooperate with the contractor on site. They are to keep a sharp lookout, keep well clear and proceed at very slow speed (no wake) on the above-mentioned dates.

 

Moreover, any instructions given on VHF Channels 12 and 16 by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) and/or by any enforcement agency on site, are to be complied with.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

1st October, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 150 of 2021

 

Underwater Survey in Il-Bajja ta' Marsalforn Għawdex

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a marine survey will be carried out with the use of the following equipment: Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), multibeam, sub-bottom profiling, drop-cam video footage and divers. This survey will be carried out by the vessel St Joseph IV, which will be displaying lights and shapes as per COLREGS.

 

The survey area is bounded by the points A, B, C, D, E and the intermediate coastline as seen on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Point               Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     36º 04'.564     014º 15'.465

B                     36º 04'.579     014º 15'.605

C                     36º 04'.553     014º 15'.673

D                     36º 04'.470     014º 15'.735

E                      36º 04'.431     014º 15'.747

 

Weather permitting the whole survey will start on Friday 1st October 2021, but as regards the inner area shown hatched, the work will start on Friday, 8th October, 2021. All the work will be completed by Monday, 1st November, 2021.

 

Due to the nature of her work and in accordance with Rule 3 (g) (ii) of the Collision Regulations, the vessel “St. Joseph IV", will be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre and will be exhibiting the appropriate lights and day signals.

 

Mariners are instructed to navigate with caution and at very slow speed (no wake) in the area, they are to cooperate with the contractor on site, give the above-mentioned vessels a wide berth and observe a 50 metres radius restricted zone.

 

All mariners are to obey any instructions issued on VHF channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS.

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

1st October, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 151 of 2021

 

Swimming Activity being Part of the Maltese Islands Swim Run Race

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that a swimming activity forming part of the Maltese Islands Swim Run Race will be held on Sunday, 3rd October, 2021.

 

The race will consist of two swims (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

 

The first part will start at 8.45 a.m. from Il-Bajja ta' Ħondoq ir-Rummien – Gozo (point A) and finish at 9.15 a.m. at Il-Bajja ta' San Niklaw – Comino (point B).

 

The second part will start at 9.30 a.m. from Wied Ternu – Comino (point C) and finish at 10.30 a.m. at Ir-Ramla tal-Bir – Malta (point D).

 

Position          Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A                     36° 01'.674                 014° 19'.348

B                     36° 01'.005                 014° 19'.757

C                     36° 00'.320                 014° 20'.169

D                     35° 59'.195                 014° 20'.782

 

Il-Fliegu ta' Għawdex will be restricted to navigation from 8.15 a.m. till 9.45 a.m. and Il-Fliegu ta' Kemmuna will be restricted to navigation from 9.00 a.m. till 11.00 a.m.

 

The swimmers will be assisted by the vessel MFC-6658 and the Red Cross Society will be providing water rescue and ambulance services.

 

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 211A, 2537 and 2538

 

1st October, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 152 of 2021

 

Shifting of Boulders at Xgħajra

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that works to shift boulders at Xgħajra will be taking place in the area as indicated on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). The boulders that have been shifted by heavy seas will be transferred back to the coastline from the centre of the area.

 

The shifting of the boulders is expected to start with immediate effect and will continue until further notice.

 

Underwater operations will be carried out by divers who will be displaying the International Code of Signals flag “A".

 

The divers will be assisted by the vessel Gold Finder which, due to the nature of her work, and in accordance with Rule 3 (g) (ii) of the Collision Regulations, will be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre and will be exhibiting the appropriate lights and day signals.

 

While the work is being carried out the area centred on point A and a radius of 80m is to be kept clear.

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A                     35° 53'.118     014° 33'.149

 

In view of the above, mariners navigating in the area, are to proceed with caution and at very slow (no wake) speed. They are to give the above areas a wide berth, cooperate with the contractor on site and comply with any instructions as may be given on VHF channel 12 and/or 16 by Valletta VTS and/or any enforcement personnel on site.

 

Chart affected: BA 2538

 

1st October, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 153 of 2021

 

Refurbishment works on a Slipway at Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the public that refurbishment work on a slipway at Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara will start with immediate effect and will continue until further notice.

 

Throughout the duration of the works, a silt curtain will be laid along a radius of 30m from point A, as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

 

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A         35° 53'.407                 014° 31'.509

 

Part of the work will be carried out by divers and they will be displaying the international code of Signals flag A.

 

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution, and at slow speed (no wake) when navigating close to the above indicated area. They are to co-operate with the contractor on site. The slipway will not be accessible while the works are in progress.

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

1st October, 2021

 

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 147 of 2021

 

Filming at Different Localities Round Malta – LIBERAME

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners and owners of vessels, that filming activities will take place at different localities around Malta.

 

The filming is expected to be carried out as follows:

 

From Monday, 27th September, 2021, to Friday, 1st October, 2021, between 6.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.

 

Filming will take place outside Ir-Ramla taċ-Ċirkewwa from points A and B as shown on chart 1 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) and close to Daħlet ix-Xilep in Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa from point C as shown on chart 2 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

If adverse weather conditions do not permit filming in any of the above areas, the filming will take place in any of the following locations on the same dates and times:

 

Outside Rinella from points D and E as shown on chart 3 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) or from off Il-Ponta taż-Żonqor from points F and G as shown on chart 4 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) or from Il-Ħoffriet from points H and I as shown on chart 5 found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

The following vessels will be taking part in the filming and all other vessels are to keep away from them during the filming and while in transit:

 

Farfalla 1, Nautical One, Wilfred, S21569, S22630 and SSR105573

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 211, 2537, 2538

 

24th September, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 148 of 2021

 

Charity Swim Round Gozo Victory Kitchen

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a Charity Swim round Gozo – Victory Kitchen will take place on Tuesday, 28th September, 2021. 

 

The two swimmers will depart from Ħondoq ir-Rummien, point A on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) at 3.00 a.m., and will swim along the route in a clockwise direction. The swim is expected to be completed by 5.00 p.m.

 

The support vessels Palawann and Our Pearl will be assisting the swimmers during the swim.

 

If due to inclement weather conditions the swim cannot be held on the above-mentioned date, it will be held on Wednesday, 29th September, 2021, at the same time.

During the stipulated date and time, mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout, proceed at slow speed and to keep well clear of the area, giving the swimmers and support vessels a wide berth.

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 211 and 2537

 

24th September, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 36 of 2021

 

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 5th to 7th October 2021 Extended Hours

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2021, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out live firing practice between Tuesday 5th and Thursday, 7th October, 2021, 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 limit of the area. Mariners are warned to keep, as a minimum, 4 nautical miles off the coast when the red flags/lights or the safety vessels are sighted.

 

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

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

24th September, 2021

 

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​TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 145 of 2021

 

Masters Beach Waterpolo Fundraising Charity Event

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a group of ex-National Waterpolo Team players will be organising a one-day fundraising charity event at Blue Lagoon in Comino. The event will be held on Saturday, 25th September, 2021, from 9.00 a.m. till 3.00 p.m.

 

For the event a makeshift waterpolo pitch will be set up inside the swimmer zone at Blue Lagoon.

 

If due to unfavourable weather on the day, the event cannot be held at the Blue Lagoon, it will be held on the same date and time at either San Niklaw Bay, Comino, within the swimmer zone, or at Mġarr ix-Xini Bay, Gozo, in the position as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

If due to unfavourable weather conditions the event cannot be held in any of the above-mentioned localities the event will be held on Saturday, 2nd October, 2021, at the same time, in either one of the above-mentioned localities.

 

All vessels navigating within the bay (Mġarr ix-Xini Bay) are requested to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speed, and give the waterpolo pitch a wide berth.

 

Charts effected: BA 211A, 2537

 

20th September, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 146 of 2021

 

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

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a swimming event, starting from Malta and ending in Gozo, will be held on Monday, 27th September, 2021.

 

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

 

            Position                       Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

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

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

 

They will be supported by an RHIB and a jet ski from the Malta Red Cross.

If the swimming event cannot be held on the date mentioned it will then be held on Saturday, 2nd October, 2021, at the same time.

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 211A, 2537 and 2538

 

20th September, 2021

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 141 of 2021

 

Malta Fireworks Special – 2021

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Positions are in WGS 84 DATUM

 

Chart Affected: BA 177

 

17th September, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 142 of 2021

 

Malta International Airshow – Maritime Exclusion Zone – 2021

 

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

 

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

 

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

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

The date and times of the displays are as follows:

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

Positions are in WGS 84 DATUM

 

Chart Affected: BA 177

 

17th September, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 143 of 2021

 

Water Sampling in the Grand Harbour

 

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

 

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

 

Position           Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

17th September, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 144 of 2021

 

Filming at Different Localities in the Maltese Islands – Blinded

 

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

 

The filming will be carried out at:

 

Cominotto on the following days:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2537

 

17th September, 2021

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 139 of 2021

 

European Week Regatta in Grand Harbour, Valletta

 

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

 

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

           

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

           

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

14th September, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 140 of 2021

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2538, 2537.

 

14th September, 2021​


 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 139 of 2021

 

European Week Regatta in Grand Harbour, Valletta

 

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

 

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

           

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

           

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

14th September, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 140 of 2021

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 211, 2538, 2537.

 

14th September, 2021


​TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 138 of 2021

 

Artistic Boat Trip Round Manoel Island

 

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

 

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

 

The actual artistic boat trip will be held on:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

10th September, 2021

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Local Notice to Mariners No. 135 of 2021

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

7th September, 2021

 

 

 




TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2021 

Chart Correction – Foul Area (Lost anchor and chain)

Reference is made to BA Chart 2538 – Malta.

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

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

Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

35° 48’.724 014° 35’.994

Positions are referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

Charts affected: BA Chart 2538, 194

3rd September, 2021







TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 129 of 2021

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

27th August, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 34 of 2021

 

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

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

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

 

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

 

                                                                                    Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

                                                                         

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

           

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

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

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

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

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

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

           

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

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

                                                                                   

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

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

                                                                                   

                                                                       

Charts affected: BA 177, 2538

 

27th August, 2021

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

 



TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 120 of 2021

 

Official Nautical Charts and Notices to Mariners

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

17th August, 2021

 


TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 115 of 2021

 

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

 

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

 

53        Wied il-Għasri – Gozo           refer to Figure 53       

 

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

 

Points  Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

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

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

 

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

 

Chart affected:  BA 211

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

6th August, 2021

 

 

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 95 of 2021

 

Illicit Discharges

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

16th July, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 97 of 2021

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Position           Latitude (N)                 Longitude (E)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

16th July, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 98 of 2021

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Points  Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Chart affected:  BA 211

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

16th July, 2021

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 92 of 2021

 

Cancel Local Notice to Mariners No. 75 of 2015

re-Removal of Vessels and Moorings at Qajjenza, Birżebbuġa

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk

 

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

 

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

 

Charts Affected: BA 36

 

9th July, 2021

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TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 87 of 2021

 

ROV Survey in id-Daħla Tal-Pietà

 

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

 

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

 

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

6th July, 2021

 

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​TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 28 of 2021

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

                                    Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

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

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

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

28th June, 2021

 



Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2021

 

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges

 

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

 

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

 

The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.

 

From Position A

 

                        Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

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

a radius of 4 nautical miles to points 

 

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

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

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

22nd June, 2021

 

 

 



 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 81 of 2021

 

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

at Wied il-Buni, Birżebbuġa

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk

 

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

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

22nd June, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 82 of 2021

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

Position          Latitude (N)    Longitude (E) 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 36

 

22nd June, 2021


Local Notice to Mariners No. 77 of 2021

 

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

tal-Azzarett in Il-Port ta' Marsamxett

 

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

 

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

 

Points              Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

18th June, 2021

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 21 of 2021

 

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

 

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

Area 5

 

Points              Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Area 6

 

Points              Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Area 7

 

Points              Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Area 8

 

Points              Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Area 9

 

Points              Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

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

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

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

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

 

Area 10

 

Points              Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

18th June, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 22 of 2021

 

Chart Correction – New Configuration of the Bunkering Area 2

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 2538 – Malta.

 

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

 

                                                                                                Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

Insert   limit of bunkering area, pecked line, joining:

                                   

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 36, 194, 2538

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

18th June, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2021

 

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

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours.

 

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

 

Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

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

 

has been REPAIRED.

 

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

 

18th June, 2021​



Transport Malta

 



 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 19 of 2021

 

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

 

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

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

 

Off Xlendi (Gozo)

 

Xlendi Underwater Archaeological Park (Gozo)

 

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

 

            Latitude (N)                 Longitude (E)

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Wreck                                                              Latitude (N)                 Longitude (E)              Buffer                                                                                                                                                  Area

                                                                                                                                                (Radius)

 

Lil hinn mill-Ponta tal-Qawra

Off Il-Ponta tal-Qawra

 

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

 

Lil hinn mill-Bajja ta' San Ġiljan

Off Il-Bajja ta' San Ġiljan

 

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

 

Lil hinn mill-  Port il-Kbir (Valletta)

Off Il-Port il-Kbir (Valletta)

 

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

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

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

 

Lil hinn mill-Bajja ta' Marsaskala

Off Il-Bajja ta' Marsaskala

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Lil hinn mill-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

Off Il-Bajja ta' Marsaxlokk

 

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

 

Lil hinn mill-Ponta ta' Benagħajsa

Off Il-Ponta ta' Benagħajsa

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

The buffer area is considered as NO STOPPING AREA. Anchoring/mooring will only be allowed to divers' vessels fitted with an operational AIS and holding a special permit as stated above. Masters of diving support vessels are to ensure that the appropriate signals in accordance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea and the International Code of Signals, are exhibited during diving sessions. Furthermore, divers/mariners are to note that spear fishing and the use of fishing gear such as set bottom lines, trammel nets, gill nets and entangling nets, encircling nets, demersal pots and traps are prohibited in these areas. Only surface fishing is allowed including trolling lines (rixa) and angling for pelagic fish.

 

Drifting vessels and swimming will be allowed.

 

This notice is to supersede Notice to Mariners No 51 of 2019, No. 8 of 2020 and No. 35 of 2020.

Charts affected: BA 36, 177, 2537, 2538

 

Positions are referred to WGS84 DATUM

 

11th June, 2021                             

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2021

 

Amendment to Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2008 - Designated VHF channels for maritime communications

 

Reference is made to Notice to Mariners Nos 35 and 47 of 2008.

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners about the designated VHF channels for maritime communications. To note the introduction of Ch 10 as Mġarr Port Control to cater for traffic management.

 

VHF Channels1           Purpose of Communication

 

Ch 09                          Pilotage and Mooring and Pilot Launch

Ch 10                          Mġarr Port Control (The use of Ch 10 for Mġarr Port Control is on a

                                    primary basis)

Ch 10                          Towage (the use of Ch 10 for towage is on a secondary basis)

Ch 11                          Navigational Warnings/Weather Broadcasts

Ch 12                          Valletta VTS

Ch 13                          Terminals and Marinas

Ch 14                          Marsaxlokk VTS

Ch 20                          Navigational Assistance/Special instructions to a specific ship

Ch 22                          Emergency Ops/Oil Pollution, etc.

Ch 68                          Towage

Ch 69                          Malta VTS

 

All mariners are to note the above and use the appropriate channels as designated in this Notice with immediate effect and in accordance with national law1.

 

Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2008 is hereby amended accordingly.

 

Notice to Mariners No. 47 of 2008 is hereby being cancelled.

 

1 These channels correspond to the international maritime mobile frequencies in the VHF band, as defined in the General Authorisations (Radiocommunications Apparatus) Regulations (S.L.399.40).

 

11th June, 2021



​​​​TRANSPORT MALTA


Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2021

Radio Frequency Interference to the Global Navigational Satellite Service (GNSS)

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies Mariners that while Radio Frequency Interference (RFI), harmful to the Global Navigational Satellite Service (GNSS), has already been reported for some time by the Malta Communications Authority, it has recently been reported that the intensity of the interference has now increased substantially.
Due to this interference, the GNSS and the GPS service may be adversely affected.  GNSS signals are very weak and vulnerable to interference; a phenomenon where other radio signals disrupt the GNSS signals causing reduced positioning accuracy, or even the complete lack of position availability.

When experiencing RFI, mariners are advised to use all available means to ascertain the position of the vessel, and GNSS and GPS navigating systems are not to be relied upon during coastal navigation.

Notice to Mariners No. 38 of 2020 is hereby cancelled.

8th June, 2021


 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2021

 

Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light – UNRELIABLE

 

Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours

 

 

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

 

            Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

 

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

 

Is UNRELIABLE.

 

1st June, 2021

​  

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 70 of 2021

 

No entry zone at Manoel Island (Tas-Sliema Creek) due to a derelict wall

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, would like to bring to the attention of all mariners that a No Entry Zone at Manoel Island (Tas-Sliema Creek) due to the dangers posed by a derelict wall, has been established.

 

The area is formed by joining the imaginary lines between the points A, B, C, D and the intermediate coastline (shown hatched on charts found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt))  and is restricted to both vessels and swimmers and should be avoided:

           

            Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)

 

A         35° 54'.320                 014° 30'.134

B         35° 54'.327                 014° 30'.133

C         35° 54'.328                 014° 30'.144

D         35° 54'.318                 014° 30'.146

 

Mariners are informed that a rope supported by black and white buoys will be placed with immediate effect, along all the imaginary lines mentioned above.

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

28th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 61 of 2021

 

Special Marker Buoys Delineating the 200 and 300 Metre Speed Restriction Zones

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that in addition to the permanent speed limit buoys, special marker buoys will be placed around the Maltese Islands to delineate the 200 and 300 metre speed restriction zones (10 Knots and 5 Knots) from the shore. The placement of the buoys is seasonal, from June to October but may still be in place after this date.

 

Special Mark Buoys 1.5 metres in diameter, fitted with a light flashing yellow 1 every 4 seconds and a 2 nautical miles range, shall be placed in the following positions:

 

            Bays                                        Speed              Latitude                       Longitude

 

A1       Marsalforn                              10 Knots         36° 04'.564                 014° 15'.843

A2       Comino                                   10 Knots         36° 01'.303                 014° 20'.379

A3       Qawra                                     10 Knots         35° 57'.732                 014° 25'.817

A4       Dragonara Point                     10 Knots         35° 55'.729                 014° 29'.748

A5       Dragut Point                           10 Knots         35° 54'.500                 014° 31'.007

 

Further to the above yellow cylindrical buoys which are 0.9 metres in diameter, flashing yellow 1 every 4 seconds and having a 2 nautical miles range, will be placed in the following positions:

 

            Bays                                        Speed              Latitude                       Longitude

 

B1       Ramla l-Ħamra                       10 Knots         36° 03'.827                 014° 17'.018

B3       San Niklaw                             10 Knots         36° 01'.264                 014° 19'.804

B6       Santa Marija                           10 Knots         36° 01'.216                 014° 20'.108

B14     Ċirkewwa                                10 Knots         35° 59'.059                 014° 19'.789

B15     Armier                                    10 Knots         35° 59'.527                 014° 21'.460

B16     Little Armier                          10 Knots         35° 59'.627                 014° 21'.602

B17     Mellieħa                                 10 Knots         35° 59'.153                 014° 22'.681

B18     Mellieħa                                 10 Knots         35° 58'.809                 014° 21'.921

B19     Mellieħa                                 10 Knots         35° 58'.466                 014° 21'.400

B23     Mellieħa                                 10 Knots         35° 58'.190                 014° 21'.987

B24     Mellieħa                                 10 Knots         35° 58'.394                 014° 22'.711

B25     Il-Gżejjer North                      10 Knots         35° 58'.076                 014° 23'.974

B26     Il-Gżejjer South                      10 Knots         35° 57'.942                 014° 24'.601

B28     Ras il-Għallis                         10 Knots         35° 57'.400                 014° 25'.968

B29     San Ġiljan                               10 Knots         35° 55'.221                 014° 29'.857

B30     Marsaskala                             10 Knots         35° 51'.907                 014° 34'.432

B31     San Tumas                              10 Knots         35° 51'.320                 014° 34'.331

B32     Xrobb l-Għaġin                      10 Knots         35° 50'.298                 014° 34'.030

B33     St Peter's Pool                        10 Knots         35° 49'.903                 014° 33'.897

B34     Dellimara                                10 Knots         35° 49'.388                 014° 33'.857

B35     Il-Ġnejna                                 10 Knots         35° 55'.473                 014° 20'.354

B36     Għajn Tuffieħa                       10 Knots         35° 55'.800                 014° 20'.495

B37     Il-Mixquqa                              10 Knots         35° 55'.965                 014° 20'.464

 

The following buoys placed at Mġarr ix-Xini – Gozo; Blue Lagoon – Comino; Mellieħa – off the beach; and Xemxija inner, delineate a 5 Knots maximum speed limit.

 

            Bays                                        Speed              Latitude                       Longitude

 

B2       Mġarr ix-Xini                         5 Knots                       36° 00'.906                 014° 16'.445

B4       San Niklaw Bay (Fairway 1)  5 Knots                       36° 01'.167                 014° 19'.770

B5       San Niklaw Bay (Fairway 9D)5 Knots                      36° 01'.039                 014° 19'.773

B7       Santa Marija Bay (Fairway 1) 5 Knots                       36° 01'.031                 014° 20'.210

B8       Santa Marija Bay (Fairway 2) 5 Knots                       36° 01'.111                 014° 20'.210

B9       Blue Lagoon Outer                 5 Knots                       36° 01'.004                 014° 19'.226

B10     Blue Lagoon (Fairway 5)       5 Knots                       36° 00'.965                 014° 19'.332

B11     Blue Lagoon (Fairway 3)       5 Knots                       36° 00'.952                 014° 19'.310

B12     Blue Lagoon (Fairway 2)       5 Knots                       36° 00'.913                 014° 19'.346

B13     Blue Lagoon (Fairway 1)       5 Knots                       36° 00'.852                 014° 19'.401

B20     Mellieħa                                 5 Knots                       35° 58'.398                 014° 21'.247

B21     Mellieħa                                 5 Knots                       35° 58'.269                 014° 21'.299

B22     Mellieħa                                 5 Knots                       35° 58'.133                 014° 21'.480

B27     Xemxija                                  5 Knots                       35° 57'.027                 014° 23'.508

 

Buoys indicate the speed that should never be exceeded, and in any case, mariners are always reminded to proceed at a safe speed subject to the prevailing circumstances and conditions.

Mariners are further reminded that it is prohibited to moor any vessel to any of the above buoys and any other buoy owned by Transport Malta and that the speed restriction is in place all year round even without the buoys in place. The deployment of the buoys may be delayed due to the present situation.

 

Charts affected: BA 36, 177, 211A, 211B, 2537, 2538

 

25th May, 2021

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 62 of 2021

 

Designated Restricted Areas – Consolidated List

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners, owners of vessels and the general public that the following designated restricted areas to navigation have been established:

 

A) At Xatt L-Aħmar – Gozo, the area joining the points A1, A2 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart A found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

A1                   36° 01'.142     014° 17'.273  

A2                   36° 01'.145     014° 17'.306

 

B) In Il-Bajja ta' San Ġorġ, the area joining the points B1, B2, B3, B4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart B found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

B1                   35° 55'.685     014° 29'.501  

B2                   35° 55'.666     014° 29'.519  

B3                   35° 55'.650     014° 29'.452  

B4                   35° 55'.650     014° 29'.436

 

C) In Il-Bajja ta' San Ġorġ, the area joining the points C1, C2, C3, C4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 2C found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

C1                   35° 55'.575     014° 29'.570  

C2                   35° 55'.586     014° 29'.585

C3                   35° 55'.590     014° 29'.598  

C4                   35° 55'.583     014° 29'.642

D) At Il-Ponta tad-Dragunara, the area joining the points D1, D2, D3, D4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart D found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

D1                   35° 55'.527     014° 29'.679  

D2                   35° 55'.499     014° 29'.704  

D3                   35° 55'.449     014° 29'.672  

D4                   35° 55'.459     014° 29'.617  

           

E) In Il-Bajja tal-Balluta, the area joining the points E1, E2, E3, E4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart E found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

E1                    35° 54'.931     014° 29'.627  

E2                    35° 54'.931     014° 29'.650  

E3                    35° 54'.898     014° 29'.650  

E4                    35° 54'.898     014° 29'.627  

 

F) In Il-Bajja ta' Għar id-Dud – Tas-Sliema, the area joining the points F1, F2 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart F found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

F1                    35° 54'.816     014° 30'.477  

F2                    35° 54'.756     014° 30'.451

 

G) In Il-Port ta' Marsamxett (Ta' Xbiex area), the area joining the points G1, G2, G3, G4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart G found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

G1                   35° 53'.946     014° 30'.044

G2                   35° 53'.942     014° 30'.062

G3                   35° 53'.889     014° 30'.045

G4                   35° 53'.893     014° 30'.027

 

H) In Il-Port ta' Marsamxett, the area joining the points H1, H2, H3, H4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart H found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

H1                   35° 53'.903     014° 30'.276  

H2                   35° 53'.916     014° 30'.279

H3                   35° 53'.928     014° 30'.301  

H4                   35° 53'.925     014° 30'.320  

I) In Marsamxett Harbour (Valletta Water Polo Pitch area), the area joining the points I1, I2, I3 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart I found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

I1                     35° 54'.070     014° 30'.638

I2                     35° 54'.138     014° 30'.724

I3                     35° 54'.130     014° 30'.733

 

J) In Il-Port il-Kbir (Kalkara Creek – Toqba area – Birgu), the area joining the points J1, J2, J3, J4 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart J found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

J1                    35º 53'.450     014º 31'.225

J2                    35º 53'.452     014º 31'.228

J3                    35º 53'.418     014º 31'.271

J4                    35º 53'.411     014º 31'.263

 

K) In Il-Port il-Kbir (Rinella Bay area), the area joining the points K1, K2 and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart K found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points              Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

K1                   35º 53'.656     014º 31'.629

K2                   35º 53'.584     014º 31'.609

 

To always ensure safety, no vessel, craft or other object, whether equipped with an engine or not, is to enter these designated restricted areas.  Furthermore, the use of fishing gear/implements is not allowed in these areas. 

 

 

These designated restricted areas shall be in place with immediate effect and until Thursday 30th September 2021.  They will be delineated by ropes which will be kept afloat by coloured marker floats and may be left in location up to 2 weeks after the closing date.

 

Mariners and owners of vessels moored within these designated restricted areas are advised to remove their vessels and mooring buoys immediately. Any vessels and mooring buoys left in these areas may be removed by the respective operators. No liability whatsoever will be borne by Transport Malta for any damage to vessels or any damage/loss of mooring buoys and ground tackles that are left in these areas.

Mariners are informed that it is prohibited to secure/moor any vessel, craft or object to any marker buoy, ropes and related gear delineating the designated restricted areas.

 

Local Notices to Mariners Nos 37, 51 and 55 are hereby CANCELLED

 

Position is referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 211, 2537, 2538

 

25th May, 2021

 

 

Transport Malta

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 51 of 2021

 

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2021 regarding Designated Restricted Areas

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners, owners of vessels and the general public that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2021 regarding Designated Restricted Areas, the following areas have also been established as  designated restricted areas to navigation:

 

1. In Marsamxett Harbour (Ta' Xbiex area), the area joining the points 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 1 on the Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

1A                   35° 53'.946     014° 30'.044

1B                   35° 53'.942     014° 30'.062

1C                   35° 53'.889     014° 30'.045

1D                   35° 53'.893     014° 30'.027

 

2. In Marsamxett Harbour (Valletta Water Polo Pitch area), the area joining the points 2A, 2B, 2C and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 2 on the Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

2A                   35° 54'.070     014° 30'.638

2B                   35° 54'.138     014° 30'.724

2C                   35° 54'.130     014° 30'.733

                       

3. In the Grand Harbour (Rinella Bay area), the area joining the points 3A, 3B and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 3 on the Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

3A                   35º 53'.656     014º 31'.629

3B                   35º 53'.584     014º 31'.609

4. In the Grand Harbour (Kalkara Creek – Toqba area – Birgu), the area joining the points 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and the intermediate coastline as shown on chart 4 on the Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

4A                   35º 53'.450     014º 31'.225

4B                   35º 53'.452     014º 31'.228

4C                   35º 53'.418     014º 31'.271

4D                   35º 53'.411     014º 31'.263

 

These designated restricted areas shall be in place with immediate effect until Thursday, 30th September, 2021.  They will be delineated by rope which will be kept afloat by coloured marker floats and may be left in location up to 2 weeks after the closing date.

 

All the information and restrictions mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2021 will also apply to this area.

 

Position is referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

 

18th May, 2021

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 55 of 2021

 

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2021 Regarding  Designated Restricted Areas

 

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2021.

 

The Directorate for Ports and Yachting, Transport Malta, informs mariners that in Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2021 there is a typing error in the co-ordinates of points K, U and V.

 

The correct co-ordinates should read as follows:

 

Points  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

K                     35° 55'.449     014° 29'.672  

U                     36° 01'.142     014° 17'.273  

V                     36° 01'.145     014° 17'.306

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2021 is to be amended accordingly.

 

All the other information mentioned in Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2021 will remain valid.

 

Charts affected: BA 177, 211, 2537, 2538

 

18th May, 2021

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 48 of 2021

 

Demarcation of Designated Areas in Xemxija (Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl)

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Authority for Transport in Malta, hereby notifies all mariners that the Authority will be, in the coming weeks, laying down the necessary navigational aids demarcating the different designated areas in Xemxija to facilitate navigation and ensure the safety thereof.

 

 

No mooring or anchoring is allowed in the area bounded by the imaginary lines A1, A, B, B1, C, D, E, F (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) by any vessel unless such is covered by a permit or other authorisation of the Authority. Owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring within this area without the Authority's permission are to remove such vessels, moorings and associated tackle.

 

 

                        Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Any vessels and moorings that are left in this area which are not covered by any permit or other authorisation from the Authority will be removed at the expense of their owner.

 

No liability whatsoever will be accepted by the Authority for any damage that may be caused while removing the said vessels and moorings.

 

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

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

Chart affected: BA 211

 

14th May, 2021

 

 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 49 of 2021

 

Moorings within Xemxija (Il-Bajja ta' San Pawl)

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Authority for Transport in Malta, hereby notifies all mariners that the works described in Local Notice to Mariners 16/2021 have been suspended for an indeterminate period.

 

Further to Local Notice to Mariners 48/2021, the Authority has demarcated the different areas in this area with the appropriate buoys and special markings.

 

All mariners are advised that the area bounded by the imaginary lines A, B, C and D (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) is under the control and management of the Authority and in this respect no mooring, berthing or anchoring is allowed within such area unless such is covered by a permit or other authorisation of the Authority. 

 

Mariners are advised that those having a vessel berthed, moored or a mooring in this area, and wish to avail themselves of such facility, are to submit an application to the Authority for its consideration on the applicable Application for a Temporary Mooring Permit Form, which can be downloaded from the Authority's website (Form TM/PYD/078 Issue 1). Together with the application form, the applicant must submit documentary evidence that he/she were using a berth or mooring within the area over the past five years, including the GPS coordinates of such berth or mooring and the named vessel to be berthed or moored and the other documentation listed. Should the Authority accept the application, a temporary authorisation will be issued for the period of six months, and renewable for periods of six months each at the discretion of the Authority, until the planned works commence. The normal moorings-related terms and conditions will also be applicable.

 

Mariners are further advised that any authorisation may be terminated by the Authority at any time prior to expiry of the six-month periods by giving an advance notice in writing to the holder of such termination.

 

For the avoidance of any doubt, the authorisation shall be limited to the berthing or mooring of a named vessel with the identified berth or mooring. This authorisation and any rights associated therewith shall terminate immediately on the termination date of such authorisation. It is expressly being advised that such authorisation does not entitle the holder thereof to any rights whatsoever over the berth or mooring, or to continue berthing or mooring the vessel within this area or within any other area, including any right of first refusal or othe​r preferential treatment.

Applications must be submitted to the Moorings and Berthing Unit of the Authority by 11th June, 2021, as per following details:

 

Moorings and Berthing Unit

Malta Transport Centre

Triq Pantar, Ħal Lija LJA 2021

Telephone numbers: 25554141/25554142/25554145/ 25554427

Email: (moorings.tm@transport.gov.mt)

Opening hours: Monday and Wednesday: 7.30 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 7.30 a.m. - noon

 

Owners and vessels that are berthed or moored or have a berth or mooring within this area, who are not covered by any permit or other authorisation by the Authority, have already been advised to remove such in line with the provisions of Local Notice to Mariners 48/2021.

 

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

 

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 

14th May, 2021