Notice to Mariners

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 22 of 2018

Dellimara Point Light – Marsaxlokk
 RELIT

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Light at Il-Ponta ta’ Dellimara flashing 2 every 12 seconds in the following position:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35º 49’.300    14º 33’.538

is now RELIT

Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2018 of Transport Malta is hereby cancelled.

Position in WGS 84 Datum.

Chart Affected: BA Chart 36, 2538, 194

25th May, 2018

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2018

Munxar East Cardinal Buoy – RELIT

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk And Approaches.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the East Cardinal Light Buoy at Outer Munxar reef flashing quick 3 every 10 seconds, in position:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35º 50’.982    14º 35’.940

is now RELIT

Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2018 of Transport Malta is hereby cancelled.

Position in WGS 84 Datum

Chart Affected: BA Chart 36, 2538, 194

25th May, 2018

​TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 40 of 2018

Conduct of Small Craft inside Maltese Harbours

The Authority for Transport in Malta draws the attention of masters, owners and operators of small craft, including but not limited to yachts, fishing vessels, craft used for water sports and craft under sail and/or under oars are not to impede the passage of, or hinder the manoeuvre of, larger commercial vessels inside any part of the Maltese ports, declared under Article 3 of the Ports and Shipping Act (Chapter 352 of the Laws of Malta), and the approaches thereto.

Without prejudice to any other legal provisions, including those of the laws mentioned hereunder, special reference is being made to:

(i) Regulation 21 of the Ports Regulations (S.L. 499.01);

(ii) Rule 9 of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972, as enacted under the Merchant Shipping Act (Chapter 234 of the Laws of Malta).

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

Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2001 is hereby superseded. 

22nd May, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2018

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2018 Regarding Refurbishment of slipway at Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2018 regarding refurbishment of slipway at Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, the completion date is being extended until further notice. 

All other information included in Local Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2018 will remain valid.

22nd May, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 42 of 2018

Restricted Area at Għar Lapsi

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to falling rocks from the cliff face at Għar Lapsi, the area shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) between points A and B and the intermediate coastline has been declared dangerous.

The limit will be delineated by a floating rope supported by black and white buoys connected to the shore at points A and B.

Point  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E) 

35° 49’.627    014° 25’.412  
35° 49’.610    014° 25’.411 

In view of the above with immediate effect, the area shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), has been declared as a restricted area to swimmers and vessels.


Masters of vessels are to note the above and give the enclosed area a wide berth when navigating in the vicinity.


Chart Affected: BA  2538

22nd May, 2018





TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 44 of 2018

Sea bed clean-up at Buġibba – 2018

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Malta Skin Divers Club will be organising a sea bed clean-up at Bugibba in the area shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

This event will be held on Friday, 25th May, 2018, between 2.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m.

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with extreme caution and at slow speed when in the vicinity, on the stipulated date and time. They are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

Charts affected: BA 211B, 2537

22nd May, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 21 of 2018

 Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 
5th June, 2018 – Extended hours

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2015, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out Live Firing Practice on Tuesday, 5th June, 2018, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 11.00 p.m. (Local Time).

The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.

From Position A

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

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

a radius of 4 Nautical miles to points 

35º 59’.460   014º 27’.150 and
35º 58’.290   014º 32’.190

During the Live Firing Practice Red Flags (approximate size 2.5m x 2m) will be flown from the shore limits.  Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 Nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.
Moreover, they must obey instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 12.


Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM  

22nd May, 2018


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 39 of 2018

Voomquest 002 – V2 International Powerboat Championship

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Voomquest 002 – V2 International Powerboat Championship will be held off Sliema between Friday, 8th June, 2018 and Sunday, 10th June, 2018, weather permitting. 

Navigation will be restricted within the area bounded by the imaginary lines joining the points U, V, W, X, Y, Z and the intermediate coastlines, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), between 10.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. each day.

Position  Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

U    35º 54’.422    014º 30’.909
V    35º 54’.514    014º 31’.246
W    35º 54’.847    014º 31’.412
X    35º 55’.882    014º 30’.568
Y    35º 55’.781    014º 30’.019
Z    35º 55’.134    014º 29’.930

A number of buoys will be laid within the area on Thursday, 7th June, 2018 after noon, in the following positions A, A1, B, C, D, E, F, F1, G, H, P1 and P2 for the races as indicated on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)

Position  Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)      Colour

A    35º 55’.168   014º 30’.346         White
A1    35º 55’.107   014º 30’.271         White
B    35º 54’.929   014º 30’.563         Red
C    35º 54’.605   014º 30’.844         Yellow
D    35º 54’.606   014º 31’.086         Yellow
E    35º 54’.765   014º 31’.190         Yellow
F    35º 55’.708   014º 30’.482         Yellow
F1    35º 55’.763   014º 30’.544         Yellow
G    35º 55’.701   014º 30’.145         Yellow
H    35º 55’.287   014º 30’.075         Yellow
P1    35º 54’.517   014º 30’.848         Green
P2    35º 54’.533   014º 31’.140         Green

The buoys will be left in position also during the night and will have a yellow flashing light. During all other hours vessels are to navigate with caution.

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

Charts Affected: BA 177, 194, 2537 and 2538 

18th May, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2018

Dellimara Point Light – Marsaxlokk – UNLIT

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the light at ‘Il-Ponta ta’ Dellimara’ flashing 2 every 12 seconds in the following position:


Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35º 49’.300    14º 33’.538

is UNLIT

Position in WGS 84 Datum.

Chart Affected: BA Chart 36, 2538, 194

18th May, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2018

 Vodafone Connect Challenge (Kayak) Gozo
to Comino – 2018

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that Vodafone will be organising a Kayak event between Mġarr Marina, Gozo, and Santa Marija Bay, Comino. This event will be held on Friday, 18th May, 2018.

Participants will depart at 10.45 a.m. from inside Mġarr Marina, Gozo, next to the North Breakwater arm to head towards Ħondoq Ir-Rummien, Gozo, and then towards Santa Marija Bay, Comino, as indicated on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

The participants will then return back to Mġarr Marina using the same route.

The activity will be finished at approximately 1.30 p.m., weather permitting.

Support vessels will accompany the participating kayakers.

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 participants a wide berth. They are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 Charts affected: BA 211A, 2537
  
15th May, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 38 of 2018

Works at Grand Harbour Marina – Dockyard 
Creek – Grand Harbour

Mariners are informed that works are in progress to replace/refurbish existing pontoons at Dockyard Creek.  This will involve the replacing/refurbishing of pontoons at the head of the pontoons and their related mooring systems.  These works will be carried out with the assistance of divers who will be working in the area.

In view of the above with immediate effect and until further notice, entrance to Dockyard Creek is restricted. Only boat owners who have berths at Dockyard Creek and the ferry boat service may enter this area.


These masters are to navigate with extreme caution and at very low speed.

Chart Affected: BA 177

15th May, 2018


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2018

Cancel Local Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2018
Re – Damage to Saint Elmo Breakwater Bridge, Grand Harbour – Valletta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Saint Elmo Breakwater Bridge, Grand Harbour – Valletta has now been repaired and therefore Local Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2018 Re: Damage to Saint Elmo Breakwater Bridge, Grand Harbour, Valletta, is hereby Cancelled.

Chart Affected: BA 177

11th May, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 36 of 2018

Removal of vessel MT HEPHAESTUS wreck at Qawra Point

Reference is made to Local Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2018, regarding ‘Restricted area at Qawra point – St Paul’s Bay’.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the restricted area around the vessel MT HEPHAESTUS is being amended.

The amended restricted area is bounded by the imaginary lines between the points A, B, C, D and the intermediate coastline, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Yellow marker buoys will be placed along the imaginary lines A to B and B to C. The buoys at points B and C will carry a yellow flashing light.

Point  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A    35° 57’.593    014° 25’.468 (coast) 
35° 57’.635    014° 25’.468 (buoy)
35° 57’.635    014° 25’.615 (buoy)
35° 57’.609    014° 25’.615 (coast) 

Arrangements for the removal of the vessel are currently being made.

With immediate effect only authorised vessels will be allowed in this area. 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2018 is hereby being cancelled.

Masters of vessels are to note the above and give the enclosed area a wide berth when navigating in the vicinity and proceed at slow speed.

Chart Affected: BA 211B, 2538 

11th May, 2018


TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 19 of 2018

Collapsed outer part of jetty next to the slipway at Xlendi Bay – Gozo

Reference is made to BA chart 211 (Plans in the Maltese Islands) plan F (Gozo – Xlendi Bay).

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the outer part of the jetty next to the slipway in the inner part of Xlendi Bay in position:

Position  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

      36º 01’.825    014º 12’.996  

has collapsed.

Mariners are to note the above, keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed in the vicinity. They are to stay at least 10 metres from the given position, as shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), due to the debris.
 

Chart Affected: BA 211A

11th May, 2018


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 34 of 2018

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No. 27 of 2018 
Re – Zones reserved for swimmers in Comino

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that Local Notice to Mariners No. 27 of 2018 Re – Zones reserved for swimmers in Comino is being amended as follows:
 
The special mark buoys fitted with a yellow light flashing every 5 seconds, mentioned in the following items, have not been placed and will be placed at a later date.

Item 1b) Mooring areas for Commercial vessels
Item 1c) Fairway
Item 9b) Fairway (referring to Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2017)
Item 10b) Fairway (referring to Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2017)

All other information and regulations regarding fairways and swimmer zones will still be in force.
 

Chart Affected: BA 211A

8th May, 2018

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 32 of 2018

Fireworks Display – Grand Harbour 
(Seabourn Ovation Christening)

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a fireworks display will be held in Grand Harbour on Friday, 11th May, 2018.

Fireworks will be let off from a row of pontoons placed off Pinto Wharves 1 and 2, as shown on the chart which can be found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

The pontoons will be laid in position on Friday, 11th May, 2018, from 6.30 p.m., and will be removed immediately after the displays finish.

The short fireworks display will be held between 10.00 p.m. and 11.00 p.m.

In view of the above, mariners are informed that part of Grand Harbour, between the imaginary lines A-B, B-C, C-D and the intermediate coastline, as shown on the chart which can be found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), will have restricted passage between 6.30 p.m. and11.00 p.m.

During the event shipping movements in Grand Harbour will be restricted. No vessel will be allowed within the restricted area, unless authorised by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.
 
Authorised vessels are to give the display pontoons a wide berth of at least 150m. 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.

Chart Affected: BA 177

4th May, 2018


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2018

Sailing around Comino – May 2018

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta would like to notify mariners that a sailing regatta will be held on Sunday, 6th May, 2018.

The sailing regatta will start at noon and will be finished by 4.00 p.m.

The start and finish line is between the points A and B and the participants will follow the course, sailing in a clockwise direction, as shown on the chart which can be found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

There will be a number of support vessels along the route.

Masters of all vessels not directly involved in this sailing regatta are to keep a sharp lookout and keep clear of the racing course. They are also to obey any instructions given by the race organisers, safety vessels and by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.


Charts effected:  BA 211A, 2537

4th May, 2018

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 31 of 2018

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners No 29 of 2018 Re – Malta International Fireworks Festival 2018 Fireworks Display in Grand Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that Local Notice to Mariners No. 29 of 2018 Re – Malta International Fireworks Festival 2018 Display in Grand Harbour is being amended as follows:

The fireworks will be let off on Monday, 30th April, 2018, between 9.00 p.m. and 11.00 p.m., local time (7.00 p.m. till 9.00 p.m. UTC).

Due to this change the port closure and prohibited area will be effective on Monday, 30th April, 2018, from 4.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m., local time (2.00 p.m. till 9.00 p.m. UTC)

Chart Affected: BA 177

27th April, 2018


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 28 of 2018

Repair Works on St Elmo Breakwater Arm, 
Grand Harbour – Valletta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that with immediate effect repair works will be carried out on St Elmo Breakwater Arm, Grand Harbour, Valletta, and are expected to be completed by the end of June 2018.


The works will be carried out within the area shown hatched in blue as indicated in the chart shown on the website of Transport Malta (http://www.transport.gov.mt) and consists of the retrieval of hard stone slabs from the seabed and replacing missing coping slabs.

A diver will be involved in the works and will be assisted by the crane barge M/V Gold Dredger.

Masters and vessel operators are instructed that with immediate effect and until further notice they are to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and slow speed and give the barge/diver a wide berth.

Masters of all vessels are also advised to keep a constant watch on VHF channel 12 for any new information which will be advised by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS).

Chart effected: BA 177

24th April, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 29 of 2018

Malta International Fireworks Festival 2018
Fireworks Display in Grand Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a fireworks display will be held in Grand Harbour on Monday, 30th April, 2018.

Fireworks will be let off from a row of pontoons and barge placed off St Angelo Point.

The pontoons between the points Y and Z will be placed in position, on Monday, 30th April, 2018, from 9.30 a.m. onwards, and will be removed immediately after the displays finish.

The barge off St Angelo Point will be placed in position X, on Monday, 30th April, 2018, in the morning.

Another barge to be used as a stage will be placed in position W, off Barriera Wharf, on Sunday, 29th April, 2018 at noon and will be removed on Tuesday, 1st May, 2018.


 A copy of part of BA Chart 177 showing the arrangement of pontoons and barges is found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).
The fireworks will be let off on Monday, 30th April, 2018, from 9.00 p.m. till 10.30 p.m. local time (7.00 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. UTC).

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

The port closure and prohibited area will be effective as of Monday, 30th April, 2018 from 4.00 p.m. to 10.45 p.m. local Time (2.00 p.m. to 8.45 p.m. UTC).

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’.720    014º 31’.541
H    35° 53’.840    014° 31’.112
W    35° 53’.754 014° 30’.902  
X    35º 53’.633    014º 31’.221  
Y    35º 53’.573    014º 30’.919
Z    35° 53’.715    014° 31’.120

During the event shipping movements in Grand Harbour will be restricted. No vessel will be allowed within the restricted area, except by arrangement through the Organising Committee. Authorised craft are to give the display pontoons 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.

Chart Affected: BA 177

24th April, 2018




TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 30 of 2018

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2018
Re – Refurbishment of Slipway at Ġnejna Bay

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the refurbishment of slipway at Ġnejna Bay has now been completed and therefore Local Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2018 Re – Refurbishment of Slipway at Ġnejna Bay is hereby CANCELLED.
Charts Affected: BA 2537, 2538

24th April, 2018





TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2018

Munxar East Cardinal Buoy – UNLIT

Reference is made to BA Chart 2538 – Malta (South East).

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the East Cardinal Light Buoy at outer Munxar reef in position:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35º 50’.892    14º 35’.940

is UNLIT

Mariners are advised to note the above and proceed with caution and slow speed when navigating in the area.


Chart Affected: BA 2538, 194
 
24th April, 2018

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 26 of 2018

Sailing Regatta in Il-Bajja ta’ Marsaxlokk – April 2018

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Birzebbuġa Sailing Club shall be holding the Malta Annual Spring Regatta for dinghies on Saturday, 21st April, 2018 and Sunday, 22nd April, 2018. 


Races shall be held between 10.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. (local time) on both days.

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

The courses shall be defined by inflatable marks of about 1.5 meters high around which the competitors shall have to sail.

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


Masters of all craft not directly involved in this Sailing Regatta are asked to keep clear of the racing area, especially at each of the turning marks and observe any instructions that may be given by the race organisers’ safety craft and by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14.

Charts effected:  BA 36, 2538

20th April, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 27 of 2018

Zones Reserved for Swimmers in Comino

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies all bathers, mariners and owners of vessels that the following arrangements will be made for Blue Lagoon, Santa Marija Bay and San Niklaw Bay in the North Comino channel for the period between 1st May, 2018 and 15th October, 2018.
 
1a) Blue Lagoon Swimmers’ Zone 

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 which is being reserved exclusively for bathers as indicated in the chart shown on the website of Transport Malta (http://www.transport.gov.mt) is delineated by the following coordinates:

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

1A 36º 00’.893 14º 19’.281 (Shore)
1B 36º 00’.898 14º 19’.289
1C 36º 00’.825 14º 19’.351
1D 36º 00’.846 14º 19’.440
1E 36º 00’.854 14º 19’.448 (Shore)
1F 36º 00’.751 14º 19’.471 (Shore)
1G 36º 00’.740 14º 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 14º 19’.397 (Shore)
5 36° 00’.965 14° 19’.332 (Buoy)
6 36° 00’.927 14° 19’.364
7 36° 00’.974 14° 19’.425 (Shore)
8 36º 00’.920 14º 19’.458 (Shore)
9 36º 00’.941 14º 19’.433
10 36º 00’.904 14º 19’.383
11 36° 00’.859 14° 19’.421
12 36° 00’.866 14° 19’.439 (Shore)

1c) Fairway

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

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

    1 36° 00’.852 14° 19’.401 (Buoy)
    2 36º 00’.913 14º 19’.346 (Buoy)
    3 36º 00’.952 14º 19’.310 (Buoy)
    5 36º 00’.965 14º 19’.332 (Buoy)
   11 36° 00’.859 14° 19’.421

9a) San Niklaw Bay Swimmers’ Zone

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 as indicated in the chart shown on the website of Transport Malta (http://www.transport.gov.mt) and is delineated by the following coordinates:

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

9A    36º 01’.008    014º 19’.735 (Shore)
9B    36º 01’.005    014º 19’.749 (Shore)
9C    36º 01’.001    014º 19’.766
9D    36º 01’.039    014º 19’.773  
9E    36º 01’.037    014º 19’.820 (Shore)

9b) Fairway     

The fairway was established by Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2017 and is to be used solely for navigation and should otherwise be kept clear.
10a) Santa Marija Bay (Inner) Swimmers’ Zone


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 as indicated in the chart shown on the website of Transport Malta (http://www.transport.gov.mt) and is delineated by the following coordinates:

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

10A    36º 00’.996    14º 20’.180 (Shore)
10B    36º 01’.001    14º 20’.185
10C    36º 00’.997    14º 20’.247
10D    36º 00’.984    14º 20’.249 (Shore)

10b) Fairway

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

53) Santa Maria Bay (Outer) Swimmers’ Zone


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 as indicated in the chart shown on the website of Transport Malta (http://www.transport.gov.mt) and is delineated by the following coordinates:

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

53A    36º 01’.089    14º 20’.289 (Shore)
53B    36º 01’.134    14º 20’.301 (Shore)

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

Nylon ropes supported by floats will delineate the swimmers’ zone and may remain in place, two weeks after the stipulated date.  

For the benefit and safety of all bathers and mariners, Transport Malta urges all visitors and commercial vessels to adhere to these arrangements. Enforcement Officers will be constantly patrolling the area.


Mariners are advised to keep a good lookout and navigate with caution and at slow speed in the North Comino Channel at Blue Lagoon and Santa Marija Bay. They are also reminded that it is prohibited to secure/moor any vessel to any of the marker buoys, swimmers’ zone delineation markers and related gear belonging to Transport Malta.

All positions are referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

Chart effected: BA 211

20th April, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2018

Live firing practice at Pembroke Ranges – 26th and 27th April, 2018 – Extended hours

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2015, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out Live Firing Practice on Thursday, 26th April, 2018 and Friday, 27th April, 2018, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. (Local Time).


The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.

From Position A

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

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

a radius of 4 Nautical miles to points 

35º 59’.460    014º 27’.150 and

35º 58’.290    014º 32’.190
 
During the Live Firing Practice Red Flags (approximate size 2.5m x 2m) will be flown from the shore limits.  Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 Nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

Moreover, they must obey instructions given by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF channel 12.

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

20th April, 2018


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2018

Geophysical Survey at Ħondoq ir-Rummien 
Bay, Gozo

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a geophysical survey will be carried out off Ħondoq ir-Rummien Bay, Gozo. The fieldwork will start on Monday, 16th April, 2018, and is expected to be completed by Friday, 20th April, 2018. However, if due to bad weather conditions the work cannot be carried out during the mentioned time frame, the completion date may be extended until mid of May, 2018.

The geophysical survey may include the use of divers and will be carried out within the area A, B, C, D and the intermediate coastline, as shown on chart shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Position        Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

36° 01’.609    014° 19’.320   (Shore)
B 36° 01’.473  014° 19’.321
36° 01’.475    014° 19’.734
36° 01’.732    014° 19’.732   (Shore)

Mariners and operators of sea craft are advised to keep a sharp lookout and proceed at slow speed while navigating in the area.  They are to give the above positions a wide berth of at least 100 metres.

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

Chart affected: BA 211A, 2538

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

13th April, 2017



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 25 of 2018

Sediment Sampling from Seabed at il-Magħluq 
in Marsaxlokk Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that samples will be taken from the seabed at il-Magħluq in Marsaxlokk Harbour, between Monday, 16th April, 2018 and Friday, 20th April, 2018.

The sampling shall be carried out from a pontoon and will take place at points A, B and C, as shown chart shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and slow speed and give the boat/diver a wide berth. They are to comply with instructions given by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14.

Chart affected: BA 36

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

13th April, 2017



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2018

Live Firing Practice Exercise at Sea – 
Gunex 01/2018

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Armed Forces of Malta shall conduct a live firing practice exercise at sea from the Pembroke Ranges and South of Malta between Monday, 16th April, 2018 and Wednesday, 18th April, 2018, with Thursday, 19th and Friday, 20th, 2018, scheduled as reserve dates.

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

At Pembroke Ranges:

The firing exercise will take place between 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. local time, (6.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. UTC).

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

      35º 55’.540         014º 28’.320

thence on a bearing of 335 True x 8.5 nautical miles to:
Position B:  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

            36º 03’.250      014º 23’.860

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

Position C:  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

            35º 59’.810      014º 37’.390

thence on a bearing of 240 True to position A.

As shown on chart A found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

In the South of Malta:

The firing exercise will take place between 11.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. local time, (9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. UTC).

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

Position Z:  Latitude (N)      Longitude (E)

35º 30’.500    014º 11’.000

As shown on chart 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).

Chart affected:  BA 194, 2124, 2537 and 2538

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM 

13th April, 2018


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2018

Fireworks – Il-Festa l-Kbira, from the Foreshore 
at Il-Ponta ta’ Sant’ Iermu, Valletta – 2018

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that in connection with the Il-Festa l-Kbira organised by Valletta 2018, fireworks will be let off from the foreshore at Il-Ponta ta’ Sant’Iermu, Valletta, from approximately the following position:
Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

A 35° 54’.163    14° 31’.226

 The fireworks from the above position will be let off on Saturday, 7th April, 2018, between 8.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m. 


Mariners are to keep a safe distance of at least 200 metres from the position indicated above.  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 while entering and navigating between Marsamxett Harbour and Grand Harbour.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

Chart Affected: BA Chart 177 

6th April, 2018


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 21 of 2018

Cancellation of Local Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2018
Re: 31st March Regatta in the Grand Harbour, Valletta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that Local Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2018 Re: 31st March Regatta in the Grand Harbour,Valletta, is hereby Cancelled and another will be Reissued.

Chart Affected: BA 177

3rd April, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 22 of 2018

31 March Regatta in the Grand Harbour, 
Valletta – Reissue

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the 31st March Regatta will be held in the Grand Harbour on Saturday 7th April 2018. Sinkers and marker buoys will be laid as follows:

1. On Friday 6th April 2018, 3 sinkers with yellow flashing marker buoys will be laid in the following positions.

 
Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)
(A)    35°53’.550    014°30’.917
(B)    35°53’.490    014°30’.824
(C)    35°53’.443  014°30’.750

A sinker only will be placed in mid channel between Laboratory Wharf and Deep Water Quay in the following position:

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E) 
(D)  35°53’.173    014°30’.356

2. On Saturday, 7th April, 2018 as from 8.00 a.m.:

(a) a sinker and marker buoy will be placed at point (H) off Magazine Wharf, in the following position:

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E) 
(H)    35°53’.216    014°30’.712

(b) wire ropes with floats will be laid in the following positions:
(i) from buoy (A) off St. Angelo Point to buoy (B) near Senglea Point.

(ii) from buoy (B) near Senglea Point to buoy (C) Senglea Point opposite the entrance to French Creek;

(iii) from buoy (C) Senglea Point opposite the entrance to French Creek to buoy (H) off Magazine Wharf;

(iv) from approximately the South West corner at Ras Hanzir II – bollard 12 (F) to bollard 22 at Deep Water Quay (G), as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

(v). a buoy will also be placed at (D) above to support the starting line.

3. The finish is the imaginary line from buoy (A) off St. Angelo Point to point (E) corner of Lascaris Wharf.


Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E) 
(E)    35°53’.640    014°30’.791

4. The wire ropes, floats and buoys mentioned in 2 above will be removed on the completion of the Regatta at approximately 6.30 p.m. on Saturday, 7th April, 2018.

5. The sinkers and marker buoys mentioned in 1 above will then be removed on Monday, 9th April, 2018.

6. Spectators will only be permitted within the area bound by buoys (B), (C) and (H) shown hatched in red on the chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt) AND/OR 150m North East from the finish line (A) off St. Angelo Point to (E) corner of Lascaris Wharf, mentioned in 3, at all times.

Masters of all vessels are notified that on Saturday, 7th April, 2018 between 9.00 a.m. and about 7.30 p.m., incoming vessels will not be allowed to proceed to any berth South West of the imaginary spectator’s line mentioned in 6 above, which is 150m North East of the finish line mentioned in 3 above. Small vessels in ‘The Marsa’ sea area will not be allowed to proceed beyond the starting line indicated in 2(iv) above after 9.00 a.m. No vessel will be allowed near the finishing line except those involved in the races. No movements of vessels will be allowed inside Grand Harbour, except by special permission.

Masters of all vessels are also warned that the wire ropes and floats may cause a physical obstruction and consequently they are to navigate with extreme caution. Caution is also to be exercised when in the vicinity of such wire ropes and floats when these are being laid or removed. Mariners are instructed to comply with any instructions issued by Transport Malta, the Police and Armed Forces of Malta patrolling the area and by Valletta VTS (Valletta Port Control).

Chart Affected: BA 177

3rd April, 2017

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2018

Maintenance Works on Quay at Birżebbuġa

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that maintenance works are being carried out on a quay in Birżebbuġa, within the area indicated on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).

The area has a radius of 15m, centred on the below listed position:

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)
 
35° 49’.306    014° 31’.820

The works are expected to start with immediate effect and will be completed by the end of April, 2018.

No vessels will be able to berth alongside the quay during the above-mentioned dates.

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and slow speed and give the area a wide berth. They are to comply with instructions given by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14.

Chart affected BA 36

29th March, 2018


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 19 of 2018

Fireworks – Special Feast of Mount Carmel 
– 4th April, 2018

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that on the 4th April, 2018, fireworks in connection with a special feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, will be let off from St Gregory bastions, Valletta, from the following position:
 
Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

35° 54’.204          014° 31’.039

The times of the fireworks are as follows:

from 8.00 a.m. until 8.10 a.m.
from noon until 12.10 p.m.
from 9.15 p.m. until 9.45 p.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 while entering and navigating between Marsamxett Harbour and Grand Harbour.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM. 

Chart effected: BA Chart 177  

27th March, 2018


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2018

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 017 of 2018
Re – V2 Powerboat Races in South
Comino Channel

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 017 of 2018 Re – V2 Powerboat Races in South Comino channel, in case of adverse weather conditions, the races between Friday, 23rd March, 2018 and Sunday, 25th March, 2018 will be relocated in Mellieħa Bay.


Navigation will be restricted within the area bounded by the lines S1 to S8, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), between 8.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. each day.

Position  Latitude (N)  Longitude (E) 

S1    35º 58’.420    014º 21’.102   
S2    35º 58’.080    014º 21’.347
S3    35º 58’.300    014º 22’.268  
S4    35º 58’.440    014º 22’.789
S5    35º 58’.526    014º 23’.487
S6    35º 59’.205    014º 23’.057
S7    35º 59’.128    014º 22’.565
S8    35º 58’.769    014º 22’.198

A number of buoys will be laid within the area in the following positions A, B, C, D, E, F, G, G1 and H for the races as indicated on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt): 

Position  Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)  Colour

A-Finish  35º 58’.450    014º 21’.650  White
B    35º 58’.380    014º 21’.380  Red
C    35º 58’.230    014º 21’.330  Red
D    35º 58’.200    014º 21’.480  Red
E    35º 58’.420    014º 22’.670  Green
35º 58’.600    014º 23’.180  Red
G1    35º 59’.000    014º 23’.200  Red
G    35º 59’.100    014º 22’.680  Red
H    35º 58’.800    014º 22’.500  Green

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

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

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

23rd March, 2018


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2018

Diving Survey at Pinto Wharf 4 and 5 in the Grand Harbour, Valletta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that a diving survey will be held at Pinto Wharf 4 & 5 in the Grand Harbour, Valletta.

The diving survey will be carried out along Pinto Wharf 4 and 5. It will take place on Tuesday, 20th March, 2018, between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. The support vessel Atlantis II will assist the divers.

The area, hatched on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), A, B, C and D is designated as a safety zone, which extends 70m off Pinto Wharf.


Mariners and operators of vessels are advised not to navigate in the safety zone and any movements in the proximity of the safety zone are to be coordinated with the contractor/divers on site and with Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

They are also advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate at slow speed and give a wide berth to the above-mentioned area.

Instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 are to be complied with.  

Chart affected: BA 177

16th March, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2018

Refurbishment of Slipway at Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that refurbishment work on the slipway at Bahar iċ-Ċagħaq (shown circled and hatched in magenta on the chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) will start on Tuesday, 20th March, 2018, and are expected to be completed by Thursday 31st May, 2018.

Due to the above-mentioned refurbishment the quay will not be accessible on the above mentioned dates.

 Mariners are to note the above and proceed with caution and at a slow speed when in the vicinity of the slipway on the above-mentioned days.

16th March, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2018

V2 Powerboat Races in South Comino 
Channel

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that V2 Powerboat races will be held in South Comino channel between Friday, 23rd March, 2018 and Sunday, 25th March, 2018, weather permitting. 


Navigation will be restricted within the area bounded by the lines W-X, Y-Z and the intermediate coastlines, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), between 8.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m., each day.

Position  Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

W    35º 59’.242    014º 20’.152
X    36º 00’.272    014º 19’.899
Y    36º 00’.444    014º 20’.940
Z    35º 59’.518    014º 21’.638
A number of buoys will be laid within the area in the following positions A, A1, B, C, D, E, F, G, P, P1 and P2 for the races as indicated on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt):

Position  Latitude (N)  Longitude (E) Colour

A 35º 59’.558    014º 20’.842 White
A1        35º 59’.623    014º 20’.785  White
B          35º 59’.696    014º 21’.306  Orange
C          36º 00’.016    014º 21’.084  Orange
D          35º 59’.828    014º 20’.634  Yellow
E        35º 59’.763    014º 20’.173  Orange
F        35º 59’.478    014º 20’.247  Orange
G      35º 59’.455    014º 20’.509  Orange
P      35º 59’.339    014º 20’.215  Green
P1    35º 59’.345    014º 20’.483  Green
P2    35º 59’.510    014º 20’.863  Yellow

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

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

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

16th March, 2018




TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2018

 Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – Sunday, 25th March, 2018

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No 2 of 2015, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out Live Firing Practice on Sunday, 25th March, 2018 at the Pembroke Ranges, between 7.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m., local time.

The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.

From Position A
 
Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A  35º 55’.540    14º 28’.320 (Centre point 
       on land), 
a radius of 4 Nautical miles to points  

B  35º 59’.460    14º 27’.150 and  

C  35º 58’.290    14º 32’.190

During the live firing practice red flags (approximate size 2.5m x 2m) will be flown from the shore limits.  Mariners are warned to keep a minimum of 4 nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

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

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.
 
16th March, 2018

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 14 of 2018

 North East Marker Buoy at South East Offshore 
Fish Farm – Missing

Reference is made to BA Chart 2538 – Malta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the north-east marker buoy at South East offshore fish farm, flashing 5 yellow every 10 seconds in the following position:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35º 53’.580    014º 40’.620

is MISSING

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


Position in WGS 84 Datum

Chart Affected: BA Chart 2537, 194
 
13th March, 2018

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2018

Remote Control Model Yachts Sailing Event 
in Mellieha Bay

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta would like to notify mariners that the Malta Model Boat Association (MMBA) will be organising remote control sailing races in Mellieħa Bay. The sailing races will be held off the Mellieħa Bay Hotel between Wednesday, 14th March, 2018 and Sunday, 18th March, 2018.

These races shall be held between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. (local time) on all days.

The races will take place in the selected sailing area A, B, C, and D. shown hatched in red on the chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

If due to bad weather conditions the event cannot be held at Mellieħa Bay it will be held at Little Armier between Thursday, 15th March, 2018 and Sunday, 18th March, 2018 at the same times.

Masters of all vessels not directly involved in these races are asked to keep clear of the racing area and observe any instructions that may be given by the event organisers safety vessels and by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.
 
Charts effected:  BA 211A, 2537, 2538

9th March, 2018

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2018

Transportation of Statue from Valletta 
to Msida in Marsamxett Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the statue of Saint Joseph will be loaded on a vessel at point A (as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt)) in Valletta, near the Tas-Sliema – Valletta ferry landing place and transported from there to point B (as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt)) in Msida, near the Msida slipway on Sunday, 18th March, 2018.

Mariners are to navigate with caution, at slow speed, to keep a sharp lookout when in the vicinity to the above-mentioned events and when sighted they are to give the participants a wide berth. They are to obey any instructions that are issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and the organisers.

Chart affected: BA Chart 36

9th March, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2018

31st March Regatta in the Grand 
Harbour – Valletta

 The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the 31st March Regatta will be held in the Grand Harbour on Saturday, 7th April, 2018. Sinkers and marker buoys will be laid as follows:

1. On Friday, 6th April, 2018, 3 sinkers with yellow flashing marker buoys will be laid in the following positions.

 
Position           Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

(A)           35°53’.573 14°30’.952
(B)           35°53’.490 14°30’.824
(C)           35°53’.443 14°30’.750

A sinker only will be placed in mid channel between Laboratory Wharf and Deep Water Quay in the following position:

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

D 35°53’.173 14°30’.356

2. On Saturday, 7th April, 2018 as from 8.00 a.m., wire ropes with floats will be laid in the following positions:


(i) from buoy (A) off St Angelo Point to buoy (B) near Senglea Point.

(ii) from buoy (B) near Senglea Point to point (C) Senglea Point opposite the entrance to French Creek;

(iii) from buoy (A) to a point ashore beneath Lascaris Bastion (E), in the position:

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

E 35°53’.740 014°30’.850

(iv) from approximately the South West corner at Ras Ħanżir II – bollard 12 (F) to bollard 22 at Deep Water Quay (G), as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt)

(v) a buoy will also be placed at (D) above to support the starting line.

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 Saturday, 7th April, 2018.

4. The sinkers and marker buoys mentioned in 1 above will then be removed on Monday, 9th April, 2018.
Masters of all vessels are notified that on Saturday, 7th April, 2018 between 9.00 a.m. and about 7.30 p.m., incoming vessels will not be allowed to proceed to any berth South West of a line joining Lascaris and Fort St Angelo Flagstaff.  Small vessels in ‘The Marsa’ sea area will not be allowed to proceed beyond the starting line indicated in 2(iv) above after 9.00 a.m. No vessel will be allowed near the finishing line except those involved in the races. No movements of vessels will be allowed inside Grand Harbour, except by special permission. All vessels are to keep a minimum distance of 5 metres away from the lines and floats mentioned in 2(i), 2(ii), 2(iii) and 2(iv).

Spectators are to keep 100 metres away from line A to B mentioned in 2(iii) at all times.
 
Masters of all vessels are also warned that the wire ropes and floats may cause a physical obstruction and consequently they are to navigate with extreme caution. Caution is also to be exercised when in the vicinity of such wire ropes and floats when these are being laid or removed. Mariners are instructed to comply with any instructions issued by Transport Malta, the Police and Armed Forces of Malta patrolling the area, and by Valletta VTS (Valletta Port Control).


Chart Affected: BA 177

9th March, 2018


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 14 of 2018

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No 12 of 2018
Re – Transportation of Statue from Valletta 
to Msida in Marsamxett Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, informs mariners that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2018 – Transportation of statue from Valletta to Msida in Marsamxett Harbour, the activity will take place between 9.00 a.m. and 10.00 a.m.

All other information in Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2018 except what is mentioned in this Local Notice to Mariners will remain valid.

Chart affected: BA 177

9th March, 2018




TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2018

Restricted Area at Qawra Point – St Paul’s Bay

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners and owners of vessels that due to the grounding of the vessel MT Hephaestus a 500m restricted area has been established.

The restricted area has a radius of 500m from point A, as shown on chart shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). Only authorised vessels will be allowed in this area.

Point  Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35° 57’.600    014° 25’.520  

Masters of vessels are to note the above and give the enclosed area a wide berth when navigating in the vicinity and proceed at slow speed.

Chart Affected: BA 36, 2538 

20th February, 2018

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2018

Refurbishment of Slipway at Gnejna Bay

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 132 of 2017 “Refurbishment work on the slipway at Ġnejna Bay”, has been extended to the end of May 2018.

Due to the above-mentioned refurbishment the quay will not be accessible on the above mentioned dates.

Mariners navigating close to the above slipway, on the above-mentioned dates, are to navigate at very slow speed so as not to make any wake.

Chart Affected: BA Chart 2537, 2538 

16th February, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2018

Bathymetric Survey in Marsaxlokk Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a bathymetric survey will be carried out in Marsaxlokk Harbour, between Monday, 19th February, 2018 and Thursday, 22nd February, 2018, in the area shown hatched in red as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt).

If due to weather conditions the survey cannot be completed by the stipulated date it will be extended up to Saturday, 24th February, 2018.

Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and slow speed and give the survey vessel a wide berth. They are to comply with instructions given by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF Channel 14.

Chart affected: BA 36

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

16th February, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2018

 Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – 
Sunday, 25th February, 2018

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2015, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out Live Firing Practice on Sunday, 25th February, 2018, at the Pembroke Ranges, between 7.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m., local time.

The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.
From Position A

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

35º 55’.54    14º 28’.32 (Centre point 
           on land),

a radius of 4 Nautical miles to points 

35º 59’.46    14º 27’.15 and

35º 58’.29    14º 32’.19

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

Moreover, they are to comply with instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF channel 12.


Charts affected BA 2538, 2537, 194.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

16th February, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2018

Damage to Saint Elmo Breakwater Bridge, 
Grand Harbour − Valletta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that St. Elmo Breakwater Bridge has been extensively damaged, in its deck and railings. Repairs are underway to repair this damage.

Masters and vessel operators are instructed that with immediate effect and until further notice they are not to navigate below the above-mentioned bridge due to the possibility of falling objects.

Masters of all vessels are also advised to keep a constant watch on channel 12 for any new information which will be advised by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS).


Chart Affected: BA 177

6th February, 2018


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2018

Filming outside the Grand Harbour, Valletta – 
February 2018

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners and sea vessel operators that filming activities will take place outside the Grand Harbour, Valletta.

The dates, times and areas are as follows:

Friday, 2nd, Saturday, 3rd, Monday, 5th, Tuesday, 6th, Wednesday, 7th, Thursday, 8th, Monday, 12th, Tuesday, 13th, Wednesday, 14th, and Thursday, 15th February, 2018.

Filming will be carried out in areas A and B from 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. An alternative site area D may be used on these days (areas shown on chart shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)).

Tuesday, 6th February, 2018.

Filming will be carried out at Mediterranean Film Studio, area C (shown on chart on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) from 7.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Wednesday, 7th February, 2018.

Filming will be carried out at Mediterranean Film Studio, area C (shown on chart on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) from 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Thursday, 8th and Friday, 9th February, 2018.

Filming will be carried out at Mediterranean Film Studio, area C (shown on chart on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) from 5.00 p.m. to 4.00 a.m. (night filming).

The following vessels will be assisting during the filming:

MV Wilfred, MV Maria C and two (2) RHIB.

From Thursday, 1st February to Thursday, 15th February, 2018, the quay at Rinella Bay is to be kept clear at all time.


In view of the above from Tuesday, 6th February to Friday, 9th February, 2018, a clear horizon from the Mediterranean Film Studio, area C (shown on chart on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) is required for filming purposes.

Mariners are requested to keep a sharp look out, give a wide berth and cooperate with the organisers and police crafts when sailing in the vicinity of the above areas during the mentioned dates and times.

Mariners and vessel operators are to keep watch on VHF Channel 12. They are to comply with instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.


Charts affected: BA 2537, 2538 and 177

2nd February, 2018


TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2018

 Chart correction

Reference is made to BA Chart 36 − Marsaxlokk

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that an area A, B, C and D has been declared as a no anchoring area, as shown on chart shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).


Insert dashed lines, indicating limit of No Anchoring area, by joining the following points: A to B, B to C and C to D: 

Point    Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

A    35° 49’.978  014° 32’.268
B    35° 49’.595 014° 32’.375
C    35° 49’.613  014° 32’.472
D    35° 49’.867 014° 32’.401

Mariners are instructed not to anchor in the area mentioned above and to navigate with caution and slow speed when in the vicinity.

Charts Affected: BA  36

30th January, 2018


TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 10 of 2018

Amendment to Notice to Mariners No. 1 of 2018 
Re − Cumulative List of Notices to Mariners for 2018

Reference is made to Notice to Mariners No. 1 of 2018 (Cumulative List of Notices to Mariners for 2018).

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that item 5 should read Notice to Mariners No. 48 of 2017 and not Local Notice to Mariners No. 48 of 2017.

Notice to Mariners No. 1 of 2018 is to be amended accordingly.

All other information mentioned in Notice to Mariners No. 1 of 2018 will remain.

Chart affected: BA 177, 194, 211A, 211B, 2537, 2538

26th January, 2018

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2018

Live firing practice at Pembroke Ranges – 
January 2018 Extended hours

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2015, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out live firing practice on Friday, 26th January, 2018, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 11.00 p.m. (Local Time).

The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.

From Position A

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

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

a radius of 4 Nautical miles to points 

35º 59’.460    014º 27’.150 and
35º 58’.290    014º 32’.190

 During the live firing practice red flags (approximate size 2.5m x 2m) will be flown from the shore limits.  Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 Nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted.

Moreover, they must obey instructions issued by the Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 12.


Charts affected BA 2538, 2537, 194.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

 26th January, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2018

Cominotto West Cardinal Buoy Relit

Reference is made to BA Chart 211A – Plans in the Maltese Islands

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Cominotto West Cardinal Buoy Flashing Quick 9 every 15 seconds in the following position:

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

36º 00’.930    14º 18’.920

is now RELIT

Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2018 of Transport Malta is hereby CANCELLED.

Position in WGS 84 Datum

Chart Affected: BA Chart 211, 2537, 194

23rd January, 2018




TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2018

Fireworks Display from the Foreshore at 
Il-Ponta ta’ Sant’Iermu – Valletta – 2018

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners that in connection with the Titular Feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck, fireworks display will be let off from the foreshore at Il-Ponta ta’ Sant’Iermu,  Valletta, from approximately the following position:

  Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

A 35° 54’.163    14° 31’.226

The dates and times of the fireworks from the above position are as follows:

Friday, 26th January, 2018

Between 9.15 p.m. and 10.30 p.m.
       
Saturday, 27th January, 2018

Between 11.45 a.m. and 12.15 p.m. and between 5.40 p.m. and 7.00 p.m.

Mariners are to note the above, give the position indicated a wide berth and a safe distance of at least 200m (as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). They are further instructed to contact Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 when navigating in or out of the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour on the above dates and times. Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) are to be complied with.


Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

Chart Affected: BA Chart 177  

23rd January, 2018



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2018

Fireworks Display – Regarding Valletta 2018

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a 6 minute fireworks display will be let off from three (3) separate places on the foreshore in the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour on Saturday, 20th January, 2018, between 11.15 p.m. and 11.45 p.m.

The displays will be centred in the approximate positions as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt). 

Position           Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

A                     35º 54’.226   14º 30’.446 (Manoel Island)

B                     35º 54’.163   14º 31’.226        (near St Elmo Breakwater) 

C                     35º 53’.909   14º 31’.419        (near Ricasoli  Breakwater)

 

Mariners are advised to keep 200m off the above given position A, B and C during the date and time given. 

Any vessels berthed within the above area are to be removed. 

Mariners are also to comply with any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

Chart affected: BA 177

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

19th January, 2018

 

 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2018
 
Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light –
RELIT
 
Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours
 
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Merkanti Reef East Cardinal light flashing quick 3 every 10 seconds (pole mounted) in the following position:
 
Latitude (N)                  Longitude (E)
 
35º 55’.490                  014º 29’.850
 
Is now RELIT,
 
Day marks are still MISSING.
 
Position in WGS 84 Datum
 
Chart Affected: BA Chart 177, 2537, 2538, 194
 
19th January, 2018

TRANSPORT MALTA


 
Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2018

 
Chart Correction
 
Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours.
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners of the following changes at Id-Daħla Tal-Pietà and Id-Daħla tal-Azzarett in Il-Port ta’ Marsamxett, as shown on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).
Positions is in WGS 84 Datum.

 
Chart Affected: BA Chart 177
16th January, 2018

Id-Daħla Tal-Pietà:                                                                              Latitude (T)     Longitude (L)

                                                                                                            Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 

1)     Ħassar legend: (irmiġġ) iċċentrat fuq                                        35º 53’.618      014º 29’.848

1)     Delete legend: (moorings) centred on                                       

 

2)     Daħħal puntun li jibqa’ fil-wiċċ                         minn                35º 53’.577      014º 29’.834

2)     Insert floating pontoon                                       from               

                                                                                    għal                 35º 53’.630      014º 29’.846

                                                                                    to

Id-Daħla tal-Azzarett:

 

3)     Ħassar legend

3)     Delete legend:

 

                        (a)      (Numru ta’ rmiġġi ta’               iċċentrat fuq   35º 54’.070      014º 29’.995

                                    bastimenti żgħar u yachts)      centred on

                        (a)      (Numerous Yacht and     

                                  small crafts moorings)                 

                                                                

                        (b)     Polygon żgħira                          iċċentrat fuq    35º 54’.191       014º 29’.753

                        (b)     Small polygon                           centred on

                                                             

                        (c)     Wk                                             iċċentrat fuq    35º 54’.194        014º 29’.766

                                                                                    centred on       

 

4)     Daħħal puntuni li jibqgħu fil-wiċċ

4)     Insert floating pontoons                                      minn                35º 54’.049       014º 29’.906

                                                                                    from               

                                                                                    għal                 35º 54’.044       014º 29’.916

                                                                                    to                    

                                                                                    minn                35º 54’.042       014º 29’.915

                                                                                    from               

                                                                                    għal                 35º 54’.094       014º 29’.949

                                                                                    to                    

                                                                                    minn                35º 54’.098       014º 29’.940

                                                                                    from               

                                                                                    għal                 35º 54’.090       014º 29’.959

                                                                                    to        

                                                                                    minn                35º 54’.039       014º 29’.953

                                                                                    from               

                                                                                    għal                 35º 54’.088       014º 29’.987

                                                                                    to                    

                                                                                    minn                35º 54’.092       014º 29’.977

                                                                                    from               

                                                                                    għal                 35º 54’.083       014º 29’.996

                                                                                    to                       

                                                                                    minn                35º 54’.030       014º 29’.986

                                                                                    from                   

                                                                                    għal                 35º 54’.068      014º 30’.013

                                                                                    to                      

                                                                                    minn                35º 54’.019      014º 30’.012

                                                                                    from                 

                                                                                    għal                 35º 54’.050      014º 30’.047

                                                                                    to 

5) Daħħal legends

5) Insert legends                                 A                     iċċentrat fuq    35º 54’.031      014º 29’.908

                                                            A                     centred on                  

                                                            B                     iċċentrat fuq    35º 54’.028      014º 29’.945

                                                            B                     centred on                    

                                                            C                     iċċentrat fuq    35º 54’.022      014º 29’.966

                                                            C                     centred on                    

                                                            D                     iċċentrat fuq    35º 54’.002      014º 29’.996

                                                            D                     centred on                  

 Positions is in WGS 84 Datum.


 

Chart Affected: BA Chart 177
16th January, 2018


 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2018

Live Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges – January 2018 Extended hours

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No 2 of 2015, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out Live Firing Practice on Wednesday, 17th, Thursday, 18th, Wednesday, 24th and Thursday, 25th January, 2018, with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 11.00 p.m. (Local Time).

The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.

From Position A 

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

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

a radius of 4 Nautical miles to points 

   35º 59’.460    014º 27’.150 and

   35º 58’.290       014º 32’.190

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

Moreover, they must obey instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

Charts affected BA 2538, 2537, 194.
Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

16th January, 2018


 

 

TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2018
 
 Navigational Restrictions Grand Harbour,
Valletta – 20th January, 2018
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that navigational restrictions will be established in The Grand Harbour, Valletta on the 20th January 2018, in connection with Valletta 18.
 
The restrictions consist of:
1. Exclusion Zone from Saturday, 20th January, 2018 at 4.00 p.m. to Sunday, 21st January, 2018 at 2.00 a.m., within the area bounded by A, B, C, D and the intermediate coastline off Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC), shown hatched in red on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).
 
2. No loitering will be allowed in the Grand Harbour fairway as indicated on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt). Furthermore, any vessels that are moored in the above areas are to be removed immediately. No vessel is to remain in these restricted areas on the above dates and time.
 
Mariners are to note the above and contact Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS on VHF Channel 12) for instructions prior to navigating in or out of the Grand Harbour on this date.
 
Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS on VHF Channel 12) and Maritime Enforcement Units in the area, are to be complied with.
 
Chart Affected: BA Chart 177 
 
12th January, 2018
 
 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2018
 
 Tuna Farm Reported – North East off Malta
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that it has been reported that a temporary tuna farm has been established in the ‘North East off Malta’.
 
Due to the above, the area A, B, C, D, E and F shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), has been declared as a restricted area.
 
 
Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)  
 
      A  36º00’.653 014º25’.178 
      B  36º00’.325 014º25’.701  
      C  35º59’.821    014º26’.176
      D 35º59’.821 014º26’.861
      E  36º00’.540 014º25’.908 
      F  36º00’.868 014º25’.382  
 
Mariners are advised to proceed with caution and keep a sharp look out when in proximity of the above-mentioned area.
 
Mariners are to obey any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.
 
Chart affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194, 2123, 2124 and Int. 4301.
 
 12th January, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2018
 
Extended Hours of Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2015, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out Live Firing Practice with extended hours between 6.00 p.m. and 11.00 p.m., local time, on Tuesday, 9th January, 2018, and Wednesday, 10th January, 2018, at the Pembroke Ranges. Wednesday, 10th January is a reserve date.
 
The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC.
 
From Position A
 
 Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)
 
A   35º 55’.54    014º 28’.32 (Centre point on land),
 
a radius of 4 Nautical miles to points
 
B   35º 59’.46    014º 27’.15 and
C   35º 58’.29    014º 32’.19
 
Mariners are warned to keep as a minimum 4 Nautical miles off the coast during this day. Red Marker flags will be shown from the limits however there will be no night markings.
 
Moreover, they must obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (VTS).
 
Charts affected BA 2538, 2537, 194.
 
Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM
 
 9th January, 2018
 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
Notice to Mariners No. 1 of 2018

 
 Cumulative List of Notices to Mariners for 2018

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

 
1. Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2013 and Local Notice to Mariners No. 85 of 2015
Re: New deep water quay, refurbishment project – Grand Harbour

 
2. Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2015 
Re: Firing practice at Pembroke Ranges

 
3. Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2017
Re: Port hand buoys at Ċirkewwa Ferry Terminal

 
4. Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2017
Re: Information and promulgation of Notices to Mariners

 
5. Notice to Mariners No. 48 of 2017
Re: Special mark buoys indicating a wreck − seasonal

 

 
5th January, 2018

 

 

 
TRANSPORT MALTA
Local Notice to Mariners No. 1 of 2018

 
 Cumulative List of Local Notices to Mariners for 2018

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

 
1. Local Notice to Mariners Nos. 46 and 53 of 2014
Re: Use of Il-Moll ta’ Buġibba

 
2. Local Notice to Mariners No. 51 of 2014
Re: Berthing and mooring of vessels along breakwaters, jetties and slipways

 
3. Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2015
Re: Speed restricted in close proximity of small crafts, mooring areas and marinas

 
4. Local Notice to Mariners No. 58 of 2015
Re: Falling Rocks at Il-Ponta ta’ Dellimara

 
5. Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2016
Re: Further to Notice 30 of 2015 Re – Falling Rocks at Blue Grotto, limits of Wied iż-Żurrieq

 
6. Local Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2016
Re: Entry restriction in St George’s Bay – St Julians

 
7. Local Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2016
Re: Prohibited use of illegal and unsafe landing places in Blue Lagoon, Comino.

 
8. Local Notice to Mariners No. 40 of 2016
Re: Land reclamation and construction works in Gżira – Marsamxett Harbour

 
9. Local Notice to Mariners No. 78 of 2016
Re: Restricted Area at il-Veċċja – Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl

 
10. Local Notice to Mariners No. 80 of 2016
Re: Installation of snorkeling trail at Ir-Ramla tal- Mixquqa and at Ir-Ramla ta’ Għajn Tuffieħa

 
11. Local Notice to Mariners No. 1 of 2017
Re: Damage to Saint Elmo Breakwater Bridge, Grand Harbour – Valletta

 
12 Local Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2017
Re: Restricted area at Qala tal-Għażżelin – Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl

13. Local Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2017
Re: Safe distance from diver’s flags signal

 
14. Local Notice to Mariners No. 19 of 2017
Re: Restricted area at il-Ponta taż-Żonqor – il-Bajja ta’ Marsaskala

 
15. Local Notice to Mariners No. 28 of 2017
Re: Restricted area at Dawret ix-Xatt – Xgħajra

 
16. Local Notice to Mariners No. 34 of 2017
Re: Noise levels on board commercial vessels

 
17 Local Notice to Mariners No. 101 of 2017
Re: Falling rocks at Il-Munxar, Marsaskala

 
18 Local Notice to Mariners No. 117 of 2017
Re: Falling rocks at Ġnejna Bay

 
5th January, 2018

 

 

 

 
TRANSPORT MALTA
Notice to Mariners No. 52 of 2017

 
Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light – UNLIT

 
With reference 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 damaged with top part missing and UNLIT.  

 
29th December, 2017

 

 
TRANSPORT MALTA
Local Notice to Mariners No. 137 of 2017

 
Diving Survey in Marsamxett Harbour

 
 The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that diving surveys will be carried out in the area enclosed by the imaginary lines between A – B, C – D, E – F and intermediate coast (shown hatched on chart shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)), in Marsamxett Harbour, between Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018 and Friday, 16th February, 2018, weather permitting.

 
The survey will be carried out by scuba divers who will be assisted by the support vessel Atlantis II. The vessel will be moving slowly during the sampling period. The vessel will display the international code of Signals flag ‘A’ when divers are making the survey.

 
Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and slow speed when navigating in the above indicated area. They are to give the above support vessel a wide berth of at least 100m. They are to comply with instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

 
Chart affected: BA 177

 
 26th December, 2017

 

 

 

 
TRANSPORT MALTA
Notice to Mariners No. 51 of 2017

 
Chart Correction

 
With reference to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours, the Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that a chain, which could not be removed, was encountered off Barriera Wharf in the following position.

 
Insert symbol (#) indicating a foul area in position.
 
Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

 
Position  35° 53’.700  014° 30’.900

 
Position is in WGS 84 Datum.

 
Chart Affected: BA Chart 177  

 
26th December, 2017

 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 Local Notice to Mariners No. 136 of 2017
 
 
Diving Survey Investigations at
Different Locations
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that diving survey investigations will be carried out at different locations as noted below.
 
 
These diving survey investigations will be carried out in the following locations marked between lines ‘A’ and ‘B’ as per charts shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt):
 
1)     Tas-Sliema ferries
2)     Marsamxett
3)     Bormla
4)     Gżira
5)     Ta’ Xbiex
6)     Spinola
7)     Buġibba
 
Weather permitting the work is expected to commence on the 23rd December, 2017, and completed by the end of January, 2018.
 
These investigations will be carried out along the indicated quays by divers who will display the International Code of Signals Flag ‘A’ during operations.
 
Mariners are instructed to give a wide berth and proceed at slow speeds and to comply with any instructions given by Valletta Port Control on Channel 12.
 
Charts affected: BA 177, 211B     
 
22nd December, 2017
 
 

TRANSPORT MALTA
Local Notice to Mariners No. 133 of 2017

 
Ħas-Saptan Fuelling Dolphin Mooring 
Buoy No. 1 – Replaced

 
Reference is made to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk

 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that Ħas-Saptan fuelling dolphin mooring buoy No. 1, in position:
Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

 
35º 49’.729    14º 33’.027

 
has been replaced.

 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 131 of 2017 is hereby being CANCELLED.

 
Position in WGS 84 Datum.

 
Chart Affected: BA Chart 36, 2538, 194        

 
15th December, 2017

  
TRANSPORT MALTA
Local Notice to Mariners No. 132 of 2017

Refurbishment of Slipway at Gnejna Bay

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that Further to Local Notice to Mariners No 123 of 2017 ‘Refurbishment work on the slipway at Ġnejna Bay’, has been extended to the end of February, 2018.

Due to the above-mentioned refurbishment, the quay will not be accessible on the above mentioned dates.

Mariners navigating close to the above slipway, on the above-mentioned dates, are to navigate at very slow speed so as not to make any wake.

Chart Affected: BA Chart 2537, 2538

12th December, 2017




TRANSPORT MALTA
Notice to Mariners No. 49 of 2017

Delimara Point Light – Relit

Reference is made to Notice to Mariners No. 47 of 2017.


The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Light at Il-Ponta ta’ Delimara flashing 2 every 12 seconds in the following position:

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

35º 49’.300   14º 33’.538

Is now RELIT

Position in WGS 84 Datum.

Chart Affected: BA Chart 36, 2538, 194       
                       
12th December, 2017



TRANSPORT MALTA
Local Notice to Mariners No. 131 of 2017

Ħas-Saptan Fuelling Dolphin Mooring Buoy No. 1 –
Semi Submerged

With reference to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk, the Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that Ħas-Saptan Fuelling Dolphin mooring buoy No 1, in position:

Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

35º 49’.729      14º 33’.027

Is semi submerged and a hazard to navigation.

Mariners are to keep a sharp lookout and give a wide berth to the above position.

Position in WGS 84 Datum.

Chart Affected: BA Chart 36, 2538, 194

7th December, 2017




TRANSPORT MALTA
Local Notice to Mariners No. 128 of 2017


Revetment in Pietà Creek, Marsamxett Harbour – Completed

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the laying of boulders for the revetment in Pietà Creek in the area between the imaginary lines H, I, J, K, L, M and the intermediate coastline is now completed.

In view of the above Local Notice to Mariners No. 118 of 2017 is hereby CANCELLED.

Chart affected: BA 177

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

1st December, 2017

TRANSPORT MALTA
Notice to Mariners No. 47 of 2017

Delimara Point Light – UNLIT

With reference to BA Chart 36 – Marsaxlokk, the Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Light at “Il-Ponta ta’ Delimara” flashing 2 every 12 seconds in the following position:

Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

35º 49’.300   14º 33’.538

is temporarily UNLIT

Position in WGS 84 Datum.

Chart Affected: BA Chart 36, 2538, 194

1st December, 2017


TRANSPORT MALTA
Notice to Mariners No. 48 of 2017

Special Mark Buoys indicating
a Wreck – SEASONAL

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, would like to bring to the attention of all mariners Notice to Mariners Nos. 42 of 2017, where special Mark buoys exist and require a safe distance in the below locations and positions:

Location                  Wreck   Latitude (N) Longitude (E)   Character

Wied iż-Żurrieq             Um el Faroud     35º 49’.126  014º 27’.002  Fl.Y.

Off Xatt l-Aħmar (Gozo)   MV Xlendi       36º 01’.009   014º 17’.159   Fl.Y.5s
       Cominoland
       Karwela

Marsaskala       Tug St. Michael  35º 51’.956   014º 34’.526   Fl.Y.
       Tug 10

Off Qawra point      Imperial Eagle     35º 57’.812   014º 26’.035   Fl.Y.5s

Off Ċirkewwa      Rożi       35º 59’.310   014º 19’.560   Fl.Y.
       P29       35º 59’.430   014º 19’.540   Fl.Y.

Il-Matz (Comino)       P31        36º 00’.540   014º 19’.387   Fl (2) 5s

Exiles        Tug 2       35º 55’.228   014º 29’.927   Fl.Y.


Mariners are to note that these Special Mark buoys which indicate a wreck are seasonal. These buoys will be deployed between May and October each year.

Mariners are still required to maintain a safe distance from the above positions, as noted in Notice to Mariners Nos. 42 of 2017.

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

Positions are referred to WGS84 DATUM

1st December, 2017

 

 
TRANSPORT MALTA
Local Notice to Mariners No. 125 of 2017

Dredging Works at Marsaxlokk Bay

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2017 − Dredging works at Marsaxlokk Bay, the dredging works have now been completed.

Local Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2017 is hereby CANCELLED.

Chart Affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

7th November, 2017


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 119 of 2017

Inner Grand Harbour
Capital Dredging at Mediterranean Maritime Hub and Approaches

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and terminal operators that dredging works will be taking place at the inner Grand Harbour within the Mediterranean Maritime Hub sea area, fairway and approaches.

The area and berths affected by this dredging is shown on part of Chart BA 177 found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt)

The dredging is expected to start in the second week of December, 2017, and be completed by the end of February, 2018.

Berth operators may be required to clear berths and fairways to provide sufficient sea room for the dredging operations. Additional information and directions will be communicated to the respective berth operators by Port operations.

Mariners are to take note of the above when planning any movements and berthing within the area during the above mentioned dates.

Chart affected BA 177

24th October, 2017



TRANSPORT MALTA
Notice to Mariners No. 46 of 2017

Marsalforn East Cardinal Buoy – RE-ESTABLISHED

With reference to BA Chart 211E – Gozo Marsalforn Bay, the Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Marsalforn East Cardinal Buoy Flashing Quick 3 every 10 seconds in the following position:

Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

36º 04’.496      014º 15’.557

has been RE-ESTABLISHED

Notice to Mariners No. 44 of 2017 is hereby being CANCELLED.

Position in WGS 84 Datum.

Chart Affected: BA Chart 211, 2537, 194

20th October, 2017

TRANSPORT MALTA
Local Notice to Mariners No. 117 of 2017

Falling Rocks at Ġnejna Bay

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta informs mariners of the danger when navigating in very close proximity to the cliffs at Ġnejna Bay due to falling rocks in the area bounded by the imaginary line between points A and B.

The stretch of coast on the eastern side of the imaginary line A and B is to be avoided.

In view of the above Mariners are not to navigate within the area shown hatched on chart found on Transport Malta website (http://www.transport.gov.mt) and if this is absolutely required they are to navigate with extreme caution.

Chart affected BA chart 2537, 2538.

17th October, 2017


TRANSPORT MALTA
Notice to Mariners No. 42 of 2017

Safe Distance from Special Mark Buoys
Indicating a Wreck

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, would like to bring to the attention of all mariners that further to Notice to Mariners Nos. 32 of 2010, 23 of 2011, 19 of 2013, 13 of 2016 and 27 of 2017, the following is a consolidated list where a Special Mark Buoy has been placed with a consolidated safe distance.

Location              Wreck        Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)      Character

Wied iż-Żurrieq          Um el Faroud       35° 49’.126   014° 27’.002           Fl.Y.

Off Xatt l-Aħmar (Gozo)      MV Xlendi       36° 01’.009   014° 17’.159           Fl.Y.5s
      Cominoland
      Karwela

Marsascala             Tug St. Michael      35° 51’.956   014° 34’.526           Fl.Y. 
            Tug 10

Off Qawra point          Imperial Eagle       35° 57’.812   014° 26’.035           Fl.Y.5s

Off Ċirkewwa            Rożi         35° 59’.310   014° 19’.560           Fl.Y.
    P29   35° 59’.430   014° 19’.540           Fl.Y.

Il-Matz (Comino)          P31         36º 00’.540   014º 19’.387           Fl(2)5s

Exiles             Tug 2        35º 55’.228   014º 29’.927           Fl.Y.


Mariners are to give a wide berth of not less than 100m from these Special Mark buoys which indicate a wreck. They are also to navigate at slow speed when in the vicinity of these Special Mark buoys.


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

Positions are referred to WGS84 DATUM 
                               
13th October, 2017


TRANSPORT MALTA
Notice to Mariners No. 44 of 2017

Marsalforn East Cardinal Buoy - Missing

With reference to BA Chart 211A – Channels Between Malta and Gozo, the Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Marsalforn East Cardinal Buoy Flashing Quick 3 every 10 seconds in the following position:

Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

36º 04’.496    14º 15’.557

is MISSING

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


Position in WGS 84 Datum.

Chart Affected: BA Chart 211A, 2537, 194

13th October, 2017

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 75 of 2017

Danger to Navigation – No Go Zone

Reference is made to BA chart 211A (Channels between Malta and Gozo):

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the charted Comino tuna farm and the St. Paul’s Bay (outer) tuna farm are still delineated by LIT marker buoys.
Further to Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2017, several unlit buoys and trailing ropes still exist within these areas and therefore considered a danger to navigation. Sailing through these areas is prohibited.

The above-mentioned areas are in the following positions:

The Comino tuna farm in position:

   Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

A    36° 00’.170    014° 19’.790
B    36° 00’.200    014° 20’.090
C    36° 00’.020    014° 20’.110
D    35° 59’.970    014° 19’.810

and the St Paul’s Bay (Outer) tuna farm in position:
 
 
   Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

A    35° 58’.500    014° 24’.920
B    35° 58’.720    014° 24’.900
C    35° 58’.570    014° 25’.650
D    35° 58’.350    014° 25’.660

Mariners are instructed to give the above mentioned areas a wide berth, keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed when in the vicinity.

Chart affected: BA 211, 2537, 2538

21st July, 2017



TRANSPORT MALTA
Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2017

 Amendment to Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2017

Reference is made to Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2017 (Further to Notice to Mariners Nos. 12 of 2017, 26 of 2017 and 28 of 2017 - Chart Corrections).

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that in the section “North East of Malta”, where it is stated that “A temporary fish farm is being established in the following position”, this is being amended to read “A fish farm has been established for a period of 1 (one) year in the following position”:

Position  Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)   Flashing

   
   A       36° 00’.630    014° 25’.432    Fl.Y
     B       36° 00’.673    014° 25’.472    Fl.Y
     C       36° 00’.507    014° 25’.740    Fl.Y
     D       36° 00’.464    014° 25’.700    Fl.Y

Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2017 is to be amended accordingly.

All other information mentioned in Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2017 will remain.

Chart affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194, 2123, 2124 and Int. 4301.

18th July, 2017


 
TRANSPORT MALTA
Notice to Mariners No. 34 of 2017

 
Vessels Towing Fish Cages within the Maltese 
Exclusive Fishing Zone

 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners navigating in the Sicilian Channel and South of Malta that a considerable number of vessels are towing fish cages within the Maltese Exclusive Fishing Zone (25 Nm) with a greater concentration within the Territorial Waters (12 Nm) drifting from the North East to the South East of the Maltese coast and vice versa.

 
The towing vessels are a danger to traffic transiting within 25 nautical miles from the coast of Malta.

 
Mariners are warned to keep a sharp lookout and to maintain a minimum of 1 nautical mile off each towing vessel when sighted.

 
Charts Affected: BA 194, 2123, 2124

 
14th July, 2017


TRANSPORT MALTA
Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2017

Further to Notice to Mariners Numbers 12 of 2017,
26 of 2017 and 28 of 2017
Regarding Chart Correction

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and the general public that further to Notice to Mariners Nos. 12 of 2017, 26 of 2017 and 28 of 2017 regarding chart correction, the below listed areas are to be considered as ‘Works in Progress’ until further notice.


The works in progress consist of shifting of fish cages, marker buoys and the lifting of sinkers and chains. Hence within the below listed areas there could be unlit fish farm cages or unlit buoys and trailing ropes.

North East of Malta

 The Comino fish farm in position:
 
 Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A   36° 00’.170     014° 19’.790
B   36° 00’.200     014° 20’.090
C   36° 00’.020     014° 20’.110
D   35° 59’.970     014° 19’.810

and the St Paul’s Bay (Outer) fish farm in position:
 
 Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A   35° 58’.500     014° 24’.920
B   35° 58’.720     014° 24’.110
C   35° 58’.570     014° 25’.650
D   35° 58’.350     014° 25’.660

are being dismantled.

A temporary fish farm is being established in the following position.

 Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A   36° 00’.524     014° 25’.631
B   35° 00’.674     014° 25’.460
C   35° 00’.550     014° 25’.656
D   35° 00’.647     014° 25’.435

South East of Malta

The Ponta tat-Tumbrell fish farm in position:
 Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A   35° 49’.830     014° 34’.808
B   35° 50’.021     014° 34’.385
C   35° 49’.570     014° 34’.030
D   35° 49’.393     014° 34’.245
E   35° 49’.235     014° 34’.652
F   35° 49’.509     014° 34’.806

and the Xrobb l-Għaġin fish farm in position:

 Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)

A   35° 49’.770     014° 34’.050
B   35° 49’.680     014° 34’.310
C   35° 49’.560     014° 34’.080
D   35° 49’.630     014° 34’.730

are being dismantled.  The fish cages and marker buoys are being shifted to the newly established Offshore Aquaculture Zone in the following position:

 Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)
 
A   35° 53’.580     014° 38’.580
B   35° 53’.580     014° 40’.620
C   35° 50’.100     014° 40’.620
D   35° 49’.100     014° 34’.580

Due to the above-mentioned shifting, mariners are advised to proceed with caution and keep a sharp look out when in proximity of the above-mentioned areas. There will also be vessels towing the said fish cages between the respective farms.

Mariners are to obey any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12 and Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) on VHF channel 14.


Chart Affected: BA 36, 211, 2537, 2538

27th June, 2017


 

 
TRANSPORT MALTA
Notice to Mariners No. 30 of 2017

Chart Correction – Yellow Wave Data Buoy

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

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Yellow Wave Data Buoy (IALA Special Mark) flashing 5 Yellow every 20 Seconds [Fl(5)Y 20s] in position:

Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)   
36° 04’.307    014° 10’.188

has been PERMANENTLY DISCONTINUED

Position referred to WGS 84 DATUM

Chart affected: BA chart 2537, 194

6th June, 2017
 
 
 


 

 
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