Notice to Mariners

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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