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TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 62 of 2016

Fireworks Displays from Pontoons Moored
in St Julians Bay

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that fireworks displays in connection with the feast of St Julian will be let off from 4 pontoons moored in St Julians Bay. The pontoons will be moored in position (as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt) on Saturday, 27th August, 2016.

The fireworks display will take place on Saturday, 27th August 2016, between 9.45 p.m. and 11.45 p.m.

The pontoons will be removed from position as soon as the fireworks display has finished.

All vessels and bathers are warned to keep well clear and maintain a safe distance of not less than 60 metres from the pontoons during the above-mentioned displays.  Mariners are to note the above and navigate with particular caution as the pontoons will remain moored in position during the night.


Chart Affected: BA 177

23rd August, 2016

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 63 of 2016

Firework Displays in Grand Harbour 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that firework displays will be let off from 3 barges moored 200m off Bighi Point on the following dates and times:

Barges: 

Sunday, 4th September, 2016: from 8.00 a.m. till 8.15 a.m., from noon till 12.15 p.m. and between 8.40 p.m. and 9.10 p.m.

Monday, 5th September, 2016: from 8.00 a.m. till 8.15 a.m., from noon till 12.15 p.m. and between 8.00 p.m. till 8.30 p.m.
 Tuesday, 6th September, 2016: from 8.00 a.m. till 8.20 a.m., from noon till 12.20 p.m., from 7.30 p.m. till 8.00 p.m. and from 10.15 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.
Wednesday, 7th September, 2016 from 8.00 a.m. till 8.20 a.m., from noon till 12.20 p.m., from 7.00 p.m. till 8.00 p.m. and from 9.30 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.
Thursday, 8th September, 2016 from 8.00 a.m. till 8.20 a.m., from 11.00 p.m. till 11.25 p.m, from noon till 12.20 p.m. and from 7.00 p.m. till 10.00 p.m.

Barges’ Position: 

The barges to be used for the fireworks displays will display the signals in accordance with the Collisions Regulations (anchor ball during the day and all round white light at night) and shall be moored on Friday, 2nd September, 2016 in the following position:

 Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)
Y   35°53’.632  14°31’.281

The barges will be removed on Friday, 9th September, 2016.

A wide berth of 200 meters is requested from the position of the barge on the days and times indicated above. Mariners are to navigate with caution and slow speed and give a wide berth even outside the display times as the barges will be loaded with the Fireworks. Instructions and directions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) are to be complied with.

Chart affected BA Chart 177.

Positions are referred to WGS 84 Datum.

23rd August, 2016

 
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 60 of 2016

Speed Restrictions Around the Maltese Islands

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta would like to remind mariners regarding the obligation to proceed at all times at a safe speed and comply with specific speed restrictions around the Maltese Islands.
 
In addition to permanent speed limit buoys several areas are delineated by yellow special mark buoys which are placed seasonally between June and October. Such buoys are charted on the Navigation Charts.

 Mariners are requested to navigate with caution, keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed when approaching any bay or part of the coast.

 Speed restrictions are to be complied with at all times.

Charts affected BA 36, BA 177, BA 211A, BA 211B.

19th August, 2016

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 61 of 2016

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2016       
Regarding - Turtle, Dolphin/Whale and Jellyfish
Study by the University of Malta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2016, the Department of Biology of the University of Malta is also conducting research studies on Alien fish (which might be poisonous) observed or caught within the 25 NM round the Maltese islands.

Mariners are requested to cooperate and support the research by reporting sightings as follows:

Turtle, Dolphins/Whales and any Alien fish within 25 NM to Dr Adriana Vella email (adriana.vella@um.edu.mt), or sms (+356 9942 9592)

The participation of mariners in such an initiative is necessary to ensure regular monitoring of Maltese waters to devise an early warning system for bathers and assist in Mediterranean wide marine conservation research.

 19th August, 2016
 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 58 of 2016

Malta-Gozo-Malta Open Sea Swimming Challenge Saturday, 27th August, 2016

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club will be organising a Malta-Gozo-Malta Open Water Swimming Challenge on Saturday, 27th August, 2016.

This event will start from Marfa Bay (Ir-Ramla tal-Bir), Malta point A at 6.30 a.m. and will proceed across the East side of the Comino Channels towards il-Blata tal-Ħalfa (near Ras il-Qala) in Gozo point B and back towards Marfa Bay, Malta point A, as shown on chart shown on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).  A time limit of five (5) hours and fifteen (15) minutes has been set by the Organising Board. Any swimmers remaining in the water after 11.45 a.m. will be asked to abandon the race.
All participating swimmers will be accompanied by a support vessel. Ambulance Teams from the Malta Red Cross will be in attendance.

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

Charts affected: BA 194, 211, 2537 and 2538

12th August, 2016

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 59 of 2016

Fireworks Display from Manoel Island
in Sliema Creek, Marsamxett Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners that fireworks will be let off from the foreshore of Manoel Island in Sliema Creek, centered in Position:

Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

35º 54’.319   14º 30’.321

This position is shown on the chart as point A that can be found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt).  The fireworks displays will take place on the following dates and times:

On Tuesday, 16th August, 2016 from 9.00 a.m. till 9.10 a.m., from noon till 12.10 p.m. and from 7.15 p.m. till 8.00 p.m. 

On Friday, 19th August, 2016 from 9.00 a.m. till 9.10 a.m., from noon till 12.10 p.m. and from 10.15 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.
 

On Saturday, 20th August, 2016 from 9.00 a.m. till 9.30 a.m., from noon till 12.20 p.m., from 6.00 p.m. till 7.00 p.m. and from 9.30 p.m. till 11.30 p.m.

On Sunday, 21st August, 2016 from 9.00 a.m. till 9.10 a.m., from noon till 12.10 p.m., from  7.30 p.m. till 8.30 p.m. and from 9.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m. 

In view of the above, mariners are informed that navigation within 200 meters from the above position in Marsamxett Harbour will be prohibited during the time of fireworks. All craft moored within the indicated area (as shown on the chart that can be found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt), are to be removed on the above-mentioned dates and times of the fireworks displays.
Further to the above, ground fireworks will be held at the Strand, Sliema on Saturday, 20th August, 2016 between 11.00 p.m. and midnight. Vessels in the vicinity and within 20 meters off these ground fireworks, shown as Area B on chart that can be found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt), are to be removed.

Mariners are to obey directives issued by the Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS), and by Police in the area.

Chart Affected: BA 177

12th August, 2016

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 25 of 2016

Yellow Marine Weather Station Buoy - Temporarily Removed

With reference to BA Chart 177 - Valletta Harbours, the Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the Yellow Marine Weather Buoy in position:


Latitude (N)       Longitude (E)

35º 54’.720       014º 32’.380
 
Flashing 5 yellow every 20 seconds Fl(5)Y 20s is temporarily removed.

Chart Affected: BA Charts 177

12th August, 2016


 

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 56 of 2016

Filming at Different Localities in Gozo

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies all mariners and vessel operators that filming activities will take place at Ras il-Ħobż, Dwejra and Il-Reqqa in Gozo.

The filming activity will take place on Thursday, 11th August, 2016 and Friday, 12th August, 2016, starting at sunrise (approximately 7.30 a.m.) and finishing at sunset (approximately 7.30 p.m.) on both days. In case of any technical problems or due to very bad weather the activity will take place on Wednesday, 10th August, 2016 and Saturday, 13th August 2016 at the same times.

The exact position will be determined on the day depending on tests done and weather conditions but the area will be cordoned off using the following support vessels S-11621 and S-20423.

In view of the above mariners navigating in the indicated areas during filming are requested to keep a sharp look out, give a wide berth of 50m and to slow down while passing nearby to minimise the wake. Mariners and vessel operators are to keep watch on VHF Channel 12 and cooperate with the crew, in the above mentioned vessels. They are to comply with instructions issued by VTS (Valletta Port Control).

Charts affected: BA 2537 and 211A.
 
5th August, 2016

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 57 of 2016

8th September Regatta in
Valletta Grand Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the 8 September Regatta will be held in Grand Harbour. Sinkers and marker buoys will be laid as follows:

1. On Wednesday, 7th September, 2016, three sinkers with yellow flashing marker buoys will be laid in the following positions: 

 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 Thursday, 8th September, 2016 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), position:
 
Position  Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

E  35°53’.740  014°30’.850

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

(v) a buoy will also be place 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 Thursday, 8th September, 2016.

4. The sinkers and marker buoys mentioned in 1 above will then be removed on Friday, 9th September, 2016.

Masters of all vessels are notified that on Thursday 8th September, 2016 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).

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 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

5th August, 2016

 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 55 of 2016
 
Transportation of Statue from Marsaxlokk to Birżebbuġa by vessel
 
 The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, would like to notify mariners that the statue of Saint Peter will be loaded on a vessel at Marsaxlokk and transported from there to Birzebbuġa on Friday, 5th August, 2016.
 
 The programme is as follows:
 
At 7.00 p.m. vessels are to gather at St George’s Bay – Birżebbuġa, and sail towards Marsaxlokk.
At 7.15 p.m. the statue will be placed on a vessel at Marsaxlokk (point A on chart shown on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) and the vessel will sail towards Birzebbuġa. Near San Luċjan tower they will meet the vessels that left from Birżebbuġa and navigate together towards Pretty Bay - Birżebbuġa.
 
At 8.10 p.m. they will arrive at the quay at Pretty Bay - Birżebbuġa (point B on chart shown on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt)) where the statue will be unloaded from the vessel.
 
Mariners are to navigate with caution at slow speed and to keep a sharp lookout when in the vicinity to the above-mentioned event and when sighted they are to give the participants a wide berth. They are to obey any instructions that are issued by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) and the organisers
 
Chart affected BA Chart 36.
 
2nd August, 2016
 
 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 53 of 2016
 
Filming at Ċirkewwa South Quay
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies all mariners, owners of vessels and divers, that filming activities will take place at Ċirkewwa South Quay shown hatched red on the chart shown on Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) between Sunday, 31st July, 2016 and Sunday, 11th September, 2016 on the days listed below.
 
Dates of actual filming:
 
from Sunday, 31st July, 2016 to Monday, 1st August, 2016,
 
from Sunday, 7th August, 2016 to Thursday, 11th August, 2016,
 
from Saturday, 13th August, 2016 to Wednesday, 17th August, 2016,
 
from Thursday, 25th August, 2016 to Friday, 26th August, 2016,
 
from Thursday, 1st September, 2016 to Monday, 5th September, 2016 and
 
from Wednesday, 7th September, 2016 to Sunday, 11th September, 2016.
 
All mariners, owners of vessels and divers are advised that entry to the area shown hatched in red and bound by the points A, B, C and D is prohibited on the above listed days.
 
Mariners are to comply with instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (VTS), Police and Transport Malta Enforcement Officers.
 
Charts affected: BA 211A, 194 and 2537.
 
29th July, 2016
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 54 of 2016
 
Swimming event around Comino
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that a swimming event around Comino is being organised on Monday, 8th August, 2016.
 
Participants will depart from the area known as ‘il-Matz’, Comino, shown as point A on the chart found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt) at approximately 7.30 a.m. They are to swim around Comino in a clockwise direction as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt). The swimming event is expected to take around four (4) hours and thirty (30) minutes, weather permitting.
 
Support vessel MY CHIKO will accompany the participating swimmers.
 
Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed and keep well clear of the area during the stipulated time giving the swimmers a wide berth. They are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS).
 
Charts affected: BA 211A, 2537 and 2538
 
29th July, 2016
 
 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice To Mariners No. 24 of 2016

AFM Maritime Training with Dutch Navy Vessel HNLMS TROMP

Mariners are informed that the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM), Maritime Squadron will be carrying out maritime training within Maltese Territorial Waters with the Dutch Naval Vessel HNLMS TROMP.

The exercise will be held within a circular area of 3 Nautical Mile Radius, centered on:

Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)
  
A) 036° 01. 60’  014° 30. 00’  East Coast
B) 035° 43. 20’  014° 24.50’  South West Coast

The exact location will be determined on the day depending on the weather conditions.

The exercise will be held between Thursday, 28th July, 2016 at noon (10.00 a.m. - UTC) and Friday, 29th July, 2016 at 9.00 p.m, (7.00 p.m. - UTC).

 In view of the above mariners are advised to give the exercise area a wide berth and comply with any instructions given by AFM patrol craft in the area.

 Chart Affected:  BA 194, 2124

26th July, 2016
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 46 of 2016

Fireworks Displays from a Pontoon Moored
in the middle of St Julians Bay

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that fireworks displays in connection with the feast of Balluta will be let off from a barge moored in the middle of St Julians Bay. The pontoon will be moored in position “X” shown on the chart on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt) on Friday, 29th July 2016 in the morning and will be removed on Monday, 1st August, 2016.

Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)
 
X  35° 54’.914 014° 29’.648

The dates and times of the displays are as follows:

Friday, 29th July, 2016 from 9.15 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.
    

Saturday, 30th July, 2016 from 10.00 p.m. till 11.30 p.m.


Sunday, 31st July, 2016 from 7.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.

All vessels and bathers are warned to keep well clear and maintain a safe distance of not less than 60 metres from the Pontoon during the above-mentioned days. 
Mariners are to note the above and proceed with particular caution at a slow speed on the given days.
  

The Pontoon will remain moored in position during the night.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, will not be held responsible or liable in any manner whatsoever for any damages or expenses incurred by any person as a consequence of these fireworks’ displays, including for failing to abide and comply with the above directions.

Chart Affected: BA 177

Position is referred to WGS 84 Datum

22nd July, 2016


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 47 of 2016

Swimming event from Smart City, Kalkara
 to Marsaskala (Waterpolo Pitch)

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that a swimming event from Kalkara to Marsaskala is being organised on Sunday, 31st July, 2016.

Participants will depart from the car park at Smart City, Kalkara (Shown as point A on the chart that can be found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt)) at approximately 8.00 a.m. They are to swim Southeast and finish at the waterpolo pitch at Marsaskala (Shown as point B on chart). The swimming event is expected to take around two and a half (2.5) hours.

In case of bad weather, on Sunday, 31st July, 2016, the event will be held on Sunday, 14th August, 2016 at the same place and time.

A support vessel and five canoes will accompany the participating swimmers.

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed and keep well clear of the area during the stipulated time giving the swimmers a wide berth. They are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS).

Charts affected: BA 2538

22nd July, 2016
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 48 of 2016

Man Made Raft Moored at Exiles - Il-Bajja
ta’ San Ġiljan
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that The Stella Maris College Scout Group will be mooring a man made raft, with a tent on it, at Exiles - Il-Bajja ta’ San Ġiljan.

Weather permitting the raft will be moored in the indicated position “X” on the chart that can be found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt) between Thursday, 4th August, 2016 at noon and Sunday, 7th August, 2016 at 8.00 p.m.

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed and keep well clear of the area during the stipulated time giving the man made rafts a wide berth. They are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) and support vessels in the area.

 Charts affected: BA 177

22nd July, 2016


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 49 of 2016

Man Made Raft Moored at Spinola Bay - Il-Bajja
ta’ San Ġiljan

 The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that St Julians Scout Group will be mooring a man made raft, with a tent on it, at Spinola Bay - Il-Bajja ta’ San Ġiljan.

Weather permitting the raft will be moored in the indicated position “X” on the chart that can be found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt)  between Tuesday, 2nd August 2016 at 11.00 p.m. and Sunday, 7th August, 2016 at 7.00 p.m.

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed and keep well clear of the area during the stipulated time giving the man made rafts a wide berth. They are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) and support vessels in the area.

Charts affected: BA 177, 2537 and 2538

22nd July, 2016
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 50 of 2016

Fireworks Display from a Barge and Pontoons Moored at Il-Qala tal-Għażżenin, Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl il-Baħar

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that fireworks displays in connection with the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, St Paul’s Bay will be let off from a barge and pontoons moored in the position as shown on the chart shown on Transport Malta’s website: (www.transport.gov.mt).  The barge and pontoons may be moored in position on Thursday, 28th July, 2016.

The dates and times of the displays are as follows:


Friday, 29th July, 2016: From 8.00 a.m. till 8.10 a.m., from noon till 12.20 p.m. and from 9.30 p.m. till 10.30 p.m.


Saturday, 30th July, 2016 from 9.00 a.m. till 9.20 a.m., from 11.45 a.m. till 12.20 p.m. and from 7.30 p.m. till 11.30 p.m.

Sunday, 31st July, 2016: From 8.00 a.m. till 8.20 a.m., from noon till 12.20 p.m. and from 7.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.
    
All vessels and bathers are warned to keep well clear of the barge and pontoons and maintain a safe distance of at least 200 metres during the dates and times of the displays.


Vessels moored within 200 metres from the barge and pontoons are to be removed and kept clear during the events. The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta will accept no liabilities whatsoever for any vessels that are left lying in the area on the above mentioned dates and times.

Charts affected: BA 211B, 211A
 
22nd July, 2016


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 51 of 2016

Firework Displays in Grand Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that firework displays will be let off from Bighi shore (as shown on the chart on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt)) and also from barges off Bighi Point on the following dates and times:
Bighi shore:

Sunday, 31st July, 2016 from 8.00 a.m. till 8.30 a.m., from noon till 12.30 p.m. and from 8.30 p.m. till 9.00 p.m.

Bighi Barges:

Saturday, 6th August, 2016 from 8.00 a.m. till 8.15 a.m., from noon till 12.15 p.m. and between 8.00 p.m. and  8.15 p.m.

Sunday, 7th August, 2016 from 8.00 a.m. till 8.15 a.m., from noon till 12.30 p.m. and between 8.30 p.m. and  9.30 p.m.

Monday, 8th August, 2016 from 8.00 a.m. till 8.15 a.m., from noon till 1.00 p.m., and from 8.45 p.m. till 10.45 p.m.

Tuesday, 9th August, 2016 from 9.30 a.m. till 10.30 a.m., from noon till 12.30 p.m., from 7.00 p.m. till 9.00 p.m. and from 10.00 p.m. till midnight.

Wednesday, 10th August, 2016 from 8.00 a.m. till 9.00 a.m., from noon till 1.00 p.m., from 7.15 p.m. till midnight.

Barges position:

The barges shall be moored on Friday 5th August, 2016 in the following positions:

 Latitude (N)                   Longitude (E)

Y     35°53’.614        14°31’.256

Z     35°53’.668        14°31’.207
 
The barges will be removed on Thursday, 11th August, 2016.

A wide berth of 200 meters is requested from Bighi Shore and from the position of the barges on the days indicated above as the barges will be loaded with fireworks.

Transport Malta, will accept no liabilities whatsoever for any vessels that are within the 200m distance during the above-mentioned dates and times.

Mariners are to navigate with caution and slow speed.  Instructions and directions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) are to be complied with.

Chart affected BA Chart 177.

Positions are referred to WGS 84 Datum.

22nd July, 2016
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 52 of 2016

Further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 24 - Removal
of Vessels and Moorings at Id-Daħla tal-Pietà
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels that further to Local Notice to Mariners No. 24 Removal of Vessels and Moorings at Id-Daħla tal-Pietà the area required to remove vessels has been extended to 70 metres from the Pietà coast as shown on shown in the chart found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Hence owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring within the area bounded by the imaginary line A, B1, C1, D and the intermediate coastline are to remove these vessels and moorings by Sunday, 7th August, 2016. Any vessels and moorings that are left in this area after the stipulated date will be removed. No liability whatsoever will be accepted by the authority for any damage that may be caused while removing the said vessels and moorings.

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

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

Chart affected: BA 177

22nd July, 2016



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 40 of 2016

Land Reclamation and Construction Works in Gzira – Marsamxett Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that land reclamation and construction works at Triq ix-Xatt, Gżira, are expected to start on Monday, 29th August, 2016.

Owners of vessels that are moored or have a mooring within the area bounded by the imaginary line A, B, C, D and the coastline as shown on the chart that can be found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt) are to remove their vessels by Sunday, 21st  August, 2016. Any vessel and mooring that is left in this area after the stipulated date will be removed at the expense of the owner. No liability whatsoever will be accepted by the Authority for any damage that may be caused while removing the said vessels and moorings.

Furthermore, mariners are reminded that it is prohibited to lay any moorings and ground tackle without the prior permission of the Authority.

In view of the above mariners navigating in the area are to navigate with caution and very slow ‘no wake’ speed. They are to give the above area a wide berth and obey instructions as given by the Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

Chart affected: BA 177

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

15th July, 2016
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 41 of 2016

Man Made Raft Regatta Challenge at
St Julians Bay, St Julians

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Rotary Club Malta, will be organising a Kon Tiki regatta challenge at St Julian’s Bay, St Julian’s within an area below Independence Garden as shown on the chart on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Participants are to construct a raft and row out for about 50 meters to 70 meters and return back. This regatta will take place on Saturday, 16th July, 2016 between 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.

Rescue divers will be present during this activity.


Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed and keep well clear of the area during the stipulated time giving the man made rafts a wide berth. They are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) and support vessels in the area.

Charts affected: BA 177, 2537 and 2538

15th July, 2016

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 42 of 2016

Sailing Race between Malta and Syracuse on 16th July 2016

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta would like to notify mariners that the Royal Malta Yacht Club will be holding a sailing race between Malta and Syracuse

This Race will start off Sliema Seafront at 10.00 a.m. (local time). It is estimated that there will be 80 participants. Sailing vessels will start mustering in the area about 9.00 a.m. and the last participants are expected to depart at 11.00 a.m.

Masters of all vessels not directly involved in this sailing event are asked to keep clear of the area, and observe any instructions that may be given by the event organisers safety vessels and by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS).

Charts effected:  BA 177, 2538, 194

15th July, 2016
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 43 of 2016

Kayaking Event - Għar Lapsi to
 Filfla and back

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that a Kayaking Event will be organised in aid of ‘Moviment Missjunarju Ġesù fil-Proxxmu’. During the event the participants will paddle from Għar Lapsi to Filfla and back as shown on the chart on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt).

The kayak event participants will depart from Għar Lapsi at approximately 8.00 a.m. on Saturday, 23rd July, 2016. They are to paddle towards Filfla, go round Filfla and return back to Ghar Lapsi and expected to return to the same place at about 3.00 p.m.

Depending on the weather forecast, if the weather conditions are not favourable on Saturday, 23rd July, 2016 the event will either be held on Friday, 22nd July, 2016 or Sunday, 24th July, 2016 at the same times

A support vessel will accompany the participants.

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed and keep well clear of the area during the stipulated time giving the kayakers a wide berth. They are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS)

Charts affected: BA 211A, 2537 and 2538

15th July, 2016

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 44 of 2016

Fireworks Display at Marsaskala Bay

A fireworks display will be let off from a pontoon moored at the inner part of Marsaskala Bay. The pontoon will be moored between the two points A and B shown on that can be found on the chart that can be found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Position Latitude (N)  Longitude (E)

A  35° 51’.862 14° 33’.729
B  35° 51’.832 14° 33’.761

Fireworks will be let off on the following dates:

Saturday, 30th July, 2016 from 9.30 p.m. and 11.30 p.m. and Sunday, 31st July, 2016 from 9.00 p.m. and 11.00 p.m.
Vessels within the area hatched in red, on the chart, are to be removed.  All vessel operators and bathers are warned to keep clear from the pontoons during the above-mentioned days and at all times.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, will not be held responsible or liable in any manner whatsoever for any damages or expenses incurred by any person as a consequence of these fireworks’ displays, including for failing to abide and comply with the above directions.

All vessels navigating in the innermost part of Marsaskala Bay are to proceed with caution and at a slow speed on both days given and give a wide berth to the pontoon.

Chart Affected: BA 2538

Position in WGS 84 Datum

 15th July, 2016

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 45 of 2016

Fireworks Display from the foreshore of
Ġużè Ellul Gardens, Msida Marina, Msida.
      
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that ground fireworks and Chinese crackers will be let off from the foreshore of Ġużè Ellul Gardens, Msida Marina, Msida (as shown on chart shown on Transport Malta’s website: http://www.transport.gov.mt) on the following dates.

1. Saturday, 16th July, 2016 from 6.30 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. and from 11.00 p.m. and 0.30 a.m.

2. Sunday, 17th July, 2016 from 7.15 p.m. and 7.45 p.m. and from 11.00 p.m. and 11.30 p.m.

Masters and owners of vessels that are berthed within 60 metres from the foreshore (indicated by a red dashed line) are to remove their vessels during the above mentioned dates and time.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, will not accept liabilities whatsoever for any vessels that are lest lying in the area indicated (hatched in red) on the above mentioned dates and times.

Mariners are to comply with instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (VTS) and police in the area.

Chart affected: BA 177

15th July, 2016



TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 38 of 2016

Fireworks Display from Rinella Bay
and Kalkara Creek,  Grand Harbour

 The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that fireworks will be let off from Rinella Bay and Kalkara Creek (Points A and B) as shown on the chart that can be found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt) on the dates and times as follows:

In Kalkara Creek from the area known as “tax-Xewkija”  (point A) :

Thursday, 14th July, 2016 from 8.00 p.m. till midnight
Friday, 15th July, 2016 from 10.00 p.m. till midnight

Saturday, 16th July, 2016 from 10.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.
Sunday, 17th July, 2016 from 7.00 p.m. till midnight

In Rinella Bay Kalkara (point B):

Wednesday, 13th July, 2016 from 8.00 a.m. till 8.30 a.m., from noon till 12.30 p.m., from 9.30 p.m. till 11.30 p.m.
Friday, 15th July, 2016 from 8.00 a.m. till 8.30 a.m., from noon till 12.30 p.m.  and from 10.00 p.m. till midnight

In view of the above, mariners are informed to give a wide berth of 200 metres from Rinella Bay, Kalkara (as shown on attached chart point B). All Vessels within 120 meters radius from the area known as tax-Xewkija in Kalkara Creek (as shown on the mentioned chart point A) are to be removed on the above-mentioned dates and times of the displays.


Mariners are to obey directives issued by the Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS), and by Police in the area.


Chart Affected: BA 177

 8th July, 2016

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 39 of 2016

Filming in Rinella - Malta Film Studios

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners and operators of vessels, that filming activities will take place in the Rinella - Malta Film Studios on the Monday, 18th July, 2016 from 8.00 a.m. until 8.00 p.m. and from Tuesday 19th July 2016 to Friday 22nd July 2016 between 6.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m., the next day, on each of the four (4) dates.

In view of the above a clear horizon is required for filming purposes.

Mariners navigating in the indicated area on the mentioned dates are requested to keep watch on VHF Channel 12 and cooperate with the crew and police craft in the area. They are to comply with instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS).

Charts affected: BA 194,  2537 and 2538.

8th July, 2016


 
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 37 of 2016

Fireworks Display from Manoel Island in
Sliema Creek, Marsamxett Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that fireworks will be let off from the foreshore of Manoel Island in Sliema Creek, centered in positions:
 
Position Latitude (N) Longitude (E)

A  35º 54’.319 14º 30’.321
B  35º 54’.258 14º 29’.792
C  35º 54’.291 14º 29’.766

The aerial fireworks displays will take place on the following dates and times.

From position A as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt). 
 
On Friday, 8th July, 2016 from 8.00 a.m. till 8.30 a.m., from noon till 12.30 p.m., from 6.00 p.m. till 6.30 p.m. and from 10.15 p.m. till 11.00 p.m;

On Saturday, 9th July, 2016 from 8.00 a.m. till 8.30 a.m., from noon till 12.30 p.m., from 6.00 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. and from 10.15 p.m. till 11.00 p.m;

On Sunday, 10th July, 2016 from 8.00 a.m. till 8.30 a.m.,  and from 7.15 p.m. till 10.30 p.m.

The ground fireworks displays will take place on the following dates and times.

From position B (near bridge) as shown on the chart.

Friday, 8th July, 2016 between 11.00 p.m. and midnight.

And from point C (Adjacent to Manoel Island Bridge) as shown on the chart.

Saturday, 9th July, 2016 between 11.00 p.m. and midnight.

In view of the above, mariners are informed that navigation within 200 meters from the above position A in Marsamxett Harbour will be prohibited during the time of fireworks. All craft moored within the indicated area (as shown on the chart) are to be removed on the above-mentioned dates and times of the fireworks displays. The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta will accept no liabilities whatsoever for any vessels that are left lying in the area on the above mentioned dates and times.

Mariners are to obey directives issued by the Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS), and by Police in the area.

Chart affected: BA 177

5th July, 2016



 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 31 of 2016

Fireworks Display from Manoel Island
in Sliema Creek, Marsamxett Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners that fireworks will be let off from the foreshore of Manoel Island in Sliema Creek, centered in Position:

Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)

35º 54’.319   14º 30’.321

This position is shown on the chart that can be found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt).  The fireworks displays will take place on the following dates and times:

Saturday, 2nd July, 2016 from 6.00 p.m. till 6.30 p.m. and from 9.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m.

Sunday, 3rd July, 2016 from 7.00 p.m. till 7.30 p.m. and from 8.15 p.m. till 9.30 p.m.

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

Mariners are to obey directives issued by the Valletta VTS (Valletta Port Control), and by Police in the area.

Charts Affected: BA 177

1st July, 2016


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 32 of 2016

Ground Fireworks Display from the Strand Sliema, Marsamxett Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners that fireworks displays will be let off from the foreshore at the Strand Sliema.

 The ground fireworks displays will take place on the following date and time:
Saturday, 2nd July, 2016 from 10.00 p.m. till midnight.

All vessels moored within the indicated area as shown on the chart that can be found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt) are to be removed on the above-mentioned date and time of the fireworks displays. The Ports and Yachting Directorate will accept no liabilities whatsoever for any vessels that are left lying in the area on the above mentioned date and time.

Masters of these vessels are to obey directives issued by the Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS), and by the Police in the area.

Charts Affected: BA 177

1st July, 2016


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2016

Swimming event between Gozo and Malta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that a swimming event will be held on Monday, 4th July, 2016 between Gozo and Malta.

A group of swimmers will depart from Ħondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo, (point A) at approximately 9.30 a.m. They will swim towards the East of Comino and continue to ir-Ramla tat-Torri, Armier (point B) as indicated on chart 1 that can be found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt). The swimming event is expected to be completed by 1.00 p.m., weather permitting.

In case of bad weather this event will be held at Mellieħa Bay starting at 9.30 a.m. from point C and finish not later than 1.00 p.m. at point D as shown on chart 2 on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt).

Support vessels will accompany the swimmers.

Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed and keep well clear of the area during the stipulated time giving the swimmers a wide berth. They are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS).

Charts affected: BA 211A, 2537 and 2538

1st July, 2016
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 34 of 2016

National Regatta Association - Under 18
Challenge Shield

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners that the National Regatta Association will be organising the Under 18 Challenge Shield in Rinella Bay, Kalkara, Grand Harbour.

The regatta races will be held on Saturday, 9th July, 2016 from 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Four (4) buoys will be laid in the below positions from 11.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., to delineate the race area. No vessel will be allowed to enter the designated area unless by special permission issued by Transport Malta. The buoys will be removed at the end of the races.

The positions of the buoys will be as follows:

 Latitude (N)   Longitude (E)
A  35º 53’.592    14º 31’.618
B 35º 53’.617    14º 31’.640
C 35º 53’.815    14º 31’.375
D 35º 53’.795    14º 31’.350

Mariners are advised to obey instructions given by the Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) and by patrol boats and Transport Malta Enforcement Officers in the vicinity of the races.

Positions are referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

Part of BA Chart 177  can be found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt).

1st July, 2016


TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2016

Amendment to Local Notice to Mariners
No. 22 of 2016

With reference to Local Notice to Mariners No. 22 of 2016 (Zones reserved for swimmers), the Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that in item 9 (Il-Bajja ta’ San Niklaw), the reference to the fairway should read:  Refer to Local Notice to Mariners No. 60 of 2015 and not Refer to Local Notice to Mariners No. 27 of 2014.


Local Notice to Mariners No. 22 is to be amended accordingly.

Chart affected: BA 211A

1st July, 2016

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 36 of 2016

Filming in Different localities in Gozo and Comino

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies all mariners and sea vessel operators that filming activities will take place in different locations around Gozo and Comino.

The areas that are shown on the charts on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt) are as follows:


Monday, 4th July, 2016 

1. Clear horizon at taċ-Ċawl in Gozo from 11.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m., area shown in red on chart A.

2. Clear horizon and no vessels at Santa Marija Bay/Caves in Comino from 11.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m., area shown in black on chart A.

Saturday, 16th July, 2016 and Sunday, 17th July, 2016

3. Clear horizon at Qbajjar in Gozo from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m., area shown in red on chart B.

Tuesday, 19th July, 2016 

4. Entry prohibited at Wied il-Għasri in Gozo from 7.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., area shown in black on chart C.

5. Clear horizon at Qolla l-Bajda in Gozo from 7.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., area shown in red on chart C.

Wednesday, 20th July, 2016

6. Clear horizon and no vessels from the small cove West of Ħondoq ir-Rummien in Gozo from 10.00 a.m. to midnight, area shown in black on chart D.

7. Clear horizon at L-Għadajjar in Qala, Gozo from 10.00 a.m. to midnight, area shown in red on chart D.
In view of the above mariners navigating in the indicated areas during filming are requested to give a wide berth, keep watch on VHF Channel 12 and cooperate with the crew and A.L.E. in the area. They are to comply with instructions issued by VTS (Valletta Port Control).

Charts affected: BA 2537 and 211A.

1st July, 2016

TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2016

Outer Munxar Tuna Farm All Buoys - Missing

With reference to BA Chart 2538 – Malta, the Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2016 and Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2016, that all the marker light Buoys at Outer Munxar Tuna Farm in positions:

Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

35º 53’.580      14º 38’.580
35º 53’.580      14º 40’.620
35º 52’.100      14º 40’.620    
35º 52’.100      14º 38’.580

Flashing quick 1 every 4 seconds are ALL MISSING.
 
Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.

 Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM

1st July, 2016

TRANSPORT MALTA

 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 29 of 2016

 
Swimming Event at il-Ponta tal-Qrejten, 
Marsaxlokk Bay

 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the St Patrick A.C. will be organising a swimming (Aquathlon) race on Wednesday, 29th June, 2016 at Il-Ponta tal-Qrejten, Marsaxlokk (near the waterpolo club) in Marsaxlokk Bay. The swimming event will take place between imaginary lines A, B and C as per chart that can be found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt). The race will be held between 7.00 a.m. and 10.00 a.m. local time.

 
Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate well clear of the area during the stipulated date and time, giving the swimmers a wide berth. They are to obey any instructions issued by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS).

 
Chart affected: BA 36.

 
24th June, 2016

 
TRANSPORT MALTA

 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 30 of 2016

 
The Marigold Foundation – Swimming event between Żonqor Point and the Grand Harbour

 
 The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Marigold Foundation will be organising a swimming event in aid of the Special Olympics and the Marigold Foundation on Saturday, 25th June, 2016 between Marsaskala (Żonqor Point) and The Grand Harbour (Taħt iż-Żiemel).

 
Participants will depart from Żonqor Point between noon and 4.00 p.m., swim towards the Grand Harbour and expected to arrive Taħt iż-Żiemel between 4.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m.

 
Distance from shore en route will be 100m and 300m.

 

 
Mariners are informed that due to the above, port closure will be in force for a short duration anytime between 3.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. The exact time and duration will be advised at the commencement of the event. Port movements will be coordinated by VTS with the assistance of the TM Maritime Enforcement Unit.

 
Support vessels will accompany the participating swimmers and will be listening on VHF Channel 13.

 
 Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate at slow speed and keep well clear of the area during the stipulated time giving the swimmers a wide berth. They are to obey any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12, Police, Patrol boats and Transport Malta Enforcement that will be in the area.

 
Charts affected: BA 211A, 2537 and 2538

 
24th June, 2016

 

 

 

 
TRANSPORT MALTA

Notice to Mariners No. 21 of 2016

Further to Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2016

 The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2016 (Life+Bahar Project - ROV Survey - Offshore Malta - 2016), the vessel RV Hercules will also be taking part. The RV Hercules will be carrying out Multibeam Sonar Survey and Sediment Sampling operations in areas A, B, C, D and E.

These surveys and sampling operations will be starting on Monday, 4th July, 2016 and are expected to be completed by Wednesday, 31st August, 2016.

The research vessel will operate on a 24 hour basis and will display appropriate day shapes and lights during survey operations and will actively transmit an AIS signal.
 
Mariners and particularly fishing vessels are instructed to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with caution. When RV Hercules is sighted they are to give a wide berth and observe a 1 nautical mile radius restricted zone which will be implemented around the vessel RV Hercules as she will have restricted maneuverability.

 RV Hercules contact details:  RV Hercules: Call sign H07291 and VHF Channel 16.

Further information will be made available through Malta VTS and Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) as the survey progresses.

 Charts affected:   BA 194, 2124, 2123 INT 301 INT 302

14th June, 2016

 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
 
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 28 of 2016
 
 
 
Sailing Regatta - Tourists’ Team Building
 
 
 
 The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta would like to notify mariners that a sailing regatta - tourists’ team building, will be held on Thursday, 16th June, 2016 from 10.00 a.m. till 4.30 p.m.
 
 
 
 The sailing regatta shall start/finish from an imaginary line between the Yacht Club and the Excelsior Hotel marina in Marsamxett Harbour, turn next to a dingy (A), which will be outside Marsamxett Harbour and proceed towards a buoy (B) in front of the Surfside at Sliema Point and return to the start /finish line as indicated on chart in the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).
 
 
 
There will be 18 yachts taking part.
 
 
 
 Masters of all vessels not directly involved in this Sailing Regatta are asked to keep a sharp lookout and navigate clear of the racing area, especially at each of the turning marks.  Instructions that may be given by the race organisers, safety craft and by Valletta VTS (Valletta Port Control) are to be complied with.
 
 
 
 Charts effected:  BA 177.
 
 
 
10th June, 2016
 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
 
 
Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2016
 
 
 
Għallis North Cardinal Buoy - Re-Established
 
 
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that with reference to BA Charts 2537 - Għawdex (Gozo), Kemmuna (Comino) and the Northern part of Malta and 2538 - Malta, the Għallis North Cardinal Buoy in position:
 
 
 
 Latitude (N)                Longitude (E)
 
 
 
35º 57’.310                  14º 26’.840
 
 
 
Flashing quick, has been RE-ESTABLISHED
 
 
 
Mariners are advised that Notice to Mariners No. 19 of 2016 is hereby being cancelled.
 
 
 
Charts affected: BA 2537, 2538.
 
 
 
10th June, 2016
 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 27 of 2016

Fireworks display from a Barge Moored
off Bighi Point - Grand Harbour

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a fireworks display will be held on Wednesday, 1st June, 2016 between 10.00 p.m. and 10.30 p.m. The barge will be moored in the below position at 6.00 p.m. and removed after the display.

The fireworks will be let off from a barge moored off Bighi Point as shown on the chart that can be found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt) and in position:

 Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

Z  35°53’.668       014°31’.207

A wide berth of 200 meters is requested from the barge.  Vessels navigating in Grand Harbour are to proceed with caution and slow speed. Mariners are to comply with any instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, will not be held responsible or liable in any manner whatsoever for any damages or expenses incurred by any person as a consequence of these fireworks’ displays, including for failing to abide and comply with the above directions.

Chart affected BA Chart 177.
 
Positions are referred to WGS 84 Datum. 

31st May, 2016
 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 19 of 2016
 
Għallis North Cardinal Buoy - Destroyed
 
 Reference is made to BA Charts 2537 - Għawdex (Gozo), Kemmuna (Comino) and the northern part of Malta and 2538 - Malta.
 
 The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Għallis North Cardinal Buoy in position:
 
Latitude (N)                        Longitude (E)
 
35º 57’.310                         14º 26’.840
 
Flashing quick, has been destroyed.
 
Charts affected: BA 2538, 2537, 194.
 
Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM
 
 27th May, 2016
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 26 of 2016
 
Valletta Pageant of the Seas – 2016
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the “Valletta Pageant of the Seas” event will be held in the Grand Harbour on Tuesday, 7th June 2016, with a rehearsal being held on Monday, 6 June 2016.
 
The Valletta Pageant of the Seas event will include the use of barges, lit buoys, pontoons, power boats, sailing yachts and fireworks display. The closure of the Grand Harbour will also come into effect on the dates noted below.
 
Schedule of the preparation works and event are as follows:
 
On Saturday, 4th June, 2016 and on Sunday, 5th June, 2016, buoys with flashing lights will be laid in positions A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and I, as shown on chart 1 on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).
 
Position              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)
 
A                        35°53’.527       14°30’.810
 
B                         35°53’.542       14°30’.838
 
C                        35°53’.490       14°30’.914
 
D                        35°53’.504       14°30’.942
 
E                         35°53’.590      14°30’.935
 
F                         35°53’.576      14°30’.906
 
G                        35°53’.568      14°30’.903
 
H                        35°53’.540       14°30’.850
 
I                          35°53’.602       14°30’.827
 
Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in these areas.
On Monday, 6th June, 2016
 
A rehearsal will be held on this day; therefore, part of the Grand Harbour will be closed to all vessels as shown on chart 2 on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), from 5.00 p.m. till 11.00 p.m., except to those vessels with prior authorisation.
 
Imaginary lines bind the restricted area between the points J - K, L - M, N - O, P - Q, R - S, T - U and V - W as shown on chart 2 on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).
 
On Tuesday, 7th June, 2016, the actual event.
 
The Grand Harbour will be closed to all vessels as shown on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt), from 5.00 p.m. till 10.00 p.m.
 
Imaginary lines bind the restricted area between the points J - K, L - M, N - O, P - Q, R - S, T - U and V - W as shown on chart 2 on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt).
 
No vessels will be allowed to stay south west of the imaginary line V - W unless authorised and berthed alongside any available quays.
 
The approaches to the fairway between the breakwaters, is to be kept clear during these hours.
 
During the event, shipping movements in the Grand Harbour will be restricted. No vessel will be allowed within the restricted area. Authorised vessels are to give the barges and pontoons a wide berth of at least 100m at all times.
 
Mariners are to comply with instructions and directions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12, Police, Armed Forces of Malta and Transport Malta Enforcement that will be in the area.
 
 The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, will not be held responsible or liable in any manner whatsoever for any damages or expenses incurred by any person as a consequence of these fireworks’ displays, including for failing to abide and comply with the above directions.
 
 
Any vessels and moorings that are left in this area after the stipulated date will be removed. No liability whatsoever will be accepted by the authority for any damage that may be caused while removing the said vessels and moorings.
 
 Chart Affected: BA 177
 
27th May, 2016
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 25 of 2016
 
Life+Baħar Project-ROV Surveys- Inshore Malta- 2016
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate notifies mariners that marine surveys will be carried out with the use of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). These surveys will be carried out within the polygons A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and the intermediate coastline as shown on the Transport Malta website (www.transport.gov.mt) by the vessel Ranger.
 
Polygon              Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)
 
A                              35º 53’.794         014º 19’.727
                           35º 53’.678      014º 19’.521
                           35º 52’.740      014º 20’.359
                           35º 49’.472      014º 24’.748
                           35º 49’.699      014º 24’.996
 
B                        36º 01’.285       014º 13’.159
                           36º 01’.111       014º 13’.119
                           36º 00’.583       014º 15’.694
                           36º 00’.698      014º 15’.695
 
C                        36º 03’.927      014º 16’.516
                           36º 04’.480       014º 17’.339
                           36º 04’.073       014º 18’.431
                           36º 03’.541      014º 18’.615
 
D                        36º 04’.469       014º 11’.199
                           36º 04’.775       014º 11’.168
                           36º 05’.052       014º 14’.435
                           36º 04’.852       014º 14’.442
 
E                         35º 58’.683       014º 19’.399
                           35º 58’.530       014º 18’.492
                           35º 58’.057       014º 18’.556
                           35º 58’.119       014º 19’.396
F                         35º 58’.508      014º 21’.139
                           35º 58’.013       014º 21’.457
 
G                        36º 00’.237      014º 19’.459
                           36º 00’.695      014º 18’.947
                           36º 00’.964      014º 18’.980
                           36º 01’.228      014º 19’.380
                           36º 01’.332      014º 20’.380
                           36º 00’.948      014º 20’.645
 
H                        35º 56’.298         014º 19’.847
                           35º 55’.335         014º 20’.005
 
Weather permitting the surveys are scheduled to start on 26th May, 2016 and are expected to be completed by 15th August, 2016. The exact areas of operation depend on the weather conditions and cannot be identified at this stage. The first area being started is within polygon F.
 
Since the vessel will be towing an ROV, it will be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre.
 
Mariners are instructed to navigate with caution when the above mentioned vessel is sighted and give a wide berth and observe a 1 nautical mile radius restricted zone which will be implemented around the catamaran vessel Ranger.
 
Further information will be made available through Malta VTS and Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) as the survey progresses.
 
Charts Affected: BA 194, 2124, 2123 INT 301 INT 302
 
24th May, 2016
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2016

Blue Lagoon and Santa Maria Bay, Comino:
Swimmers’ Zone

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies all bathers, mariners and owners of sea craft that the following arrangements will be made for Blue Lagoon and Santa Maria Bay in the North Comino channel for the period between 1st May, 2016 and 15th October, 2016

 
1a) Blue Lagoon Swimmers’ Zone

No vessels or objects which may endanger the safety of bathers shall be used within a swimmers’ zone. The swimmers’ zone is being reserved exclusively for bathers and is delineated by the following coordinates:

Positions 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:

Positions 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 at: (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.
Points 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

10a) Santa Maria Bay (Inner) Swimmers’ Zone


 No vessels or objects which may endanger the safety of bathers shall be used within the swimmers’ zones. The swimmers’ zones are being reserved exclusively for bathers and are delineated by the following coordinates:

Positions       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

A fairway has been established as indicated in the chart.  shown on the website of Transport Malta at: (http://www.transport.gov.mt) and in the following positions. Special mark yellow buoys will be placed at points 1 and 2

 Points             Latitude (N)           Longitude (E)

    V                 36° 00’.852            14° 19’.401  (Shore)
    1                  36º 00’.913            14º 19’.346  (Buoy)
    X                 36º 00’.952            14º 19’.310
    2                  36º 00’.965            14º 19’.332  (Buoy)
    Z                 36° 00’.859            14° 19’.421  (Shore)

The fairways are to be used solely for navigation and should otherwise be kept clear.

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 Maria 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

29th April, 2016