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Notice to Mariners

 
NOTICE TO MARINERS
 
Transport Malta
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 25 of 2015
 
Special Mark Buoys Delineating the 200 and 300-metre Speed Restriction Zones
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that with immediate effect special marker buoys will be placed around the Maltese Islands to delineate the 200 and 300-metre speed restriction zones (10 knots and 5 knots) from the shore. The placement of the buoys is seasonal until October but may still be in place after this date.
 
BA Chart 2537, 211A
 
Special mark buoys 1.5 metres in diameter, fitted with a light flashing yellow 1 every 4 seconds and 2 nautical miles range, shall be placed in the following positions:
 
                                                Bajjiet                                    Veloċità                 Latitude                                 Longitude
                                                Bays                                       Speed                     Latitude                                 Longitude
 
                A 1                          Marsalforn                            10 Knots                36º 04’.564                           14º 15’.843
                A 2                          Comino                                 10 Knots                36º 01’.303                           14º 20’.379
                A 3                          Qawra                                    10 Knots                35º 57’.732                           14º 25’.817
                A 4                          Dragonara Pt.                       10 Knots                35º 55’.729                           14º 29’.748
                A 5                          Dragut Pt.                              10 Knots                35º 54’.500                           14º 31’.007
 
BA Charts 2537, 2538, 211A, 211B, 36
 
Further to the above yellow cylindrical buoys which are 0.9 metres in diameter, flashing yellow 1 every 4 seconds and having 2 nautical miles range, will be placed in the following positions:
 
                                                Bays                                       Speed                     Latitude                                 Longitude
 
                B 1                          Ramla l-Ħamra                    10 Knots                36º 03’.827                           14º 17’.018
                B 3                          Santa Marija                        10 Knots                36º 01’.216                           14º 20’.108
                B 4                          San Niklaw                           10 Knots                36º 01’.264                           14º 19’.804
                B 11                       Ċirkewwa                              10 Knots                35º 59’.059                           14º 19’.789
                B 12                       Little Armier                         10 Knots                35º 59’.627                           14º 21’.602
                B 13                       Armier                                    10 Knots                35º 59’.527                           14º 21’.460
                B 14                       Mellieħa                                10 Knots                35º 59’.153                           14º 22’.681
                B 15                       Mellieħa                                10 Knots                35º 58’.809                           14º 21’.921
                B 16                       Mellieħa                                10 Knots                35º 58’.466                           14º 21’.400
                B 20                       Mellieħa                                10 Knots                35º 58’.190                           14º 21’.987
                B 21                       Mellieħa                                10 Knots                35º 58’.394                           14º 22’.711
                B 22                       Il-Mixquqa                           10 Knots                35º 55’.965                           14º 20’.464
                B 23                       Għajn Tuffieħa                    10 Knots                35º 55’.800                           14º 20’.495
                B 24                       Il-Ġnejna                               10 Knots                35º 55’.473                           14º 20’.354
                B 25                       Il-Gżejjer North                    10 Knots                35º 58’.076                           14º 23’.974
                B 26                       Il-Gżejjer South                   10 Knots                35º 57’.942                           14º 24’.601
                B 28                       Ras il-Għallis       10 Knots                35º 57’.400                           14º 25’.968
                B 29                       San Ġiljan                             10 Knots                35º 55’.221                           14º 29’.857
                B 30                       Marsaskala                           10 Knots                35º 51’.907                           14º 34’.432
                B 31                       San Tumas                           10 Knots                35º 51’.320                           14º 34’.331
                B 32                       Xrob l-Għaġin                       10 Knots                35º 50’.298                           14º 34’.030
                B 33                       St Peter’s Pool                      10 Knots                35º 49’.903                           14º 33’.897
                B 34                       Delimara                               10 Knots                35º 49’.388                           14º 33’.857
 
The following buoys placed at Mġarr ix-Xini, Gozo, Blue Lagoon, Comino, Mellieħa 3 buoys off the beach, and Xemxija inner delineate a 5 knots maximum speed limit.
 
 
Buoys indicate the speed that should never be exceeded and in any case mariners are reminded to proceed at a safe speed at all times subject to the prevailing circumstances and conditions.
 
Mariners are further reminded that it is prohibited to moor any vessel with any of the above buoys or any other buoy owned by the Authority.
 
All positions are referred to WGS 84 DATUM.
 
Charts can be viewed on Transport Malta’s website: (http://www.transport.gov.mt/).
 
29th May, 2015
 
Transport Malta
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 26 of 2015
 
Zones Reserved for Swimmers
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies the general public, mariners and owners of vessels regarding the following restrictions in respect of designated zones reserved for swimmers.
 
These restrictions shall be in place from the date indicated for each area and until 30th September, 2015.
 
Mariners and owners of vessels moored within the zones reserved for swimmers are requested to remove their vessels and mooring buoys immediately. Any vessels and mooring buoys left in these areas after the 1st June, 2015 will be removed. No liability whatsoever will be borne by Transport Malta for any damage to vessels or any damage/loss of mooring buoys and ground tackle that are left in these areas.
 
The zones reserved for swimmers will be indicated by coloured marker buoys and ropes. The ropes may be kept afloat by marker floats in location up to 2 weeks after the above mentioned dates.
 
Several bays have access to the beach through launching lanes which will also be marked by floats. Vessels shall only enter through these lanes. No vessel is to be moored inside or close to the entrance of these lanes unless authorised by Transport Malta. Such lanes shall be used solely for embarking and disembarking of passengers and by commercial and water sports vessel operators.
 
 
No vessels or objects which may endanger the safety of bathers, including any type of fishing gear/implements, shall be used within a swimmers’ zone (this applies also to Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2015).
 
 
The boundaries of these Swimmers’ Zones are as follows:
 
1. Blue Lagoon, Comino
 
Reference to Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2015.
 
2. Mġarr ix-Xini, Gozo: From 15th June 2015, refer to figure 2:                                                               
 
Lines joining points 2A, 2B, 2C and the intermediate coastline.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
2A                            36° 01’.214           14° 16’.271
2B                            36° 01’.164           14° 16’.331
2C                            36° 01’.172           14° 16’.341
3. Il-Bajja tax-Xlendi, Gozo: From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 3                     
 
A wire rope between points 3A (on Quay) and 3B (near Slipway) and the intermediate coastline. 
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
3A                            36º 01’.839           14º 12’.986
3B                            36º 01’.836           14º 12’.997
 
The boundary of this swimmer zone in Xlendi is a wire rope between points 3C (sandy beech) 3D (off the jetty) and 3E (near Churchill Bar) and the intermediate coastline.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
3C                            36° 01’.828           14° 13’.022 
3D                            36° 01’.818           14° 13’.003 
3E                            36° 01’.784           14° 13’.021 
               
Furthermore, lines joining points 3F, 3G, 3H, 3I and 3J and the intermediate coastline delineates another zone.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
3F                            36º 01’.781           14º 13’.007
3G                            36º 01’.789           14º 12’.993
3H                            36º 01’.770           14º 12’.900
3I                             36º 01’.747           14º 12’.876
3J                             36º 01’.737           14º 12’.893
 
4. Il-Bajja tal-Qbajjar, Gozo: From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 4                    
 
Line joining points 4A (SW of slipway) and 4B (steps) and the intermediate coastline to the Southwest of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
4A                            36º 04’.624           14º 15’.112
4B                            36º 04’.596           14º 15’.192
               
5. Il-Bajja ta’ Marsalforn, Gozo:     From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 5                                         
 
Line joining points 5A, 5B 5C, 5D and the Intermediate coastline of this line and line joining points 5E, 5F and the Intermediate coastline south of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
5A                            36º 04’.505           14º 15’.515
5B                            36º 04’.505           14º 15’.533
5C                            36º 04’.344           14º 15’.538
5D                            36º 04’.332           14º 15’.485
5E                            36º 04’.314           14º 15’.493
5F                            36º 04’.344           14º 15’.622
 
6. Il-Bajja ta’ San Blas, Gozo: From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 6                  
Line joining points 6A, 6B and 6C and the intermediate coastline to the Southwest of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
6A                            36º 03’.465           14º 17’.999
6B                            36º 03’.465           14º 18’.060
6C                            36º 03’.419           14º 18’.060
 
7. Ir-Ramla, Gozo: From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 7                                                                       
 
Line joining points 7A, 7B, 7C and 7D and the intermediate coastline to the South of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
7A                            36º 03’.693           14º 16’.917
7B                            36º 03’.754           14º 16’.879
7C                            36º 03’.784           14º 17’.165
7D                            36º 03’.725           14º 17’.182
 
8. Il-Bajja ta’ Ħondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo: From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 8                             
 
Line joining points 8A, 8B, 8C and the intermediate coastline.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
8 A                           36º 01’.673           14º 19’.368
8 B                           36º 01’.639           14º 19’.387
8 C                           36º 01’.615           14º 19’.338
 
9. Il-Bajja ta’ San Niklaw, Comino: From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 9                         
 
Line joining points 9A, 9B and the intermediate coastline to the South of this line and the line joining points 9C, 9D and 9E and the intermediate coastline to the South East of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
9A                            36º 01’.008           14º 19’.735
9B                            36º 01’.005           14º 19’.749
9C                            36º 01’.001           14º 19’.766
9D                            36º 01’.039           14º 19’.773
9E                            36º 01’.037           14º 19’.820
 
A fairway established, refer to Local Notice to Mariners No. 27 of 2014.
 
10. Il-Bajja ta’ Santa Marija, Comino: From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 10                 
 
Imaginary line joining points 10A, 10B, 10C and 10D and the intermediate coastline to the South of this line and line joining points 10E and 10F and the Intermediate Coastline East of this line.
 
A minimum safety/navigable clearance distance of 5 metres from these lines is to be maintained.
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
10A                         36º 00’.996           14º 20’.180
10B                          36º 01’.001           14º 20’.185
10C                          36º 00’.997           14º 20’.247
10D                         36º 00’.984           14º 20’.249
10E                          36º 01’.089           14º 20’.289
10F                          36º 01’.134           14º 20’.301
 
11. Il-Bajja tal-Armier: From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 11                             
 
Line joining points 11A, 11B ,11C and 11D and the intermediate coastline to the South of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
11A                         35º 59’.390           14º 21’.353
11B                          35º 59’.399           14º 21’.397
11C                          35º 59’.413           14º 21’.523
11D                         35º 59’.387           14º 21’.566
 
12. Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa: From 1st June 2015, refer to Figure 12                             
 
Line joining points 12A, 12B, 12C and 12D and the intermediate coastline to the North West of this line and line joining points 12E, 12F, 12G and 12H and the intermediate coastline to the South West of this line.
 
A minimum safety/navigable clearance distance of 5 metres from these lines is to be maintained.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
12A                         35º 58’.530           14º 21’.254
12B                          35º 58’.514           14º 21’.267
12C                          35º 58’.437           14º 21’.120
12D                         35º 58’.460           14º 21’.098
12E                          35º 58’.429           14º 21’.039
12F                          35º 58’.364           14º 21’.104
12G                         35º 58’.005           14º 21’.292
12H                         35º 57’.980           14º 21’.349
 
13. Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa (It-Tunnara): From 1st June 2015, refer to Figure 13                                     
 
Line joining points 13A, 13B and 13C and the intermediate coastline.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
13A                         35º 58’.017           14º 21’.429
13B                          35º 58’.027           14º 21’.458
13C                          35º 58’.007           14º 21’.471
 
14. Il-Bajja tal-Imġiebaħ: From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 14                                                        
 
Line joining points 14A and 14B and the intermediate coastline to the South of this line.
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
14A                         35º 58’.101           14º 22’.858
14B                          35º 58’.094           14º 23’.021
 
15. Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl il-Baħar (Selmun): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 15                        
 
Line joining points 15A and 15B and the intermediate coastline to the South of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
15A                         35º 58’.033           14º 23’.814
15B                          35º 57’.847           14º 23’.828
 
16. Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl il-Baħar (Tal-Fekruna) - From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 16              
 
Line joining points 16A and 16B and the intermediate coastline to the West of this line
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
16A                         35º 57’.177           14º 23’.333
16B                          35º 57’.147           14º 23’.357
 
17. Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl il-Baħar (Xemxija): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 17      
 
Line joining points 17A, 17B, 17C and 17D and the intermediate coastline.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
17A                         35º 56’.911           14º 23’.089
17B                          35º 56’.897           14º 23’.107
17C                          35º 56’.872           14º 23’.078
17D                         35º 56’.875           14º 23’.057
 
18. Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl il-Baħar (Għajn Rażul – Veċċa Breakwater): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 18
               
Line joining points 18A, 18B, 18C and 18D and the intermediate coastline and line joining points 18E, 18F, 18G and 18H and the intermediate coastline.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
18A                         35º 56’.904           14º 23’.584
18B                          35º 56’.950           14º 23’.560
18C                          35º 56’.922           14º 23’.459
18D                         35º 56’.863           14º 23’.502
18E                          35º 56’.833           14º 23’.492
18F                          35º 56’.858           14º 23’.495
18G                         35º 56’.843           14º 23’.444
18H                         35º 56’.832           14º 23’.445
 
19. Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl il-Baħar (Għażżelin): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 19                                   
Line joining points 19A, 19B, 19C, 19D and 19E and the intermediate coastline.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
19A                         35º 56’.975           14º 24’.010
19B                          35º 56’.996           14º 24’.013
19C                          35º 57’.028           14º 24’.144
19D                         35º 57’.016           14º 24’.289
19E                          35º 56’.938           14º 24’.297
 
20. Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl il-Baħar (Buġibba Square) – From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 20                      
 
Line joining points 20A, 20B and 20C and the intermediate coastline to the South East of this line and line joining points 20D, 20E and 20F and the intermediate coastline to the South West of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
20A                         35º 57’.213           14º 24’.892
20B                          35º 57’.198           14º 24’.804
20C                          35º 57’.136           14º 24’.834
20D                         35º 57’.128           14º 24’.832
20E                          35º 57’.197           14º 24’.789
20F                          35º 57’.187           14º 24’.718
 
21. Il-Bajja ta’ San Pawl il-Baħar, Buġibba (opposite Dolmen Hotel): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 21
 
Lines joining points 21A, 21B, 21C and 21D and the intermediate coastline and line joining points 21E, 21F and 21G and the intermediate coastline.   
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
21 A                        35° 57’.405           14° 25’.044
21 B                         35° 57’.312           14° 24’.973
21 C                         35° 57’.292           14° 25’.024
21 D                         35° 57’.277           14° 25’.022
21 E                         35° 57’.288           14° 24’.954
21 F                         35° 57’.260           14° 24’.933
21 G                        35° 57’.230           14° 24’.961
 
22. Il-Qawra: From 1st June 2015, refer to Figure 22                                                                                                  
Lines joining points 22A, 22B, 22C, 22D and 22E, and the intermediate coastline.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
22 A                        35° 57’.562           14° 25’.742
22 B                         35° 57’.561           14° 25’.742
22 C                         35° 57’.560           14° 25’.602
22 D                        35° 57’.433           14° 25’.602
22 E                         35° 57’.432           14° 25’.586
 
23. Il-Bajja tas-Salina (opposite Coastline Hotel): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 23                                             
Line joining points 23A and 23B and the intermediate coastline to the South East
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
23A                         35º 56’.954           14º 25’.703
23B                          35º 56’.925           14º 25’.652
 
24. Il-Bajja ta’ San Ġorġ (San Ġiljan): From 1st June 2015, refer to Figure 24     
                                                               
Line joining points 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D and 24E and the intermediate coastline.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
24A                         35º 55’.576           14º 29’.264
24B                          35º 55’.590           14º 29’.308
24C                          35º 55’.558           14º 29’.341
24D                         35º 55’.547           14º 29’.326
24E                          35º 55’.534           14º 29’.343
 
25. Ix-Xatt ta’ Spinola (opposite Cavalieri Hotel): From 15th June 2015 refer to Figure 25                                              
Line joining points  25A, 25B, 25C, and the intermediate coastline.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
25A                         35º 55’.130           14º 29’.583
25B                          35º 55’.139           14º 29’.681
25C                          35º 55’.149           14º 29’.680
 
26. Ix-Xatt ta’ Spinola (St Julians): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 26                        
 
A rectangular line joining points 26A, 26B, 26C and 26D and the intermediate coastline
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
26A                         35º 55’.074           14º 29’.569
26B                          35º 55’.090           14º 29’.580
26C                          35º 55’.009           14º 29’.667
26D                         35º 54’.994           14º 29’.642
 
27. Ix-Xatt ta’ Spinola (Sliema): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 27
 
Line joining points 27A, 27B, 27C, 27D and 27E and the intermediate coastline.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
27A                         35º 54’.914           14º 29’.832
27B                          35º 54’.970           14º 29’.820
27C                          35º 55’.080           14º 29’.830
27D                         35º 55’.133           14º 29’.872
27E                          35º 55’.132           14º 29’.932
28. Sliema (Font Għadir): From 1st June 2015, refer to Figure 28
 
Line joining points 28A, 28B and 28C and the intermediate coastline.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
28A                         35º 54’.971           14º 30’.297
28B                          35º 54’.940           14º 30’.381
28C                          35º 54’.928           14º 30’.373
 
29. Ta’ Xbiex (Marsamxett): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 29
 
Line joining points 29A, 29B 29C and 29D and the intermediate coastline to the West of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
29A                         35° 53’.946           14° 30’.044
29B                          35° 53’.942           14° 30’.062
29C                          35° 53’.889           14° 30’.045
29D                         35° 53’.893           14° 30’.027
 
30. Valletta - Waterpolo Pitch (Marsamxett): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 30
 
Line joining points 30A, 30B and 30C and the intermediate coastline to the East of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
30A                         35° 54’.070           14° 30’.638
30B                          35° 54’.138           14° 30’.724
30C                          35° 54’.130           14° 30’.733
 
31. Il-Bajja tar-Rinella: From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 31
 
Line joining points 31A and 31B and the intermediate coastline to the East of this line
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
31A                         35º 53’.656           14º 31’.629
31B                          35º 53’.584           14º 31’.609
 
32. Il-Bajja ta’ Marsaskala (Waterpolo Pitch): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 32
               
Line joining points 32A, 32B, 32C, 32D and 32E and the intermediate coastline to the North of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
32A                         35° 51’.979           14° 34’.073
32B                          35° 51’.974           14° 34’.074
32C                          35° 51’.975           14° 34’.225
32D                         35° 51’.996           14° 34’.432
32E                          35° 52’.028           14° 34’.507
33. Il-Bajja ta’ Marsaskala (opposite Ex Jerma Hotel): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 33
 
The lines joining the points 33A, 33B, 33C, 33D and 33E and the intermediate coastline.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
33A                         35° 51’.913           14° 34’.099
33B                          35° 51’.917           14° 34’.103
33C                          35° 51’.894           14° 34’.260
33D                         35° 51’.802           14° 34’.385
33E                          35° 51’.698           14° 34’.529
 
34. Il-Bajja ta’ San Tumas: From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 34
 
Line joining points 34A, 34B, 34C and 34D and the intermediate coastline.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
34A                         35° 51’.287           14° 33’.938
34B                          35° 51’.255           14° 33’.943
34C                          35° 51’.270           14° 34’.110
34D                         35° 51’.351           14° 34’.095
 
35. Xrob l-Għaġin (Delimara): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 35
 
Line joining points 35A, 35B, 35C and 35D and the intermediate coastline.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
35A                         35° 50’.490           14° 34’.029
35B                          35° 50’.465           14° 33’.968
35C                          35° 50’.394           14° 34’.033
35D                         35° 50’.415           14° 34’.150
 
36. Kalanka t-Tawwalija (Delimara): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 36
 
Line joining points 36A, 36B and the intermediate coastline.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
36A                         35° 49’.435           14° 33’.665
36B                          35° 49’.388           14° 33’.625
 
37. Il-Bajja ta’ Birżebbuġa (San Ġorġ): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 37
 
Line joining points 37A and 37B and the intermediate coastline.
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
37A                         35° 49’.947           14° 31’.893
37B                          35° 49’.879           14° 31’.862
 
38. Il-Bajja ta’ Birżebbuġa: From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 38
 
Line joining points from 38A (southern most part of old breakwater jetty), 38B and 38C (the South East part of the waterpolo pitch) and the intermediate coastline.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
38A                         35º 49’.408           14º 31’.770
38B                          35º 49’.420           14º 31’.840
38C                          35º 49’.517           14º 31’.865
 
39. Il-Bajja tal-Ġnejna: From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 39
 
Line joining points 39A, 39B, 39C and 39D and the intermediate coastline to the South East of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
39A                         35º 55’.214           14º 20’.499
39B                          35º 55’.244           14º 20’.482
39C                          35º 55’.287           14º 20’.585
39D                         35º 55’.283           14º 20’.619
 
40. Ir-Ramla ta’ Għajn Tuffieħa: From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 40
 
Line joining points 40A  40B and 40C and the intermediate coastline to the South East of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
40A                         35º 55’.782           14º 20’.698
40B                          35º 55’.801           14º 20’.588
40C                          35º 55’.717           14º 20’.496
 
41. Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa (Golden Sands): From 1st June 2015, refer to Figure 41
 
Line joining points 41A, 41B and 41C and the intermediate coastline to the North East of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
41A                         35º 56’.074           14º 20’.616
41B                          35º 56’.002           14º 20’.488
41C                          35º 55’.896           14º 20’.577
 
42. Il-Bajja taċ-Ċirkewwa (Paradise Bay): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 42
Line joining points 42A, 42B and 42C and the intermediate coastline of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
42A                         35º 58’.916           14º 19’.920
42B                          35º 58’.962           14º 19’.898
42C                          35º 58’.970           14º 19’.974
 
43. Tigné: From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 43
 
Line joining points 43A, 43B, 43C and 43D and the intermediate coastline of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
43A                         35º 54’.321           14º 30’.706
43B                          35º 54’.311           14º 30’.689
43C                          35º 54’.356           14º 30’.619
43D                         35º 54’.367           14º 30’.629
 
44. Marsaxlokk: From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 44
 
Line joining points 44A, 44B, 44C, 44D, 44E and 44F and the intermediate coastline of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
44A                         35º 50’.105           14º 32’.752
44B                          35º 50’.102           14º 32’.761
44C                          35º 50’.017           14º 32’.724
44D                         35º 49’.960           14º 32’.822
44E                          35º 49’.936           14º 32’.803
44F                          35º 49’.939           14º 32’.797
 
45. Iċ-Ċirkewwa: From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 45
 
Line joining points 45A and 45B and the intermediate coastline of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
45A                         35º 59’.242           14º 19’.777
45B                          35º 59’.245           14º 19’.863
 
46. Spinola Bay (Balluta Bay): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 46
 
Line joining points 46A and 46B and the intermediate coastline of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
46A                         35º 54’.899           14º 29’.628
46B                          35º 54’.883           14º 29’.674
47. Salina Bay (Suncrest Hotel): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 47
 
Line joining points 47A, 47B, 47C and 47D and the intermediate coastline of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
47A                         35º 57’.244           14º 25’.458
47B                          35º 57’.259           14º 25’.535
47C                          35º 57’.196           14º 25’.529
47D                         35º 57’.154           14º 25’.481
 
48. Il-Bajja ta’ Birżebbuġa (Qajjenza): From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 48
 
Line joining points 48A, 48B, 48C and 48D and the intermediate coastline of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
48A                         35º 49’.918           14º 32’.225
48B                          35º 49’.907           14º 32’.230
48C                          35º 49’.938           14º 32’.128
48D                         35º 49’.950           14º 32’.123
 
49. St Peter’s Pool: From 15th June 2015, refer to Figure 49
 
Line joining points 49A and 49B and the intermediate coastline of this line.
 
Points    Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
49A                         35º 49’.981           14º 33’.735
49B                          35º 49’.965           14º 33’.745
 
For ease of reference chartlets depicting swimmers’ zones and launching lanes can be viewed on the Malta Transport’s website: (http://www.transport.gov.mt).
 
Mariners are reminded that it is prohibited to secure/moor any vessel or object with any marker buoy, ropes and related gear, delineating the swimmers zones.
 
All positions are referred to WGS 84 DATUM.
 
Parts of charts may be viewed on the abovementioned website.
 
29th May, 2015
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 27 of 2015
 
Fireworks Displays at Pietà Creek in Marsamxett Harbour
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that fireworks displays and a hanging waterfall display, placed across the creek, will be let off from the following areas:
 
1) Gozo ferry ro ro ramp at Hay Wharf
 
2) From floating rafts near the boathouse
 
The above sites can be viewed on the chart on Transport Malta’s website: (http://www.transport.gov.mt/).
 
These firework displays will take place on Saturday, 6th June, 2015 between 8.00 p.m. and 1.00 a.m. of the following day.
 
During this day the use of the slipway next to the boathouse will be restricted.
  
All masters of vessels berthed at Pieta Creek are warned to remove their vessels from the above sites, keep well clear and maintain a safe distance of not less than 100 metres, during the above-mentioned displays.  Mariners are to note the above and navigate with caution and slow speed.
 
Chart affected: BA 177
 
29th May, 2015
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2015
 
ROV Surveys Offshore Malta
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate notifies mariners that marine surveys will be carried out with the use of remotely operated vehicle (ROV). These surveys will be carried out from the Maltese coast and up to the 25 Nautical Mile limit, by the catamaran vessel Oceana Ranger.
 
Weather permitting the surveys are scheduled to start on 1st June, 2015 for a period of approximately 2 months. The exact areas of operation depend on the weather conditions and cannot be identified at this stage.
 
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 Oceana 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
 
29th May, 2015
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2015
 
Malta North-East Coast – Relocation of Fish Farm
 
Il-Mistra
 
Refer to Chart BA Chart 211B.
 
Amend boundary of fish farm to the following positions:
 
............... Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
A             35º 57’. 340          14º 23’.670
B             35º 57’. 340          14º 23’.787
C             35º 57’. 426          14º 23’.787
D             35º 57’. 426          14º 23’.719
E             35º 57’. 384          14º 23’.670
 
Conical light buoys 2 metres in height with special marks for day markers and flashing yellow, with a range of light of one (1) Nautical Mile will be positioned at A, B, C, D and E above.
 
A wire rope supported by floats has been placed connecting all the above positions.
 
Mariners are to note the above amendments and give a wide berth.
 
Position in WGS 84 Datum.
 
Charts Affected: BA Chart 211 B, 211A, 2538.
 
22nd May, 2015
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 23 of 2015
 
Starboard Fairway Buoy (green) – Id-Daħla tad-Dockyard is UNLIT
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours, inner starboard Fairway buoy (green) Flashing 1 green every 5 seconds in id-Daħla tad-Dockyard in the following position:
 
Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
35º 53’.311           14º 31’.086
 
Is UNLIT.
 
Position in WGS 84 Datum.
 
Chart Affected: BA Chart 177
 
22nd May, 2015
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2015
 
Maintenance works on Saint Elmo Breakwater Bridge, Grand Harbour - Valletta
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that with immediate effect and until end of September 2015, maintenance works will be carried out on the bridge leading to the St Elmo Breakwater.
 
These maintenance works include removal and replacing of decking, sanding and painting of the bridge.
 
In order to carry out these works, a temporary suspended scaffolding will be installed below the bridge.
 
Masters and vessel operators are instructed that with immediate effect they are not to navigate below the above mentioned bridge due to the possibility of falling objects and the temporary installation of scaffolding.
 
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
 
22nd May, 2015
 
Transport Malta
 
Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2015
 
Live Gunnery Firing Practice from Pembroke Ranges
28th – 29th May, 2015
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Armed Forces of Malta shall conduct a live gunnery firing exercise from the Pembroke Ranges on Thursday, 28th May, 2015. The firing exercise will take place between 8.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. local time, (6.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. UTC).
 
 In the event that this exercise is cancelled it will take place on Friday, 29th May, 2015
 
The exercises will take place within the area enclosed by the following positions:
 
From Position A:
 
Latitude (N)                          Longitude (E)
 
35º 55’.90                             14º 28’. 53
 
thence on a bearing of 335 True x 8.5 nautical miles to:
 
Position B:
 
Latitude (N)                          Longitude (E)
 
36º 03’.60                             14º 24’.10
 
thence on an arc of a circle radius 8.5 nautical miles centred on position A to:
 
Position C:
 
Latitude (N)                          Longitude (E)
 
36º 00’ .15                            14º 37’. 45
 
thence on a bearing of 240 True to position A.
 
All vessels in the vicinity must proceed with caution and keep at least eight and a half nautical miles (8.5NM) off the Pembroke Coast on the dates and times indicated. Instructions given by AFM craft  patrolling the area and Valletta VTS (Valletta Port Control Channel 12) are to be compiled with at all times.
 
Chart affected BA 194, 2537 and 2538
 
Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM
 
8th May, 2015
 
Transport Malta
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 20 of 2015
 
Blue Lagoon, 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 in the channel between Comino and Cominotto for the period between 1st May, 2015 and 15th October, 2015
 
1) Swimmers’ Zone
 
No vessels or objects which may endanger the safety of bathers shall be used within a swimmers’ zone. The swimmers’ zone which 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)
                               
2) Mooring areas for Commercial vessels
 
2 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’.973        14° 19’.345 (Buoy)
6                            36° 00’.933        14° 19’.372
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’.908        14º 19’.388
11                          36° 00’.859        14° 19’.421
12                          36° 00’.866        14° 19’.439 (Shore)
 
3) 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 position. 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’.920        14º 19’.356 (Buoy)
    3                        36º 00’.962        14º 19’.327 (Buoy)
    5                        36º 00’.973        14º 19’.345 (Buoy)
   11                       36° 00’.859        14° 19’.421
 
The fairway is 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 Channel between Comino and Cominotto. 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
 
5th May, 2015
 
Transport Malta
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 21 of 2015
 
Temporary Mooring of Fish Farm Cage at Bighi Point - Grand Harbour
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that centered on the position below, with a 50m diameter, a fish farm cage will be moored at Bighi Point, Grand Harbour, as from Tuesday, 5th May, 2015, for two weeks.
 
The cage will be placed in the following approximate position and also be moored to shore
 
Latitude (N)                          Longitude (E)
 
35°53’.603                            14°31’.385
 
and as shown on chart which can be found on Trasport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt).
 
The cage will have two navigation lights flashing yellow one every 4 or 5 seconds on the outer side.
 
All vessels and bathers are warned to keep well clear and maintain a safe distance from the cage. Mariners are to note the above and navigate with caution and slow speed.
 
Chart Affected: BA 177, 2538
 
5th May, 2015
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2014
 
Merkanti Reef East Cardinal Light – Relit and Top Marks Re-Esthablished
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that with reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours, 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                            14º 29’.850
 
Is now RE-LIT and top marks re-established.
 
Position in WGS 84 Datum.
 
Chart affected: BA Chart 177, 2537, 2538, 194
 
21st April, 2015
 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 14 of 2015
 
Isolated Danger Buoy - Established -
Marsaxlokk Harbour
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that reference is made to BA Chart 36 - Malta, South Coast - Marsaxlokk, a cylindrical Isolated Danger Cardinal Buoy has been established off the West Quay Terminal I in the following positions:
 
Latitude (N)      Longitude (E)       Flashing             Range
 
35º 49’.359         14º 31’.890    Group 2 every          2NM
                                                           5 seconds
 
The buoy has the top day marks of two spheres.
 
 Mariners are to note the above and navigate with extreme caution when in the vicinity of this buoy.
 
Position in WGS 84 Datum.
 
Chart Affected: BA Chart 36
 
17th April, 2015
 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 18 of 2015
 
Further to Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2015
Re - Malta International Fireworks Festival 2015
Fireworks Display in Grand Harbour
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that further to Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2015 regarding fireworks display in Grand Harbour, the fireworks barges will be loaded at the quay in “Id-Daħla tar-Rinella” and moved to position on the 30th April 2015. Following the fireworks display these barges will berth again at the mentioned quay. In view of the above and in the interest of safety and for the safety of navigation of these barges out of and into “Id-Daħla tar-Rinella”, no vessel is to be anchored in “Id-Daħla tar-Rinella” between the imaginary line F - G and the intermediate coastline on this day.
 
Mariners are to comply with instructions and directions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12, Police, patrol boats and Transport Malta Enforcement that will be in the area.
 
Chart Affected: BA 177
 
14th April, 2015
 
NOTICE TO MARINERS
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2015
 
Lay Up of Oil Rig Zagreb 1
 
 The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the oil rig Zagreb 1 has been laid up with immediate effect and until further notice in the following position:
 
Latitude (N)                          Longitude (E)
 
035º 47’.32                           014º 31’.57
 
A circular zone of radius 500 metres centered on the above position has been established within which unauthorised vessels are not permitted to enter for any reason whatsoever.
 
Positions are referred to WGS 84 DATUM.
 
Charts Affected: BA 2538, 194
 
10th April, 2015
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2015
 
Cominotto West Cardinal Buoy - Re-Established
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that  Reference is made to BA Chart 211A - Channels between Malta and Gozo, the Comminotto 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 Re-Established.
Mariners are to note the above and give a wide berth.
 
Position in WGS 84 Datum.
 
 Chart Affected: BA Chart 211, 2537, 194
 
10th April, 2015
 
 TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2015
 
Sailing Regatta at Marsaxlokk Bay,
11th and 12th April 2015
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Birzebbugia Sailing Club shall be holding the Malta National Sailing Championship for dinghies on Saturday, 11th April 2015 and Sunday, 12th April 2015.
 
Races shall be held between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. (local time) on both days.
 
Class races shall be held over two (2) adjacent upwind/downwind courses, centered in the selected sailing area depending on the weather conditions at the time.  The diagram showing areas A, B, C, D and E can be found in the Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt).
 
The courses shall be defined by inflatable marks of about 1.5 meters high around which the competitors shall have to sail.
 
Masters of all craft not directly involved in this Sailing Regatta are asked to keep clear of the racing area, especially at each of the turning marks and observe any instructions that may be given by the Race Organisers safety craft and by Marsaxlokk Port Control (VTS).
 
Charts effected:  BA 36, 2538
 
10th April, 2015
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 16 of 2015
 
Malta International Fireworks Festival 2015
Fireworks Display in Buġibba, St Paul’s Bay
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a fireworks display will be held in Bugibba, St Paul’s Bay on Saturday, 2nd May, 2015.
Fireworks will be let off from pontoons placed inside the area A, B, C and D as shown on the chart on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt).
 
The pontoons will be placed in position at about 2.00 p.m. and removed as soon as the display finishes.
 
The time of the display is from 11.00 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. (Local time).
 
All vessels and bathers are warned to keep well clear and maintain a safe distance of not less than 200 metres from the pontoons during the above mentioned display. Mariners are to note the above and navigate with caution and slow speed.
 
Chart Affected: BA 211b, 2538
 
10th April, 2015
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2015
 
Malta International Fireworks Festival 2015
Fireworks Display in Grand Harbour
 
 The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that a fireworks display will be held in Grand Harbour on Thursday, 30th April, 2015.
 
Fireworks will be let off from barges and pontoons placed off St Angelo Point. The barges will be placed in position, on Thursday, 30th April, 2015, morning, and will be removed when the display finishes. Two (2) sinkers with marker buoys will be placed in positions Y and Z on Thursday, 30th April, 2015 between noon and 2.00 p.m. while the pontoons will then be placed on Thursday, 30th April, 2015, after 4.15 p.m. and removed immediately after the displays. A copy of part BA Chart 177 showing arrangement of barges and pontoons can be found on Trasport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt).
 
Schedule of the fireworks is as follows:
 
Thursday 30th April, 2015, from 9.00 p.m. till 11.30 p.m. local time (7.00 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. UTC)
 
In view of the above, mariners are informed that part of Grand Harbour (as shown on chart) will be closed to all vessels as follows:
 
Thursday, 30th April, 2015, from 4.15 p.m. till 11.55 p.m.
 
Imaginary lines bind the restricted area between the points A - B, B - C, D - E, F - G and H - I as shown on the chart. The barges and pontoons are to be given a wide berth at all times.
 
During the event, shipping movements in Grand Harbour will be restricted. No vessel will be allowed within the restricted area, except by arrangement through the Organising Committee. Authorised craft are to give the display barges a wide berth of at least 200m at all times. No movements whatsoever will be allowed during the actual displays.
 
Mariners are to comply with instructions and directions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12, Police, patrol boats and Transport Malta Enforcement that will be in the area.
 
Chart Affected: BA 177
 
10th April, 2015
 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 14 of 2015
 
Filming at “il-Bajja ta’ Marsaxlokk,” Malta
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies all mariners, owners of vessels and bathers, that filming activities will take place at “il-Bajja ta’ Marsaxlokk,” in Areas 1, 3 and 4 as shown on charts A and Area 2 as shown on Chart B which can be found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt), between Tuesday, 14th April, 2015 and Thursday, 16th April, 2015 both days included.
 
In view of the above Mariners, owners of vessels and bathers are instructed to cooperate with any instructions given by the film crew and to comply with instructions issued by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) and police.
 
Chart affected: BA 36
 
7th April, 2015
 
Transport Malta
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2015
 
31st March Regatta in Grand Harbour - Valletta
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the 31st March Regatta will be held in Grand Harbour. Sinkers and marker buoys will be laid as follows:
 
1. On Friday, 30th March 2015, 3 sinkers with marker buoys will be laid in the following positions:
               
                Latitude (N)                          Longitude (E)
 
(i)            35°53’.573                            14°30’.952
(ii)           35°53’.490                            14°30’.824
(iii)          35°53’.443                            14°30’.750
 
(iv) A sinker only will be placed in mid channel between Laboratory Wharf and Deep Water Quay in the following position.
 
  Latitude (N)                                        Longitude (E)
 
   35°53’.173                                         14°30’.356
 
2. On Tuesday, 31st March, 2015 as from 8.00 a.m., wire ropes with floats will be laid in the following positions:
 
a. from buoy (i) off St Angelo Point to buoy (ii) near Senglea Point.
 
b. from buoy (ii) near Senglea Point to point (iii) Senglea Point opposite the entrance to French Creek;
 
c. from buoy (i) to a point ashore beneath Lascaris Bastion, position:   
 
  Latitude (N)                                        Longitude (E)
 
   35°53’.74                                           14°30’.85
 
d. from approximately the South West corner at Ras Ħanżir II (bollard 12) to bollard 22 at Deep Water Quay.
 
e. a buoy will also be placed at 1(iv) above to support the starting line.
 
3a. The wire ropes, floats and buoy mentioned in 2 above will be removed on the completion of the Regatta at approximately 6.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 31st March, 2015.
 
3b. The sinkers and marker buoys mentioned in 1 above will then be removed on Wednesday, 1st April, 2015.
 
Masters of all vessels are notified that on Tuesday 31st March, 2015 between 8.00 a.m. and about 6.00 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 craft in “The Marsa” will not be allowed to proceed beyond the starting line indicated in (2d) above after 8.00 a.m. No vessel will be allowed near the finishing line except those involved in the races. No movements of vessels will be allowed inside 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 2a, 2b and Ras Ħanżir.
 
Masters of all vessels are also warned that the wire ropes and floats may cause a physical obstruction and consequently they are to navigate with extreme caution.  Caution is also to be exercised when in the vicinity of such wire ropes and floats when these are being laid or removed. Mariners are instructed to comply with any instructions issued by Transport Malta, the Police and Armed Forces of Malta patrolling the area and by Valletta VTS (Valletta Port Control).
 
Chart affected: BA 177
 
24th March, 2015
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2015
 
Chart Correction
 
Reference is made to BA Chart 177 – Valletta Harbours.
 
Il-Port il-Kbir – Id-Daħla tal-Kalkara
 
Insert a pontoon between the following positions:
 
Position                 Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
 
   A                          35º 53’.416           14º 31’.482
   B                          35º 53’.394           14º 31’.450
 
Part of Chart can be found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt) for reference.
 
Positions are in WGS 84 Datum.
 
Chart Affected: BA Chart 177
 
20th March, 2015
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 12 of 2015
 
Dragon Boat Malta - Canoe Race at Marsamxett Harbour
 
Dragon Boat Malta will be holding a Dragon boat race in Sliema Creek, Marsamxett Harbour, on Tuesday, 31st March, 2015, between noon and 6.00 p.m.
 
The start and finish will be at the Strand, Sliema, opposite to the Sliema Hotel. The races will mainly follow the route as per chartlet found on Transport Maltas website (www.transport.gov.mt) (from point A to point B).
 
Mariners navigating in Sliema Creek are to take note of the above and keep a sharp lookout for the canoeists to give a wide berth and navigate at very slow speed.
 
Should weather conditions be unfavourable, the races will be held closer to the coast.
 
Chart Affected:  BA Chart 177
 
17th March, 2015
 
Notices to Mariners
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 10 of 2015
 
Chart Correction
 
Reference is made to BA Chart 211-A – Channels between Malta and Għawdex.
 
Delete Navigation Light Fl.R.5s6m2M in position
 
Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)
 
 35º 59’.370    14º 19’.795
 
Insert Sectored Navigation Light Fl.RG.5s6m2M in the same position.
 
The bearing visibility (from seaward side) of the lights are Red from 042° to 222° and Green from 222° to 042°
 
Positions are in WGS 84 Datum.
 
Chart Affected: BA Chart 36, 2537, 2538
 
13th March, 2015
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2015
 
St Paul’s Bay Powerboat Races
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that power boat races will be held in St Paul’s Bay on Saturday, 28th March 2015 and Sunday 29th March 2015, weather permitting.
 
Buoys will be laid in the following positions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and X for the race as indicated on chart A which can be found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt):
 
 Position                Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
 
1                              35º 57’.107           14º 23’.603
2                              35º 57’.366           14º 24’.688
3                              35º 57’.703           14º 25’.166
4                              35º 57’.865           14º 24’.675
5                              35º 57’.590           14º 24’.457
6                              35º 57’.171           14º 23’.554
X                             35º 57’.890           14º 25’.517
 
The timings of the race will be between 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.hours local time.
 
Mariners are instructed not to cross the course on the mentioned dates and times stated above and that they are to give the indicated course a wide berth.  Navigation within St Paul’s Bay will be restricted during the race.  Mariners are to follow instructions given by Valletta VTS (Valletta Port Control) and support safety craft in the area.
 
Charts Affected: BA 194, 211A, 2537and 2538
 
13th March, 2015
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2015
 
Structure near Il-Gżejjer, Saint Pauls Bay
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that with reference to BA Chart 211 four yellow flashing buoys have been placed in positions A, B, C and D listed below, also a floating line with floats will be placed joining the buoys as shown on the chart found on Transport Maltas website (www.transport.gov.mt).
Point                      Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
 
A                            035°57.722         014°24.037        
B                             035°57.720         014°24.070        
C                             035°57.693         014°24.073              
D                             035°57.698         014°24.041        
 
Mariners are instructed to navigate with caution and slow speed when in the vicinity.
 
Chart Affected: BA  211
 
10th March, 2015
 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA 

Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2015 

Munxar East Cardinal Buoy - RELIT 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that with reference to BA Chart 2538 - Malta (South East) the East Cardinal Light Buoy at Outer Munxar reef in position: 

Latitude (N)                          Longitude (E) 

35º 50.982                           14º 35.940 

Flashing quick 3 every 10 seconds is now RELIT. 

Chart affected: BA Chart 2538, 194 

6th March, 2015 

TRANSPORT MALTA 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2015 

RC44 Valletta Cup 2015 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the RC44 Valletta Cup 2015 yacht races will be held in Valletta Grand Harbour and off Marsamxett Harbour between Tuesday, 24th March, 2015, and Sunday, 29th March, 2015.  A coastal race may also be held on Friday, 27th March, 2015 or Saturday, 28th March, 2015.

 The race programme is as follows: 

a. Tuesday, 24th March, 2015 

Practice sailing and races will take place between 1.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. local time. 

The start is from Marsamxett Harbour, and depending on the weather conditions, will proceed to a line formed outside Tigné Point with a first leg to windward of about 1.9 nautical miles long. 

b. Wednesday, 25th March, 2015 

The races will take place in Grand Harbour, Valletta. They will start at approximately 9.30 a.m. and will continue until 5.00 p.m. 

Mariners are advised that on this day the Grand Harbour will be closed to all traffic between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. or such time as may be communicated by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS). No vessels (except those directly involved with the races) will be allowed to navigate in or out of Grand Harbour without any prior permission from the organisers or the Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta. 

Established delimitation limits in Grand Harbour will be as per chart that can be found on Transport Maltas website (www.transport.gov.mt​).

Spectator vessels are to stay behind the imaginary lines BC in French Creek, DE in Dockyard Creek, FG in Kalkara Creek and HI in Rinella Bay. The RC44 participating yachts may be navigating further out than the imaginary lines AB and JK. 

c. Thursday, 26th March, 2015 to Sunday, 29th March, 2015 

Fleet racing days with around 3 to 4 races per day. The races will start at 11.00 a.m. The racing area will be delineated on each day subject to the prevailing weather. The preferred route will be from Tigné Point to an area beyond St Georges Bay, St Julians. Each race is estimated to last about 1 hour. 

Mariners are to navigate with caution and to keep a sharp lookout when in the vicinity to the above-mentioned courses and positions. When sighted, the participants are to be given a wide berth. They are to obey any instructions that are issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS), AFM Patrol Vessels and Transport Malta, Enforcement Vessels in the area. 

Positions are in WGS 84 Datum. 

Chart affected: BA Chart 177 

6th March, 2015
 

 TRANSPORT MALTA 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 10 of 2015 

Fireworks Display from a Barge Moored 200m off

Dolmen Hotel Foreshore, Buġibba, St Pauls Bay 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies all mariners that a 15 minute fireworks display will be let off from a barge moored 200 metres away from nearest shore off Dolmen Hotel, Buġibba, St Pauls Bay, on Monday, 9th March, 2015, at 8.15 p.m. 

The barge will be moored in the following approximate position: 

Latitude (N)                          Longitude (E) 

35º 57.401                           14º 24.930 

and as shown in the chart that can be found on Transport Maltas website (www.transport.gov.mt). 

All vessels and bathers are warned to keep well clear and maintain a safe distance of not less than 200 metres from the barge during the above-mentioned display.  Mariners are to note the above and navigate with caution and slow speed. 

Charts affected: BA 211b, 2538 

Position is referred to WGS 84 Datum

 6th March, 2015​

 


 

 
NOTICE TO MARINERS
 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
 
 
Notice to Mariners No. 07 of 2015
 
 
 
Munxar East Cardinal Buoy - UNLIT
 
 
 
Reference is made to BA Chart 2538 – Malta (South East).
 
 
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the East Cardinal Light Buoy at Outer Munxar reef in position:
 
 
 
Latitude (N)    Longitude (E)
 
 
 
35º 50’.982    14º 35’.940
 
 
 
Is UNLIT.
 
 
 
Mariners are advised to note the above and proceed with caution and slow speed when navigating in the area.
 
 
 
Chart Affected: BA Chart 2538, 194
 
 
 
24th February, 2015
 
Transport Malta
 
 
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 08 of 2015
 
 
 
Remote Control sailing event in Mellieħa
 
Bay - 18th March 2015 to 23rd March 2015
 
 
 
 The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Malta Model Boat Association (MMBA) will be organizing remote control sailing races in Mellieħa Bay. The sailing races which will include 1meter long sailing boats will be held off the Mellieħa Bay Hotel between Wednesday, 18th March 2015 and Monday, 23rd March 2015.
 
 
 
These races shall be held between 9.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. (local time) on all days.
 
 
 
The races will take place in the selected sailing area shown on the chart which can be found on Transport Malta’s website (http://www.transport.gov.mt/) as A, B, C and D.
 
 
 
Masters of all vessels not directly involved in this Sailing Regatta are asked to keep clear of the racing area and observe any instructions that may be given by the event organisers safety vessels and by Valletta Port Control (VTS).
 
 
 
Charts effected:  BA 211A, 2538
 
 
 
27th February, 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 06 of 2015

Drilling Works for Geotechnical Investigations at Sliema Creek, Marsamxett Harbour
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that further to Notice to Mariners No. 3 and 4 of 2015 regarding drilling works for geotechnical investigations to be carried out in Sliema Creek, off Manoel Island bridge in Marsamxett Harbour along an imaginary line AB, the drilling works will now be completed by the end of February 2015 and not by Saturday 14th February 2015.
 

They will be carried out from a flat barge which will be accompanied by a small tug boat. The barge may deploy anchors to hold it in position and may remain in the area during the night. The barge will display the signals in accordance with the International Collisions Regulations.

Further more mariners and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout and proceed at very slow speed.

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

Chart affected: BA 177
      
Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.

17th February, 2015

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 07 of 2015

Turtles, Dolphins/Whales and Jellyfish study
by the University of Malta

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Department of Biology of the University of Malta is conducting research studies on marine biodiversity within the Central Mediterranean Region around the Maltese Islands (from coastal to offshore) in respect of:

1) Turtle, Dolphin and Whale sightings.
2) Jellyfish Blooms sightings.

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

1) Turtle, Dolphins and Whales Dr. Adriana Vella email (adriana.vella@um.edu.mt), or sms (+356 9942 9592)

2) Jellyfish Blooms may also be forwarded to the email: (JellyWatchMalta@gmail.com).

The information for each sighting should include:

a) date and time of observation;
b) number of turtles, dolphins/whales/jellyfish;
c) location (GPS coordinates if offshore);
d) photos when possible;

Photos of sightings are appreciated when these are possible and in particular should be taken in the case of strange looking jellyfish. CIESM colourful posters identifying jellyfish types may be requested by emailing to (JellyWatchMalta@gmail.com).

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. 

17th February, 2015

 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2015
 
Cominotto West 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 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 MISSING
 
Mariners are to note the above and give a wide berth.
 
 
Position in WGS 84 Datum.
 
Chart affected: BA Chart 211, 2537, 194
 
6th February, 2015
 

TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2015
 
Marsalforn East Cardinal Buoy – Missing
 
With reference is made to BA Chart 211A – Channels Between Malta and Għawdex, 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.
 
Charts affected:  BA Chart 211, 2537, 194
 
6th February, 2015
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 5 of 2015
 
Cominotto West 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 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 MISSING
 
Mariners are to note the above and give a wide berth.
 
 
Position in WGS 84 Datum.
 
Chart affected: BA Chart 211, 2537, 194
 
6th February, 2015
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2015
 
Marsalforn East Cardinal Buoy – Missing
 
With reference is made to BA Chart 211A – Channels Between Malta and Għawdex, 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.
 
Charts affected: BA Chart 211, 2537, 194
 
6th February, 2015
 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2015
 
Armed Forces of Malta - Live Firing Exercise at Sea
 
Mariners are informed that the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM), Maritime Squadron will be carrying out a live firing exercise at sea.
 
The exercise will be held within a circular area of 8 nautical mile radius, centred on:
 
                Latitude (N)                          Longitude (E)
               
                035° 30. 50’                          014° 11. 00’
 
The exercise will be held between Monday 16th February 2015 and Friday 20th February 2015 from 0700 hours UTC to 1500 hours 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:
 
Chart affected:  BA 2124, 165
 
23rd January, 2015
 
  
Transport Malta 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2015
 
Speed Restricted in Close Proximity to Small Craft, Mooring Areas and Marinas
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, reminds mariners, boaters and operators of commercial vessels That Notice to Mariners No 107 of 2011 does not have an expiry date and hence the importance of proceeding at a safe speed at all times subject to the prevailing circumstances and conditions and with extra caution and slow speed when operating and maneuvering in close proximity to small craft, mooring areas and Marinas still apply. Mariners are also reminded on the importance of keeping a proper lookout at all times.
 
The following still apply:
 
1) In terms of the Yachting Centres Regulations (SL499.10) the speed limit in the approaches to and fairways near yachting centres, Marinas and mooring areas shall be a maximum of 3 knots;
2) Further to the Ports Regulations (SL499.01) and the Small Ships Regulations (SL 499.52) it is determined that within the other areas of the ports of Valletta, Marsamxett and Mgarr (Gozo) mariners are to proceed at a maximum speed of 5 knots and keeping wash as a minimum.  In other ports and harbours, within 300m from the foreshore of a sandy beach and within 200m from other part of the foreshore are to proceed at a speed which is not in excess of 10 knots; and
 
3) When Speed Marker Buoys (IALA Special Mark) are sighted, speed as indicated on buoy is not to be exceeded.
 
Operators of Commercial Vessels are further requested to contact and inform the Valletta VTS on VHF Channel 12 prior to proceeding on Harbour Cruises within the Ports and also inform the respective Marina Operator on VHF Channel 13 when navigating within creeks and marina fairways.
 
Notice to Mariners No. 107 of 2011 will remain applicable until revoked by another Notice to Mariners.      
 
16th January, 2015
 
Transport Malta
Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2015
Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light - UNLIT and Top Marks Missing
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           14º 29’.850
 
Is UNLIT and top marks Missing.
 
Position in WGS 84 Datum.
 
Charts affected: BA Chart 177, 2537, 2538, 194
 
16th January, 2015
 
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Transport Malta 

Notice to Mariners No. 1 of 2015 

Cumulative List of Notices to Mariners January 2015 

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

1. Notice to Mariners No. 03 of 2009

Regarding: Information and promulgation of Notices to Mariners               

2. Notice to Mariners No. 77 of 2009

Regarding: Dredging Works at Marsaxlokk Bay               

3. Notice to Mariners No. 15 of 2013

Regarding: New Deep Water Quay, Refurbishment Project – Grand Harbour 

4. Notice to Mariners No. 17 of 2014

Regarding: No Anchoring off ta’ Xbiex Coast in Marsamxett Harbour. 

5. Local Notice to Mariners No. 46 and 53 of 2014

Regarding: Use of il-Moll ta’ Buġibba

6. Local Notice to Mariners No. 51 of 2014

Regarding: Berthing and mooring of Vessels along Breakwaters, Jetties and Slipway               

9th January, 2015

 

Transport Malta 

Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2015 

Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out Live Firing Practice all through the year, (except Sundays) at the Pembroke Ranges, between 7.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. local time.

The exercise area is delineated by sector ABC. 

From Position A 

                Latitude (N)          Longitude (E) 

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

a radius of 4 Nautical miles to points              

B             35º 59’.46             14º 27’.15 and 

C             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 as a minimum 4 Nautical miles off the coast when the flags are sighted. 

Moreover, they must obey instructions Valletta Port Control (VTS) 

Charts affected BA 2538, 2537, 194.

Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM               

9th January, 2015 

TRANSPORT MALTA 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 1 of 2015 

Removal of Vessels and Moorings Situated at Wied Buni, Birżebbuġa 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels, that Transport Malta will be establishing an organised mooring area at Wied Buni, Birżebbuġa as indicated by the hatched area on the chart that can be found on Transport Malta 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, B and the intermediate coastline are to remove these vessels, moorings and associated ground tackle by the 31st January 2015. Any vessels, moorings and associated ground tackle 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, moorings and associated ground tackle. 

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 manoeuvring areas and fairways are to be kept clear at all times.  

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

Chart affected BA 36 

Positions are referred to WGS 84 Datum.

9th January, 2015

 

TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2014
 
Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light - Relit
 
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                           14º 29’.850
 
Is now relit.
 
Position in WGS 84 Datum.
 
Charts affected: BA 177, 2537, 2538, 194
 
28th November, 2014
 
Transport Malta
 
Notice to Mariners No. 34 of 2014
 
Lay up of Semi-Submersible Oil Rig TransOcean Amirante
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the semi-submersible oil rig TransOcean Amirante has been laid up in the following position:
 
Latitude (N)                             Longitude (E)
 
35°47’.05                                 14°31’.24
 
A wide berth of 500m is requested
 
Position is referred to WGS 84 DATUM
 
Chart affected: BA 194
 
28th November, 2014
 
 
Transport Malta
 
Notice to Mariners No. 35 of 2014
 
Departure of Semi-Submersible Oil Rig Atwood Southern Cross
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the semi-submersible oil rig Atwood Southern Cross has departed from the following position:
 
Latitude (N)                             Longitude (E)
 
35°47’.90                                 14°28’.70
 
The semi-submersible oil rig Atwood Southern Cross is bound for Turkey.
 
Position is referred to WGS 84 DATUM
 
Chart affected: BA 194
 
28th November, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
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