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Notice to Mariners

 
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
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 79 of 2014
 
Removal of Vessels and Moorings Situated off Malta Freeport Terminal I West Quay, Wied Buni, Birżebbuġa
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and owners of vessels, including fishing vessels that no anchoring, moorings and associated ground tackle are permitted in any part of the area of the chart found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt) at Wied Buni, other than in the organised mooring area (as shown on the chart) as established by the Authority and subject to mooring permits.
 
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 36
 
Positions are referred to WGS 84 Datum.
 
28th November, 2014
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 80 of 2014
 
Anti-Scour Protection Works at Ċirkewwa RORO Berth 3
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that anti-scour protection works will be carried out at Ċirkewwa RORO berth No. 3.
 
Weather permitting the works are expected to start with immediate effect and continue for the next 3 to 4 weeks.
 
Mariners are advised to navigate with caution and at slow speed when in the vicinity and to abide with any instructions given by the Valletta Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 12.
 
Charts affected: BA Chart 211A, 2538, 2537, 194
 
28th November, 2014
 
 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 32 of 2014
 
Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges - November 2014
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No 3 of 2013, the Armed Forces of Malta will carry out Live Firing Practice on the following Saturdays at the Pembroke Ranges, between 7.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. local time:
 
1)            Saturday 8th November 2014
2)            Saturday 22nd November 2014
3)            Saturday 29th November 2014
 
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
 
                                Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
               
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
 
7th November, 2014
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 30 of 2014
 
Merkanti Reef, East Cardinal Light –
UNLIT and Top Part 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 part Missing.
 
Position in WGS 84 DATUM. 
 
Charts Affected:  BA Chart 177, 2537, 2538 and 194.
 
28th October, 2014
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 31 of 2014
 
Departure of Semi-submersible Oil Rig
Noble Homer Ferrington
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta Notifies mariners that the semi-submersible oil rig Noble Homer Ferrington has DEPARTED from the below position
 
Latitude (N)                          Longitude (E)
 
35º 46’.20                             014º 30’.0
 
The semi-submersible oil rig Noble Homer Ferrington is bounded for Augusta Sicily, Italy.
 
Position is referred to WGS 84 DATUM.
 
Chart affected: BA 194
 
28th October, 2014
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 78 of 2014
 
Further to St Thomas Bay Powerboat Races
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that further to Notice to Mariners No 75 of 2014 regarding power boat races off St Thomas Bay that due to inclement weather these will now be held on 15th and 16th November 2014, weather permitting. 
 
Buoys will be laid in the following positions A, B, C, D, E, F and G as indicated on chart found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt):
 
Position Latitude (N)                          Longitude (E)
 
A                             35º 51’.164           14º 33’.936
B                             35º 51’.047           14º 33’.952
C                             35º 51’.060           14º 34’.481
D                             35º 50’.739           14º 34’.512
E                             35º 50’.738           14º 34’.794
F                              35º 51’.663           14º 34’.890
G                             35º 51’.667           14º 34’.725
...............
The timings of the races will be between 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. 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 Thomas Bay will be restricted during the race.  Mariners are to follow instructions given by Valletta Port Control(Valletta VTS) and support safety craft in the area.
 
Charts affected: BA 194 and 2538
 
28th October, 2014


TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 29 of 2014
 
Live Gunnery Firing Practice from Pembroke Ranges
27th October, 2014
 
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 Monday, 27th October, 2014. The firing exercise will take place between 7.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. local time, (0600 hours to 1600 hours UTC).
 
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 complied with at all times.
 
Chart affected BA 194, 2537 and 2538
 
Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM
 
24th October, 2014
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TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 26 of 2014
 
Malta East Coast – Extension of Fish Farm
 
Il-Ħofra ż-Żgħira North East off Marsaxlokk Harbour
 
Refer to Chart 2538 and 194
 
amend boundary of fish farm to the following positions:
 
............... Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
 
A             35º 50’. 021          14º 34’.385           Existing
B             35º 49’. 830          14º 34’.808           Existing
X             35º 49’. 509          14º 34’.806           New
Y             35º 49’. 235          14º 34’.652           New
Z             35º 49’. 393          14º 34’.245           New
D             35º 49’. 570          14º 34’.030           Existing
 
Insert conical light buoys 2 metres high with special marks for day markers and flashing yellow, range of light is one (1) Nautical Mile in position X, Y and Z above.
 
Mariners are to note the above extension and give a wide berth.
Position in WGS 84 Datum.
 
Charts affected: BA Chart 36, 2538, 194
 
21st October, 2014
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 27 of 2014
 
Further Firing Practice at Pembroke Ranges
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that further to Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2013 and between the 18th November 2014 and 28th November 2014, the Armed Forces of Malta will extend the Live Firing Practice at the Pembroke Ranges to 5.30 p.m. local time. This does not include the weekends.
 
Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2013 will continue to be in force after the 28th November 2014.
 
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
 
21st October, 2014​ 
 

 

 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
 
 
 
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 77 of 2014
 
 
 
 
 
Swimming Event at St Julians Bay, St Julians
 
 
 
 
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that a swimming event will take place between Kavallieri Hotel, St. Julians (point A) and St Julians Point (point B) and as shown on the chart found on the website of Transport Malta (www.transport.gov.mt​)
 
 
 
 
 
This event will take place on Sunday 9th November 2014 between 3.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. Local Time.
 
 
 
 
 
Life guards from St John Rescue Corps will be attending to 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 swimmers 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
 
 
 
 
 
17th October, 2014​
 
 

 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 74 of 2014
 
Malta Canoe Federation - Canoe Race at Marsamxett Harbour
 
The annual canoe/kayak race will be held on Saturday 18th October 2014 and Sunday, 19th October 2014 at Marsamxett Harbour between 6.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. both days inclusive.
 
Trails for the Dragon boats will be held on Saturday 18th October 2014 while the actual races will be held on Sunday 19th October 2014
 
The start and finish will be at the Strand Tas-Sliema, opposite to the Sliema Hotel. The races will proceed in clockwise laps around Manoel Island and will mainly follow the route as per chartlet on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt). 
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 along the Strand coast.
 
Chart affected: BA Chart 177.
                                               
7th October, 2014
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 75 of 2014
 
St. Thomas Bay Powerboat Races
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that power boat races will be held off St. Thomas Bay on Saturday, 25th October 2014 and Sunday 26th October 2014, weather permitting. 
 
Buoys will be laid in the following positions A, B, C, D, E, F and G as indicated on chart on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt):
 
Position Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
 
A                             35º 51’.164           14º 33’.936
B                             35º 51’.047           14º 33’.952
C                             35º 51’.060           14º 34’.481
D                             35º 50’.739           14º 34’.512
E                             35º 50’.738           14º 34’.794
F                              35º 51’.663           14º 34’.890
G                             35º 51’.667           14º 34’.725
               
The timings of the races will be between 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.  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 Thomas Bay will be restricted during the race.  Mariners are to follow instructions given by Valletta Port Control(Valletta VTS) and support safety craft in the area.
 
Charts affected: BA 194 and 2538
 
7th October, 2014
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 76 of 2014
 
Marine Trials South of Malta
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners that marine trials will be carried out about 5 NM south of Malta and in the area A, B, C, and D as shown on the chart. on Transport Malta’s website:
 
                Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
 
A             035º 43’.24           014º 29’.09
B             035º 42’.85           014º 29’.47
C             035º 41’.98           014º 28’.13
D             035º 42’.38           014º 27’.75
 
The trials will start on Friday 10th October 2014 and estimated to be completed by Thursday 16th October 2104  (weather permitting).
 
The cable vessel “ILE LE BATZ” will be used for this operation and will be towing a Remotely operated Vehicle. The vessel will be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre.
 
 
Mariners are to note the above and give the vessel a wide berth of 500m when sighted. Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) are to be adhered to.
 
 
Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM
 
7th October, 2014
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 73 of 2014

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the Royal Malta Yacht Club will be holding the Rolex Middle Sea Race on Saturday, 18th October 2014.  In addition a coastal race will also be held on Wednesday 15th October 2014.

The race programme is as follows:

a) Wednesday, 15th October, 2014

The Malta Rolex Coastal Race starts at 10.00 a.m. 

The start is from Marsamxett Harbour, and depending on the weather conditions, will proceed either to Comino and/or Gozo or to Munxar and/or Filfla and finish at Marsamxett Harbour.

Mariners are requested to keep the Marsamxett fairway clear during the start of the Coastal race and to keep a sharp lookout during the remaining hours of Wednesday, 15th October 2014.

b) Saturday, 18th October 2014

The Rolex Middle Sea Race starts at approximately 11.00 a.m.

The start is from Grand Harbour, at an imaginary line from Saint Angelo Point to the Valletta Saluting Battery mast.
The yachts shall then proceed in a Northerly direction along the coast where a yellow inflatable buoy positioned outside the Saint Elmo Breakwater. The buoy shall be left to port.

The yachts shall then proceed in the direction of St George’s shoals towards a second yellow inflatable buoy. The buoy shall be left to starboard.

The yachts shall than proceed in a North Easterly direction towards Sicily.

Mariners are advised that on Saturday 18th October, 2014 between 9.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. or such time as may be communicated by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) if earlier, the Grand Harbour shall be closed for all traffic not directly related to the race. Between these times all other vessels shall be required to remain within designated areas in the inner harbour up to Ras Ħanżir, in Dockyard Creek and Kalkara Creek.

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

Positions are in WGS 84 Datum.

Chart affected: BA Chart 177.

3rd October, 2014
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 72 of 2014

Further Drilling Works for Geotechnical Investigations off Delimara Power Station, Marsaxlokk

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that further to Notice to Mariners No. 62, due to inclement weather the drilling works for geotechnical investigations off the Delimara Power Station in Marsaxlokk Harbour will be extended to the end of October 2014.

Mariners are to note the above and keep a sharp lookout, proceed at very slow speed and give the area mentioned in Notice to Mariners No 62 a wide berth of at least 300 meters.

 Instructions given by Marsaxlokk Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 14 are to be complied with.  

Chart affected: BA 36

30th September, 2014
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 71 of 2014
 
Further Diving Operations and Research Activities
in Marsaxlokk Harbour
 
 The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that further to Notice to Mariners No 68 of 2014 regarding diving and research operations in various locations in Marsaxlokk Harbour have now been extended to the 20th October 2014.
 
 Mariners and operators of vessels are advised to note the above and to keep a sharp lookout, proceed at slow speed while navigating in the area.  Moreover, they are requested to comply with instructions given by Marsaxlokk Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 14. 
 
Chart affected: BA 36
 
Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.
 
23rd September, 2014

 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 70 of 2014
 
Sailing Marathon in Marsamxetto Harbour
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Vikings Sailing Club will be organizing a 50-hour sailing marathon in Marsamxetto Harbour, weather permitting.
 
The marathon is due to commence from the Vikings Sailing Club at Xatt it-Tiben, Floriana at 4.00 p.m on Friday, 19th September 2014  and end at 6.00 p.m. on Sunday, 21st September 2014. Sailing boats will sail around Marsamxett Harbour non-stop for 50 hours.
 
Mariners are to note the above, navigate with caution and give the sailing boats a wide berth on the dates and times mentioned above.
 
Chart affected: BA 177
 
19th September, 2014
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 70 of 2014
 
Sailing Marathon in Marsamxetto Harbour
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Vikings Sailing Club will be organizing a 50-hour sailing marathon in Marsamxetto Harbour, weather permitting.
 
The marathon is due to commence from the Vikings Sailing Club at Xatt it-Tiben, Floriana at 4.00 p.m on Friday, 19th September 2014  and end at 6.00 p.m. on Sunday, 21st September 2014. Sailing boats will sail around Marsamxett Harbour non-stop for 50 hours.
 
Mariners are to note the above, navigate with caution and give the sailing boats a wide berth on the dates and times mentioned above.
 
Chart affected: BA 177
 
19th September, 2014
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
 
 
Local Notices to Mariners
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 67 of 2014
 
Malta Independence 50th Anniversary Celebrations in Grand Harbour
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners and Port users that various activities will be held in Grand Harbour between the 18th and 21st September, 2014 in connection with the Malta Independence 50th Anniversary celebrations.
 
(a) On the 18th and 19th September, 2014 jet skis will be making sea trials along the coast from Marsa, Valletta Waterfront, Lascaris, Barriera Wharf and to St Elmo Breakwater and vice versa between 5.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m.
 
(b) From the 18th September, 2014 and up to 22nd September, 2014 several moorings will be laid in the area between imaginary line from Lascaris Wharf to Imgerbeb Green lateral buoy and the intermediate coastline, hence mariners are to give a wide berth to this area.
 
(c) On the 20th September, 2014 there will be fireworks displays from barges placed at Bighi and St Angelo, and entry and departures from the Port will be restricted from 4.00 p.m. to midnight. No movements will be allowed between an imaginary line from St Angelo Point to Lascaris Wharf, and imaginary line from Rinella Tank Cleaning Farm to Imgerbeb Point.
 
(d) On the 21st September, 2014 the Port will be closed due to another activity between 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m.
 
Further information may be transmitted through Valletta Port Control on VHF Channel 12.
 
Mariners are to note the restrictions of above, and are to comply with instructions and directions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12, Police, AFM Patrol Boats and Transport Malta Enforcement that will be in the area.
 
Chart affected: BA 177.
 
16th September, 2014
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 68 of 2014
 
Diving Operations and Research Activities in Marsaxlokk Harbour
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that diving and research operations will be carried out in various locations in Marsaxlokk harbour between Wednesday 17th September, 2014 and Friday, 26th September, 2014
 
The positions are as follows:
 
 Position                Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
 
                1              35° 49’.876           14° 32’.096
                2              35° 49’.632           14° 32’.141
                3              35° 49’.651           14° 32’.490
                4              35° 49’.727           14° 32’.868
 
The divers will be using the motor vessel ‘ODALISQUE’.  The support vessel will be displaying the International Code of Signals Flag ‘A’ and will have restricted maneuverability.
 
 
Mariners and operators of sea craft are advised to keep a sharp lookout, proceed at slow speed while navigating in the area.  They are to give the above positions and the support vessel a wide berth of at least 200 metres.
 
 
Moreover, they are requested to comply with instructions given by Marsaxlokk Port Control (VTS) on VHF Channel 14.  
 
Chart affected: BA 36
                                                                                               
Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.
 
16th September, 2014
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 69 of 2014
 
Research Activities in Valletta Harbour
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that research activities will be carried out in different locations in Valletta Harbour in the areas indicated below, on the 18th September 2014 and 19th September 2014, both days inclusive.
 
Position Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
 
A                             35° 52’.863           14° 29’.968
B                             35° 52’.730           14° 30’.112
C                             35° 53’.072           14° 30’.247
D                             35° 52’.868           14° 30’.976
E                             35° 53’.421           14° 30’.803
F                              35° 53’.691           14° 31’.188
                                               
The work boat “August Rush” will be collecting seabed samples by means of a grab and divers. The work boat will be stationary during the sampling period. The Work boat will display the international code of Signals flag “A” when divers are taking samples.
Masters and operators of vessels are advised to keep a sharp lookout, navigate with caution and slow speed and give the above positions a wide berth of at least 100m They are to comply with instructions given by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on VHF Channel 12.
 
Chart affected: BA 177
                                                                                               
Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.
 
16th September, 2014
 
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 66 of 2014
 
Marine Surveys at the East and South East Coast of Malta
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners that marine surveys will be carried out east and south east of Malta and in the area A, B, C, D, E, F, G and the intermediate coastline as shown on the chart found on Transport Malta’ s website (www.transport.gov.mt).
 
...............                 Latitude (N)          Longitude (E)
 
A                             036º 01’.14           014º 20’.36
B                             036º 04’.54           014º 24’.92
C                             035º 53’.50           014º 43’.06
D                             035º 47’.91           014º 43’.19
E                             035º 47’.85           014º 36’.00
F                              035º 48’.05           014º 33’.41
G                             035º 49’.11           014º 33’.75
 
The surveys will start on Saturday 13th September 2014 and estimated to last three weeks (weather permitting).
 
The Research Vessel Hercules will be used for this operation and will be towing a cable of 100 meters.
 
Mariners are to note the above and give the vessel a wide berth of 500 meters when sighted. Any instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) are to be adhered to.
 
Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.
 
Charts affected BA 2537, 2538, 194.
 
12th September, 2014
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Notice to Mariners No. 24 of 2014
 
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’.314                         014º 31’.560
 
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.
 
12th September, 2014
TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 64 of 2014

Fireworks Displays in St Julians Bay

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that fireworks displays in connection with the feast of St Gregory will be let off from:
1) the jetty at point B as shown on the chart  found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt) on the following dates and times:  

Saturday, 6th September 2014, from 10.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.

 Sunday, 7th September 2014, from 9.30 p.m. till 9.45  p.m. 

All vessels and bathers are warned to keep clear and maintain a minimum distance of not less than 100 meters from the Jetty during the above-mentioned displays.

Chart affected: BA 177

 5th September, 2014

TRANSPORT MALTA

Local Notice to Mariners No. 65 of 2014

Further filming at “Il-Bajja ta’ Mġarr ix-Xini,” Gozo

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies all mariners, owners of vessels and bathers, that further to Notices to Mariners Nos. 41 and 60 of 2014 regarding filming at “Il-Bajja ta’ Mġarr ix-Xini”, with immediate effect and until the 15th November 2014,  the no go limits have been extended to sector of 800 metres radius centred on:

Latitude  Longitude

36° 0.989’ 14° 16.360’

In view of the above Mariners, owners of vessels and bathers are instructed not to enter the above bay without prior permission from the Ports and Yachting Directorate or under instructions of the filming organisers.

Mariners are to comply with instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS), AFM Patrol vessels, Police and Transport Malta Enforcement Officers who will be patrolling the area.

Charts affected: BA 211A, 194 and 2537.

5th September, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 59 of 2014

 

8th September Regatta in Valletta Grand Harbour

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies that the 8 September 2014 Regatta will be held in Grand Harbour. Sinkers and marker buoys will be laid as follows:

 

1. On Friday, 5th September 2014, 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

 

2. On Monday 8th September 2014 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.

 

3. The wire ropes and floats will be removed on the completion of the Regatta at approximately 7.30 p.m. on Monday 8th September 2014.

 

4. The sinkers and marker buoys mentioned in 1 above will then be removed on Tuesday 9th September 2014.

 

Masters of all vessels are notified that on Monday 8th September 2014 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 craft in “The Marsa” will not be allowed to proceed beyond the starting line indicated in (2d) above after 9.00 a.m.. No vessel will be allowed near the finishing line except those involved in the races. No movements of vessels will be allowed inside Grand Harbour, except by special permission.

 

Masters of all vessels are also warned that the wire ropes and floats may cause a physical obstruction and consequently they are to navigate with 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 obey any instructions issued by the Police, Transport Malta Enforcement officers and Armed Forces of Malta patrolling the area and by Valletta VTS (Valletta Port Control).

 

Chart affected: BA 177

 

29th August, 2014

 

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 60 of 2014

 

Further filming at “Il-Bajja ta’ Mġarr ix-Xini,” Gozo

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies all mariners, owners of vessels and bathers, that further to Notice to mariners No. 41 of 2014 regarding filming at “Il-Bajja ta’ Mġarr ix-Xini” the filming activities have been extended to 15th November 2014

 

Other filming activities will take place from a cruising yacht in area between “Mġarr ix-Xini” and “il-Bajja tad-Dwejra” between 9th September 2014 and 25th September 2014, weather permitting.

 

In view of the above Mariners, owners of vessels and bathers are instructed not to enter the above bay without prior permission from the Ports and Yachting Directorate or under instructions of the filming organisers and to give a wide berth of about 1 Nautical Mile to the above mentioned area between 9th September 2014 and 25th September 2014.

 

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

 

Charts affected: BA 211A, 194 and 2537.

 

29th August, 2014

TRANSPORT MALTA

 

Local Notice to Mariners No. 61 of 2014

 

HSBC – Swimming event between Gozo and Malta

 

The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies that HSBC will be organising a Triathlon event in aid of the Community Chest Fund on Sunday 7th September 2014  between Gozo and Malta. 

 

Participants will depart from Ħondoq Ir-Rummien, Gozo at approximately 8.30 a.m.. They are to swim towards the Blue Lagoon in Comino and then towards Cirkewwa passing between the tuna farm located on the south side of Comino and Comino as per chart found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt). The swimming event is expected to take around four (4) hours, weather permitting.

 

Support vessels 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 August, 2014

 


TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 57 of 2014
 
Marine Surveys off Freeport Terminals in Il-Bajja ta’ Marsaxlokk.
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies Mariners that a marine survey with a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) will be conducted off the Malta Freeport Terminals in Il-Bajja ta’ Marsaxlokk. The surveys will start on approximately 1st September 2014 and weather permitting will be completed within two weeks.
 
The motor vessel PEGASUS will conduct the survey and will be restricted in manoeuvrability. 
 
Mariners are to note the above and give a wide berth of at least 200 m when vessel is sighted.   Any instructions issued by Marsaxlokk Port Control (Marsaxlokk VTS) are to be adhered to.
 
Positions referred to WGS 84 DATUM.
 
26th August, 2014
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 58 of 2014
 
Malta-Gozo-Malta Open Sea Swimming Challenge Saturday, 30th August, 2014
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies mariners that the Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club will be organizing a Malta-Gozo-Malta Open Sea Swimming Challenge on Saturday, 30th August 2014.
 
This event will start from Marfa Bay off the Riviera Hotel, Malta  at 6.15 a.m. and will proceed across the East side of the Comino Channels towards il-Blata tal-Ħalfa (near Ras il-Qala) in Gozo and back towards Marfa Bay off the Riviera Hotel, Malta.  A time limit of five (5) hours and thirty (30) 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 Health Services Group Ltd and the Red Cross Maritime Section 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
 
26th August, 2014
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 55 of 2014
 
Filming out to Sea from the Mediterranean Film Studios, Kalkara
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta notifies all mariners, that filming activities will take place from the Mediterranean Film Studios and out to sea on the 29th August 2014 between 6.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. of the 30th August 2014. The approximate area is shown on the chart found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt).
 
In view of the above, mariners are instructed to give a wide berth and not to enter the above area without prior permission from the Ports and Yachting Directorate or under instructions of the filming organisers during the above mentioned dates and times.
 
Mariners are to comply with instructions issued by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS).
 
Charts affected: BA 177, 2538, 2537 and 194.
 
22nd August, 2014
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 56 of 2014
 
Fireworks Displays from a Barge 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, 200 metres away from nearest shore.  The barge will be moored in position “A” on Monday 25th August 2014 until Monday 1st September 2014.
 
                Latitude (N)                          Longitude (E)
                               
Position  35° 55’.06                            14° 29’.74
 
The dates and times of the displays are as follows:
 
Monday, 25th August 2014 from 7.00 p.m. onwards
 
Friday, 29th August 2014 at noon from 9.00 p.m.onwards
                                                               
Saturday, 30th August 2014 at -9.00 a.m, at noon and from 6.30 p.m. onwards.
Sunday, 31 August 2014 at noon and from 7.00 p.m. onwards.
 
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 days (The barges will be loaded with fireworks).  Mariners are to note the above and navigate with particular caution as the barge will remain moored in position during the night.
 
Navigation within the bay is prohibited during the actual fireworks displays.
 
Chart affected: BA 177
 
Position is referred to WGS 84 Datum
 
22nd August, 2014
 
 
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 53 of 2014
 
Correction to Notice to Mariners No 46
Re-use of Il-Moll ta’ Bugibba by Commercial Vessels
 
The Ports and Yachting Directorate, Transport Malta, notifies mariners that the last paragraph of Local Notice to Mariners No. 46 of 2014 regarding the use of Il-Moll ta’ Bugibba by Commercial Vessels should read as follows
 
“This notice is issued in terms of the Berthing Regulations (S.L. 10.30) and without prejudice to other directives, legislation and permits issued by the Authority.”
 
Local Notice to Mariners No 46 of 2014 should therefore be amended as above.
 
19th August, 2014
TRANSPORT MALTA
 
Local Notice to Mariners No. 54 of 2014
 
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 found on Transport Malta’s website (www.transport.gov.mt).  The fireworks displays will take place on the following dates and times
 
Wednesday, 20th August 2014 from 9.00 a.m. till 9.15 a.m., from noon till 12.15 p.m., and between 8.30 p.m. and 10.00 p.m.;
 
Thursday, 21st August 2014 from 9.00 a.m. till 9.15 a.m., from noon till 12.15 p.m., and between 8.00 p.m. and 10.30 p.m.;
 
Friday, 22nd August 2014 from 9.00 a.m. till 9.15 a.m., from noon till 12.15 p.m., and between 10.00 p.m. and 11.00 p.m.;
 
Saturday, 23rd August 2014 from 9.00 a.m. till 9.30 a.m., from noon till 12.30 p.m., and between 6.00 p.m. and 11.30 p.m.;
 
Sunday, 24th August 2014 from 9.00 a.m. till 9.15 a.m., from noon till 12.10 p.m., and between 7.30 p.m. and 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) 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 23rd August 2014 between 11.00 p.m. and midnight. Vessels in the vicinity and within 20 meters of these ground fireworks 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
 
19th August, 2014