Places of Refuge (PoR):
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EU PoR Operational Guidelines click here
Emergency Response to Maritime Related Incidents
As part of the Pollution and Incidence Response Unit (PIRU) duties, Officers are required as requested or following feedback by Inspectors (P&YD Inspectorate Unit) to go on-site in case of smaller-scale maritime-related incidents. The actions associated with the latter include (1) initial assessment of the incident, (2) ascertaining correct responsetake place by the appropriate individuals or entitiesand overseeing or coordinating all necessary action, (3) liaising with third parties such as Terminal and Facility Operators, Civil Protection and Malta Environment and Planning Authority as necessary (4) determining that sufficient action has been taken to declare the incident closedand(5) compiling a report or recording the incident.
The PIRU is also involved in the CleanSeaNet initiative and the CleanSeaNet user group set up by the European Maritime Safety Agency where satellite technology is utilized to localize oil pollution at sea. Presently Transport Malta is the National Competent Authority for this measure. For more information on CleanSeaNet please click here: http://cleanseanet.emsa.europa.eu/
Malta's preparedness to response to a maritime incident
With respect to preparedness and response to large scale incidenti.e. an incident that a single terminal or entity may not be able to handle, the PIRU is responsible for the implementation and maintenance of the National Marine Pollution Contingency Plan (NMPCP)and the maintenance and operation of offshore Oil Response Equipment newly acquired through the EEA Financial Mechanism. For the project description see http://www.dca.gov.mt/Page.aspx?pageid=960&lid=1 and for more information on EEA Grants see: http://eeagrants.org. An annual full-scale oil pollution response exercise in collaboration with the European Maritime Safety Agencyis carried out as part of ongoing oil and HNS spill response training.
Provision of Port Reception Facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues
Availability of PRFs in the Ports of Valletta and Marsaxlokk
MARPOL Annex I
Waste oil disposal services are available through authorized road tankers, barges and direct pumping from the facilities’ berths in the Port of Valletta. Road tanker and barge services are available in the Port of Marsaxlokk.
For more information regarding waste oil reception facilities in Malta, please visit the websites of the two authorized facilities:
Waste Oil Company Ltd - www.falzongroup.com
Ricasoli Port Facility Limited – www.falzongroup.com
MARPOL Annex IV
Sewage disposal services are available by authorized waste carriers (road tankers) in both Ports.
MARPOL Annex V
Garbage disposal services areavailable in both our Ports by authorized waste carriers (trucks).
Waste Disposal in Malta is generally organized by the vessel’s agent with respect to the Terminal’s Waste Management Plan. These service providers usually charge per m3 collected. For more information regarding the charges you can contact our local ship agents.
Under S.L. 499.30, the Authority may exempt ships from notifications, delivering waste and paying the waste management fee.
To be exempted, ships must be engaged in “scheduled traffic with frequent and regular port calls” and give evidence “of an arrangement to ensure the delivery of ship-generated waste and payment of fees in a port along the ship’s route” (Reg 10 of S.L. 499.30) Definitions for ‘scheduled’, ‘frequent’ and ‘regular’ are available in Port Notice03/08
Vessel’s agent can apply for an exemption certificate by submitting an application form along with the above evidence at least fifteen working days before the commencement of the scheduled service.
Form TM PYD 215 Waste Exemption Application Form Issue 2
The Port Reception Facilities for Ship-generated Waste and Cargo Residues legal notice (S.L. 499.30
http://www.justiceservices.gov.mt/DownloadDocument.aspx?app=lom&itemid=11352) has been transposed from 2000/59/EC (For more informationon 2000/59/EC, please see here:
The legislation requires that adequate port reception for ship-generated waste, i.e. waste that is generated through the normal operations of the ship, be provided to vessels (size and passenger restriction applies) both calling internationally or based locally in order to deliver the latter without causing undue delay to the vessel. Providing port reception faculties for ship-general wastes and cargo residues helps in preventing the dumping of waste from ships in particular oils and plastics (both strictly illegal). The main actions and deliverables associated with the implementation of this directive include:
The legislation directive also reflects measures found in the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to which Malta is a signatory.
(http://www.imo.org/about/conventions/listofconventions/pages/international-convention-for-the-prevention-of-pollution-from-ships-(marpol).aspx) in particular Annex I (Oil), Annex IV (Sewage) and Annex V (Garbage). Thus, the implementation of the legislation supports in part the implementation of MARPOL.
For further queries on the implementation of the Port Reception Facilities Directive, kindly contact the Pollution Incident Response Unit (+356 2122 2203 – TM Reception)
Apart from the main duties carried out as listed above, additional work is carried out by the PIRUthat includes handling participation in projects, aspects of environmental issues with respect to ports and shipping, delivery of internal training including refresher training and occasional delivery of lectures to external entities upon request. Ongoing projects and examples of such work include:
List of relevant authorities or entities:
European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) - Website: http://www.emsa.europa.eu/
European Seaports Organisation (ESPO) – Website: http://www.espo.be/
Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) – Website: http://www.rempec.org/
International Maritime Organisation – Website: www.imo.org
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