Through the signature of a contract in December 2013, Transport Malta has embarked on a project co-fundedby EEA Grants (Programme Area 7 – Adaption to Climate Change) that aims to address oil and HNS spill response training and revise the current version of the National Marine Pollution Contingency Plan to incorporate a section on offshore drilling risks.
Transport Malta will be joining forces with the Norwegian Coastal Administration (Kystverket) who will take on the role of Donor Project Partner.
The project is a continuation of a previous one carried out between 2008 and 2010, also funded by EEA Grants titled “MT0010: Setting up an oil spill response capability for the protection of our seas”. More information on this project is available on the Funds and Programmes Division website (links provided further on).
Project Status Update
Oil/HNS Spill Response Capacity Building for the Protection of Malta’s Seas
Project Leader (TM)
Capt. Richard Gabriele, Head Pollution and Incident Response
Project Manager (TM)
Mevric Zammit, Port Officer (Response)
Admin Support (TM)
Mariella Abela, Executive
Donor Project Partner
Norwegian Coastal Administration (Kystverket)
Johan Marius Ly, Director Department for Emergency Response, NCA
Total Project Amount
39 months (Dec 2013 – April 2017)
Project Aims and Outputs
The main aims of the project are as follows:
· Procurement of the services of a Consultant / Project Manager to study and identify emergency response team requirements and devise the training programme for oil/HNS pollution at sea – Completed in August 2015
· Provision of training courses as identified in the studies. Tender CT3014/2016 issued on 17/05/2016 and can be accessed through the following link: https://www.etenders.gov.mt/epps/cft/prepareViewCfTWS.do?resourceId=2683404
· Studies to address pollution risks from oil industry offshore operations outside Malta’s territorial waters – Completed in April 2015
· Upgrading of training equipment and facilities. Tender TM 038/2016 for the procurement of pollution response equipment to be used for training was issued on 29/04/2016 and can be accessed through the following link:
Tender TM 032/2016 for the procurement of IT related equipment to be used for training is currently being evaluated.
The project outputs as per the approved project proposal are as follows:
Transport Malta and NCA have signed a Partnership Agreement for the execution of the project. NCA, known as Kystverket in Norway, will be acting as consultants for Transport Malta given their extensive experience in the field of maritime oil spill response. NCA will also be forging connections with other entities to support part of the project related to offshore risks.
NCA, is an agency of the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs responsible for services related to maritime safety, maritime infrastructure, transport planning and efficiency, and emergency response to acute pollution.
For more information about NCA, visit http://www.kystverket.no .
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The project will be managed by the Pollution and Incident Response Unit within the Ports and Yachting Directorate. If you would like further details about this project please contact Transport Malta on firstname.lastname@example.org. Kindly make reference to the project in the subject field when writing an email. You may also call the Pollution and Incident Response Unit on (+356) 21222203 (Transport Malta Customer Care).
Need more information?
More information on the EEA Grants can be found on the Funds and Programmes Division webpage here: www.eeagrants.gov.mt
General information on the EEA Grants can be found at this website: http://eeagrants.org/. The project Transport Malta is undertaking is listed on this webpage: http://eeagrants.org/programme/view/MT02/PA07under Programme Area 7 - Adaptation to Climate Change.
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