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M/V Pleides Spirit found with minimal amount of radiation in Malta

The ship brought cars to Malta - radiation found on to vehicles Port officials found a minimal amount of nuclear contamination on a ship which was in Malta two days ago.The MV Pleides Spirit, which is registered in Panama, brought a number of second-hand cars to Malta. It left in the evening. Other ports which the ship is due to call at have been informed, the sources said.The ship brought 105 cars to Malta.Radioactivity was found on the outside of two vehicles - a car and a van. Port workers were told not to approach them.Source: Times of Malta

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Draft legal notice on shipping company continuation still on hold

Need to bring this legal notice into force It is no secret that the Maltese flag has grown steadily and become more popular within the maritime industry over the last few decades.Increasing numbers of ship owners and charterers choose to flag their vessels here because of the seriousness with which the Malta flag administration operates, the various incentives facilitating the ownership and operation of vessels under our flag, and its excellent reputation.Within this context, it is essential for us to respond and act swiftly rather than to wait passively for opportunities to fall into our lap. The internationalisation of shipping often gives rise to situations where shipping companies incorporated in one jurisdiction may need to be re-domiciled and have their status changed to that of a company set up in another.Although re-domiciliation of companies in Malta is perfectly possible in terms of the Continuation of Companies Regulations, the continuation of a foreign company under this procedure does not result in the direct conversion of the foreign company into a shipping organisation regulated by the Malta Merchant Shipping Act.Under the present system, the re-domiciled company would be regulated by the Companies Act and it is only after a further conversion that ...

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MALTA Regulation 12 of MARPOL Annex I

Rectification of the previous notice This message cancels and replaces the previous one dated 10th February 2011.In Regulation 12 of MARPOL Annex I, as amended by Resolution MEPC.187(59), sub-paragraph 2.2 prescribes that oil residue (sludge) tank(s):"shall have no discharge connections to the bilge system, oily bilge water holding tank(s), tank top or oily water separators except that the tank(s) may be fitted with drains, with manually operated self-closing valves and arrangements for subsequent visual monitoring of the settled water, that lead to an oily bilge water holding tank or bilge well, or an alternative arrangement, provided such arrangement does not connect directly to the bilge piping system"MALTA is revoking the requirement for compliance with this requirement, at the first MARPOL Annex I Survey (annual, intermediate or renewal) carried out on or after 1 January 2011 and now requests that compliance be secured by not later than 30 June 2012.Therefore, MALTA requires that all ships of 400 gross tonnage and above, regardless of the date of construction, comply with the sub-paragraph 2.2 in Regulation 12 of MARPOL Annex I, as amended by the resolution MEPC 187(59) by not later than 30 June 2012.Source: Bureau Veritas

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MALTA Regulation 12 of MARPOL Annex I

Amended by the resolution MEPC 187(59) In Regulation 12 of MARPOL Annex I, as amended by Resolution MEPC.187(59), sub-paragraph 2.2 prescribes that oil residue (sludge) tank(s):"shall have no discharge connections to the bilge system, oily bilge water holding tank(s), tank top or oily water separators except that the tank(s) may be fitted with drains, with manually operated self-closing valves and arrangements for subsequent visual monitoring of the settled water, that lead to an oily bilge water holding tank or bilge well, or an alternative arrangement, provided such arrangement does not connect directly to the bilge piping system"MALTA requires that all ships of 400 gross tonnage and above, regardless of the date of construction, comply with the sub-paragraph 2.2 in Regulation 12 of MARPOL Annex I, as amended by the resolution MEPC 187(59), at the first MARPOL Annex I survey (annual, intermediate or renewal) after 1st January 2011.Source: Bureau Veritas

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