Newsletter on navigation and maritime law – Number 32 (October 2021) – Transport

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Welcome to our 32nd edition of the Maritime Law and Maritime Law newsletter from Ganado Advocates. In this issue we shed light on the new Maltese Code for Passenger Yachts and discuss the concept of environmental sustainability, in particular the impact of the shipping industry on the marine environment. In addition, we examine the legal obligations and duties for those who discover wrecks, or objects of wreck, at sea. We provide the most recent contributions of the company in international publications, giving a general overview of the most recent developments. newer ones within the shipping industry.

We also refer to the firm’s most recent initiative – our law-based podcast, Ganado Meets. In this issue, we bring you the first two maritime-focused episodes of the Ganado Meets Transport season, giving an overview of how the Maltese Ship Register has evolved over the years as well as the flag’s future aspirations.

Meanwhile, the local maritime scene will be facing a number of exciting new changes. In addition to the digitization of the register mentioned in previous editions of this newsletter, we learned earlier today from the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Investment Projects, Ian Borg, that the Malta Transport Authority, which is currently responsible for maritime affairs, road transport and aviation, will be divided into independent authorities, each responsible for its own sector. This means that the maritime industry will be managed independently from the rest of the transport sector. This change bodes well as it should allow a more focused attention to the shipping industry and shipping in general, as we face new industry-specific challenges ahead. More details on this will be available in future editions.

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In this problem:


  • New rules to regulate Maltese-flagged commercial yachts that carry more than 12 passengers

Articles and publications:

  • Shipping to Malta
  • The Maltese maritime industry and the marine environment: recent developments
  • Wrecks – Certain legal obligations and duties
  • Contribution to the Ship Management International report – Malta

Podcasts: Ganado meets transport:

  • The evolution of the Malta Ship Register
  • The aspirations of the flag of Malta

MSD Notice:

  • Water mist lance on board ships
  • Extension of restrictive measures in view of the situation in Ukraine
  • Commercial / Recreational Yacht Change Guidelines
  • Commercial yacht crew authorization certificate
  • Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) adoption
  • Recycling declaration for the removal of Maltese flag vessels

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