The Authority for Transport in Malta makes reference to Port Notice 01/2018 and advises all that this is being amended by and substituted with the following.
The Authority wishes to remind all of the provisions and applicability of the Berthage and Anchorage Dues Regulations (Subsidiary Legislation 499.38).
In terms of these Regulations, every vessel, unless an exempted vessel, in an anchorage zone which falls under the control and management of, or are being operated by, the Authority, shall be subject to anchorage dues as specified in the Schedule to the same Regulations. Anchorage zones include stopping zones (waiting areas).
In this respect, the Authority hereby notifies that as from 1st March 2018, any existing waivers shall no longer be applicable and berthage and anchorage dues in terms of the applicable provisions of these Regulations shall apply.
Provided that anchorage dues shall not be applicable in the following cases:
1) Where a vessel proceeds to an assigned berth within the same day (00.00 to 24.00) from the actual time of arrival (ATA) at a waiting area or anchorage.
2) Where a vessel proceeds to an assigned berth within six (6) hours (to be calculated over two
(2) days) from the actual time of arrival (ATA) at a waiting area or anchorage
3) For vessels waiting for a berth to carry out cargo operations on days when it is not obligatory for Port Workers to work in line with the provisions of the Port Workers Regulations (Subsidiary Legislation 171.02).
4) For vessels waiting to enter a port, other than passenger vessels and ships to carry out cargo operations, on days when it is not obligatory for the Maritime Pilots to provide their services in line with the Service Level Agreement concluded in terms of the Maritime Pilotage Regulations (Subsidiary Legislation 499.26).
5) For the period of time where bunkering operations are suspended due to adverse weather conditions where a vessel calls Maltese territorial waters for bunkering only (anchorage dues shall only be charged for the duration of the bunkering operations).
6) When a vessel calls Maltese territorial waters for bunkering operations but these are cancelled due to adverse weather conditions and vessel proceeds to the next port of call without taking any service from Malta.
Provided further that a factory ship, also known as a fish-processing vessel, and reefer vessels (refrigerated cargo ships) used in the fishing industry at an anchorage for more than 14 days will pay the applicable anchorage dues in full for the first 14 days and will benefit from a 40% rebate on such dues from the 15th day onwards. This rebate shall be effective as from 1st October 2018.
The Authority further reminds all to ensure compliance with these Regulations and any directive issued by Authority from time to time in terms of such.
For the avoidance of any doubt, Port Notice 01/2018 is hereby being revoked.