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The Maltese Ship Registry on the 17/03/2015 issued a Merchant Shipping Notice 119 Notice addressed to Shipowners, Ship Operators, Managers, Masters, Owners’ Representatives and Recognised Organisations.

By this Notice, the Merchant Shipping Directorate reminded all concerned that Malta acceded to the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007.

To this effect, the registered owners of seagoing ships, including fishing vessels, private and commercial yachts, of 300 gross tonnage and above are required to maintain an insurance cover or other financial security, such as a guarantee of a bank or similar institution, to cover liability under this Convention. Ships that do not hold evidence in the form of a certificate issued by a competent authority attesting such financial security, as required by the Convention, may experience delays.

The Directorate shall issue such certificate upon presentation of a valid blue card issued by an approved Protection and Indemnity Club.

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