INTERTANKO has been advised by the Maltese Flag Administration (MFA) that a common deficiency has been found on Maltese flag vessels during the Annual Flag State Inspections, that of missing publications.

The relevant documents are listed below and can be obtained from the Maltese Flag Administration (NOT from INTERTANKO) or downloaded from their web site as indicated below.

1. Consolidated Regulations File

By Consolidated Regulation File the authorities mean all the subsidiary acts, legislations and legal notices of the Merchant Shipping Directorate. These can be found at: under subsidiary legislations. If you enter "234" in the search bar of any index you will get the list of all the "regulation files" listed from number 1 – 27. You must print only the ones that have [Merchant Shipping Act].in brackets on the right-hand side.

2. Merchant Shipping Act

The Merchant Shipping Act can be found at: under Chapters of the Law, by entering Chapter 234 in the search bar.

3. Merchant Ship Directory Notice file

By Merchant Ship Directory Notice File the authorities mean the whole set of the Merchant Shipping Directorate Notices (MSD Notices) . Notices issued until now are MSD Notices numbers 1 - 46. These are sent regularly to owners by the MFA. In case you are missing any, please advise the Maltese Flag Administration accordingly.

Contact: Howard Snaith,