Marine Insight’s Online Resources for Maritime Piracy

Information is available to help to keep informed on piracy on the high seas, as well as how best to deal with this problem Marine Insight has published links to 28 sources of information, useful to professionals in different aspects of the shipping industry.   “With the increase in piracy at the sea, several maritime organisations and defence agencies have started providing online updates on events related to maritime piracy which is taking place around the world,” reads the introduction.  This … Continued

Public Consultation – Antitrust Damages Directive

The Office for Competition has recently launched a public consultation on the implementation of the Antitrust Damages Directive in Malta. The draft legislation relates to Malta’s obligation to transpose Directive 2014/104/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 November 2014 on certain rules governing actions for damages under national law for infringements of the competition law provisions of the Member States and of the European Union.  The Directive is commonly referred to as the “Antitrust Damages Directive”. … Continued

Fuel Sector – Violation of Competition Law

A recent decision of the Office for Competition found there to be a violation of the competition law rules in a vertical agreement, which took effect when a fuel station, having reduced its price for diesel from a particular supplier, later raised its price again, having succumbed to pressure from that supplier in order to do so. The Office found there to be a violation of competition law in terms of there being an agreement to maintain high prices for … Continued

Google – EU competition law breach accusations

The European Commission sent a statement of objections to the tech firm, alleging that it has breached EU competition law. Google is accused of placing onerous requirements on firms using Android and stifling competition. Google has 12 weeks within which to reply and, if found to be abusing its dominant position, could face large fines and have to change its practices with respect to companies opting to obtain a licence to use its apps on their products (smartphones). Read the … Continued

EU Single Market Forum to be modernised over 2016

The Government has issued a press release on the new EU Single Market Forum, one of the Commission’s agenda items for 2016. One of the aims of the European Commission for 2016 is to modernize the current Single Market Strategy. The Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, in collaboration with GRTU and the Malta Employer’s Association, held a seminar entitled “Single Market Forum – Tackling internal barriers to movement of goods and labour,” seeking to better gauge the  … Continued

Merchant Shipping Notice 124 (2015) – Malta

Transport Malta has recently issued a Merchant Shipping Notice to ships visiting US Ports.  It noted that many detentions arise from the deficiencies in terms of environmental protection and fire safety.  It therefore now requires ships to notify the relevant directorate of their intentions before entering US Ports. The timeliness of notifying Transport Malta is the responsibility of the Master and the ISM Manager. MS Notices are issued regularly by Transport Malta as directions to ships and shipowners in the operation … Continued

Thoughts on sanctions in the legal system

While reading the news on various media sites today, I have come across a number of irate comments by the general public, over fines which are either excessively high or excessively low. So yesterday, the news hit the media with a man who was fined 20 Euros for masturbating in public, decidedly a lewd act under Maltese criminal law, with minimum and maximum fines between 6.99 and 58 Euro. The fact that the amounts appear laughable is not the fault … Continued

Rubbish gives rats an opportunity to prey on birds’ eggs in Comino

In a video published recently, it was shown, through Birdlife and Littlerock’s efforts that the rubbish left after hundreds of visitors to beautiful Comino attracts rats to birds’ nests, depriving them of their young. Rats prey on shearwater eggs and chicks in their nests close to were the rubbish is left. They are good climbers and swimmers, ahd the video shows how easily they can reach the eggs. Once the egg or chick is lost, the birds will not breed again until the … Continued

European court grants compensation to Zabbar property owners who had rights violated

The Times of Malta reported today that the European Court of Human Rights ordered Government to property owners in Zabbar for the violation of their rights, since they were not allowed to seek an increase in rent for their property to reflect current market values. The court ordered the government to pay Carmel Zammit and Doris Attard Cassar €40,000 in respect of pecuniary damage and €10,000, plus any chargeable tax, in respect of costs and expenses. It said that Government … Continued

Valletta Port hosts 5 cruise ships all together

Only this last Wednesday 22nd June, Valletta hosted five cruise ships all in a single day and generally all at once, It is estimated that there were some 14,000 passengers. This year is set to be a record year in terms of cruise passengers visiting Maltese ports, estimated at 640,000 visitors on the 325 ships due. The cruise industry injects much needed funds into the Maltese economy and stops in Malta bring thousands of people to this island rich in … Continued