Malta Malta

National & regional system - response strategy

Monitoring and Evaluation

Satellite image   Transport Malta received images from the European Marine Safety Agency through cleanseanet on a continous basis.
Aerial surveillance   The Armed Forces of Malta organise regular aerial surveillance patrols around Malta's waters.
Naval surveillance   The Armed Forces of Malta organise regular naval surveillance patrols around Malta's waters.
Forecasting models   Trasnport Malta receives support from the University of Malta in relation to oil spill models.

Response at sea

Use of dispersant  

Response at sea is coordinated with Transport Malta in accordance with NMPCP

Aerial surveillance  

The use of oil spill dispersants is only allowed  following prior official authorisation from Environment and Resource Authority (ERA). A new dispersant policy is currently being drafted.

Related Legislation
Delimitation zones for the use of dispersants
Authority in charge of authorisation identified  

The national competent authority for the use of dispersants is the Environment and Resource Authority.

Dispersant testing procedures

Testing of dispersants is carried out by the University of Malta according to standard criteria.

List of approved products
List of competent laboratories authorized
Containment and recovery  

In line with NMPCP

In situ burning

Shoreline protection and cleanup

Shoreline protection  

In line with NMPCP

Shoreline cleanup  

In line with NMPCP


Operation activities  

In line with NMPCP

Government/Industry relation  

In line with NMPCP

Public relation  

In line with NMPCP

Media relation  

In line with NMPCP

Waste management

National policy regarding oily waste  

Subsidiary legislation under the Environment Protection Act

Treatment/disposal facilities/solutions  

A waste oil disposal facility is available in the Port of Valletta.


Integration of international experts in the coordination body  

In accordance with The Civil Protection Act XV 0f 1999 (Cap 411) the Minister responsible for CPD should be the first person to be consulted in matters related to external assistance and any other issues related to the implementation of national strategic issues in disaster control and mitigation.

Subject to agreement and liaising with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Oil Spill Advisor, the OC will, as soon as possible, establish contact with ERCC and REMPEC to ascertain support available from EMSA, from Mediterranean countries that are signatories to the Co-operation Protocol and, if required, from other countries.


Claims legal basis at national level  

Oil Pollution (Liability and Compensation) Act. 17 December 1999

Claims included in the contingency plan  

In line with NMPCP

National structure dealing with claims  

In line with NMPCP

Volunteers management

Volunteers management considered in the plan

Faune protection

Measures for faune protection (Protected species and other marine fauna)  

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