Welcome to the October 2019 edition of the GANADO Advocates Shipping & Maritime Law Newsletter.

The highlight for this edition of our newsletter must surely be the decision of the Malta Flag Administration to establish its very first regional office in Greece. The idea behind the opening of this office is to "further enhance the level of service provided by the Flag Administration". Tonnage registered in Malta keeps growing and up to the end of September this year, more than 8,370 ships were registered under Malta's ship registry and over the last nine months there was an increase of 6% in the number of ships which fly the Maltese flag. This augurs well for the Malta Flag, notwithstanding intense competition emanating from other jurisdictions.

Meanwhile, Rachel Genovese returned to the fold. Having completed her Master of Law Degree at the University of London, she returns with renewed energy and a determination to start putting her academic achievements into practice.

Throughout the summer, the rest of the team took part in various initiatives, from contributing to the education of future maritime lawyers to participating in an international shipping seminar in Istanbul, Turkey to publishing academic articles on various aspects of maritime law and practice.

In this edition, we also highlight the important updates that the Merchant Shipping Directorate (MSD) issued for ship owners and managers.

We trust you will find this issue of the newsletter to be of interest.

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In this issue:


  • The Maltese Ship Registry establishes a regional office in Greece
  • GANADO Advocates hosted Kavlak Academy Student
  • Jan Rossi participated in a Seminar in Istanbul on the Environmental Aspects of Shipping
  • GANADO Advocates' contributed to the ELSA Malta Summer Law School 2019
  • Matthew Attard re-elected as Vice President of MMLA

Articles & Publications

  • The Meaning of 'Ship' in Judicial Sales in Malta
  • The Malta flag: shipping funds and sale and leaseback transactions
  • Lexology Getting the Deal Through – Shipping 2019
  • Legal Perspective on Environmental Regulations
  • Malta rings changes to attract leaseback deals

MSD Notices

  • Reporting Obligations Related to Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS) Malfunctions
  • Marpol Related Deficiencies to the 15-PPM Bilge Alarm System
  • Application of Regulation (EU) 1257/2013 on Ship Recycling by Port State Control
  • Safety Issues Associated with Excessive Consumption of Alcohol
  • Marine Equipment Directive – EU Declarations of Conformity
  • Ballast Water Management Plan Contingency Measures
  • Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Emergency Systems and Procedures

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