Malta’s relationship with The Ballast Water Convention: Blessing or Curse to the Shipping Industry?

Authors: Matthew Attard
Published on August 4, 2015
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Practices: Shipping Compliance
The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM) is expected to enter into force in the near future, as it is very close to obtaining the percentage approvals by States and the representation of the world Merchant Tonnage.

Redemption of Land belonging to the Government of Malta or to the Lands Authority – Recent Legal Developments

Authors: Antoine G. Cremona, Nigel Micallef
Published on September 10, 2019
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Practices: Environment & Planning
Legal Notice 216 of 2019, which was published on the 27th of August 2019, will re-introduce a mechanism for the redemption of ground-rent for land which belongs to the Government of Malta or to the Lands Authority under a title of revisable perpetual emphyteusis. This Legal Notice is limited to the latter and shall not change the legal provisions regulating emphyeusis between private party owners.

The MRV Regulation and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions – As it’s happening

Authors: Calvin Calleja
Published on September 15, 2017
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Practices: Environment & Planning, Ship Registration
The imposition of new environmental obligations on Maltese ships, shipowners, and ship operators was perceived as a double-edged sword for its affected subjects. While the European Union Regulation 2015/757 augured well for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the competitiveness of those in the EU industry, compared to their non-EU counterparts, was thrown open to debate. For this reason, the EU and its Member States are lobbying for a global approach to combat greenhouse gas emissions. Various strides have been made in this regard spearheaded by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) within the IMO. However, for the time being, the Regulation may be lauded as a step in the right direction.