437 fines imposed at sea by Transport Malta in 2021, mostly for speeding

A total of 437 fines have been imposed at sea by Transport Malta since the start of 2021, according to figures presented by Transport Malta to The Malta Independent Sunday.

This newsroom contacted the respective authorities – Transport Malta and the Maltese Police – to find out the number of crimes at sea reported in the past seven months. The figures presented include a breakdown of the number of vessels found in violation of the regulations as well as a breakdown of warnings and charges issued.

Throughout the past year, up to July, figures show that there have been a total of 1,706 inspections at sea by Transport Malta’s maritime police patrols.

From these inspections, 437 fines and 182 warnings were issued, while 1,087 seagoing vessels were found to be in order.

Among the distribution of warnings and charges issued, speeding was the main violation reported, with a total of 98 fines and 127 warnings.

The second highest violation of reports is that of berthing in a prohibited area. A total of 92 fines and 4 warnings were issued in this regard.

In the meantime, 44 fines have been imposed due to the expiration of vessel registration and another 46 fines have been imposed on vessels with unregistered engines.

Between 22 and 27 fines were also imposed due to vessels without insurance (25), without marking (24), improper marking (22) and driving without a nautical license (27). A total of 27 warnings were also issued for the same offenses mentioned: 10 for lack of insurance, 4 for lack of marking, 6 for inappropriate marking and 7 others for driving without a nautical license.

Other violations including overloading, mooring in swimming areas, driving without navigation lights at night, and loud music were each violated.

Meanwhile, the Maltese police have also presented this newsroom with figures highlighting the number of reported offenses within their unit.

Between January and July 2021, the police imposed a total of ten fines, while they received a total of 23 reports.

The main offense reported to the police was the theft of a boat, as 12 reports were identified. Eleven other reports were recorded, but this time they concerned the theft of a boat.

Regarding the tickets issued, the figures show that two fines were imposed due to vessels entering a bathing area, four fines were imposed for speeding, while four other fines were imposed on vessels without marked registration.

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