EMERGENCY SERVICES IN MALTA

CIVIL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT


(MARINE UNIT)




Gozo Kordin Floriana Ta' Kandja HQ Hal Far Xemxija



Fire Fighting Vessels at the Maritime Unit.

The Maritime Unit of the Civil Protection Department has its berth at Marsa. This Unit consists of the following vessels, namely:


2 - Search and Rescue Motor Boats:
(Melita I) - (Melita II)
NOTE: These two units were transferred to the AFM Maritime SAR Unit and are manned by AFM personnel.

The building contract was awarded to Cantiere Navale Vittoria, Adria. These two boats were delivered to the department on 10th August 1998 and were moored near St. Angelo in Dockyard Creek. Special equipment to be installed on board together with spare parts and other equipment was separately shipped and delivered in August and is now placed at the CPD building at Hal Far. These two SAR boats were later passed on to the Armed Forces of Malta to be used for the Search and Rescue unit of the Maritime Squadron. They are presently in constant operation with the AFM.

These boats, which are self-righting, and could withstand heavy weather, are about 13m long and can develop a speed of about 33 knots. These are a modified and upgraded version of the twelve boats already built for the Italian Coast Guards and are also equipped at our request with a small fire-fighting pump to extinguish fires on speed boats, cabin cruisers and small yachts, which are a common occurrence during the summer season. An elevated deck for increased visual range with connecting controls was also built at our request.



1 - Multi-purpose fire-fighting and oil pollution control tug:
(M/V SEA SALVOR) -
NOTE: On loan with TUG MALTA at the Malta Freeport.

The building contract for this tug was awarded to CN Ferrari, La Spezia on 29th August. This boat which is made of steel construction is about 30m long, 10 m wide, and has a draft of about 5m. The propulsion system of this boat is non-conventional called tractor Z-drives for high manoeuvrability, and is powered by two diesel engines developing a power of about 4500 brake horse power. This tug is expected to develop a maximum bollard pull of about 55 tons, which is a good pull for harbour towage of large vessels and also for offshore towage of standard vessels.

The main propulsion engines also drive two large fire-fighting pumps capable of throwing a horizontal water jet of about 120 metres long. In addition, there are two foam tanks having a total capacity of about 10 cubic metres.

This tug also has the capability of laying oil booms and recovery of oil from the sea in the event of an oil spill of a certain magnitude. Oil dispersing booms and chemical-dispersing tanks also forms part of the anti-pollution equipment, which can be used if necessary.

For communication and navigation, the tug is equipped for ocean going and unrestricted service having the latest state-of-the-art radio and navigation equipment, including a Global Maritime Distress Safety System for communication through satellite and shore stations, including telex communication and anti-collision warning system.

The engine room is equally equipped with advanced state-of the art equipment to protect the sea environment against pollution by oil and sewage. Included in the accommodation is a sick bay to give first-aid assistance to any injured person on the spot. The accommodation is designed and equipped for weeks of endurance. The tug was launched on 11th July 1998.

The tug is equipped to perform and provide the following services:



1 - Fire Fighting/Patrol Vessel:
(M/V GARIBALDI)

This boat which is made of light alloy aluminium construction, (similar to that of the SAR boats) is about 22m long and is expected to have a maximum speed of about 22 knots.

The primary role of this boat is for quick and prompt intervention of fire fighting of medium size yachts up to large passenger ships, tankers and also for the fighting of oil/petroleum terminals. It is also designed to combat oil pollution of significant quantities and can also lay booms. The boat can also assist in the salvage operation of stranded/grounded vessels.

The hull is considered to be of good quality workmanship while the main equipment is of renowned European suppliers in the marine field.

The Maltese government named this ship after the Italian statesman Giuseppe Garibaldi, as a sign of appreciation for the Italians to finance the construction of this boat as a part of the Fourth financial protocol.

The ship was constructed at the Vittoria shipyards, which are authorised suppliers of The Italian Navy, the Merchant-Marine Coastguard, The Ministry of the Interior, The Ministry of Transport and Navigation, the Customs Service, and the Ministry of Public Works.

The building contract was signed on 28th August 1997 at a cost of Lm 1,193,000.





PHOTO GALLERY of the FIRE FIGHTING VESSELS available at this UNIT








NEWS FROM THE STATION:

The Malta Police Fire Brigade has been transferred to the Civil Protection Department - (Dipartiment ghall-Protezzjoni Civili), which is presently operating from Ta' Kandja Headquarters, limits of Siggiewi, Malta.

The Marine Unit of the Civil Protection Department is presently berthed at Marsa.

This Unit works in conjunction with the AFM Maritime Squadron. In fact, the two SAR Boats, Melita I and Melita II have been handed over by the Civil Protection Department to the Maritime Squadron, since the AFM have the SAR Operations Unit and together they co-ordinate search and rescue operations in Maltese territorial waters by air and seacraft.

Many SAR operations were carried out by the Maritime Squadron of the AFM, under the auspices of the Civil Protection Department. During the summer months, patrols by the said sea craft, Melita I and Melita II, were undertaken by the AFM. The CPD also stationed the MV Garibaldi Fire Fighting vessel at Xemxija (in St. Paul's Bay) for any assistance it may give to boat enthusiasts. Such a move enables this vessel to reach boats on fire in the northern parts of the Maltese Islands very quickly and efficiently.


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