Transport Malta has invested half a million euro on three new 35-ft RHIBs to meet the ever increasing demands for enforcement and safety at the ports and at sea. The boats, equipment with latest technology, provide officers of the Maritime Enforcement department with more safety and comfort during their duties.
TM’s deputy chief executive Kevin Farrugia said that with these boats, the department’s officers will be able to strengthen their work in more difficult sea conditions, and even at night, because the boats are equipment with the latest technology.
“They will assist us to provide 24/7 presence at sea which he didn’t have. With the size of these boats, with cabin facilities and other services, members of our enforcement can stay at sea all the time”.
Mr Farrugia added that the Maritime Enforcement fleet is expected to increase with two other boats of the same type, but bigger in size. This means that the department will have nine boats. “From chasing other boats which disobey instructions, we also educate people at sea and are present to assist even other enforcement entities, such as the police and the army in case of fatalities and accidents”, Mr Farrugia told TVM.
Transport Minister Ian Borg said that with the investment, officers are being given the needed tools to carry out their duties with more comfort and safety.
During the first six months of this year, Transport Malta carried out 1,155 inspections related with Covid measures and handed out 150 contraventions. Twelve new officers have also joined the TM’s department to strengthen the enforcement.