Notice by the Merchant Shipping Directorate to Shipowners, Ship Operators, Managers, Masters, Owners’ Representatives and Recognised Organisations

The Merchant Shipping Directorate draws the attention of all concerned to the adoption of EU Council Decision 2013/184/CFSP repealing EU Council Decision 2010/232/CFSP and EU Council Regulation (EU) No. 401/2013 repealing Council Regulation (EC) No. 194/2008 relating to restrictive measures in respect to Myanmar/Burma.

Attention is drawn in particular to the prohibition of sale, supply, transfer or export of arms and related materiel of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment and spare parts for the aforementioned, as well as equipment which might be used for internal repression, to Myanmar/Burma by nationals of Member States or from the territories of Member States or using their flag vessels or aircraft. Such prohibitions shall apply whether the cargo is originating or not in EU Member States’ territories. The aforementioned prohibitions do not apply to the transportation of certain equipment intended solely for humanitarian or protective use provided said operations are approved in advance by the competent authority in Malta.

To this effect, shipping organizations established in Malta or operating Maltese ships are reminded to always abide by these restrictive measures when planning their operations and, to extend their full cooperation for their enforcement. The use of Maltese ships in any violation of the restrictive measures may be considered as being against the interest of Malta and of Maltese shipping and may lead, inter alia, to closure of registry.

A regularly updated list of all the European Union restrictive measures in place may be downloaded from:

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