On 28th February 2011, Transport Malta issued the following notice to Shipowners, Ship Operators and Managers, and Ship Masters relating to the UN Sanctions on the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya:

On the 26 February 2011 the Security Council of the United Nations adopted Resolution 1970 (2011) which, inter alia, prohibits the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, of arms and related materials of all types. It further prohibits the provision of technical assistance, training, financial or other assistance related to military activities.

The Maltese Government has aligned itself with these sanctions through the publication on the 27 February 2011 of the United Nations Sanctions (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya) Regulations, 2011 (Legal Notice 69 of 2011). Attention is drawn in particular to regulations 4 and 5 which prohibit the sale of arms and the procurement of arms using Malta flagged ships.

Without prejudice to the penalties contemplated in the said regulations for violations against these sanctions, the use of Maltese ships in any such violation may be considered as being against the interest of Malta and of Maltese shipping and may lead, inter alia, to closure of registry.

Shipping organizations established in Malta or operating Maltese ships are required to abide by these sanctions when planning their operations and, to extend their full cooperation for their enforcement.

The electronic version of Legal Notice 69 and the full text of the UN Resolution can be downloaded from: