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Malta and Italy hold first bilateral exercise on marine pollution

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Transport Malta, in collaboration with the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) and the Italian Guardia Costiera, recently conducted a pollution response exercise within the BARRACUDA 2024 framework.

The agency said the joint effort represents a significant milestone as it marks the first bilateral exercise between Malta and Italy focused on marine pollution preparedness and response.

Malta’s strategic position in the Mediterranean, intersecting major shipping routes linking the east and west, highlights both its strength and vulnerability to maritime incidents.

To safeguard its crucial tourism industry, ports, and desalination plants, Malta has invested in enhancing its capabilities to respond to pollution incidents over the past decade. This includes implementing robust legislative measures and investing in training and equipment.

However, the reality remains that effective management of major pollution incidents requires cooperation among coastal states.

Recognising this, Malta’s participation in the BARRACUDA 2024 Exercise was a natural decision, given Italy’s proximity and shared interests in maritime safety. Such collaborative exercises facilitate mutual learning and strengthen cooperation between coastal states.

Transport Malta said this exercise is just the beginning of a series of collaborative initiatives in marine pollution response. The Authority aims for these efforts to culminate in a formal bilateral agreement between Malta and Italy, similar to existing agreements in the Mediterranean Sea.

Transport Malta extended its sincere gratitude to all participating government agencies, vessel crews, operators, REMPEC, the European Maritime Safety Agency, Transport Malta personnel, and especially the Armed Forces of Malta and the Italian Guardia Costiera for their unwavering support and commitment to maritime safety.

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