Be prudent at sea. This is the theme of the educational campaign aimed to raise awareness and reduce the risk of accidents at sea. The campaign was launched today in Gnejna.
10 knots inside harbors, keep a distance of two hundred yards from the rocks and three hundred yards from the sand. These are the basic principles that everyone who drives a boat must keep in mind. Especially at this time of the year, where swimmers and sailors often have to share the sea. Attention to the rules of the sea is the highlight of the ‘Be Prudent at Sea’ campaign launched at Gnejna beach – aimed at both swimmers and boaters.
The campaign for boat users is two-fold. It focuses on the speed limit to avoid accidents. In fact 40% of the contraventions that Transport Malta issued last year were a result of excessive speed.
“The main message is that the Authority’s officials are not there to make money or scare people, but that safety is a priority, even safety at sea considering that today thousands of people have boats and respect had to be shown so that everyone can enjoy the summer.
Transport Authority Chairman Joe Bugeja said that this year the enforcement team at sea within Transport Malta had already carried out over a thousand inspections, issued more than 300 contraventions and one hundred warnings. “The Authority is constantly investing in equipment to strengthen the enforcement aspect in the maritime sector but more importantly it is investing money in the educational aspect. Education to protect ourselves and know how to act is more important. The Authority is also preparing for legislative changes to continue to ensure that health comes first and foremost. ”
The ‘Be Prudent at Sea’ Campaign is also aimed at swimmers and to this end Transport Malta has set up 56 bathing areas in the most popular beaches on the Maltese islands, while 40 boat moorings/ jetties have been set up for boat owners.