MALTEX 2018: National oil pollution response exercise
2nd October 2018
organised by Transport Malta in collaboration with EMSA
MALTEX 2018, a national oil pollution response simulation exercise, organised by
Transport Malta in collaboration with EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency), was
held on 2nd and 3rd October. This exercise brought together various entities, both
national and international. In particular, it served to showcase the support that
the Physical Oceanography Research Group of the University of Malta offers to oil
spill response using HF radar observations and numerical models.
MALTEX 2018 saw the deployment of the Current Buster® for the first time in the
Mediterranean Sea. This innovative equipment was made available to Transport Malta
by EMSA through its assistance service arrangement. The newly set-up Emergency Control
Centre at Transport Malta's Port Operation Centre was used as the coordination centre
for the operations.
The CALYPSO South project will invest 1.5 million Euro to deliver an extension of
the current CALYPSO HF radar cluster from four to seven units leading to an extended
spatial coverage including the southern approaches to the Maltese Islands, and is
committed to improve the quality and consistency in space and time of the data
flows to the many users already relying on the system.
Additional numerical models are already being developed to forecast hydrodynamical
fields and waves with high resolution with a reach in the Maltese and Sicilian
coastal areas. This will impact the services offered to national stakeholders like
Transport Malta, Civil Protection Department and Armed Forces of Malta in Malta,
and Civil Protection Department and Guardia Costiera in Sicily, especially for oil
spill response and for search and rescue operations.