m/t Balluta Bay recently participated in COASTEX 2019, an exercise organised by the Italian chairmanship of the European Coast Guard Functions Forum.  The vessel’s involvement was requested by the Italian authorities through the European Maritime Safety Agency EMSA.  Also participating in the exercise were vessels from the Italian Coast Guard, Guardia di Finanza, the European Fisheries Control Agency and Frontex
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Renewal of ISO certification

Tankship Management Ltd. is proud to announce its recertification to ISO 9001 standards and in particular to the current ISO 9001:2015 standard.  The auditing process was completed successfully and the Company has received the relevant certification; namely an ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System certificate which has been issued by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Ltd. (LRQA). This organization is one of the most prestigious in the sector; being in fact registered as no. 1 on the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (U.K.A.S.) list of accredited certification bodies.

This comes in conjunction with the initial ISO 9001 certification for Virtu Ferries Ltd., also by LRQA, which process was completed concurrently with the recertification process of Tankship Management Ltd.  Virtu Ferries Ltd. has received the relevent certificate accordingly.

The Company considers this as encouraging news in its endeavor to continually enhance the Quality of Management services it

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Malta Maritime Summit 2016

As requested by the European Maritime Safety Agency, and in conjunction with the Malta Maritime Summit 2016, an open ship event was held onboard the company managed vessel m/t Balluta Bay on the 4th of October 2016.

Guests and participants were invited to visit the vessel to visualise and be guided as to the oil pollution response services provided by the vessel and the technical details of the oil recovery equipment fitted onboard.

Amongst the distinguished personalities onboard where H.E. Kitack Lim – Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation, Hon. Joe Mizzi – Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Republic of Malta, Hon. Theodoros Dritsas – Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy Hellenic Republic, and Hon. Marios Demetriades – Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Republic of Cyprus.

From the European Maritime Safety Agency Mr. Markku Mylly – Executive Director, Mr. Leendert Bal – Head of Department ‘C’ Operations, and Mr. Frédéric Hébert – Head of Unit where also present onboard the ship.

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On the 2nd  September 2015, Balluta Bay participated in the annual MALTEX Pollution response and Oil recovery drill organised by the Pollution and Incident Response Unit within Transport Malta in coordination with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). The first phase of the exercise commenced on the 1st of September when a communications exercise between the afor mentioned entities and local parties involved in pollution response, including Tankship Management Ltd. was carried out.  The exercise simulates the actual communications which are required in a real emergency.

On the following day the exercise was carried out with the participating vessels manouvering in formation.  Balluta Bay operated the newly installed Dispersant system, amongst other oil recovery equipment and was the lead vessel for the exercise.

The other participating vessels deployed their oil containment equipment and manouvered in formation with Balluta Bay

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