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Study of south of Malta seas
14th April 2018
A project partially financed by the EU will enable a study to be made of the seas in the
south of Malta that will facilitate greater knowledge of sea currents and wave
movements and provide greater information for maritime transport as well as for rescue
and salvage operations.
The project, "Italia - Malta Calypso South" will complement an earlier study of the sea
channels between Malta and Sicily. Radars will be used in this project to gather
maritime information of currents and wave movements. The participation of Malta
University will be coordinated by Professor Aldo Drago.
Professor Drago said the technology consists of an eight-metre pole in several places in
a system that currently has four radars, two covering Malta and Gozo and the two other
covering Sicily. These basically emit electro-magnetic rays enabling the receipt of data
that covers energy distribution which is mapped to show the movements of currents in
He explained the importance of the project for various reasons. Among others the
collected data will enable safer maritime transport and, in the case of
a sea pollution threat, will indicate whether the pollution will hit the Maltese Islands or
not, as well as the extent and quantity of the pollution, thus enabling an earlier and more
effective response for containment purposes. In the case of rescue and salvage this will
enable more efficient operations because of the provision of precise data.
The project has been designed by the Malta University's Geosciences Department. In
the coming days the department is to organise a seminar which will be attended by
various European experts as well as from the United States. The seminar will show how
in the digital era evolution is taking place in maritime services and how this will boost
research and innovation.