The only Jetty in the middle of Marsaxlokk Harbour is known as MX (Marsaxlokk) Dolphins and is situated southeast of Il-Qajjenza at Birzebbugia close to Il-Fossa which is a tourist attraction in Marsaxlokk.
Has Saptan Fuelling Dolphin provides storage for local cargo in its underground installation. The installation’s capacity is over 150,000 tonnes of clean petroleum products, namely gasoil and jetA1. Mooring buoys are lain NNE and SSW from the dolphin.
Back in 2014 the NGO Din l-Art Helwa accused Enemalta of issuing contradictory statements over the possible relocation of the Ħas Saptan fueling dolphin in Marsaxlokk Bay. According to the environmental impact statement issued on February 25th,2014 Enemalta’s consultants had confirmed that such relocation was not necessary, and so was not considered in the study, Din l-Art Ħelwa said.
Images below are of the 2019 built chemical/oil products tanker HISTRIA ATLAS moored at the facilities last month on 12th January, 2021 –
And below images are of the 2003 built chemical/oil products tanker VALLERMOSA approaching the facilities last month on 30th January, 2021 –
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Published – Tuesday 16th February 2021.