Valletta Cruise Port plc (formerly VISET Malta plc) is a limited liability company which took over the cruise and ferry terminal operations following an international tender issued by the Government of Malta in 1996. Valletta Cruise Port was awarded the project and the formal agreement was signed on the 23rd of November 2001.
KALKARA is a small town with an area of 1.75km2 and a population of around 3,000 people. Kalkara is located in the Eastern part of Malta and it looks over the Grand Harbour. The town gets its name from the Calce, lime in Italian, since there was a lime kiln present there during the Roman times. Kalkara has two bays leading to the Grand Harbour known as Rinella Bay and Kalkara Creek and two peninsulas called Bighi and Ricasoli.
Historians believe that the Kalkara area was was the first to be inhabited when the first people came to Malta from Sicily. The inlets seem to be adequate shelter from the heavy storms of the Mediterranean Sea. Kalkara is known for boat building in particular, the Maltese dgħajsa and barklori. The locals participate actively in the traditional boat races, known as the regattas, building their own boats. Image above shows KALKARA with Bighi showing which was a former Royal Naval Hospital back to 9th December 2009.
Monday 24th September, 2018.
At 0652 hrs the 2015 built FRA flag cruise liner LE LYRIAL entered Valletta berthing at Pinto 1 and 2 Wharves.
At 0750 hrs the 2015 built JPN flag refrigerated cargo ship GOUTA MARU entered Valletta berthing at Pinto 4 and 5 wharves.
At 2221 hrs ARETHUSA left Valletta from Pinto 3 Wharf.
The 2018 built MLT flag cruise liner MSC SEAVIEW cancelled her schedule port of call due to severe weather conditions.
At 0420 hrs the 2000 built BMU flag cruise liner OCEANA entered Valletta berthing at Pinto 1 and 2 wharves.
The 1991 built FRA flag passenger ship LE PONANT cancelled her schedule port of call due to severe weather conditions.
Saturday 29th September, 2018.
Vessel was represented in Malta by SMS Shipping Agency – www.sms.com.mt
Photos by Capt. Lawrence Dalli. Do not use these images without my permission. © All rights reserved. Malta Ship Photos & Action Photos – www.maltashipphotos.com