Month: May 2019

Ferry Service – Grimaldi introduces new ferry – MALTA EXPRESS – July 1999

On Friday 2nd July 1999, Grimaldi Group of Naples inaugurated a new passenger and car ferry service between Malta, mainland Italy and Spain using the Grimaldi ropax MALTA EXPRESS. Inauguration took place at DWQ 4 in Valletta with Transport Minister Hon Censu Galea, Grimaldi Ferries Passenger Services Manager Mr. Hans Isler together with the local …

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Naval News – South Korean sailor dies,four injured during Destroyer docking accident – 24.05.2019

A South Korean Navy sailor was killed while four others were injured as the ship they had been serving on was docking on Friday, May 24. The Chungmugong Yi Sun sin class destroyer ROKS CHOE YOUNG DDH 981 had arrived at the naval base in Chinhae (Jinhae) from an anti piracy mission in Somalia and was being …

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Local Shipping – BALIENA

One of the few vessels that no information is around even from the authorities is the Bucket Dredger BALIENA. She was part of the Port Authority (Maltese Government) of which back to 1973 she was dredging part of Grand Harbour. Later on during the eighties she was part of the Kalaxlokk Co Ltd fleet of …

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Offshore News – EMGS awarded Survey in Norwegian Waters

Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) has entered into an agreement for a fully prefunded multi-client 3D CSEM survey in the Norwegian Barents Sea. The contract has a value of US$1.25 million and is expected to be executed in the second quarter of 2019. EMGS will mobilise the vessel ATLANTIC GUARDIAN for the survey. In related news, EMGS …

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Tasmania Movements – April 2019

TASMANIA is an island state of Australia and it is located 240 km to the south of the mainland separated by Bass Strait. The state encompasses the main island of Tasmania, the 26th largest world island and the surrounding 334 islands. Below are some movements around Tasmania covered by a great friend for the month of April …

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Offshore News – Dolphin Drilling dismisses the entire management – 28.05.2019

Norwegian offshore drilling company Dolphin Drilling ASA (DDASA) has dismissed all of its management employees, including its CEO and CFO, amid restructuring efforts. All of DDASA’s key management is employed by Dolphin Drilling Management AS. On this basis, Dolphin Drilling Management AS has today given notice of termination to all of its employees, including DDASA’s …

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Breaking Up – 1976 built sugar carrier CHL Innovator – April 2019

During April 2019 the 1976 built refined sugar carrier CHL INNOVATOR  went to breakers in Aliaga, Turkey. She was built in Glasgow, UK in 1976 as the CAPE RODNEY launched on 23rd January until 1985 and RODNEY from 1985 to 1986 as refined sugar carrier (BIBO) homeported at Singapore. She had 5 holds and 4 …

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Cable Laying News – Orange Marine Fleet

For decades, ships owned by French phone carrier Orange SA have traveled the world’s oceans, installing and fixing the undersea cables that carry internet traffic from one continent to another. The fleet of six cable ships run by Orange Marine is now looking to diversify, even with the biggest investment boom for the infrastructure since …

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Haifa, Israel Movements – Week 20 of 2019

The following movements are covered by a friend at Haifa, Israel – Monday 13th May, 2019. The La Fayette Class French Navy Frigate FS GUEPRATTE F 714  called again and assisted by tugboats AMATZIA II (Port Bow) and ILAN I (Port Quarter). Her previous call was back to 13th September 2018. Tuesday 14th May, 2019. …

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Medical Assistance – Hospital Ship USNS COMFORT bound to Venezuela – June 2019

The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS COMFORT T-AH 20 is scheduled to deploy in June from Naval Station Norfolk to the Caribbean, Central America, and South America to conduct humanitarian medical assistance missions in support of regional partners and in response to the regional impacts of the Venezuela political and economic crisis. During a five …

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