Month: June 2019

Breaking Up – 2003 built Drilling Rig EIRIK RAUDE – June 2019

During middle June 2019 the 2003 Chinese built Bingo 9000 type semi submersible drilling rig EIRIK RAUDE was towed from Astakos, Greece bound to Aliaga, Turkey for breakers. In fact ALP CENTRE arrived at Astakos on Tuesday 18th June. EIRIK RAUDE was built by Dalian New Shipbuilding Heavy Industry at Dalian in China as a …

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Rescue – RNLI Assists Injured Crewman from FAIRLINE SURVEYOR – 25.06.2019

The Barrow Lifeboat Station’s volunteer crew launched their all weather lifeboat to go to the aid of an injured crewman aboard a wind farm guard vessel on 25th June, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) said. The request to launch came from the HM Coastguard base in Holyhead at 1650 hrs local time. The Coastguard …

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Illegal Immigration – FRONTEX caught fishing vessel smuggling people – June 2019.

Last week, a FRONTEX aircraft detected a suspicious fishing trawler towing a smaller boat. The boat was empty, but something caught the attention of the agency’s experts. Frontex kept observing the boat for several hours, and all of a sudden people started to emerge from below the deck. At one time a smuggler jumped on …

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Towage – RELIANCE towing BOABARGE 9 – Feb/March 2006

On Friday 10th March 2006 the 1979 built USA flag and owned tugboat RELIANCE was seen leaving Valletta, Malta towing the 1976 built CYM flag deck cargo pontoon BOABARGE 9 with 2 topsides on her deck. RELIANCE was built in the USA by Main Iron Works at Houma, Los Angeles in 1979 with her homeport …

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Naval News – Royal Australian Navy longest serving ship HMAS SUCCESS final voyage – June 2019

The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) longest serving ship, HMAS SUCCESS OR 304 , has completed her final voyage after 33 years’ service to Australia. HMAS SUCCESS a Durance class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship built by Cockatoo Docks & Engineering Company in Sydney, Australia, during the 1980s, she is the only ship of the class …

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Drug Bust – Around US$1 Billion in drugs seized on MSC GAYANE – 18.06.2019.

An estimated US$1 billion in illegal narcotics was discovered on board the container ship MSC GAYANE berthed at Philadelphia, USA on Tuesday, June 18th. Agents of the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Philadelphia, the US Coast Guard, the US Department of Homeland Security, and various local police departments boarded the containership MSC …

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Naval News – HMS Duncan D 37 deployed to Operation Sea Guardian in the Mediterranean Sea – 21.06.2019

The Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan D 37 left Cartagena, Spain  of which she was there on Wednesday 12th June coming from Larnaca, Cyprus of which she took part in a Cypriot humanitarian exercise to take part in Operation Sea Guardian and conducting NATO security patrols in the Mediterranean. The aim of the …

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Naval Visits – FS LOIRE A 602 – BFT Season 2019

FS LOIRE A 602 is the first French Navy Offshore Support and Assistance Vessel. She’s the 17th ship to be named as LOIRE, after the longest river in France. The ship was built by KERSHIP, a joint venture between DCNS (French state owned shipbuilders) and Piriou for the building of the Offshore Support and Assistance …

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Local Shipping – BULLET ONE

One of the few self propelled barges that used to be seen at Valletta, Malta was the BULLET ONE. Built in 1984 at Arsenale Venice, Italy with a length of 31 metres, beam of 8 metres and maximum draught of 2 metres she had 125 GRT. She had bow ramps together with 2 Spud Legs. …

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Conro News – MSC completes deal for 49% of Messina Group – 14.06.2019

Gianluigi Aponte’s Italian holding company Marinvest and Messina Group have formally signed an agreement which makes MSC the new owner of four ships and a minority stake in the Genoa based shipping company. Aponte will invest €25m ($28.5m) for a 49% stake in the Ignazio Messina & C. group and a 52% stake in a …

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