Month: August 2019

BFT Season – Italian stern trawler GEMMA PRIMA again in Malta – 31.08.2019

Blue Fin Tuna (BFT) Season brings lots of different vessels ranging from all types of fishing vessels to support vessels and tugboats. Interesting to see once again in Malta for the 2019 Season was the 1984 built Italian flag and owned stern trawler GEMMA PRIMA. GEMMA PRIMA was built in 1984 with metal hull at …

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Virtu Ferries – September 2019 Special Offers – 28.08.2019

Virtu Ferries with the largest High Speed Catamaran (HSC) operating in the Mediterranean and the second largest in the world SAINT JOHN PAUL II has launched their Sepember 2019 offers. SAINT JOHN PAUL II was built to conform not only to the obligatory International Maritime Organisation (IMO) High Speed Craft Code 2000 but also to …

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Offshore News – AGS enters the Brazilian OBN market on a $ 4 million contract – 27.08.2019

Axxis Geo Solutions (AGS) has signed a contract for source work in Brazil with minimum value of USD 4 million with SAExploration. The initial contract is minimum three vessel months including mobilization and demobilization which is compensated for. The vessel NEPTUNE NAIAD owned by AGS , will be transferred from the North Sea for commencement …

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Naval News – ESPS TURIA M 34 aground after SAR of down pilot at Murcia, Spain – 27.08.2019

The Spanish Navy Mine Counter Measures Vessel ESPS TURIA M34 has ran aground off La Manga, Murcia, Spain whilst engaged in a search and rescue operation for the wreck and pilot of a crashed of the Spanish Air Force C 101 trainer jet. The incident happened around 1030 hrs , ship was taking in water …

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Casualties – Yacht SPALMATORI caught fire at Malta – 26.08.1993

On Thursday 26th August, 1993 a 50 metre yacht SPALMATORI who was anchored at Mellieha Bay, Malta was destroyed in fire and finished as a hulk. The 1950 Norwegian built and 1985 converted, 50 metre LBR flag yacht SPALMATORI sent a distress call on VHF Ch 12 around 0550 hrs of which PTSS {Palace Tower …

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Piracy – Vessel MARMALAITA kidnapping – August 2019

Pirates kidnapped eight crew members of the general cargo ship MARMALAITA during a raid on August 14th off the coast of Cameroon, Hamburg based owner said on Friday August 16th. “It is with deep regret and great concern to inform that our vessel MarMalaita was attacked by pirates yesterday August 14th between 2300 and 2400 …

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Iran Tensions – Tanker GRACE I freed, renamed ADRIAN DARYA 1 and underway – 26.08.2019

Iran’s foreign ministry has said the release of the tanker from Gibraltar ADRIAN DARYA 1 will not impact any decision to free the British flagged STENA IMPERO of which Iran has warned the US against any attempt to seize the oil tanker. The Iranian controlled vessel, formerly known as GRACE 1 but renamed by Iran as …

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Dredging Works – Balluta Bay Sand Reclamation – June 2019

A new technology was used at Balluta Bay, dredging sand off the sea bottom and depositing it on the beach to refurbish the sandy bay. Mr. Sandro Gatt, who was the designated person responsible for the project on behalf of the Polidano Group, explained that last year the process had been carried out manually with …

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Maltese Fortifications – Ras Hanzir Polverista – 24.08.2019

Although the Order of Saint John built extensive fortifications around most of the Grand Harbour area, Corradino was not fortified. A proposal to build a bastioned enceinte was made in the 1670s following the Cretan War between 1645 and 1669 but this was never built due to a lack of funds; the only military building …

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Ferry News – Gozo Channel Chartered Ropax NIKOLAOS – 2019

During the middle of May 2019 Gozo Channel Line chartered the ropax NIKOLAOS arriving at Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal on Monday 10th June, 2019. She arrived fresh and clean after drydocking and wearing Gozo Channel Line livery. During the news conference following the ship’s arrival the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana explained that during the ship’s …

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