Month: September 2019

Cruise Liners – COSTA NeoRIVIERA to Become AIDAmira after $55 Million Drydock – Sept 2019

The 1999 built liner COSTA NeoRIVIERA will enter San Giorgio del Porto shipyard on October 30th and leave as the AIDAmira on November 28th following a nearly month, $55 million drydock to refurbish the vessel and convert her for AIDA service, according to a statement. The deal was made official on Wednesday 25th September with a …

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Casualties – BOURBON RHODE confirmed sunk in Atlantic Ocean with three rescued – 29.09.2019

Search crews located an overturned fast rescue craft believed to be from the tug BOURBON RHODE late Saturday, Bourbon has confirmed. The craft was first located by N43RF a Lockheed WP-3D Orion NOAA Hurricane Center aircraft.  And again confirmed by Falcon 50 belonging to the French Navy deployed from Dakar, Senegal. A commercial vessel participating in the operation …

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Breaking Up – 1977 built tug MARZAMEMI – 06.04.2018

On Friday 6th April 2018 it was reported that the Panama homeported tug MARZAMEMI was beached at the Gadani Shipbreakers Yard. She was built in 1977 in Denmark by Dannebrog Vaerft A/S at Aarhus under yard number 169 and delivered in 1978 to Em.Z. Svitzer’s Salvage Company Ltd at Copenhagen, Denmark as SVITZER GARM homeported …

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Cruise Liners – Five Ships to Leave Costa Crociere fleet by May 2021 – September 2019

Working to reduce capacity growth in Southern Europe, five ships will leave the Costa Cruises fleet by May 2021, according to Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, speaking on the company’s third quarter earnings call on Thursday, 26th September. Donald said that two Europe based ships will leave the Costa fleet in 2020, and he …

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Palumbo Malta Shipyard – PERIDOT – September 2019

On Wednesday 25th September the 2005 built offshore support ship PERIDOT left Valletta, Malta from Palumbo Malta Shipyard. She was built in Norway as yard number 270 by Ulstein Verft at Ulsteinvik as BOURBON PERIDOT as a supply ship of which later she was converted as ROV support vessel for subsea services and name was …

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Naval News – Hard drugs found on Zr. Ms JOHAN DE WITT – September 2019

Hard drugs were found at Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean Island with a soldier aboard the amphibious naval ship Zr. Ms JOHAN DE WITT L 802 whilst berthed at Willemstad. It is not clear which drugs are involved and how many were found, but the lot would be too large for personal use. The amphibious transport …

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AFM – Former RNAF Alouette III Helicopters at Malta – 20.09.2019

Last June 2019 preparations from the Netherlands to Malta were being made after the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) purchased 2 SA316B Alouette III helicopters completed with main rotor blades and engines. Discussions between the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNAF), AFM, NUNNER Logistics B.V – the ocean airfreight Operations in the Netherlands together with O&S …

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Valletta Cruise Port – 5 Passenger Ship Calls – 20.09.2019

Return of the busy Fridays occured on Friday 20th September when 5 ships called at Valletta Cruise Port. In fact earlier cruise preparations including earlier consultation with the Chief Pilot, the following berthing arrangements were made – 1st – MEIN SCHIFF 5 (ETA – 0530 hrs) Pinto 1 & 2 (Stern to Bollard 12.5) She was …

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Naval News – Croatian Navy Missile Boat HRM VUKOVAR RTOP 41 catches fire – 19.09.2019

On Thursday September 19th at the Iskra repair shipyard in Sibenik, Croatia around 1050 hrs (local time) a fire broke out onboard the Croatian Navy’s missile boat RTOP 41 HRM VUKOVAR. According to the Defense ministry the fire started while the vessel was undergoing maintenance works at the shipyard. The crew members of HRM VUKOVAR …

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Breaking Up – RFA BLACK ROVER A 273 and RFA GOLD ROVER A 271 – August 2019

During the month of August 2019 , the last 2 from a class of 5 British small fleet tankers serving with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) did their last voyage, this time towed to the breakers in Aliaga at Turkey. Tenders for what became 5 ships were invited in 1967. Problems with the original propulsion …

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