Month: December 2019

Local Shipping – SANTA TEREZA

One of the former bunkering tankers operating in the Maltese Waters/Outside Territorial Waters was the 1974 built chemical/oil products tanker SANTA TEREZA. She was built in Norway at Vaagen Verft Engineering at Kyrkesaeterora as BRAGD trading until 1987 and SARA THERESA until April 2004 where she was sold to Falzon Service Station Ltd (FSSL) and …

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Bunkering – Offshore Tug/Supply Ship ASTRAEA at Area 4 – 08.12.2019

On Sunday 8th December, 2019 the Greek flag and owned,1987 built offshore tug/supply ship vessel ASTRAEA was anchored at Bunkering Area 4 for bunkering operations by Falzon Fuel Services tanker SPIRO F. She was built in Norway as EDDA FRAM trading for 20 years until March 2007 and renamed to EDDA FRAM for only 5 months …

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Former Military – Tugboat SIME

One of the former Yugoslavian Navy Tugs was seen in Valletta back on Wednesday 13th June 2007 as the civilian tug SIME involved in Blue Fin Tuna Season berthed at Timber Wharf. SIME was built 1955 at Split Shipyard as PR (Pomorski Remorker) 36 DUPIN with 221 GRT and renamed in 1991 as a civilian …

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Offshore – Accomodation Platform TEMIS in the Mediterranean Sea – 26.12.2019

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) owned DP 3 accomodation vessel TEMIS was spotted opposite Zichron_Yaakov (the Israel/Lebanon border) on her spot without anchoring using her Dynamic Position system. The 84 x 32 metre TEMIS was last reported as transported from Singapore to Gabon during August 2018 by Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT) semi-submersible heavy load vessel …

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Local Shipping – XLENDI

One of the ferries that use to be run by Gozo Channel Line was the 1955 built XLENDI. Built in 1955 originally a Danish passenger/car/train ferry HELSINGØR as Yard no 321 at Helsingør Skibs. & Msk. in Helsingør, Danmark she was 80 meters long and a beam of 12 meters with 1,123 GRT trading until …

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Malta Freeport – MSC KALINA at Malta – 30.10.2015

The 2009 built container ship MSC KALINA called at Malta Freeport Terminal on Friday 30th October, 2015 berthing at Terminal 2 North Quay assisted by 3 local tugs. She was built in South Korea by Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy Industries at Geoje and is 366 metre long with 51 metres beam and homeported in Panama (PAN). …

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Offshore – MAERSK PROMOTER sold and renamed AMAZON CHIEFTAIN Z – Sept 2015

One of the offshore supply vessels that was sold by Maersk Supply Service (MSS) was the 15,600 BHP supply vessel MAERSK PROMOTER that was sold to Greece and renamed AMAZON CHIEFTAIN Z. She was built in 1992 by Vard Soviknes at Sovik in Norway as 76 m long with 17.2m beam and maximum draft of …

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MBL News – VEENDAM Maiden Call – June 2019

On Friday 28th June, 2019 the Italian built liner VEENDAM called at Valletta berthing at Pinto 1 and 2 wharves during her maiden call at Valletta Cruise Port. Shortly after she was secured to the wharf, the flat top barge B 45 towed by BETTY with a Toyota Forklifter belonging to local logistics contractor White …

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Casualties – CDRY BLUE grounded with crew evacuated – 22.12.2019

The 2010 built MPP ship CDRY BLUE was pushed aground by storm in Sant’Antioco area, south western of Sardinia, late Saturday 21st December. The ship left Cagliari bound for Spain with cargo of coffee, encountered rough weather and tried to shelter, but failed. She went aground on the rocks due to weather conditions. Due to …

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Naval Visits – ITS ELETTRA A 5340 – 20 – 22.12.2019

One of the interesting naval vessels in the Italian Navy the ITS ELETTRA A 5340 called at Valletta, Malta for a diplomatic visit on Friday 20th December entering at 0803 hrs berthing port side alongside Pinto 4 Wharf that forms part of Valletta Cruise Port. She is an intelligence collector (AGI) designed to provide strategic …

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