Month: February 2020

Aids to Navigation – Sciara Biscari Lighthouse – 28.02.2020

Aids to navigation are special structures like lighthouses, lightships, beacons, buoys, etc that are used to enhance safety. These lights and marks are prescribed across the world by the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities (IALA). SCIARA BISCARI LIGHTHOUSE in Italian as FARO DI SCIARA BISCARI is an active lighthouse located at the entrance to the city and ‘greets’ those who …

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Drug Bust – HMS MONTROSE F 236 seizes drugs – February 2020

The Type 23 Class Frigate HMS MONTROSE F 236 has bagged more than a tonne of cannabis on the infamous “Hash Highway” in the waters of the Middle East. Royal Marines Commandos with Royal Navy Officers boarding team recovered bales of hashish from the waters of the Gulf of Oman of which it was found …

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Naval Visits – ITS SPICA P 403 – 14-16.02.2020

The 1991 commissioned offshore patrol vessel of the Italian Navy (Marina Militare Italiana) ITS SPICA P 403 paid a diplomatic visit to Malta during February 2020 with Commanding Officer LT (N) Peppino Sambiagio. She entered Valletta on Friday 14th February, 2020 at 0726 hrs assisted by 2 tugs LIENI and ST. ANGELO and berthed Port …

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Piracy – 9 crew kidnapped from ALPINE PENELOPE – 21.02.2020

The 2008 South Korean built crude oil tanker ALPINE PENELOPE belonging to Greece’s Oceangold Tankers, was attacked 76 nautical miles southwest of Cotonou as the ship made her way towards Lagos, Nigeria with nine crew kidnapped. It was reported that the officer on watch identified two armed men onboard. It is understood that an alert …

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Aids to Navigation – Capo Santa Croce Lighthouse – 19.02.2020

Aids to navigation are special structures like lighthouses, lightships, beacons, buoys, etc that are used to enhance safety. These lights and marks are prescribed across the world by the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities (IALA). CAPO SANTA CROCE LIGHTHOUSE in Italian as FARO DI CAPO SANTA CROCE is an active lighthouse located at the extreme tip of the cape, …

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Yachting – 1977 built 44.68m yacht BERZINC at Malta – September 2012.

One of the yachts that visited Malta during the year 2012 was the 44.68m yacht BERZINC. She was built by Astilleros De Mallorca at Palma De Mallorca in Spain in 1977 as L’APRILIA of which was renamed as MAXIME Z until November 1977 of which was renamed as CLEOPATRA (which called at Malta several times) until June …

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Naval News – RFS KERCH 713 decommissioned – 15.02.2020

After 45 years of service, the Kara Class Cruiser RFS KERCH 713 was decommissioned. She was the last cruiser of her class – Type 1134B Project. RFS KERCH was laid down in the Soviet Union on the 30th April 1971, launched on the 21st July 1972 and was commissioned in the Soviet Black Sea Fleet …

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Coronavirus – Diamond Princess confirms 99 new cases – 17.02.2020

Another 99 people have tested positive for coronavirus aboard the cruise ship DIAMOND PRINCESS berthed at Yokohama, south of Tokyo in Japan bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 454. Hundreds of American passengers from the liner, where travellers have been mostly confined to their cabins since 3rd February, have been flown back to the …

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Naval Visits – HMCS ATHABASKAN DDG 282 – February 2006

Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG 1) is one of NATO’s standing naval maritime immediate reaction forces. SNMG 1 consists of four to six destroyers and frigates. Its role is to provide NATO with an immediate operational response capability. On Sunday 19th February, 2006 a SNMG1 Squadron called to Malta with the flagship as DDH 282 HMCS ATHABASKAN berthing at …

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Offshore – VOS PRELUDE awarded more work with Eni – 28.01.2020

Vroon Offshore Services has been awarded a charter for the platform support vessel VOS PRELUDE  by Eni in the UK. The vessel has been fixed for 31 months, and will support a decommissioning campaign in the southern sector of the North Sea. Further options are also available to Eni. Recently she completed a separate charter with …

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