Month: May 2020

Naval News – EDT HERCULES commissioned for Canadian Navy Helicopter Crash Scene in Ionian Sea – 25.05.2020

The 2014 built offshore supply vessel EDT HERCULES carrying a combined Canadian and American military recovery team departed Souda Bay, Crete on a mission to retrieve the wreckage of a downed CH-148 Cyclone helicopter. In a statement issued Monday 25th May, the Department of National Defence  in Canada said that the vessel EDT HERCULES  is expected to take two days …

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Breaking Up – SEVEN PELICAN – May 2020

On Friday 8th May 2020 the 35 year old offshore support vessel SEVEN PELICAN started her final voyage to the breakers at Aliaga, Turkey. She was towed by the 1998 built Italian tug GAGLIARDO from MMH Facilities where she was berthed since last year. Above images of GAGLIARDO drydocked at Cassar Ship Repair Yard back …

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Scuttling Operation – LADY SANDRA aft found and scuttled by Tunisian Navy – 25.05.2020

The aft part of the 89.90 metre inland tanker LADY SANDRA that was split in two on Wednesday 25th March, 2020 was found drifting 8 miles off Djerba Island on Tuesday 12th May. 501 TNS LA GALITE offshore Malta back to 30th May, 2014. On Monday 25th May the Tunisian Navy towed the aft part from the …

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Naval News – USS EMORY S. LAND AS 39 refit contract – May 2020

The U.S. Navy submarine tender USS EMORY S. LAND (AS 39) overhaul contract of 150 calendar day shipyard availability was won by Mare Island Dry Dock LLC that was awarded with a $33.5 million firm fixed price for the regular overhaul and drydocking of the naval vessel. Working capital funds (Navy) for the contract amount …

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – 4th ship Chartered by the Maltese Government – 28.05.2020

The Maltese Government has chartered the fourth passenger boat JADE from Supreme Cruises to hold further 75 illegal immigrants rescued by the Armed Forces of Malta on Wednesday night.  Due that numbers might increase the Government had asked for a vessel that could accommodate up to 250 people which is a sign that busy season …

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Containers – HMM ALGECIRAS

The world’s largest container ship the HMM ALGECIRAS left Yantian, China carrying a record 19,621 TEUs on Sunday 10th May, 2020. She made a call at Busan Port on 28th April loading 7,156 TEU and left on 30th April. She can load up to 24,000 units of 6 meter long (one TEU) container boxes. In …

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Accident – Massive fire at San Francisco’s historic Fisherman’s Wharf – 23.05.2020

A four alarm warehouse fire that broke out at Pier 45 in San Francisco, USA has been contained, the city’s fire department said Saturday afternoon. More than 150 firefighters battled the fire that destroyed a quarter of the pier at Fisherman’s Wharf, according to Lt. Jonathan Baxter, a public information officer with the San Francisco …

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Libya Tensions – Russia deploys military fighter aircraft to Libya – 26.05.2020

U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) assesses that Moscow recently deployed military fighter aircraft to Libya in order to support Russian state sponsored private military contractors (PMCs) operating on the ground there. Russian military aircraft are likely to provide close air support and offensive fires for the Wagner Group PMC that is supporting the Libyan National Army’s …

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – Over 250 illegal immigrants aboard 3 Captain Morgan Short Sea Ferry Boats – 26.05.2020

While the outbreak of COVID-19 Pandemic Disease is still around worldwide both Italy and Malta decided to close ports due to public health reasons amid the COVID-19. With the ports closed and with barely any assistance offered by EU member states, Malta has decided to house illegal immigrants rescued by the Armed Forces of Malta …

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Cement Carriers – GOLDEN BAY

An interesting cement carrier that calls at Grand Harbour, Malta is the 1979 built vessel GOLDEN BAY. She was built in Scotland by Robb Caledon Dundee at Dundee as yard no 572 bearing the name of GOLDEN BAY homeported in Auckland and flagged in New Zealand (NZL) with call sign as ZMGB. Early in her …

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