Month: July 2020

MBL News – CARNIVAL VISTA maiden call at Malta – 09.05.2016

The 2016 built Carnival Cruise Line ship CARNIVAL VISTA made a scheduled port call at Grand Harbour 8 days after she was delivered from her Italian builders , starting a maiden voyage from Trieste, Italy on a 13 day Europe Cruise that ended in Barcelona, Spain. Greeted by a Maltese village band, CARNIVAL VISTA stayed at her …

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Offshore – Oil Rig MAERSK DISCOVERER at Malta for few hours – 27.07.2020

The 2009 built dynamically positioned semi submersible drilling rig (ssdr) MAERSK DISCOVERER was offshore Malta for few hours on Monday 27th July,2020. She was built in Singapore by KEPPEL FELS and is a Self-Propelled A1 Column Stabilized Drilling Unit. She was assisted by the 2013 built offshore support vessel EDT JANE which entered MMH Facilities …

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Coast Guard – Tanker CAPTAIN KHAYYAM intercepted by the Libyan Coast Guard – 12.02.2016

Late night of Friday 12th February, 2016 the Libyan Coast Guard intercepted the 1975 built bunkering tanker CAPTAIN KHAYYAM on suspicion of illegally entering Libyan waters in an attempt to smuggle diesel fuel. She was stopped 25 nautical miles off Zuara from where she loaded 1,600 tons of gasoline. Built in Bulgaria by Rousse Shipyard …

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Breaking up – Cruise Liner CARNIVAL FANTASY – 29.07.2020

After being stripped from valuables at Curacao’s container port, Carnival Cruise line oldest ship CARNIVAL FANTASY started her last voyage. On Thursday 23rd July she passed the straits of Gibraltar to enter the Mediterranean Sea bound to Aliaga for the breakers. During a press conference on 10th July, 2020, Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald revealed …

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Cruise Liner News – FTI Cruises Ceases Operations – 27.07.2020

FTI Cruises the German Cruise branch of Bavarian travel company FTI Group which operates the single ship BERLIN has ceased operations. FTI Cruises, along with Fly.de, Touristic 24 and LAL Sprachreisen are all set to be discontinued by the end of the 2019/20 financial year. FTI will “emerge from the crisis stronger than before, despite the …

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Special Purpose Vessels – Floating Dock DOCK 5 – 20.07.2020

Danish family owned ship repair company, Orskov Yard’s newbuilt 180 metres long floating Dock DOCK 5 was delivered on Friday 10th July, 2020 at Hat-San Shipyard in Turkey. On Wednesday 8th May 2019 the steel cutting ceremony for the DOCK 5 took place at Hat-San shipyard. On Monday 9th September, 2019 DOCK 5 was launched …

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Passenger Ships – AFRODITE

The first newbuilding passenger ship of Sten A. Olsson now the famous Stena Line was the 1964 built AFRODITE which called at Grand Harbour, Malta on Wednesday 28th April, 2010 for bunkering purposes while underway to new life in Lebanon. She was built in Germany by D.W Kremer & Sohn, at Elmshorn holding a GRT …

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Naval Visits – TCG GEMLIK F 492 – 21-24.07.2020

The first naval vessel to host a diplomatic visit after the chaos of the Pandemic Disease COVID-19 was the Turkish Navy Gabya Class Frigate TCG GEMLIK F 492 which entered Grand Harbour on Tuesday 21st July, 2020. Originally a US Navy Oliver Hazard Perry Class Guided Missile Frigate USS FLATLEY FFG 21, she was the …

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LNG Carrier BACHIR CHIHANI towed – AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

On Saturday 27th June 2015 the 1979 built LNG gas carrier BACHIR CHIHANI being towed was photographed from the air by MALTA SHIP PHOTOS around 40 miles offshore Malta. On Tuesday 23rd June, 2015 the Algerian flag and owned gas carrier was reported adrift off Lesvos Island, Greece in the Aegean Sea after an engine …

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Breaking Up – Cruise Liner SOVEREIGN – 23.07.2020

On Wednesday 15th July, 2020 the cruise liner SOVEREIGN left Marsaxlokk Harbour, Malta at 2014 hrs bound to the waiting area during her last voyage. She entered Marsaxlokk Harbour on Sunday 12th July morning after several days drifting outside territorial waters (otw) for stripping and discharging of 800 pallets full of all valuable items including …

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