Month: October 2020

Heavy Lift Vessels – HAPPY RIVER

One of the Happy R type that forms part of BigLift Shipping, one of the world’s leading heavy lift shipping companies is the 1997 built vessel HAPPY RIVER. Back to June 2019. She was built in the Netherlands by IHC Merwede Scheepswerf and homeported at Amsterdam, Netherlands (NLD Flag). She’s equipped with 2 strong, 400 …

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Cable Laying News – ILE D’OUESSANT latest acquisition for Louis Dreyfus Armateurs in Malta – 21.10.2020

On Wednesday 21st October, 2020 at 0749 hrs the latest acquisition for Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, France the 2011 built cable layer ILE D’OUESSANT entered Grand Harbour, Malta for the first time after coming from Dakar Anchorage, Senegal. She was built in China by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry at Wuhan in 2011 as the TOISA WARRIOR for …

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Former Military – BASTION 2 and BASTION 3 – 30.10.2020

One of the fast patrol craft class in service with the Guardia Di Finanza (Italian Customs) was the Corrubia Class of which 26 units were launched. 11 units were built by the original project  Cantieri Navali del Golfo di Gaeta in two lots with the rest 15 units, were built by the Intermarine shipyard in Sarzana , Italy. Lately at MMH Malta Facilities …

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Offshore – NORSIDE SUPPORTER in Malta – 29.10.2020

One of the Norwegian built vessels in the world NORSIDE SUPPORTER was at Grand Harbour, Malta today Thursday 29 th October, 2020 for few hours. She was partially built at Norway by Kvaerner Fjellstrand at Omastrand in 2013. The construction arrived to St. Petersburg, Russia towed by BB SERVER on 16 th July, 2013 and was …

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Casualties – Containership MAERSK LAUNCESTON split HS KALLISTO M 63 in two – 27.10.2020

On Tuesday 27th October, 2020 @ 0740 UTC the containership MAERSK LAUNCESTON collided with Hellenic Navy HS KALLISTO M 63 with the result of splitting her in two while leaving Piraeus, Greece at Saronic Gulf bound to Turkey. The collision incident left 2 naval crew slightly injured and later hospitalised to Athens Naval Hospital and …

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Hijacking – Special Forces detain 7 stowaways with 22 crew safe after 10 hour ordeal at sea – 25.10.2020

7 stowaways believed to be Nigerian, who threatened the lives of 22 crew members on board the tanker NAVE ANDROMEDA are being questioned by authorities following last Sunday 25th October rescue mission off the coast of the Isle of Wight. The UK’s elite Special Boat Service was drafted in after the Home Secretary Pritti Patel …

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Passer By – Cutter Suction Dredger D’ARTAGNAN – 20.09.2020

On Sunday 20th September, 2020 around 0856 hrs the 2005 built cutter suction dredger D’ARTAGNAN passed by 31.3 nautical miles NNW off Malta underway to Astakos, Greece. She was built in the Netherlands by IHC Dredgers and is a self propelled 123.8 metre long cutter suction dredger with 25.2 metre beam and draught of 8.2 …

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Offshore – Arrival of Jack Up Oil Rig TOPAZ DRILLER in Malta – 07.10.2020

On Wednesday 7th October, 2020 the 2012 built Chinese semi-submersible heavy lift vessel HUA HAI LONG loaded with the 2009 built jack up oil rig TOPAZ DRILLER arrived at Malta for discharging operation from Port Gentil, Gabon. HUA HAI LONG was built in China at China Merchants Heavy Industries at Shenzhen. It’s the third time …

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LNG News – Japanese NYK Line boosts LNG Carrier Management – 22.10.2020

The Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line) has now agreed with Total to buy the oil major’s 80% stake of the GAZOCEAN, a French ship management company based at Marseilles, France which handles operation of six LNG ships. Before Thursday 22nd October NYK Line held only 20% of the stock in Gazocean and Total held …

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Naval News – Royal Danish Navy Support Ships Reclassified as ASW Frigates – 19.10.2020

On Monday 19th October the Royal Danish Navy held a ceremony at Fleet Station Frederikshavn to officially reclassify two of its existing fleet support vessels as frigates optimised for anti-submarine warfare (ASW).The Absalon class support ships HDMS ABSALON L 16 and HDMS ESBERN SNARE L 17 will soon begin undergoing conversion work that will include …

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