November 2020

Yachting – 41st Edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race – 17.10.2020

The Middle Sea Race, or Rolex Middle Sea Race for sponsorship reasons is a yacht race organised by the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC). The race was founded in 1968 and it was not run for some years after 1983 until 1996 when the committee of the Royal Malta Yacht Club took a decision to re-instate the race. Maltese local Yacht …

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Former Military – HOLMWOOD at Malta – 2007-2011.

The Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service (RMAS) was a British Government agency which ran a variety of auxiliary vessels for Her Majesty’s Naval Service including Royal Navy, Royal Marines and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) from 1976 to 2008. One of the former Clovelly Class Fleet Tender HOLMWOOD ex RMAS HOLMWOOD A 1772 was seen in Malta in 2007 moored at Manoel Island Marina. She was …

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Vehicle Carriers – Wallenius Wilhelmsen TORINO

The latest vehicle carrier inside Grand Harbour, Malta was the 2009 built 200 metres long TORINO. She entered on Tuesday 24th November coming from Southampton, UK at 1629 hrs bearing her maiden call and the first WWL vessel with the latest livery in Malta berthing at Pinto a and 2 wharves part of the Valletta …

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Heavy Lifting – AMOENITAS discharging at Malta – 25.11.2020

On Tuesday 24th November, 2020 the 2010 built ship AMOENITAS entered Grand Harbour, Malta loaded with 3 maritime assets – tugboat and 2 motor yachts berthing at DWQ 1. Since it was windy discharging operation for the motor yacht STEPHANIE a Maiora 27 model , formerly MEDUSA that was in Dubai was left for Wednesday …

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Maltese Islands – Milk in Malta

In the years gone by, the Maltese Islands were seriously affected by many cases of undulant fever and these were the cause of serious concern and preoccupation to the Maltese Government. Various committees were appointed to report on ways of preventing or eliminating this disease. The Commission appointed in 1931 to report on the feasibility of …

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Accident – Crude Oil Tanker Hit by Blast in Red Sea – 25.11.2020

On Wednesday 25th November, 2020 an explosion rocked the Greek operated crude oil tanker AGRARI docked at Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea port of Shuqaiq, Greek officials said, in an attack that a Riyadh led military coalition blamed on Yemeni rebels. The AGRARI was struck about one meter above the waterline and has suffered a breach,” …

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Naval Visits – FFG 50 USS TAYLOR – 17.02 – 21.02.2007

On Friday 17th February, 2007 at 1446 hrs the United States Navy Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate USS TAYLOR FFG 50 entered Grand Harbour, Malta for a 4 day Diplomatic Visit assisted by 2 Tug Malta tugs FELICA and PAWLINA. Ship is named for Commander Jesse J. Taylor (1925–1965), a naval aviator who was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his …

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Heavy Lift – Norwegian EAGLE and ALBATROS at Malta – Oct/Nov 2020

Semi-submersible heavy lift ships have a long and low well deck between a forward pilot house and an aft machinery space. In superficial appearance, it is somewhat similar to a dry bulker. Her ballast tanks can be flooded to lower the well deck below the water’s surface, allowing all type of vessels or other floating cargo to …

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Casualties – TINA I collides with grounded ship SHAHRAZ off Indonesia – 22.11.2020

On Sunday 22nd November, 2020 the containership TINA 1 grounded off Batam in Indonesia into another grounded containership SHAHRAZ that has been in the same position since 10th May, 2020. The 2004 Japanese built containership TINA I owned by Technomar Shipping of Greece and on charter to Maersk, ran aground near Batu Berhanti around 2340 …

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CMA CGM News – Launching TURKEY MED EXPRESS 2 (TMX 2 ) – 23.11.2020

CMA CGM is pleased to announce the implementation of TMX 2 – TURKEY MED EXPRESS 2, the fastest ever maritime bridge between Turkey, Italy, France & Algeria, a new Short Sea Med service starting December 16th, 2020 with vessel OPS HAMBURG TMX 2 features are the following: This TURKEY > ITALY / FRANCE Express service will provide new gateway …

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