Month: March 2021

Towage – Jack Up Oil Rigs ATWOOD AURORA and ATWOOD BEACON leaving Malta – March 2021

After Transport Minister Ian Borg announced in January 2021 that both jack up oil rigs ATWOOD AURORA and ATWOOD BEACON will be removed from Palumbo Malta Shipyards, it was time that both rigs vacate the berth, months after residents and activists protested about the laid up oil rigs. Intervening in the issue, the ombudsman confirmed …

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Cruise Liners – EMERALD PRINCESS

One of the Princess Cruises liners built in Italy is the EMERALD PRINCESS. EMERALD PRINCESS berthed at Pinto 4 and 5 wharves, Valletta Cruise Port at Grand Harbour, Malta back to 6th June 2015. She was launched from the Italian shipyard Fincantieri Monfalcone on 1st June, 2006 after she was ordered on 23rd September 2004 …

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Casualties – EVER GIVEN salvage operation update – 29.03.2021

After 6 days blocking the Suez Canal, the grounded mother container ship EVER GIVEN was partially freed around 0540 hrs ( 0340 UTC) . According to the Suez Canal Authority , the container ship is now fully afloat. Efforts will now get under way to restart shipping navigation, with more than 450 vessels waiting near …

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Casualties – EVER GIVEN aground in Suez Canal – 23.03.2021

On Tuesday 23rd March, 2021 the 2018 built 400 metre mother container ship EVER GIVEN grounded inside the Suez Canal affecting both way traffic and operation of the Suez Canal. As per the reports the ship was crossing the canal under the northbound convoy when the incident happened. No other ship was involved in any …

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CMA CGM News – FAK Rates – From the Mediterranean, Adriatic, North Africa & Black Sea to the Indian Subcontinent from 01.04.2021

Please find the new applicable CMA CGM Freight All Kinds (FAK) rates(*) as from April 1st, 2021 (date of loading in the origin ports) until further notice but not beyond April 30th, 2021 All images are of the 2015 South Korean built 398 metre long CMA CGM KERGUELEN entering Marsaxlokk Harbour bound to Malta Freeport Terminal 1 back to …

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Palumbo Malta Shipyard – ATLANTIC NORTH – 17.02 – 22.03.2021

On Wednesday 17th February, 2021 the 2002 built container ship ATLANTIC NORTH entered Grand Harbour, Malta bound to Factory Wharf at Palumbo Malta Shipyard. On Saturday 20th February she was spotted afloat in Dock 4 with bow afloat repairs. She was involved in an accident in Bejaia, Algeria back to last 5th December 2020 when …

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Yacht Transportation – PLANTIJNGRACHT – 15-18th March 2021.

On Monday 15th March, 2021 around 0740 hrs the 2010 built multi purpose (MPP) ship PLANTIJNGRACHT entered Grand Harbour, Malta on her maiden call bound to berth starboard side alongside at MMH Facilities for yacht discharging/loading operation coming from Palma Di Majorca. She was built in China by Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group at Shanghai for …

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Naval Visits- FS D’ENTRECASTEAUX A 757 – 01 – 03.12.1999

On Wednesday 1st December 1999 the Marine Nationale (French Navy) Oceanographic and Hydrographic Ship FS D’ENTRECASTEAUX A 757 entered Grand Harbour, Malta for a 3 day Diplomatic Visit berthing port side alongside at Viset (now Valletta Cruise Port) Pinto 4 Wharf. She was laid down in July 1969, launched on 30th May 1970 by DCN …

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Offshore – Vantage Drilling to manage Oil Exploration Units for Seadrill Partners – 22.03.2021

Vantage Drilling International has entered into an agreement with Seadrill Partners which will see Vantage will provide management , operating and marketing services to Seadrill Partners. The agreement relates to drill ships WEST CAPELLA and WEST POLARIS and the semi-submersible drilling rigs (ssdr) WEST LEO and WEST SIRIUS. Seadrill Partners is currently being reorganised after filing …

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Piracy – Denmark to deploy Naval Unit to Gulf of Guinea – March 2021

Expressing the serious concern about the maritime security situation in the Gulf of Guinea, the Danish government announced that it plans to deploy a frigate to the region in the fall of 2021. The decision to deploy a naval vessel to the region comes after the Danish Minister of Défense and shipping companies including Maersk …

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