Sale – BULLET 1 and SEA PATRON on sale by Transport Malta – March 2021

Transport Malta is selling the Offshore Tug/Supply Ship SEA PATRON and the self propelled barge BULLET 1 tale quale currently berthed at Bridge Wharf, Grand Harbour.

The Offshore Tug/Supply Ship SEA PATRON was built in Singapore in 1983 as the SMIT SUMATERA trading until April 2010. She was bought by E Marine Ltd (Part of Polidano Group) and renamed SANCTE IOSEPH of which she did various works including towing concrete slabs from Sicily to Gozo during the LIDL Bargain Store construction at Victoria, Gozo and the Libyan Navy Corvette 212 AL HANI from Benghazi, Libya towards Cassar Ship Repair Yard at Malta trading until 17th April 2014 where she was bought by Patron Group, Malta and renamed SEA PATRON. With the current name she did various works including the salvage operation of the semi-submersible drilling rig (ssdr) ATWOOD SOUTHERN CROSS at the rig area, south of Malta, towages of former CNAN ( Algeria National Shipping) general cargo ships from Algeria to the breakers at Turkey and others.

The self propelled barge BULLET 1 was built in Italy in 1984 with a length of 31 metres, beam of 8 metres and maximum draught of 2 metres she had 125 GRT. She had bow ramps together with 2 Spud Legs. Machinery was 1 x Fiat Diesel OM828/M engine with output of 275.74 HP and maximum speed was 8 knots.

She was used for various reasons including with the fireworks Festival and back in 2017 where the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) organised a clean up campaign at Comino. A fleet of trucks were used to carry out the cleaning up process as a move to improve the island’s natural environment. The work was carried out by ERA in cooperation with PARKS against a background of actions and enforcement to remove bulky waste from various zones which had been accumulating for years, a result of intensive cleansing and removal of waste which in recent years has been illegally dumped on the small island as well as taking action to protect the sand dunes in Santa Marija Bay.

The above vessels may be viewed at their current berth till Monday 22nd March from 0900-1200 hrs and those interested in viewing they are required to call on 2555 5857 to obtain security clearance and offers are to be sent to [email protected] by not later than Wednesday 24th March, 2021.

Today on Saturday 20th March around 1450 hrs the tugs CMS SEALION and CMS SEACAT together with the Libyan vessel NOUR II shifted from the vessels currently berthing place towards Flagstone Wharf.

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Published – Saturday 20th March, 2021.