Month: May 2021

Local Shipping – Tugboat LIENI leaving Malta after 30 years – 30.05.2021.

On Sunday 30th May, 2021 the 28 metre Twin Screw Azimuthing Ulstein Z-Peller Stern Drive Tugboat LIENI left Grand Harbour breakwaters for the last time at 0616 hrs bound to Augusta, Sicily. Images by Capt. Alexei Borg She was built in 1991 as GOLDEN PHOENIX TUG by Tai Kong Trading Company, Singapore as yard number TK-178 …

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Livestock Ships – SHORTHORN EXPRESS

One of the 14 Vroon Livestock owned ships around is the 1998 built SHORTHORN EXPRESS. She was built in the Netherlands by Van Diepen Shipyard at Waterhuizen in 1998 with 5 decks and 3,841 m² cattle and sheep gross pen area with 570m² as deck space fodder with a length overall of 116.59 metres and …

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Fishing – Fishing Vessels Movements from 22.05 – 29.05.2021

Maltese aquaculture produce is almost entirely exported to European and Asian markets. Over 65 percent of annual landings originates from the tuna and dolphin fish fisheries, which contribute about 56 percent in value terms (about US$ 6 million). Blue Fin Tuna (BFT) Season is on the way too. Here are some of Week 20/21 interesting movements – …

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Virtu Ferries – High Speed Passenger Service Malta – Gozo – June 2021

After last March, 2021 the Hon Minister Ian Borg, and the Hon Minister Clint Camilleri announced the liberalisation of the High Speed Passenger Ferry Service between Gozo and Malta, Virtu Ferries welcomed the news and given the green light by Transport Malta to operate on the new route. Given the short notice between the announcement …

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Palumbo Malta Shipyard – Cruise Liner MSC MUSICA 08.05.2021 – 27.05.2021

Another MSC Crociere liner that was seen twice in 2021 at Palumbo Malta Shipyards (Leaving on 9th April and 6th May) once again the 15 year old lady MSC MUSICA entered Grand Harbour on 8th May at 0707hrs this time for drydocking inside Dock 6. MSC MUSICA is the leading ship of her class – built …

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CMA CGM News – Cargo from/to North Europe to/from the Mediterranean & Black Sea from 01.06.2021

Considering current steady volumes amplified with substantially increased system costs, CMA CGM revises its Peak Season Surcharge: This PSS will apply as follows: Origin/Destination : From/to all North/West European ports to/from the Mediterranean (including all Morocco ports) & Black Sea Cargo : all types Amounts USD 300/EUR 300/GBP 300 per 20′ | USD 600/EUR 600/GBP 600 per 40′ …

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Maltese Islands – Dahlet Qorrot at Gozo

DAHLET QORROT is a small inlet found in the northern cliffs of Gozo, between Qala and Nadur. In this bay with a tiny gravel beach you can find several boathouses which had been dug in the soft limestone with Maltese Traditional Coloured Doors. Public Restrooms are opened all year round while during the Summer Season there’s also a small …

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Palumbo Malta Shipyard – Cruise Liner MSC ORCHESTRA 18.05.2021 – 26.05.2021.

Since MSC Cruises bought 50 % stake in Palumbo Malta Shipyards back to July 2020 , more MSC Crociere liners are calling to the yard. On Tuesday 18th May, 2021 the 2007 built 294 metres long liner MSC ORCHESTRA coming from Brindisi, Italy entered Grand Harbour, Malta at 0819 hrs bound to Dock 4. At …

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Maltese Fortifications – Mgarr ix-Xini Tower

MGARR IX-XINI TOWER is the largest of the coastal watchtowers that the Knights of Malta erected on the island of Gozo. It watches over the entrance to the bay of Mġarr ix-Xini. Mġarr ix-Xini Tower was completed by June 1661, to a plan by Mederico Blondel. It cost an estimated 857 scudi, which were financed by the Gozo University. The design …

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Offshore – 2 POSH vessels in a week at Malta – May 2021.

PACC Offshore Services Holdings (POSH) is the largest Asia based international operator of offshore support vessels, and one of the top five globally with a young and diverse fleet of over 100 offshore vessels servicing multiple segments of the offshore oil and gas value chain.  POSH is headquartered in Singapore and listed on the Mainboard of the …

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