Month: June 2021

Palumbo Malta Shipyard – Cruise Liner MSC FANTASIA from 09.06.2021 to 23.06.2021

Another MSC Crociere cruise liner seen in the second quarter of 2021 was the 2008 built MSC FANTASIA. She entered Grand Harbour on Wednesday 9th June at 0847 hrs coming from Augusta, Sicily berthing starboard side alongside at Parlatorio Wharf assisted by tug SEA SALVOR of which by 0938 hrs pilot was completed. On Wednesday 16th …

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Mgarr Harbour – DIAMANT – 08.07.2014

One of the ships that used to call at Mgarr Harbour, Gozo was the 79 metre long coaster DIAMANT. She was seen several times in our territorial waters calling for uplifting bunkers and Valletta (Grand Harbour). She was built in The Netherlands in 1985 by Ferus Smit Scheepswerf at Hoogezand with grey hull as WATUM trading …

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Cruise Liner News – Viking Cruises will relaunch Mediterranean cruise with two ships operating from Malta starting from July 2021

The 2021 built VIKING VENUS and the 2016 built VIKING SEA will both homeport at Valletta, Malta and offer two different 11-day itineraries between July and early October. Delivered in April, 2021 the VIKING VENUS is Viking’s newest ocean ship and will be christened in England on 17th May . In fact first time to see her …

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Offshore – Drillship TUNGSTEN EXPLORER at Malta – April 2019

One of the Ultra-Deepwater Drillships operated by the Houston-based offshore driller Vantage Drilling was the 2013 built BHS flag TUNGSTEN EXPLORER with a total length overall of 235 meters and could accommodate up to 200 people. The drillship could drill wells at depths up to 12,000 meters. During April 2019 she was spotted anchored at …

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Offshore – HAMAL sold and left Europe – 20.05.2021

On Thursday 20th May, 2021 the 2002 built Italian offshore tug/supply ship HAMAL left Grand Harbour for the last time at 1532 hrs with her new name as TEJA. Back to Wednesday 3rd February, 2021 at 2110 hrs she passed by 43.7 nautical miles offshore Malta underway to Constanta, Romania from Santa Cruz de Tenerife towing …

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RoRo Vessels – TYRUSLAND

One of the Swedish owned vessels that used to call at Malta mainly at the Malta Freeport at Marsaxlokk Harbour, Malta was the 1978 built TYRUSLAND. She was built in Japan by Mitsui Eng. & SB. Co Ltd at Chiba as yard number 1182 for Brostroms Rederi AB as TYRUSLAND from 1978 to 1984. She …

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Ships from Canada – KONECRANES 38 towed to US Navy Base – 30.05.2021

On Sunday 30th May, 2021 around 0945 hrs the 170 ton $55 million KONECRANES 38 known to local residents as THE BIG BLUE CRANE departed Manitowoc, Wisconsin towed. According to the Department of Transport (DOT), crane construction supported $55 million in revenue locally and is expected to grow $65 million annually. With plans to build …

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Maltese Islands – RAMLA L-HAMRA BAY – Gozo

RAMLA L-HAMRA (also referred to Ramla Bay) is Gozo’s largest sandy beach on the North coast of the island located at the bottom of a rich and fertile valley. The village of Xagħra, located on one of the hills of Gozo, overlooks this valley. It is about a forty minute walk from Xagħra to the bay. …

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Towage – FALISCA towing KAY (YARD 910) from Valletta, Malta – 18.03.2016

One of the most interesting Hull towages from Grand Harbour, Malta was of the 112 metre passenger ship YARD 910 known as KAY towed by the Italian tug FALISCA. She was built in Poland by Kommuny Paryskeij at Gdynia as Yard No B961/05. She was launched on 11th November 1989 and completed during April 1990 …

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Yachting – 2020 built yacht BLUE II at Malta – June 2021

One of the most interesting classic yachts around is the 2020 built 55.99 metre long yacht BLUE II based on sixties design. She was built by Turqoise Yachts at Tuzla, Turkey with steel hull and aluminium structure. This MLT flag beauty was seen moored at Manoel Island Marina at Marsamxett Harbour, Malta. With 2 C32 …

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