Maltese Fishing Vessels – MFA 298 MANWEL

One of the German built fishing trawlers that used to be part of the Maltese Fishing Fleet was the 1974 built MANWEL with fishing matricola as F 298.

She was built by Martin Jansen GmbH & Co KG, Leer with yard number 112 and completed in Danmark as the Danish Side Fishing Trawler WESTBOUND homeported in Esbjerg (DAN Flag) and fishing matricola as E 432 trading until 1975 where she was renamed as MEKKI trading for few months of which she was acquired by the Maltese Libyan Fishing Co and renamed WAHOUD. Interesting to know that Malta and the Libyan Arab Jamahirija agreed to establish a joint venture fishing company in September 1978. In 1980 she was renamed MANWEL with her berth was always at the former Torpedo Depot in Msida which was demolished in May 1987.

She was rebuilt with 227 GRT and emerged wearing white hull livery and berthing at Mifsud Verandah with fishing matricola as MFA 298 (Below images in 2006) –

In 2008 she was spotted with a blue cheat line on her hull and a large painted matricola whilst berthed at Bridge Wharf and Ta’ Liesse.

In 2010 she was spotted in two colours – Light Blue & White and used to berth as well at Boiler Wharf.

On Tuesday 16th April, 2013 she reported that she was sinking whilst berthed at Ta’Liesse of which the Civil Protection Department (CPD) responded both from land and sea using the fireboat GARIBALDI.

From time to time one could see the vessel leaving or entering Valletta.

And on Friday 26th March 2021 the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg said that Transport Malta, together with Infrastructure Malta, has undertaken a number of projects set up to regenerate the harbour, thus improving not only the services that can be offered but also the flexibility that the harbour can fully offer the shipping industry in Malta. The minister said this while encountering an operation being carried out of the MFC 5299 MANWEL lifted by MMH Traveller Crane after being shifted from Church Wharf.

Since then she was being broken up at the MMH Facilities –

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Published – Saturday 12th June, 2021