Month: July 2021

Maltese Fortifications – Santa Cecilia Tower

One of the Limestone Towers in Gozo nowadays a Private Residence is Santa Cecilia Tower. Santa Cecilia Tower was built in 1613 by Fra Bernardo Macedonia, Commander of Artillery of the Order of St. John and the tower was able to communicate with the batteries at Ramla Bay as well as Mġarr ix-Xini Tower, so it could relay messages …

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Former Military – TREVOSE

A prototype General Service Launch built in UK for the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineeers of the British Army is still trading with her original name – TREVOSE. She was built in 1964 by Thornycroft, Southampton with 74 tons Displacement as a General Service Launch for the War Department Fleet, performing duties with the Royal …

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Palumbo Superyachts Refit – 55m yacht SAMAX – May to July 2021

A Dutch built lady – SAMAX which is not a newcomer to Malta recently was drydocked at Palumbo Superyachts. She entered Grand Harbour on Saturday 29th May at 0632 hrs coming from the Middle East via Suez berthing at Somerset Wharf. SAMAX was built by Feadship at the Royal Van Lent Shipyard as 775CLAIRE and …

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Naval Visits – ESPS PRINCIPE DE ASTURIAS R 11 – 16 to 17.03.2021

The only Spanish Navy (Armada Espanola) Aircraft Carrier that visited Malta so far is ESPS PRINCIPE DE ASTURIAS R 11. She entered Grand Harbour, Malta on Friday 16th March, 2007 around 0835 hrs piloted with the late harbour pilot Austin Vella. She was assisted by Tug Malta twin screw tugs FELICA and MARI. She berthed …

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Palumbo Malta Shipyard – Ropax JEAN NICOLI from 11.01.2020 to March 2020.

The second ropax from Corsica Lines to call at Palumbo Malta Shipyard was the 1998 built JEAN NICOLI. She entered Grand Harbour, Malta on Saturday 11th January, 2020 in the morning around 0955 hrs 4 days after the first ropax PASCAL PAOLI left the yard. She was built in 1998 by Fosen Mek Verksteder A/S, …

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Heavy Lift – 2009 built OXL FANTASY

One of the ships around the world that was trading with her name only for 2 months was the 2009 built OXL FANTASY. She was built in China by Jiangzhou Union Shipbuilding at Rui Chang as BELUGA FANTASY for Beluga Heavy Lift homeported at Monrovia (LBR Flag) trading until 7th May 2011 where she was …

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Local Shipping – Bunkering Tanker VANNA (1980 built)

One of the Go Fuels tanker that was used for bunkering purposes was the 1980 built VANNA. She was built in Germany by Busumer Schiffsweerft at Busum as the chemical/oil products tanker HELGA ESSBERGER built for John T. Essberger,  the pioneer of purpose-built parcel tankers and today is one of Europe’s leading operators of such tankers, …

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Containers – 223 m ship MAERSK BINTAN.

One of the South Korean built vessels for Maersk is the 2008 built 35,835 GRT container ship MAERSK BINTAN. She was built in South Korea by Hanjin Heavy Industries Co Ltd at Busan and her carrying capacity is 3,194 TEU. She’s 223.5 meters long with 32.2 meters beam. From 2008 to 2015 she was homeported …

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Yachting – 2017 built 74 m superyacht NEW SECRET at Malta again – 2021

One of the Amels built superyachts in the world, NEW SECRET was at Malta once again during May – July 2021. She was built in 2017 as Project 7402 by the Dutch shipbuilder Amels, the second unit in the Amels Limited Edition 242 range, which follows her sister ship PLVS ULTRA homeported at Georgetown (CYM …

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Tankers – Chemical/Oil Product Tanker TROODOS

One of the Japanese built tankers in the world seen offshore Malta was the 1979 built GEO flag and Cypriot owned tanker TROODOS. She was built in Japan by Shin Kochi Jyuko K.K. in 1979 as HAKKO MINERVA with yard no 1306 for Hakko Shoun KK & Daiichi Shoun KK trading until 1985 with Japanese …

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