Month: February 2022

Ukraine Crisis – Russian Navy captured Ukrainian SAR tug in Ukrainian waters – 26.02.2022

With unconfirmed reports that the Ukrainian Navy was destroyed by the Russian forces , the Russian Navy captured the Ukrainian SAR tug SAPFIR off Zmeiniy Island known also as Snake Island. SAPFIR berthed at Grand Harbour, Malta in 1989. Her communication was lost and she was deployed in unspecified mission in Ukraine SAR Region . …

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Marine Construction – Belgian Herbosch-Kiere to lay cables for Bahrain – February 2022.

In 2021, the Flemish marine construction company Herbosch-Kiere, signed a contract for the installation of 3 x 66 kV submarine cables in shallow waters between Bahrain’s mainland and Hawar Island. The multi-purpose, self-propelled vessel ATLANTIS will carry out the works for Al-Gihaz Contracting, a Saudi Arabian construction company. The works start in February 2022 and …

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Casualties – 4th body recovered from Ropax EUROFERRY OLYMPIA update no 1 – 24.02.2022

On Thursday 24th February, 2022 rescue crews have recovered a fourth body from the ropax EUROFERRY OLYMPIA that caught fire while sailing from Igoumenitsa, Greece to Brindisi, Italy last Friday 18th February. The body was found in the ship third garage, Greek Authorities said, bringing the total number of unaccounted passengers to seven. Earlier authorities …

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Broken Up – Greenpeace Ship ESPERANZA – 21.02.2002

After 2 decades the Greenpeace ship ESPERANZA has arrived at the port of Gijon, in Spain on Saturday 12th February, 2002 for recycling procedures by DDR Vessels XXI, one of the 2 companies specialised in ship recycling authorised by the EU. She was built in Poland by Stocznia Polnocna at Gdansk as yard number B98/04 …

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Ukraine Crisis – Russian Navy building up around Ukraine – 21.02.2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow does not want a war in Europe amid rising tensions over Ukraine but demanded that the issue of Kyiv’s relationship with NATO be resolved in its entirety immediately. Speaking at a joint news conference on Tuesday 15th February, 2022 after talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Putin said Russia had …

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Valletta Cruise Port – Cruise liner BOLETTE first 2022 Scheduled Call – 19.02.2022

On Saturday 19th February, 2022 at 0805 hrs the 22 year old lady BOLETTE called again at Grand Harbour, Malta marking her first call for this year 3 months after her maiden call (13.11.2021) Like last November her last port of call was Cartagena, Spain and she proceeded to berth at Pinto 1 and 2 …

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Casualties – Vehicle Carrier FELICITY ACE fire – 16.02.2022

On Wednesday 16th February, 2022 the 2005 built 200 metres long vehicle carrier carrying various cargo including 1,100 Porsches and 189 Bentleys amongst nearly 4,000 vehicles caught fire about 200 miles from Terceira Island in the Azores. The Portuguese Navy (Marinha Portuguese) airlifted the 22 crew members which abandoned the ship and survived. Meanwhile the …

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Naval News – Russian Navy Modernise frigate – February 2022

United Shipbuilding Corporation’s (USC) Yantar Baltic Shipbuilding Plant has completed modernisation work on the Russian Navy’s Project 11540 Yastreb (Hawk) frigate NEUSTRASHIMYY F 712 . The ship has already begun undergoing acceptance trials in the Baltic Sea. After 30 days of trials, she will be redelivered to the Russian Baltic Fleet. F 712 RFS NEUSTRASHIMYY …

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Casualties – Fire breaks out on ropax EUROFERRY OLYMPIA with 290 souls on board – 18.02.2022

On Friday 18th February, 2022 around 0224 UTC the 1995 built ropax EUROFERRY OLYMPIA with 239 passengers and 51 crew members while she was on her way to Brindisi Port from the Greek city of Igoumenitsa fire broke out near the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea. near the island of Corfu in the …

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