Month: July 2022

Tanker News – Captain Joseph Hazelwood, Former Master of the Exxon Valdez, Passes Away – July 2022

Captain Joseph Jeffrey Hazelwood, the Master of the crude oil tanker EXXON VALDEZ when she ran aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound near Valdez, Alaska on 24th March 1989, has passed away at the age of 75. The EXXON VALDEZ  spill is the second largest in U.S. waters, after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in …

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Offshore News – Maersk Supply Service (MSS) sells three laid-up vessels for scrap – May 2022

During May 2022 Maersk Supply Service (MSS) has taken the decision to recycle three of her older vessels that have been laid up in Fredericia, Denmark. These were MAERSK ATTENDER, MAERSK HELPER and MAERSK WINNER with all of them towed to Fornæs yard in Grenaa for recycling. Commenting on the sale, Mark Handin, Maersk Supply Service …

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Naval News – EUNAVFOR Operation Irini nets embargo buster – 18.07.2022

Last Monday 18th July the EUNAVFOR MED Operation IRINI found cargo in breach of the United Nations (UN) arms embargo on Libya on the ro/ro vessel VICTORY RORO after she was spotted by French Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). She has been on the radar for a while when she delivered military vehicles to the country …

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Fishing Vessels – Maltese Fishing Support Workboat GANG PIL LEE

One of the Spanish built vessels trading in Malta is the 2002 built 25.23 metres long fishing support workboat GANG PIL LEE. She was built at Astilleros Nodosa at Marin Shipyard, Spain as yard number 247 and named as AJD 1 for the Maltese Blue Fin Tuna farming Venture AJD Tuna that was established in …

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Local Shipping – 1939 built tug SABU

One of the Dutch built vessels serving around the Maltese Islands was the 1939 built 21.67 metre single screw tug SABU. During the Golden Days all tugs were named by taking the first letters of the owner’s name, Salvatore (SA), and the first letter of his surname, Bezzina (B) and then adding a vowel infact …

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Yachting – GENE MACHINE and GENE CHASER at Malta – July 2022

On Tuesday 5th July the 55 metre superyacht GENE MACHINE and her 55 metre support yacht GENE CHASER entered within territorial waters coming from Ibiza, Spain bound to Grand Harbour Marina mooring stern to St. Angelo Wharf. First one to enter was GENE CHASER at 1107 hrs. Originally built as BLUE OCEAN in 2020 by …

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Pipe Laying – CASTORONE at Sakarya Gas Field – July 2022

Sakarya gas field, which is operated by Turkish Petroleum, is claimed to be the largest discovery in the Black Sea. It is located within the 7,000km² block AR/TPO/KD/C26-C27-D26-D27 in the ultra-deep waters in the western Black Sea, approximately 175km offshore Eregli, Turkey. In November 2021 it was announced that the Italian oilfield services company Saipem …

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AFM – Limpet Mines removed from Palestine Liberation Organization yacht ANGEL – 21.08.1987

After the Lebanon War the Israeli government was rather confident to secure the last strategic peace with the northern neighbour. To the Israeli Navy, Hezbollah at first was no enemy. The terrorists acted only in Lebanon and ashore of which they had no boats at their disposal and no move to carry out terror attacks …

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Casualties – Medevac by French Navy after MSC RACHELE explosion – June 2022

On Tuesday 21st June, 2022 around 0900 hrs the Regional Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) in Toulon, France received a distress call from the 334 metre containership MSC RACHELE that due to engine room fire , followed by an explosion 3 injured crew members needed a medical evacuation (Medevac). She was sailing between Naples and the …

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Local Shipping – Luzzu Cruises LADY SHELLEY

One of the 6 vessels operated by the Family run Luzzu Cruises is the 1997 built 24.7 metres long glass bottom (the ONLY one in the Maltese Islands) catamaran hull passenger boat LADY SHELLEY. She was acquired in 2019 bought from the family run ferry company Biosfera Express based on the Island of La Graciosa …

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