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Towage – MUSTANG towing tanker ANWAAR AL KHALIJ to Malta for repairs – 30.07.2022

On Saturday 30th July the 2009 built 30.80 metres anchor handling tug MUSTANG towing the 2005 built LBY flag and owned 164.45 metre Double Hull chemical/oil products tanker ANWAAR AL KHALIJ approached Grand Harbour to hand over the latter to local tugs so she can enter Valletta towed for rudder repairs at Palumbo Malta Shipyard …

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Port Closure – Grand Harbour, Marsamxett & Marsaxlokk Harbour Closed due to fog and no visibility – 17.05.2022

On Tuesday 17th May, 2022 early morning from around 0500 hrs Valletta VTS decided to close Grand Harbour, Marsamxett & Marsaxlokk Harbour due to heavy fog with no visibility. This resulted with the grounding of the workboat RUSAND for few minutes with no injuries and very slight damage at Taqtiegha ta Delimara, few metres away …

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Casualties – Ship XELO sank after running aground off Tunisia – 16.04.2022

On Friday 15th April, 2022 the 1977 built 59 metre ship XELO issued distress signal reporting water ingress, flooded engine room, after she ran aground at the Gulf of Gabes, Tunisia . All 7 crew (2 Azerbaijanis, 4 Turkish and Georgian captain ) were reportedly rescued and hospitalised for checks and currently in a hotel. …

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Casualties – Military Sealift Command Chartered tug SEA EAGLE and barge ran aground – 03.02.2022

U.S. Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale and Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations crews rescued four people from the 70-foot tugboat SEA EAGLE and the flat top barge she was towing after they ran aground on beach near Boca Raton, Florida, on Thursday 3rd February. SEA EAGLE’s crew sent out a mayday call on Thursday …

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Casualties – Cargo Ship KALELI ANA aground – 19.12.2021

On Sunday 19th December the 1976 built 101 metre Cargo Ship KALELI ANA ran aground while loaded with 6,554 tons of corn from Reni, Ukraine on her way to Famagusta, Cyprus. The accident occurred on the left bank of the Sulinsky Canal, Romania due to a problem of the steering system. Regular shipping traffic continued …

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Greek Shipping – Festival Cruises Liner MISTRAL

Festival Cruises (known as First European Cruises or First Choice Cruises in North America) was a Greece based cruise line that operated between 1994 and 2004. It was founded in 1992 by the Greek entrepreneur George Poulides using second-hand ships. The company acquired three newbuilt ships between 1999 and 2002, but was forced to declare bankruptcy in 2004. Festival Cruises acquired their first …

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – Fishing vessel with 400 souls ran aground while entering Pozzallo Port – 09.11.2021

On Tuesday 9th November, 2021 after 2100 hrs with Easterly Wind blowing 20 knots a wooden stern fishing trawler packed with 400 souls ran aground whilst entering Pozzallo Port scrambling all Law Enforcements units including commercial tugboats. Weather conditions were hampering the situation with the strong wind and sea very rough of which at one …

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Casualties – Catamaran SAN GWANN refloated after running aground – 31.08.2021

On Saturday 28th August, 2021 evening the High Speed Craft SAN GWANN belonging to the German shipping company FRS was en route from Ibiza to Formentera when she ran aground on the islet of Es Malvins Pla , Ibiza. There were 35 passengers and 12 crew members on board and 25 personnel were injured including a 10 yo boy …

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Casualties – Lebanese ship SEA BIRD loaded with grain sunk with no fatalities – 28.08.2021

On Saturday 28th August, 2021 early morning the 1985 built general cargo ship SEA BIRD homeported at Lome (TGO Flag) sank in Cretan Sea east of Greek peninsula after she ran aground. She was underway from Ukraine to Tunisia with 7,000 tons of wheat on board. Large scale SAR was launched, with all 16 Syrian …

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Bookships – GBA Ships 50 Years of Service at Sea – 2021

GBA Ships is celebrating 50 years of Service at Sea this year, 2021. Serving others with ocean-going ships began in 1970 with the purchase of the original LOGOS. Since then the ships (LOGOS, DOULOS, LOGOS II and LOGOS HOPE) have visited over 500 different ports in more than 150 countries and territories and welcomed over …

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