Area 4

Broken Up – Russian Icebreaker KIGORIAK – April 2022

The 1979 Canadian built Icebreaker KIGORIAK was spotted beached at Alang, India to be broken Up. She was built by Saint John Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company for Canadian Marine Drilling (Canmar) in 1979 as the CANMAR KIGORIAK. She was the first commercial icebreaking vessel developed to support offshore oil exploration in the Beaufort Sea. …

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Towing Assistance – TUGRA required tug after dragging anchor and rudder malfunction – 01.02.2022

On Tuesday 1st February, 2022 around 1420 hrs the 80 metre general cargo ship TUGRA reported to Valletta VTS that she’s dragging anchor and Not In Command and requested a tugboat for assistance. TUGRA radio officer advised both bunkering tankers ENDO SIROCCO and SANTA MARIA regarding the situation. At 1440 hrs the anchored bunkering tanker …

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – 230 m bulker PAN UNITY with rescued souls at Malta – 28.12.2021

On Tuesday 28th December, 2021 the 2012 built 230 metre bulker PAN UNITY arrived at Bunkering Area 4 (Sheltered Area in North Westerly Wind) for rendezvous position taking place of the 141 m tanker FOREST PARK which completed uplifting bunkers and her bunkering tanker SCOT MUNCHEN. She had rescued souls aboard that were in distress …

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Tanker News – JAL PARI detained with Court Warrant at Malta – 19.08.2021

On Thursday 19th August, 2021 at 1427 hrs the 1998 built chemical/oil products tanker JAL PARI received instructions from Valletta VTS that she can’t heave up anchors after the completion of bunkers due that a court warrant (1253/21) was issued. She was uplifting bunkers at Bunkering Area 4 with the bunkering tanker BALLUTA BAY. At …

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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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Offshore – Drillship TUNGSTEN EXPLORER at Malta – April 2019

One of the Ultra-Deepwater Drillships operated by the Houston-based offshore driller Vantage Drilling was the 2013 built BHS flag TUNGSTEN EXPLORER with a total length overall of 235 meters and could accommodate up to 200 people. The drillship could drill wells at depths up to 12,000 meters. During April 2019 she was spotted anchored at …

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Vehicle Carriers – SEA AMAZON H

On Saturday 16th January, 2021 around 1350 hrs the 1995 built vehicle carrier SEA AMAZON H was spotted underway to Tarragona, Spain after completing uplifting bunkers at Bunkering Area 4. She was built in Japan by Shin Kochi Heavy Industries at Kochi as YUTOKU MARU trading until January 2004, RoRo HIDAKA trading for 11 months …

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – Livestock Carrier TALIA saga – 08.07.2020

On Sunday 5th July 2020 the 52 rescued illegal immigrants that are onboard the livestock carrier TALIA in Maltese territorial waters have not been allowed to disembark by the Government until it has guarantees from other EU member states on their immediate relocation. According to the TALIA’s crew RCC Malta promised to transfer the rescued …

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – EUROPA II had to return to Valletta due to immigrants mutiny aboard – 06.06.2020

The Italian built short sea ferry boat EUROPA II had to enter Grand Harbour, Malta on Saturday 6th June, 2020 after the 160 illegal immigrants threatened the crew aboard including putting the boat on fire by gathering sleeping bags with gas. She left Bunkering Area 4 of which she shifted from Hurd Bank around 1020 …

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Bunkering – Tugboat LUCAYA – 19.05.2020

On Tuesday 19th May, 2020 the 1991 built tugboat LUCAYA called for bunkers coming from Casablanca, Morocco on her way to Chornomorsk, Ukraine with ETA on Saturday 30th May. She was built in Japan by Hanasaki Zosensho KK at Yokosuka as yard no 225 and owned/operated for Daito Unyu KK (Daito Transportation Co.Ltd.) in Tokyo …

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