Australia

Cruise Liner News – First cruise liner to dock at Wellington, New Zealand over 2 Years has active Covid-19 aboard on 25.10.2022

The first cruise liner in 2½ years to disembark passengers in Wellington at New Zealand had active Covid-19 aboard. The 2016 built 348 metre liner OVATION OF THE SEAS became the first cruise ship back into Wellington after 953 days on Tuesday 25th October, 2022 which has not been following current Covid isolation guidelines and …

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Cruise Liner News – COSTA LUMINOSA transferred to Carnival Cruise Line – 08.09.2022

Last Thursday 8th September , the 2009 built 294 metre long cruise liner COSTA LUMINOSA officially joined the Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) renamed as CARNIVAL LUMINOSA flying a PRT flag at Palermo, Sicily, Italy. In Palermo, Costa Capt. Nicolantonio Palombella handed over the ship to Carnival Capt. Adriano Binacchi, with additional leadership team members from …

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Passer By – Accomodation Ship EDDA FIDES – 19.02.2022

On Saturday 19th February, 2022 the 2011 built Accommodation Ship EDDA FIDES passed by the Maltese Islands while underway to Dampier, Australia. She was built in Spain by Estaleiro Barreras at Vigo with yard number 1664 with 130 metres length overall and 27 metres beam while her accommodation capacity is 600 people. EDDA FIDES while …

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Virtu Ferries – 42.2 metres High Speed Craft GOZO EXPRESS to join the fleet for Malta-Gozo route in Q1 of 2022.

On Thursday 13th January, 2022 Virtu Ferries announced it has purchased a new High Speed Craft at a cost of €7 million, for use on the Malta-Gozo route. The High Speed Craft (HSC) GOZO EXPRESS was designed by the Incat Crowther company of Australia. She is 42.2 m long and can carry 322 passengers in …

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Offshore – Icebreaking Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel (AHTS) AIVIQ

One of the Edison Chouest Offshore vessels is the 2012 built icebreaking anchor handling tug supply vessel AIVIQ. During July 2009, Edison Chouest Offshore won a $150 million contract for the construction of an icebreaking anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel for Royal Dutch Shell. The 110 metre vessel, largest ever built by the company, would be …

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Virtu Ferries – Spend your Public Holidays in Sicily – December 2021

During November/December 2021 Virtu Ferries announced a robust schedule and special fares for Easter and Summer 2022 operating with 2 High Speed Craft – JEAN DE LA VALETTE and SAINT JOHN PAUL II . Infact JEAN DE LA VALETTE did an engine refit worth Euro 8 million by the German Engine Manufacturers MTU. Sea Trials …

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Naval News – Final Days of HMAS SIRIUS O 266 – 22.11.2021

HMAS SIRIUS O 266 the former Greek tanker DELOS built in 2004 and purchased by the Royal Australian Navy and converted into a fleet replenishment vessel is in her final days prior to decommissioning in December 2021. DELOS was built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea as one from 6 of her class being built for the Greek Shipping Company Tsakos. She …

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RoRo Vessels – JOLLY EXPRESS

An interesting roro vessels operating in the Mediterranean Sea is the 1999 built JOLLY EXPRESS. Seen for the first time in November, 2020 where she uplifted bunkers at Bunkering Area 3 East, Malta she’s operating between Tunis, Naples and Gioia Tauro of which she’s calling at Malta Freeport too. She was built at South Korea …

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Bunkering – Former Australian roro ship now named JOLLY EXPRESS – 13.11.2020

An interesting roro ship formerly Australian owned by TOLL Group now named as JOLLY EXPRESS was seen uplifting bunkers at Bunkering Area 3 East, Malta on Thursday 12th/Friday 13th November 2020. She was built at South Korea by Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy Industries at Geoje as TASMANIAN ACHIEVER in 1999 for TOLL Transport based at …

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Anchor Handling Tug GO ACAMAR – Aerial Photography

On Wednesday 5th June 2013, the 2009 built Anchor Handling Tug (AHT) GO ACAMAR was photographed from the air by MALTA SHIP PHOTOS around 35 miles offshore Malta heading to her next port of call. She was built in China by Xinghai Shipyard at Weihai as EAGLE 1 until June for only a month where …

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