Australian Built

State Visit – Pope Francis at Gozo – 02.04.2022

Malta welcomed His Holiness Pope Francis during his Apostolic visit to the country from Saturday 2nd April to Sunday 3rd April of which on Saturday 2nd April he visited the sister island of Gozo. The island of Gozo was wearing Holy Week dress and Vatican City Flags mounted on road roundabouts, balconies, roof flagpoles etc …

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Virtu Ferries – MARIA DOLORES at Mgarr Harbour, Gozo – 22.03.2022.

Two years after the largest catamaran operating in the Mediterranean and the second largest in the world SAINT JOHN PAUL II entered Mgarr Harbour, Gozo last Monday 2nd March, 2020 it was the turn for the Austal built 68.4 metres long High Speed Craft MARIA DOLORES to enter Mgarr Harbour, preparations for the Pope Francis Apostolic Visit …

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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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Delivery – 96 metre High Speed Craft INCAT 050 at Malta – July 2008

On Friday 11th July,2008 afternoon the 96 metre High Speed Craft INCAT 050 entered Grand Harbour, Malta after finishing her charter to the United States Navy as JOINT VENTURE HSV-XI.  INCAT 050 was one of six 96 metre (WPC 96) catamarans built by Incat, Australia in 1998. Under the name DEVIL CAT, she operated for a …

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Delivery – CARMEN ERNESTINA for Venezuela – 16.07.1999

One of the 7 Austal built High Speed Craft Auto Express 86 that called at Grand Harbour, Malta during her delivery voyage was the 1999 built CARMEN ERNESTINA calling on Friday 16th July, 1999 berthing at Pinto 1 wharf, VISET (Now Valletta Cruise Port) on her way to Venezuela. Built as Hull 95 with 86.6 …

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Built in Malta – Power Plant LADY OF VICTORIES – 2007

On Tuesday 17th April, 2007 a 4,500-tonne Power Plant Pontoon LADY OF VICTORIES was launched at the Malta Shipbuilding Co Ltd (MSCL) part of the Malta Shipyards. She was built for AGIP, ABB and Rolls Royce with four gas-operated turbines which generate 140 MW of electricity. The work had been praised by her owners – …

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Virtu Ferries – JEAN DE LA VALETTE joining SAINT JOHN PAUL II on Malta-Pozzallo Route from May 2021.

Due to social distance and safety measures of the Pandemic Disease COVID-19, lately the Austal built High Speed Craft JEAN DE LA VALETTE has joined the Incat built High Speed Craft SAINT JOHN PAUL II in Valletta – Pozzallo route. This service was started on Friday 14th May, 2021 when SAINT JOHN PAUL II left …

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Virtu Ferries – JEAN DE LA VALETTE to operate to Catania from March 2021 – 17.12.2020

Earlier this month an effective handshake between Virtu Ferries and the South East Sicily Chamber of Commerce was done to plan the restart of tourism and related businesses, starting from the activation of a high-speed transport service, able to connect Catania to Malta on a daily basis, returning to Catania. Malta which is already daily …

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Preserved Ships – HMAS VAMPIRE D 11 (Australia)

HMAS VAMPIRE D 11 was the third of three Australian built Daring class destroyers serving in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). One of the first all welded ships built in Australia, she was laid down 1 st July 1952 and launched 27th October 1956 at Cockatoo Island Dockyard where she was commissioned into the Navy on 23rd June 1959. Between laying down and completion, …

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Icebreaker – AURORA AUSTRALIS final voyage – 17.03.2020

The final operational voyage of Australia’s Antarctic icebreaker AURORA AUSTRALIS left Hobart last week for the sub Antarctic Macquarie Island. The ship’s last trip south, after 31 years of service to the Australian Antarctic Program, will be a two week voyage to resupply Macquarie Island and transport expeditioners. She was built by Carrington Slipways in Tomago, New …

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