Belgium

Towage News – MSC acquires Rimorchiatori Mediterranei – 22.10.2022

MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) acquired the subholding of the Rimorchiatori Riuniti group active in the port towing business Rimorchiatori Mediterranei (65% owned by Rimorchiatori Riuniti which is owned by the Genoese families Gavarone and Delle Piane and 35% Deutsche Asset Management, of the Deutsche group Bank). The Genoese company Rimorchiatori Mediterranei, with a turnover of around …

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Research/Survey Vessel – GEO PROSPECTOR

One of FUGRO Marine Services vessels was the seismic research vessel GEO PROSPECTOR. She was built in Germany by Kremer Sohn at Elmshorn with yard number 1143 as PROSPEKTA in 1970 working for Prakla Seismos, Hannover and was managed by Sloman Neptun of Bremen, Germany until 1995. Then she traded as STEVNS CALYPSO until 1997 …

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Marine Construction – Belgian Herbosch-Kiere to lay cables for Bahrain – February 2022.

In 2021, the Flemish marine construction company Herbosch-Kiere, signed a contract for the installation of 3 x 66 kV submarine cables in shallow waters between Bahrain’s mainland and Hawar Island. The multi-purpose, self-propelled vessel ATLANTIS will carry out the works for Al-Gihaz Contracting, a Saudi Arabian construction company. The works start in February 2022 and …

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Ferry – 1975 built ELEGANT I

One of the Dover – Ostend route ferry, the PRINCESS MARIE CHRISTINE was scrapped in December 2011 and was seen as ELEGANT I. She was launched by Belliard Hoboken as the PRINCESSE MARIE CHRISTINE in 1975 as yard no 878  for Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT), Belgium on their  Ostend  to Dover  route. In 1987 she was repainted in …

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Breaking Up – Belgian Navy Command & Support Ship BNS GODETIA A 960 – September 2021.

On Friday 25th June, 2021 the Belgian Navy Command & Support Ship BNS GODETIA A 960 returned to Zeebrugge, Belgium after she completed her final deployment after spending 5 months patrolling the North Sea and the Baltic. 2 x Alouette III helicopters escorted BNS GODETIA as she entered Zeebrugge docks marking an end for both …

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Delivery Voyage – World’s Largest Civilian Hospital Ship GLOBAL MERCY at Malta – 02.09.2021.

On Thursday 2nd September, 2021 the world’s largest civilian hospital ship – GLOBAL MERCY entered Grand Harbour, Malta at 0709 hrs assisted by 1 tug berthing port side alongside Boiler Wharf. She arrived on Tuesday 31st August after 2200 hrs and was spotted drifting outside territorial waters around 43 nautical miles After several years of …

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Delivery – Damen built tugs VB FLANDES and VB SAMBA at Malta – 10.08.2021

On Tuesday 10th August, 2021 two Damen ART 80-32 built tugs VB FLANDES and VB SAMBA entered Grand Harbour, Malta during their delivery voyage. They left Al Hamriyah, United Arab Emirates on Saturday 17th July arriving at the Suez Anchorage, Egypt on Monday 2nd August. Both left the anchorage to transit via the Suez Canal …

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Palumbo Malta Shipyard – Dredger BREYDEL 10.06.2021 – 31.07.2021

The 2008 built Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) BREYDEL called at Grand Harbour, Malta on Thursday 10th June passing breakwaters at 1621 hrs coming from Abu Qir, Egypt. She berthed Port Side alongside Parlatorio Wharf and the following day on Friday 11th June at 0930 hrs she shifted 20 metres ahead assisted by tugboat SPINOLA. …

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Naval Visits – BNS LEOPOLD I – 06.05.2021

The second naval unit to visit the Maltese Islands during 2021 was the Karel Doorman Class Frigate F 930 LEOPOLD I  of the Marine Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. She was here on Thursday 6th May coming from Abu Dhabi passing breakwaters at 1014 hrs. Prior to 29th March 2007, the ship was known as HNLMS KAREL DOORMAN F …

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Vehicles Carrier – NIVIN

On Friday 26th February, 2021 the 1983 built vehicle carrier NIVIN called at Grand Harbour, Malta for the first time in 2021 since she’s been calling since 2018. She entered harbour assisted by tug SEA SALVOR at 0646 hrs coming from Khoms, Libya. She was built in Spain by Construcciones Navales Freire at Vigo as …

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