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Yachting – 156 m mega yacht DILBAR seized – 02.03.2022

On Wednesday 2nd March, 2022 the German Government seized the 4th longest yacht in the world – DILBAR as part of a series of sanctions on Russian oligarchs during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine owned by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov. DILBAR is named after Usmanov’s mother. Below is the first DILBAR launched in 2005 as a 66 …

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Ferry – GNV AZZURRA

One of the GNV’s (Grandi Navi Veloci) ferries around is the 1981 built ropax GNV AZZURRA. In the late 70s the Swedish shipbuilding industry was suffering from a downturn, with little to no ships in order from Swedish shipyards. To help the industry the Swedish Prime Minister Ola Ullsten persuaded Rederi AB Gotland to order new ferries from Öresundsvarvet …

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Yachting – Putin’s Superyacht GRACEFUL at Malta – 03.11.2020

On Tuesday 3rd November, 2020 the 82 metre 2014 built superyacht GRACEFUL entered Grand Harbour, Malta bound to Palumbo Malta Superyachts. It seems that she’s owned by the Russian President Vladimir Putin and homeported at Road Harbour with Virgin Islands flag (VGB). She was built at the Russian Sevmash Shipyard near Arkhangelsk, Sevmash is known for building nuclear …

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Cruise Liner News – Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is bringing her fleet home to Hamburg – 17.04.2020

STAY AT HOME is the global message of the moment. The Hamburg based cruise company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet which would normally be sailing the seven seas, is now heading for the waters of her home port. The 2018 built expedition ship the HANSEATIC NATURE returned to Hamburg last Monday 20th April. Her sister ship, the …

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MBL News – AMERA maiden call – 13.11.2019

The latest cruise ship for the German based Phoenix Reisen is the AMERA that made a maiden call to Valletta, Malta berthing at Pinto 1 and 2 wharves at the Valletta Cruise Port on Wednesday 13th November, 2019. AMERA was launched in 1988 as ROYAL VIKING SUN for the Royal Viking Line of which was …

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Naval News – FGS GORCH FOCK A 60 refit repair problems

The GORCH FOCK is a tall ship of the German Navy (Deutsche Marine). She is the second ship of that name and a sister ship of the Gorch Fock built in 1933. Both ships are named in honour of the German writer Johann Kinau who wrote under the pseudonym “Gorch Fock” and died in the battle of Jutland/Skagerrak in 1916. She is sometimes referred to (unofficially) as …

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Yachting – 126 metre OCTOPUS for sale – Sept 2019

During September 2019 the 126.2 metre Lürssen built superyacht OCTOPUS has been listed for sale. Commissioned by Microsoft co founder Paul Allen who died last year OCTOPUS is one of the largest superyachts in the world. Built in steel by German yard Lürssen and delivered in 2003, she remains one of the most impressive explorer yachts to …

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Naval Visits – MIRCEA – 24 to 24.07.2019

The Romanian Navy Sail Training Ship MIRCEA paid us a diplomatic visit again at Valletta from Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th July, 2019. She is a three masted barque built in 1938 by the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. She’s one of 6 with her sister ships are the GORCH FOCK 1 built …

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Yachting – Support Yacht GOLDEN SHADOW sold – 30.04.2019

After over 24 years under the same ownership, the 66.7 metre expedition support yacht GOLDEN SHADOW that was listed for sale in Monaco has been sold GOLDEN SHADOW  was built in steel and aluminium by Campbell Shipyards at San Diego in the United States in 1994 and delivered in 1995 as the first purpose designed …

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