British Built

Towage – CMS SEALION towing barge SANTORINI III – 17.05.2012

On Thursday 17th May 2012 the 1974 built MLT flag and owned tug CMS SEALION towing the 52 metres VCT flag barge SANTORINI III entered Grand Harbour, Malta coming from Tripoli, Libya. CMS SEALION was built in 1973 by Richards (Shipbuilders) Ltd, Crownworks, Lowestoft, UK (Yard no 515) as RALPH CROSS for Tees Towing Co, Middlesbrough, UK …

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Special Purpose Vessels – ITF Exhibition and Campaign Vessel GLOBAL MARINER at Malta – 1999

Founded in 1896, the International Transport Workers Federation better known as ITF is a confederation of 500 transport workers unions in 125 countries, representing 5 million workers in every branch of transport. During March 1998 a former Bank Line ship was purchased for $3 million and refurbished for a worldwide tour to raise public awareness …

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Tugboat – 1958 built tug BEAUFORT SPIRIT

One of the British built tugs trading in the United Kingdom (UK) Area seen in Malta was the 1958 built tug BEAUFORT SPIRIT. She was built by Henry Lobb at Leith, Scotland as yard number 467 launched on 3rd April 1958 and completed during May the same year of which she was delivered to Leith …

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Yachting – Saudi Superyacht SARAFSA dispute Pits Credit Suisse Against Gulf Prince – January 2022

A Swiss bank is pursuing a Saudi prince in court over claims he failed to pay back millions in interest and loans he took out to refinance his English mansion and his superyacht – SARAFSA. Credit Suisse Group AG claims that Prince Fahad Bin Sultan, the governor of Saudi Arabia’s Tabuk province, failed to repay roughly $78million …

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Malta Drydocks – Vessels VRISSI and BREITENBURG for repairs after collision – March 1996.

On Saturday 16th March 1996 the 1974 built SD 14 cargo ship VRISSI collided with the 1982 built BREITENBURG in good conditions, close to Cap Bon, near Tunis, Tunisia. BREITENBURG suffered extensive bow damage and made it to Grand Harbour for repairs at Malta Drydocks (MDD) seen below here in April 1996. VRISSI in disabled …

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Former Military – Maltese Fishing Vessel MADONNA TA POMPEI F 14

One of the former British Forces vessels left in Malta and acquired for various services was the Harbour Defence Motor Launch (HDML) ML 1271 built in 1943 by and used as the fishing vessel MADONNA TA POMPEI F 14. As HDML’s their numbers were from ML 1001 to ML 1600, designed by the Admiralty and …

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Research/Survey Vessel – NORTHELLA

One of the ships that sent to war during the Falklands Crisis in 1982 was the 1973 built ship NORTHELLA. She was built at Clelands Shipbuilding Co Ltd at Willington Quay, Wallsend,Tyne, UK with yard number as 325 for J Marr & Sons Ltd as the fishing vessel NORTHELLA with fishing matricola H206 at Hull, …

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Breaking Up – 4 Italian Navy Units loaded on YACHT EXPRESS – 19.08.2021

An Interesting operation by a semi submersible vessel done at Augusta, Sicily was the DYT Yacht transport vessel YACHT EXPRESS that loaded 4 x decommissioned Italian Navy Units for breaking up at Aliaga, Turkey. The 4 naval units were – Toti Class (1075 Type) Submarine – ITS ATTILIO BAGNOLINI S 505 commissioned on 16th June …

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Offshore News – 7 Solstad Vessels Sold For Scrapping – 05.10.2021

Solstad Offshore has sold seven older vessels for green recycling in Norway (Green Yard Feda and Green Yard Kleven) as part of the company’s rescue plan, which involves a divestment of 37 ships. The seven vessels are – FAR SOVEREIGN built by Langsten Slip & Batbyggeri, Norway as yard number 122 in 1999. Homeport is …

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Breaking Up – 1971 built fishing vessel MAR NOVA

One of the former local vessels that were broken up this year in 2021 , was the former stern trawler F 301 CARMELA named as MAR NOVA. Built in UK by W. R. Cunis Ltd., Woolwich as FARID with yard no 667 completed for Mohammed Javed Motoghri, Iran. After several ownerships she was brought to …

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