Capt. Lawrence Dalli

Broken Up – Salvage Tug SALVAGE TITAN – December 2022

One of the famous Dutch built ocean going salvage tug SALVAGE TITAN was broken up at Kaohsiung, Taiwan last December 2022. She was built by Verolme Shipyard – Heusen; Netherlands with yard number 934 for Smit International Rotterdam as SMIT NEW YORK. Below image is while she was berthed at the old Medserv Base at …

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Drug Bust – Spanish police seize $114 Million in cocaine from Livestock Carrier ORION V – 26.01.2023

On Thursday 26th January, 2023 Spanish Police seized 4.5 tonnes of cocaine with an estimated street value of €105 Million ($114 Million) after raiding the livestock carrier ORION V off the Canary Islands. The Police arrested the 28 crew members on the Togo flag (TGO) ship, which had been trailed from Colombia in an operation …

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Casualties – New probe into ferry ESTONIA sinking reveals construction flaws – Jan 2023

A new investigation into the sinking of ferry ESTONIA that claimed 852 souls in 1994 revealed flaws in her bow visor construction missed during her certification, officials said on Monday 23rd January 2023. Built at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, West Germany as yard number 590 she was launched on 26th April,1980 and in service on …

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Seismic – PGS awarded work in the Mediterranean – Jan 2023

Norwegian offshore seismic acquisition specialist PGS has won a new 3D survey contract in the Mediterranean region. The 2017 built Titan Class vessel RAMFORM HYPERION will be used. Infact we saw her in Malta twice within few months, first in October 2022 berthed port side alongside at Pinto 3 Wharf, part of Valletta Cruise Port …

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Broken Up – Tug CHRISTOS XXII – 2021

The 1972 built single hull oceangoing salvage tug CHRISTOS XXII was broken up at Aliaga, Turkey during December 2021. She was built at H.H. Bodewes at Millingen in the Netherlands as yard number 702 named as SMIT ENTERPRISE for Smit International (Antilles) BV with 43.53 metres length overall (loa) and a beam of 10.62 metres …

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Lifeboats – Tower RNLI Pier end of an era – 24.01.2023

On Tuesday 24th January, 2023 the longest serving station pier has finally left her mooring where she has been since the opening of Victoria embankment in 1870. The superstructure has changed a few times but now it’s all change and upgrades. She will be still afloat BUT to be used by Thames Marine Services on …

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Maiden Call – PCTC RCC COMPASS at Malta – 11.01.2023

The 2013 built vehicles carrier RCC COMPASS entered Grand Harbour, Malta on Wednesday 11th January, 2023 marking her maiden call to Valletta Port. She was due to enter on Monday 9th evening and leave on Tuesday 10th in the morning but due to Gale Force Winds on the 10th January it was much clever to …

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Preserved Ships – HMS BRISTOL D 23 bid launched to preserve her – December 2022

A bid was launched to preserve the Type 82 destroyer HMS BRISTOL D 23 , the only ship of her class built for the Royal Navy  as a museum ship in Portsmouth. In fact she’s the only FALKLANDS WAR survivor in Britain. During 1991 while she was part of the Dartmouth training squadron, she suffered …

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Naval News – US Navy Seize 2,116 AK-47’s in the Gulf of Oman – 06.01.2023

On Tuesday 10 th January, 2023 the US Department of Defense confirmed that Vessels of the US Navy 5th Fleet operating in the Middle East have intercepted and seized a fishing vessel carrying over 2,000 AK-47 assault rifles destined for Houthi rebels in Yemen. The interception occurred in international waters in the Middle East on …

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Delivery – LNG Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger VOX APOLONIA at Malta – 12.01.2023

On Thursday 12th January, 2023, the newbuilt LNG Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) VOX APOLONIA passed breakwaters at 0659 hrs on her delivery voyage from her builders via the Suez Canal. She was built in Singapore by Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd of which last 13th December 2022 the delivery ceremony was done. In fact she …

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