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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – Fishing vessel with 400 souls ran aground while entering Pozzallo Port – 09.11.2021

On Tuesday 9th November, 2021 after 2100 hrs with Easterly Wind blowing 20 knots a wooden stern fishing trawler packed with 400 souls ran aground whilst entering Pozzallo Port scrambling all Law Enforcements units including commercial tugboats. Weather conditions were hampering the situation with the strong wind and sea very rough of which at one …

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Valletta Cruise Port – Cruise Liner BOREALIS maiden call – 08.11.2021

The second former Holland America Line cruise liner to call at Malta within 3 days was the 1997 built liner BOREALIS that passed Grand Harbour breakwaters at 0804 hrs coming from Alicante Spain during her maiden call on Monday 8th November in South Easterly weather. She’s the second ship to be named in the Fred …

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Heavy Lift – FAIRMOUNT FJELL arrives at Malta for conversion – 25.05.2007

On Friday 25th May, 2007 the 2001 built semi submersible barge FAIRMOUNT FJELL entered Grand Harbour, Malta towed by the 2006 built anchor handling tug MICKLYN MAGNITOR which was due to be renamed BOA MAGNITOR. In August 2005, Fairmount Heavy Transport acquired the FAIRMOUNT FJORD and FAIRMOUNT FJELL as barges from Norway’s BOA Offshore for …

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Cruise Liner News – Viking Cruises will relaunch Mediterranean cruise with two ships operating from Malta starting from July 2021

The 2021 built VIKING VENUS and the 2016 built VIKING SEA will both homeport at Valletta, Malta and offer two different 11-day itineraries between July and early October. Delivered in April, 2021 the VIKING VENUS is Viking’s newest ocean ship and will be christened in England on 17th May . In fact first time to see her …

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Cruise Liner News – MSC SEASIDE with positive COVID-19 case – 07.06.2021

The 2017 built Seaside Class cruise liner MSC SEASIDE which was planned to enter Grand Harbour, Malta on Monday 7th June, 2021 was refused to enter the country after a passenger tested positive for COVID-19.  In fact during the normal procedure of calling 2 hours before the actual eta she was instructed by Valletta VTS …

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Palumbo Malta Shipyard – Cruise Liner MSC SPLENDIDA 18.04.2021 – 06.05.2021.

For the second time within the first quarter of 2021 the 2009 built cruise liner MSC SPLENDIDA called at Palumbo Malta Shipyards, this time for drydocking at Dock 6 entering Grand Harbour at 0632hrs on Sunday 18th April, 2021. She was assisted by 1 tug SEA SALVOR on her stern to guide her into the …

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Broken Up – Cruise Liner MARCO POLO – 09.01.2021

The classic cruise liner MARCO POLO arrived at Alang, India on Saturday 9th January, 2021. Following the demise of Cruise & Maritime Voyages, due to the COVID 19 Pandemic Disease she was sold at auction by CW Kellock & Co. Ltd. for US$ 2,770,000 on 22 October 2020. She was built as an ocean liner in 1965 …

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Yachting – 41st Edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race – 17.10.2020

The Middle Sea Race, or Rolex Middle Sea Race for sponsorship reasons is a yacht race organised by the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC). The race was founded in 1968 and it was not run for some years after 1983 until 1996 when the committee of the Royal Malta Yacht Club took a decision to re-instate the race. Maltese local Yacht …

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Virtu Ferries – COVID-19 Restrictions from the Italian Government – November 2020

As from Friday 6th November, 2020 until further notice the Italian Government will temporarily place Sicily in the Orange Zone meaning that travelling between regions and cities is prohibited, unless motivated by proven work needs, needs , study or teaching in the presence. All Food & Beverage except canteens and catering are suspended. The National …

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Cruise Liner News – MSC GRANDIOSA suspected COVID-19 case – 16.10.2020

Today on Friday 16th October, 2020 the Maltese authorities did not let any passengers from disembarking to shore from the cruise liner MSC GRANDIOSA over a suspected case of COVID-19 according to Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli. Although she entered Grand Harbour at 0615 hrs with her last port of call was Palermo, berthing at …

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