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Towage – ALP CENTRE towing Decommissioned Naval Ship returns back to Brazil – August 2022

On Thursday 4th August, 2022 the 2010 built aht ALP CENTRE left Rio De Janeiro, Brazil towing Brazil’s decommissioned aircraft carrier NAe SAO PAULO A 12 bound for Aliağa, Turkey to be dismantled.   The NAe SAO PAULO started her life as the FS FOCH R 99 as the French Navy (Marine Nationale) Clemenceau class aircraft …

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AFM – Clearing Fort St.Angelo Bastions – 16.09.1994

During the annual Clean Up the World Campaign, the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) always take part. Back to September 1994 , 62 AFM Personnel of the 1st Regiment Charlie Company embarked on a 3 day exercise which included abseiling clearing weeds, shrubs on the bastion walls. The President at that time Dr. Ugo Mifsud …

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Conservation Ships – RAINBOW WARRIOR (III) at Malta – April 2022

On Friday 8th April, 2022 the 2011 built sailing ship RAINBOW WARRIOR (III) passed breakwaters at 1319 hrs coming from Heraklion Greece. Rainbow Warrior (III) is owned by the environmental activist group Greenpeace International. She’s the first purpose built ship since here predecessors RAINBOW WARRIOR (I) and RAINBOW WARRIOR (II) were converted ships. A $32m (€23m) …

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Sale – BULLET 1 and SEA PATRON on sale by Transport Malta – March 2021

Transport Malta is selling the Offshore Tug/Supply Ship SEA PATRON and the self propelled barge BULLET 1 tale quale currently berthed at Bridge Wharf, Grand Harbour. The Offshore Tug/Supply Ship SEA PATRON was built in Singapore in 1983 as the SMIT SUMATERA trading until April 2010. She was bought by E Marine Ltd (Part of …

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ConRo News – Grimaldi Lines order 6 vessels from South Korea

Grimaldi Group announced a new order signed with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard at Ulsan, South Korea for six new G5 series roro multipurpose vessels. The investment exceeds $500m and deliveries are scheduled between the first months of 2023 and the end of 2024. Those vessels will have a capacity of 4,700 linear meters of rolling freight, …

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Dangerous Goods – Beirut Port Explosion, Lebanon – 04.08.2020

DANGEROUS GOODS are articles or substances capable of posing a risk to health, safety or the environment. Authorities in Lebanon are busy counting the number of dead and injured after an explosion at Beirut Port that rocked the entire city on Tuesday 4th August, 2020 in the afternoon. It is unacceptable that 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate have …

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Casualties – Collision in Welland Canal, Canada – 11.07.2020

On Saturday 11th July, 2020 around 1600 hrs the 2004 built general cargo ship FLORENCE SPIRIT collided with the 2010 built heavy lifter ALANIS at the Welland Canal. The Transportation Safety Board are investigating the collision on the Welland Canal during what should have been a routine manoeuvre. ALANIS was heading up the canal toward …

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Casualties – CDRY BLUE salvage operation update – June 2020

The general cargo ship CDRY BLUE that ran aground on the rocks at Sant’Antioco, on the south west coast of Sardinia, Italy last 21st December 2018 will be cut in sections and removed from her current place. After her Italian owner declared and obtained from the insurer (Siat) the total construction loss of the ship, …

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Towage – GONDWANA towing tanker ALDERA – September 2001

One of the former environmental organisation, Greenpeace vessel was seen in Malta back in 2001 as GONDWANA. She was built in 1975 by Kremer Werft at Elmshorn in Germany as GORM VIKING with 1,137 GRT as an offshore Supply Ship trading until 1987 when renamed VIKING for only a year when acquired by Greenpeace renaming …

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Valletta Cruise Port – MSC GRANDIOSA maiden call – 26.11.2019

On Tuesday 26th November, 2019 at 0740 hrs the latest addition to the MSC Cruises fleet MSC GRANDIOSA entered Valletta during her maiden call coming from Palermo, Sicily. The 332 metres long liner berthed for the first time at the Valletta Cruise Port Pinto 1 and 2 wharves and she has cabins for more than …

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