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Maiden Call – Cruise Liner CARNIVAL PRIDE – 24.10.2022

One of the Spirit Class Cruise Ships operated by Carnival Cruise Line (CCL), the 2001 built cruise liner CARNIVAL PRIDE made a maiden call to Grand Harbour, Malta on Monday 24th October. She passed breakwaters at 0639 hrs coming from Messina, Sicily. She was built in Finland by Kvaerner Masa Yards as yard number 500 …

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Delivery Voyage – World’s Largest Civilian Hospital Ship GLOBAL MERCY at Malta – 02.09.2021.

On Thursday 2nd September, 2021 the world’s largest civilian hospital ship – GLOBAL MERCY entered Grand Harbour, Malta at 0709 hrs assisted by 1 tug berthing port side alongside Boiler Wharf. She arrived on Tuesday 31st August after 2200 hrs and was spotted drifting outside territorial waters around 43 nautical miles After several years of …

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Palumbo Malta Shipyard – EUROFERRY OLYMPIA since 2013

One of the Polish built ships that uses Palumbo Malta Shipyard Facilities is the 1995 built ropax EUROFERRY OLYMPIA. She entered Grand Harbour, Malta in November 2013 as the Finnlines ropax TRANSEUROPA berthing at Parlatorio Wharf. ( In January 2007 the Grimaldi Group  became the largest owner of Finnlines and expressed interest in purchasing the …

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Casualties – Aland Islands Ferry AMORELLA ran aground – 20.09.2020

The 1988 built ferry AMORELLA operated by the ferry company Viking Line between the Finnish western port city of Turku and Swedish capital Stockholm is currently aground south of the port of Långnäs in the Åland Islands. In a tweet, the local coastguard division stated that AMORELLA went aground south of Långnäs. The ship pushed …

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Breaking Up – Cruise Liner CARNIVAL IMAGINATION – 16.09.2020

Due to the Pandemic Disease COVID-19, Carnival Cruise Line suspended all North American itineraries from March 14th. In July 2020, as a result of Carnival Cruise Line reducing fleet capacity, the liner CARNIVAL IMAGINATION entered a long term lay-up status, with no planned date for the ship to enter back into service. Prior to entering into a long …

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Breaking up – Cruise Liner CARNIVAL INSPIRATION – 05.08.2020

After being stripped from valuables at Curacao’s container port, the island’s port authority disclosed—a telltale sign that they’re being prepared for removal from service, Carnival Cruise line ship CARNIVAL INSPIRATION started her last voyage. Based in Long Beach, California, she was spotted off Algeria on Thursday 30th July bound to Aliaga, Turkey that has become the final …

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Tugboat – Dutch built VARNEBANK

The Dutch built tug VARNEBANK was built by Scheepswerven v/h H.H. Bodewes at Millingen, Netherlands as yard number 729 launched on the 20th November 1975 and on the 16th December 1975 she was delivered to the Nieuwe Rotterdamse Sleepdienst (NRS) NV at Rotterdam (NLD flag and call sign as PIEJ). In 1988 she was transferred …

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MBL News – SEA DREAM II calling at Gozo – 10.07.2013

SEA DREAM II was built by STX Finland at Helsinki. The vessel is in SeaDream Yacht Club’s fleet since 2001 with her fleetmates are the sistership SEA DREAM I (1984) and the new build mega-yacht SEADREAM INNOVATION which is expected to start sailing from 2021. The cruise ship is company’s second all-inclusive yacht, with sistership SEA …

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OIL EXPLORATION – Russia’s unique drillship to go to the Arctic – 09.02.2018. The 1986 built RUS flag drillship BAVENIT is undergoing modernization which will make her one of the best equipped geological exploration vessels in the world.She was built in Finland by Holming OY Shipyard and her dimensions are 85.8 m x 16.8m x …

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