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Palumbo Malta Shipyard – Cruise Liner MSC PREZIOSA from 15.11 to 04.12.2022

And once again the 2013 built 333 metres long liner MSC PREZIOSA was seen at Palumbo Malta Shipyard on Tuesday 15th November passing breakwaters at 0923 hrs coming from Hamburg, Germany. She entered straight to Dock 6 for drydocking etc. On Saturday 3rd December, 2022 morning she was shifted to Parlatorio Wharf. Upon completion of …

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Yachting – 156 m mega yacht DILBAR seized – 02.03.2022

On Wednesday 2nd March, 2022 the German Government seized the 4th longest yacht in the world – DILBAR as part of a series of sanctions on Russian oligarchs during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine owned by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov. DILBAR is named after Usmanov’s mother. Below is the first DILBAR launched in 2005 as a 66 …

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Yachting – Yachts B2 and B3 at Malta

On Saturday 26th February, 2022 around 0817 hrs the 2008 built 85.65 metre superyacht B2 entered Grand Harbour, Malta bound to Grand Harbour Marina to moor stern to St. Angelo Wharf. She was built in Germany by Abeking & Rasmussen at their Lemwerder shipyard and can hold 14 guests in 7 cabins with a crew …

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Passenger Ships – PALOMA I

One of the Polish built ships originally bound for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was the 1980 built ferry DMITRIY SHOSTAKOVICH from a Class of 7 as Project B492/B493 by Stocznia Szczecinska im Adolfa Warskiego Warskiego in Szczecin, Poland. She was the lead of her class which she was named for the Soviet era Russian composer …

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Delivery – 2021 newbuilt tug MED VEGA at Malta – December 2021

The Damen newbuilt tug MED VEGA that is owned by MedTug – Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Towage Division was in Malta for uplifting bunkers and sheltering from Gale Force Winds/Weather. She entered Grand Harbour on Sunday 5th December, 2021 at 1506 hrs coming from Sri Lanka, via Suez Canal. She was built in Vietnam at …

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Naval News – German Navy Frigate F 207 FGS BREMEN scrap – November 2021

On Wednesday 13th October, 2021 the German Navy Type 122 Class Frigate FGS BREMEN F 207 left Wilhelmshaven for the last time and last voyage towed to the breakers at Aliaga, Turkey by tug ONYX which passed off Malta on the 7th November 2021. She was the lead ship of the class known as the Bremen Class, …

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Local Shipping – Sea Malta’s – GUDJA

Sea Malta Company Limited was the Maltese National Shipping Line. Established on 10th November 1973 during the tenure of the Labour Government led by Dominic Mintoff, which had the majority of the shares in the new company. The quest of this company was to provide maritime services company as well as to the need of the nation in general, and to …

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Local Shipping – Bunkering Tanker VANNA (1980 built)

One of the Go Fuels tanker that was used for bunkering purposes was the 1980 built VANNA. She was built in Germany by Busumer Schiffsweerft at Busum as the chemical/oil products tanker HELGA ESSBERGER built for John T. Essberger,  the pioneer of purpose-built parcel tankers and today is one of Europe’s leading operators of such tankers, …

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Yachting – 1972 built Motor Yacht KRISS at Malta

One of the Classic German Built yacht based in Malta is undoubtedly the 45 metre yacht KRISS that her berth is always Grand Harbour Marina (GHM). She was built by Abeking & Rasmussen, Germany as STILL SHARK until March 1972; SHARK until September 1996 and NO LO SE until July 2014. Here leaving Grand Harbour, …

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Casualties – Crew Abandon Ship EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA – 05.04.2021

In the morning of Monday 5th April, 2021 the 2015 built the multipurpose ship (MPP) EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA issued distress call in Norwegian sea 60 nm west of Olesund, Norway. Reportedly, the ship developed a heavy list after cargo shift. According to local media, 8 crew out of 12 were already evacuated, understood by helicopter. Salvage …

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