Gozo Ferry

Virtu Ferries – MARIA DOLORES with His Holiness Pope Francis – 02.04.2022

On Saturday 2nd April, 2022 His Holiness Pope Francis during his Apostolic visit to Malta crossed to the sister island of Gozo by the High Speed Craft MARIA DOLORES. After leaving the Apostolic Nunciature, Rabat , Malta the entourage proceeded to DWQ 5 to board the Virtu Ferries High Speed Craft MARIA DOLORES to cross …

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Casualties – Gozo Fast Ferry YOUR FAITH fire aboard with passengers evacuated – 23.08.2021

On Monday 23rd August, 2021 around 0745 hrs shortly after the 2018 built high speed craft YOUR FAITH left Mgarr Harbour, Gozo a fire broke out and all passengers on board were disembarked safely aboard the Comino Ferries Co-Op passenger boat MIDAS I with Transport Malta (TM) rib S21402 in attendance. No one was injured …

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Maltese Islands – Mgarr Ix-Xini at Gozo

MGARR IX-XINI, is a very picturesque bay set within a creek and a steep sided natural valley. It is close to Għajnsielem, Xewkija and Sannat on the island of Gozo. During the Order of Saint John it was apparently an occasional hiding place for the Knights galleys and was also used by the invading Turks to load captive Gozitans onto their ships …

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Local Shipping – Tugboat LIENI leaving Malta after 30 years – 30.05.2021.

On Sunday 30th May, 2021 the 28 metre Twin Screw Azimuthing Ulstein Z-Peller Stern Drive Tugboat LIENI left Grand Harbour breakwaters for the last time at 0616 hrs bound to Augusta, Sicily. Images by Capt. Alexei Borg She was built in 1991 as GOLDEN PHOENIX TUG by Tai Kong Trading Company, Singapore as yard number TK-178 …

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Weather Conditions – Easterly Strong Wind on Friday 16th April 2021.

With a mild winter around the Maltese Islands, the first spring season strong winds occurred on Friday 16th April 2021 with wind blowing Easterly Force 8 wind decreasing and backing NE Force 7 overnight. All Bunkering Operations were suspended due to the current weather conditions and most of the vessels were sheltering on the lee …

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Palumbo Malta Shipyard – Gozo Channel Line Ropax GAUDOS – 04.01.2021 – 11.02.2021

On Monday 4th January, 2021 the 2001 built MLT flag ropax GAUDOS entered Grand Harbour, Malta bound to Palumbo Malta Shipyard Ltd Dock 5 for drydocking. She was built at Malta Shipbuilding Co Ltd in 2001 homeported at Valletta (MLT Flag) and since then she always entered French Creek for repairs/refit. Early in February she …

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Local Shipping – HANINI

One of the ships that was used as a ferry between Malta and Gozo was the 1926 twin screw steel built yacht HANINI. She was completed by George Brown & Co at Greenock, UK for Sir Richard A. Cooper as ALICE. In 1933 she was sold to Teodoro Morisini at Naples, Italy and in 1937 …

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