Mediterranean Sea

Yachting – 2017 built 110.01m yacht KAOS at Malta – September 2022

The largest yacht ever built at Oceanco and the largest yacht ever built in the Netherlands , KAOS was spotted in the Maltese Territorial Waters during the first days of September, 2022. She was built in 2017 to the Passenger Yacht Code standard, which added extra layers of requirements and complexity.  She was built for Sheikh …

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Naval News – EUNAVFOR Operation Irini nets embargo buster – 18.07.2022

Last Monday 18th July the EUNAVFOR MED Operation IRINI found cargo in breach of the United Nations (UN) arms embargo on Libya on the ro/ro vessel VICTORY RORO after she was spotted by French Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). She has been on the radar for a while when she delivered military vehicles to the country …

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Cargo Vessel WILSON FLEX I – Aerial Photography – 23.03.2022

On Wednesday 23rd March the 2022 built ship WILSON FLEX I was photographed from the air by MALTA SHIP PHOTOS around 25 nautical miles offshore Malta on her maiden voyage. She’s the first ship in a new series of 5 coastal vessels ordered by German joint venture shipping company Rhenus-Arkon Shipinvest GmbH & Co.KG, Germany (RHAS) and designed …

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Casualties – FELICITY ACE sinks off the Azores – 01.03.2022

On Tuesday 1st March, 2022 around 0900 hrs local time Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) car carrier FELICITY ACE  that caught fire in the Atlantic last February 16th while carrying nearly 4,000 cars from Germany to the US sunk despite several efforts to tow her safely.  The 6,400 CEU ship sank 220 nautical miles off the coast of Portugal’s …

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Ukraine Crisis – Russian Navy building up around Ukraine – 21.02.2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow does not want a war in Europe amid rising tensions over Ukraine but demanded that the issue of Kyiv’s relationship with NATO be resolved in its entirety immediately. Speaking at a joint news conference on Tuesday 15th February, 2022 after talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Putin said Russia had …

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Naval News – NATO Allies start Neptune Strike 22 Maritime Exercise – 24.01.2022

Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) and U.S. Sixth Fleet (SIXTHFLT) began the 12 day maritime exercise “Neptune Strike ’22” on Monday January 24th in the Mediterranean Sea amid fears of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The USS HARRY S. TRUMAN aircraft carrier, along with her carrier strike group and air wing are the …

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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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Cruise Liner News – MSC LIRICA to homeport in Piraeus, Greece in Summer 2022

The 2003 built liner MSC LIRICA will use Piraeus, Greece as homeport during Summer 2022. She was originally scheduled to sail from Venice but now she will offer a newly designed 7 night itinerary with 28 sailings between April  and October 2022 calling Kusadasi at Turkey; Haifa at Israel; Limassol at Cyprus and the Greek …

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Tugboat News – Vernicos Scafi Tugs acquire GARIBALDO – December 2021

Vernicos Scafi Tugs and Salvage Maritime Co, the Greek company also owned by the Italian Scafi group active in towage & salvage in Greece, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the Red Sea, has announced the purchase of the tugboat GARIBALDO. GARIBALDO was built in China by Guangdong Hope Yue Shipbuilding Industry at Guangzhou …

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Greek Shipping – Festival Cruises Liner MISTRAL

Festival Cruises (known as First European Cruises or First Choice Cruises in North America) was a Greece based cruise line that operated between 1994 and 2004. It was founded in 1992 by the Greek entrepreneur George Poulides using second-hand ships. The company acquired three newbuilt ships between 1999 and 2002, but was forced to declare bankruptcy in 2004. Festival Cruises acquired their first …

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