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Towage – OCEAN LARK towing 80m barge IB 919 – 30.03.2003

On Sunday 30th March, 2003 the Norwegian built anchor handling tug/supply ship OCEAN LARK towing an 80 metre barge IB 919was seen entering Valletta bound to Cassar Ship Repair Yard. OCEAN LARK was built by Bolsones Verft at Molde, Norway as the RIG TUGGER for Uksnoy of which it still exists , trading until 1981; …

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Passer By – ROTA ENDURANCE towing TORO – 19.05.2022

On Thursday 19th May, 2022 the 2003 built MHL flag offshore tug/supply ship ROTA ENDURANCE towing the 152 metre pipe layer platform TORO was seen in the Maltese Territorial Waters around 1120 hrs. When asked by Valletta VTS what were the intentions, radio officer replied (Dutch accent) that she was intended to uplift bunkers but …

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Russia-Ukraine War – Bulker MATROS POZYNICH one of 3 ships involved in the trade of stolen grain – May 2022

One of the 3 vessels involved in the trade in stolen grain from Ukraine is the 2010 built 169 Metre bulker MATROS POZYNICH. On Wednesday 27th April she dropped anchor offshore Crimea. The next day she was seen in the port of Sevastopol (the main port of Crimea). From Sevastopol she transited the Bosphorus and …

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Heavy Lift – TOPAZ ZEYA at Malta – March 2022

The 2018 built 123 metres long RUS flag deck cargo ship TOPAZ ZEYA was seen at OPL Malta on Tuesday 15th March, 2022 loaded with windfarm equipment. She was built at Vard Vung Tau, Vietnam with keel laid on 20th December, 2016 and completed on 22nd May 2018. Design was known as VARD 9 21 …

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Heavy Lift – TOPAZ URAL at Malta – March 2022

The 2018 built 123 metres long RUS flag deck cargo ship TOPAZ URAL was seen at OPL Malta on Tuesday 15th March, 2022 with her deck clear from any cargo unlike her sisters. She was built at Vard Vung Tau, Vietnam as yard no 865. Design was known as VARD 9 21 and was built for Topaz …

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Heavy Lift – TOPAZ KAMA at Malta – March 2022

The 2017 built 123 metres long RUS flag deck cargo ship TOPAZ KAMA was seen at OPL Malta on Tuesday 15th March, 2022 loaded with more than 25 wind turbine blades. Her keel was laid on 16th November, 2016 and completion of building at Vard Vung Tau, Vietnam as yard no 863 was back to …

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Ukraine Crisis – Ships Shelled in Black Sea – Feb 2022

The Black Sea is a critical region for agricultural traders and oil traders alike. Ukraine and Russia together account for more than a quarter of the global trade in wheat and about a fifth of corn. That trade was thrown into chaos after Ukraine’s ports closed in the wake of Russia’s invasion. With Russia invasion …

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Heavy Lift – 2018 built GPO AMETHYST

One of the four sister ships of equal design in semisubmersible vessels in the world is the 2018 built 225 metres GPO AMETHYST. She was built by CSBC Corporation in Taiwan as yard number 1058 in 2018 with 225.008 metres long, beam of 48.02 metres and draft of 10.67 metres. She’s homeported at Majuro with …

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Yachting – 2005 built 62 m superyacht PREDICTION in Malta for the first time – 11.09.2021

The 2005 built 62 metre long (loa) superyacht PREDICTION was seen in Malta during August/September 2021 for the first time since she was renamed to her current name (November 2020). She was built by De Vries Scheepsbouw BV at Aalsmeer, Netherlands with yard no 670 launched on 23rd April 2005 after she was ordered in …

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Yachting – Busy Yacht Movements at Grand Harbour, Malta 14.05.2021 – 17.05.2021

Malta’s strategic position in the centre of the Mediterranean with one of the world’s most beautiful natural harbours, accessible and Our Beautiful islands has became a top yachting destination to the Mediterranean. Summer is getting nearer with temperatures rising up ( At the time of writing temperature is 27°C ). Here are some movements of …

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