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Casualties – Turkish Fishing Vessel WHITE ANGEL at Malta – 01.01.2022

On New Year’s Day – Saturday 1st January 2022 at 1943 hrs the Turkish fishing vessel WHITE ANGEL requested assistance (rudder problem) to Valletta VTS being the second vessel that had asked for assistance. Vessel was on transit to Morocco and unfortunately there was a language barrier since the radio officer claimed that he don’t …

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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 – SEALAND MICHIGAN – 25.10 – 18.11.2020

On Friday 25th October the 2000 built 303 metre long container ship was seen entering Grand Harbour, Malta coming from Gioia Tauro, Italy bound to Palumbo Malta Shipyard Ltd Dock 6 assisted by 3 tugs. She was built in South Korea by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) at Ulsan…… Below images on Tuesday 27th October – …

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Bunkering – Tugboat LUCAYA – 19.05.2020

On Tuesday 19th May, 2020 the 1991 built tugboat LUCAYA called for bunkers coming from Casablanca, Morocco on her way to Chornomorsk, Ukraine with ETA on Saturday 30th May. She was built in Japan by Hanasaki Zosensho KK at Yokosuka as yard no 225 and owned/operated for Daito Unyu KK (Daito Transportation Co.Ltd.) in Tokyo …

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – Spanish Fishing Vessel FRANCISCO Y CATALINA crisis with 51 rescued immigrants – July 2006.

On Friday 14th July 2006 the Spanish Gill Netter FRANCISCO Y CATALINA rescued 51 irregular migrants, all thought to be of Eritrean nationality, and attempted to seek permission to land them in Malta. Malta had refused permission on the basis that Malta had not been the territory closest to the point of recovery by the …

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Piracy – Shots Fired in Failed Pirate Attack – 27.03.2020

The 2010 built containership LANA successfully avoided being boarded by pirates while she was sailing through the Gulf of Guinea on her way to Tangier, Morocco from Doula, Cameroon last Friday, March 27th. The pirates, who numbered at least eight, approached the vessel via speedboat and attempted to board her when the latter’s crew began performing anti …

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Fishing – Moroccan THONAPECHE Vessels at Malta

The Moroccan fishing company THONAPECHE established in 1975 by the Office National des Pesches with 3 purse seiners from her fleet were seen in Malta during BlueFinTuna (BFT) Season. The 1974 built 39.30m long purse seiner LE DAUPHIN was seen in Malta during Season 2009. She was built at Cherbourg, France and homeported at Agadir, …

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Ship of the Week – LOGOS II – 1988-2008

One of the few bookships around the world was the LOGOS II. She was built at Union Naval Levante SA at Valencia Spain in 1968 as ANTONIO LAZARO for Compañía Trasmediterránea. The ship was designed to operate a ferry service to Morocco, carrying 400 berthed and 200 deck class passengers. She also had a cargo hold forward and …

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