North Sea

Dredging – GRANE R dredging inner part of Grand Harbour – August 2022

After nearly a month anchored at Bunkering Area 3, the 2010 built DP 2 multi purpose offshore vessel GRANE R entered Grand Harbour on Friday 12th August originally coming from Viana do Castelo at Portugal of which she passed breakwaters at 0839hrs. Transport Malta issued Local Notice to Mariners no 136 regarding the dredging works …

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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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Offshore News – Solstad Offshore sells 3 units and secures North Sea Work – 03.02.2022

Norwegian offshore vessel owner Solstad Offshore has sold three of her anchor handling tug and supply (AHTS) vessels and secured new contracts for platform suppliers in the North Sea Sector. The sold vessels are the 2007 built 70 metre NOR CAPTAIN owned by Solstad Offshore Singapore, the 2006 built 78 metre FAR SWORD and her sister …

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Breaking Up – Belgian Navy Command & Support Ship BNS GODETIA A 960 – September 2021.

On Friday 25th June, 2021 the Belgian Navy Command & Support Ship BNS GODETIA A 960 returned to Zeebrugge, Belgium after she completed her final deployment after spending 5 months patrolling the North Sea and the Baltic. 2 x Alouette III helicopters escorted BNS GODETIA as she entered Zeebrugge docks marking an end for both …

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Delivery – Crew Transfer Vessels MHO APOLLO and MHO ASGARD – 28.08.2021

On Saturday 28th August, 2021 at 0730 hrs two Chinese built Hybrid Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs) MHO APOLLO and MHO ASGARD entered Grand Harbour, Malta during their delivery voyage making them the 3rd and 4th delivered vessels that entered Harbour for the month of August. MHO APOLLO and MHO ASGARD that were developed in collaboration with Danfoss …

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Maltese Fishing Vessels – 1971 built CARMELA

One of the North Sea Standby Safety Vessel that was bought locally in Malta was the 1971 built steel hulled CARMELA. She was brought to Malta early 90’s as CAM SPRITE sporting black hull and was based at Mgarr Harbour, Gozo. She was built in UK by W. R. Cunis Ltd., Woolwich as FARID with …

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Research – Axxis Geo Solutions to sell NEPTUNE NAIAD – 10.05.2021

Financially troubled seismic player Axxis Geo Solutions has entered into an agreement with Sanco Holding regarding the sale of the 2002 built survey vessel NEPTUNE NAIAD. NEPTUNE NAIAD entering Grand Harbour, Malta back to 26th June, 2019 Furthermore, Axxis Production, a wholly owned subsidiary of Axxis, has entered into a time charter for the 2008 built …

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Offshore – New Wind Foundation Installation Vessel ALFA LIFT launched in China – 28.02.2021

On Sunday 28th February, 2021 the semi-submersible heavy lift transportation and installation vessel ALFA LIFT was launched at the China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) Haimen Shipyard at Jiangsu, China for Norwegian based Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT). Designed by Ulstein, the ALFA LIFT is touted as the largest and most innovative offshore wind foundation installation vessel …

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Offshore – 3 Vroon Offshore Services Platform Supply Vessels for recycling – 16.09.2020

On Wednesday 16th September, 2020 it was announced that Vroon Offshore Services (VOS) has decided to dispose of three platform supply vessels (PSV), with the aim of “right-sizing” her PSV fleet. All 3 vessels joined the Vroon fleet on delivery from the shipyard and over the years, they have engaged in platform supply operations for a …

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Offshore – Vroon Secures £30 million contract – March 2020.

Vroon Offshore Services (VOS) has secured a three year contract extension with BP. The emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRVs) VOS FAIRNESS (pictured), VOS DISCOVERY , VOS INNOVATOR and VOS VIGILANT will continue to provide support for BP’s assets in the North Sea and West of Shetland until 2023. The value of the contract is worth around £30 …

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