Palau

Smit International – Tugboat BALAU

Smit Internationale N.V. (or Smit International) was a Dutch company operating in the maritime industry. It was founded in 1842 by Fop Smit as a towage company with onl 1 paddle steamer tug KINDERDIJK. Fop’s sons, Jan and Leendert, continued the company under the name L. Smit & Co and expanded the fleet. In 1870, they began using tugs with …

Smit International – Tugboat BALAU Read More »

Casualties – 3 dead and 1 injured in engine room explosion at Crotone, Italy – 31.08.2022

Around 1750 hrs of Wednesday 31st August, 2022 an engine room explosion aboard the 1983 built 24.5 metres workboat ASSO whilst berthed at Crotone Port, Italy with 3 crew members as fatalities ( 2 were thrown on the quay while the third body was found afloat in the sea – 2 Indians and an Egyptian, …

Casualties – 3 dead and 1 injured in engine room explosion at Crotone, Italy – 31.08.2022 Read More »

Local Shipping – Bunkering Tanker VANNA (1980 built)

One of the Go Fuels tanker that was used for bunkering purposes was the 1980 built VANNA. She was built in Germany by Busumer Schiffsweerft at Busum as the chemical/oil products tanker HELGA ESSBERGER built for John T. Essberger,  the pioneer of purpose-built parcel tankers and today is one of Europe’s leading operators of such tankers, …

Local Shipping – Bunkering Tanker VANNA (1980 built) Read More »

Tankers – Chemical/Oil Product Tanker TROODOS

One of the Japanese built tankers in the world seen offshore Malta was the 1979 built GEO flag and Cypriot owned tanker TROODOS. She was built in Japan by Shin Kochi Jyuko K.K. in 1979 as HAKKO MINERVA with yard no 1306 for Hakko Shoun KK & Daiichi Shoun KK trading until 1985 with Japanese …

Tankers – Chemical/Oil Product Tanker TROODOS Read More »

Haifa Port – February 2021 Movements

The Port of Haifa  is the largest of Israel’s three major international seaports, the others being the Port of Ashdod, and the Port of Eilat. It has a natural deep water harbor, which operates all year long, and serves both passenger and merchant ships. It is one of the largest ports in the eastern Mediterranean in terms of freight volume and …

Haifa Port – February 2021 Movements Read More »

Casualties – General Cargo Ship ARVIN sank off Turkey – 17.01.2021

On Sunday 17th January the 1975 built general cargo ship ARVIN sank off Turkey in severe weather conditions. At the time of the incident, ARVIN was making a stopover on a voyage from Poti, Georgia to Burgas, Bulgaria. The Turkish Foreign Ministry reported that the ship had sought shelter at the Bartin anchorage on January 15th after …

Casualties – General Cargo Ship ARVIN sank off Turkey – 17.01.2021 Read More »

Casualties – Livestock Carrier QUEEN HIND capsizes in Romania – 24.11.2019

The 1980 built livestock carrier QUEEN HIND capsized on Sunday 24th November, 2019 with starboard side resting on bottom and port side remaining above water shortly after leaving the port of Navodari (Midia) in Romania bound to Libya with 14,600 sheep onboard as cargo. All 22 Syrian crew were rescued with one was taken to hospital …

Casualties – Livestock Carrier QUEEN HIND capsizes in Romania – 24.11.2019 Read More »