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Delivery – Tug MAHE DE LABOURDONNAIS – July 2001

A rare East African marine asset was seen in Malta on Monday 7th July 2001 fresh from the building yard, the tugboat MAHE DE LABOURDONNAIS entered Grand Harbour, Malta for fuel stop on her maiden call during her delivery voyage. She was built in Spain at the Astilleros Zamakona shipyard for the Mauritius Government Port …

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High Speed Craft News – Ponte Ferries Cancel their Voyages to start – 06.08.2021

Ponte Ferries stated that it has been forced to delay the launch of her ferry service to Sicily due to a last-minute legal challenge with Sicilian authorities by “a competing operator”, which objected to her use of the Augusta Port. Virtu Ferries, which has been operating a Malta-Sicily service for the past 30 years, responded immediately …

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Mgarr Harbour – LARK – 25.07.2007

One of the ships that used to call at Mgarr Harbour, Gozo was the 1976 built ship LARK. She was built in Japan by Shimanami Shipyard at Imabari as ALAND trading until 1983 where she was renamed to HOOGEN trading until April 1994 where she was sold to Turkish interests and renamed as LARK homeported …

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Casualties – Russian Navy Corvette collides with a Refrigerated Ship – 23.09.2020

On Wednesday 23rd September, 2020 early morning the Russian Navy Corvette RFS KAZANETS collided with the 145 metres long refrigerated ship (NOT a container ship as reported by several media) ICE ROSE in dense fog in Danish waters on Wednesday near the Oresund Bridge linking Denmark and Sweden. The reefer sailed under her own power …

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Dangerous Goods – Beirut Port Explosion, Lebanon – 04.08.2020

DANGEROUS GOODS are articles or substances capable of posing a risk to health, safety or the environment. Authorities in Lebanon are busy counting the number of dead and injured after an explosion at Beirut Port that rocked the entire city on Tuesday 4th August, 2020 in the afternoon. It is unacceptable that 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate have …

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Bunkering – Cruise Liner MARELLA DREAM – 02.06.2020

On Tuesday 2nd June the German built cruise liner MARELLA DREAM called at Bunkering Area 3 West, Malta for bunkering operation. At 1615 hrs she was cleared by Transport Malta via Valletta VTS since it’s the Authority that provide assistance to vessels navigating within territorial waters (WTW) and outside international waters (OTW) through the Ports …

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Coronavirus – Ropax EL VENIZELOS hit by COVID-19 – 10.04.2020

Earlier this month more than 120 positive cases of COVID-19 amongst the 383 crew of the Anek Line’s ropax EL. VENIZELOS was officially confirmed. EL VENIZELOS underway to Malta around 25 nautical miles back to 11th October, 2017 She was going to serve as a floating hotel for Navantia shipyard workers in Cadiz, who had …

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Coronavirus – South Africa quarantines cruise liner AIDAMIRA – 17.03.2020

South Africa is holding the cruise liner AIDAMIRA after a crew member that had been on a flight with a fellow crew member and six passengers who boarded the cruise liner showed signs of the new coronavirus, national ports operator Transnet said on Tuesday 17th March, 2020. On Sunday 15th March, 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa …

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Maritime Accident – APL MEXICO CITY strucking a gantry crane – 09.12.2019

On Monday 9th December, 2019 afternoon, the container ship APL MEXICO CITY struck a gantry crane at the port of Antwerp, causing the crane to collapse.  The APL MEXICO CITY broke loose from her moorings at the Deurganck dock in the port of Antwerp, Belgium on Monday around 1400 hours.  As she had been moored, …

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Local Shipping – BALIENA

One of the few vessels that no information is around even from the authorities is the Bucket Dredger BALIENA. She was part of the Port Authority (Maltese Government) of which back to 1973 she was dredging part of Grand Harbour. Later on during the eighties she was part of the Kalaxlokk Co Ltd fleet of …

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