Scotland

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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Offshore News – Maersk Supply Service (MSS) sells three laid-up vessels for scrap – May 2022

During May 2022 Maersk Supply Service (MSS) has taken the decision to recycle three of her older vessels that have been laid up in Fredericia, Denmark. These were MAERSK ATTENDER, MAERSK HELPER and MAERSK WINNER with all of them towed to Fornæs yard in Grenaa for recycling. Commenting on the sale, Mark Handin, Maersk Supply Service …

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Tugboat – 1958 built tug BEAUFORT SPIRIT

One of the British built tugs trading in the United Kingdom (UK) Area seen in Malta was the 1958 built tug BEAUFORT SPIRIT. She was built by Henry Lobb at Leith, Scotland as yard number 467 launched on 3rd April 1958 and completed during May the same year of which she was delivered to Leith …

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Offshore News – 7 Solstad Vessels Sold For Scrapping – 05.10.2021

Solstad Offshore has sold seven older vessels for green recycling in Norway (Green Yard Feda and Green Yard Kleven) as part of the company’s rescue plan, which involves a divestment of 37 ships. The seven vessels are – FAR SOVEREIGN built by Langsten Slip & Batbyggeri, Norway as yard number 122 in 1999. Homeport is …

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Naval Visits – ROS REGINA MARIA F 222 19-21.09.2021

One of the Fourteen built Type 22 Class frigates for the Royal Navy entered Grand Harbour, Malta on Sunday 19th September at 0952 hrs as ROS REGINA MARIA F 222 with the Romanian Navy. Originally as HMS LONDON F 95 (ex-BLOODHOUND) she was built by Yarrow Shipbuilders Limited (YSL) in Glasgow, Scotland. She was ordered …

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Breaking Up – 1999 built AHTS SEA PANTHER – 20.08.2021

On Friday 20th August, 2021 Solstad Rederi AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Solstad Offshore ASA, has sold the anchor handling tug/supply (AHTS) SEA PANTHER for Recycling. The company did not say where exactly the SEA PANTHER would be recycled. She was previously owned by Deep Sea Supply, a company that in 2017 merged with …

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Naval News – HMS BLYTH M 111 and HMS RAMSEY M 110 decommission – 04.08.2021

On Wednesday 4th August, 2021 the Royal Navy paid farewell to the Sandown Class Minehunters HMS BLYTH M 111 and HMS RAMSEY M 110 in a formal ceremony in Rosyth, Scotland.  Affiliates and friends paid the final farewell to the Single Role Mine Hunters (SRMH) at Rosyth Dockyard, honouring their 20 years of service protecting …

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Ship of the Week – FALCON originally SOUTHLEIGH

One of the Lowestoft trawlers that was seen in Malta was the diving support vessel FALCON that was seen both at Sliema Creek, Marsamxett Harbour and at Grand Harbour in 1997. She was built in Lowestoft by the Shipyard of Richards Iron Works Ltd as Yard Number 417 for Small and Co Ltd of Lowestoft …

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Breaking Up – 1960 built cargo ship NAZ-K – 08.03.2001

One of the 1960 built ships that used to call at Grand Harbour, Malta to discharge cement in bulk was the Turkish owned general cargo ship NAZ-K. She was built in 1960 by William Denny and Brothers Limited at Dumbarton in Scotland with yard no 1495 as PHYLLIS BOWATER for Bowater Steamship Co Ltd, London, …

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Tugboat – Singapore Built THOR SERVER

One of the Faroe Islands operated vessel that was a regular visitor in Malta was the tug THOR SERVER that was used as a guard/chase boat with seismic operations. She was built in 1978 by Marine Builders Pte Ltd at Singapore as yard number 1016 named as AL JUBAIL VIII trading until 1985 where she …

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