Maiden Call – Greek Refrigerated Ship AVRAMAR FRY at Malta – 08.04.2024

On Monday 8th April, 2024 the former Maltese owned refrigerated vessel SANTINA passed breakwaters at 13o5 hrs as the Greek flag and owned boat AVRAMAR FRY. She was built in Spain by Rodman Polyships at Vigo, Spain as the PUNTA LA GAVIOTA homeported at Santa Cruz De Tenerife (ESP Flag) in March 1999 with fishing […]

Casualty – Maltese Fishing Vessel MIKELE ROSARIA towed to Linosa – 13.06.2012

On Wednesday 13th June, 2012 the Armed Forces of Malta’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Malta) at Luqa Barracks received a distress call from a Maltese fishing vessel, whilst she was in a position some 40 nautical miles north of the Italian island of Linosa. The 22 metre fishing trawler MFA 0009 MIKELE ROSARIA, distress was […]

Local Shipping – Tugboat SPINOLA sold – March 2024

The 2009 Spanish built AVT 37/70 Terminal/Escort Tug SPINOLA part of Tug Malta Limited a fully owned company of Rimorchiatori Mediterranei SpA, the latter being a sub-holding company of Rimorchiatori Riuniti Group of Genova,  that commenced towage operations within the Harbours and Territorial Waters of the Maltese Islands in 1980. She was built in Spain […]

Local Shipping – Anchor Handling Tug/Supply (AHTS) SEA SERV 501

One of the 8 ships in the fleet of the local company Sea Services Ltd was the 1974 built SEA SERV 501. She was built by Burton Construction & Shipbuilding Corporation at Port Arthur , Texas , USA to Aquamarine Associates based at Houston, Texas as AQUAMARINE 501 with yard number 504 and delivered in […]

Local Shipping – Sea Malta’s – BORMLA

Sea Malta Company Limited was the Maltese National Shipping Line. Established on 10th November 1973 during the tenure of the Labour Government led by Dominic Mintoff, which had the majority of the shares in the new company. The quest of this company was to provide maritime services company as well as to the need of the nation in general, and to […]

Tugboat News – POINT SPENCER at Malta – 1983

One of the tugs that was involved in the salvage of the car carrier fire FREMANTLE HIGHWAY that started on 26th July, 2023 , the 1972 built HUNTER traded for sometime at Malta as the POINT SPENCER. On 8th October 1972 she was launched by Richard Dunston (Hessle) Ltd with yard number S888 and in […]

Accidents – Car caught fire on ropax TA’ PINU – 03.07.2023

On Monday 3rd July, 2023 early afternoon a car aboard the ropax TA’ PINU caught fire while on Deck 2. Thanks to trained crew who took immediate action in extinguishing the fire & made sure of all safety issues with no damages neither to the ship neither to cars in the area. All passengers and […]

Scuttling Operation – COMINOLAND and KARWELA – 12.08.2006

On Saturday 12th August 2006, 2  short sea ferryboats COMINOLAND and KARWELA were towed from Cassar Ship Repair Yard, Marsa to Ras il-Hobz, Gozo that is a submerged pinnacle also known as the Middle Finger, to be scuttled by the Gozo Tourism Association. The Pinnacle  is one of the most breathtaking dives in Gozo. The top of this pinnacle […]

Law Enforcement – Transport Malta Marine Unit Issues

One of the five new RHIBs Transport Malta (TM) purchased from Rabat, Malta for their maritime enforcement section has already been declared to be no longer seaworthy by the surveyor and needs to be scrapped, while the other four were found to have developed serious structural problems. But despite technical reports on the state of […]