One of the local tankers that is no longer with us is the 1959 built MLT flag and owned bunkering tanker GOLDEN BAY.
Vessel arrived in Malta in 2003 as ELDAREN after she was bought from Swedish Navy surplus and run by a local company as bunkering tanker. She was built as the BROTANK and renamed ELDAREN on the 31st December 1981.
Later on that year she was acquired by Island Bunkers Ltd and renamed her GOLDEN BAY.
On the 10th October 2006, while underway to Grand Harbour she ran aground off Marsascala and was pulled off the reef by tugs PAWLINA and WENZINA with the floating sheerlegs SEAWOLF II of which then towed her to Church Wharf at Cassar Ship Repair Yard for inquiry and since then she was laid up – https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/vessel-runs-aground.38842
She was broken up at the Grand Harbour, Malta during November 2011.
Photos by Capt. Lawrence Dalli. Do not use these images without my permission. © All rights reserved. Malta Ship Photos & Action Photos – www.maltashipphotos.com
Published – Friday 8th November 2019