One of the Soviet Union (USSR) built vessels that used to call at Malta was the 1989 built ro/ro vessel JOLLY INDACO owned by Linea Messina, Italy.
She was built at Severnaya Verf Shipbuilding Yard at Saint Petersburg as yard number 843 as the Project 16071 ro/ro ship for Baltic Sea Shipping, USSR as S.KIROV homeported at Leningrad and official number (o.n.) M-40323. In 1992 her flag was changed to Russia (RUS), homeported at Saint Petersburg and o.n. was 860013 since Soviet Union was dissoluted of which she called at Malta Drydocks too in 1997 piloted by the late harbour pilot Carmelo Calafato.
In January 1997 she was sold and renamed as CLAIRE, homeported at Limassol (CYP) with o.n. 942J38
On 11th July , 1997 she was sold to Ignazio Messina & C SpA, Italy that was founded in 1921 and was renamed as JOLLY INDACO with o.n. 75926 homeported at Naples, Italy.
She traded as JOLLY INDACO until September 2012 where she was sold for scrap renamed as INDACO homeported at Basseterre with St. Kitts & Nevis flag (KNA) assisted by Enrico Scolaro of Scolaro Shipbroker of Genoa, arriving at Alang Ship Breaking Yard, India later that month
She used to operate from Genoa, Italy , Valletta, Malta to Tripoli, Misurata and Benghazi, Libya and her shipping agent in Malta by SMS Shipping is – www.sms.com.mt that share a SPONSOR Package too.