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 […]

Offshore – Anchor Handling Vessel SOVEREIGN

One of the Chinese built offshore industry vessels currently trading in the maritime world is the 2003 built anchor handling vessel SOVEREIGN. She was built at CIMC Raffles Offshore Shipyard at Yantai, China for Klyne Tugs Ltd at Lowestoft, UK as ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN christened on 27th August, 2003 where she traded until 2007 of which […]

AFM – Yacht Aground assistance – 15.11.2023

Around 2115 hrs of  Wednesday 15th November, 2023 the Polish 10 m sailing yacht LA AVENTURA with call sign SPS 4217 contacted Malta VTS due that she ran aground, with the master requested to be evacuated  after she was taking water. AFM Defender rib P05 was immediately dispatched to the area, assessing the situation and […]

Cruise Liner – CORINTHIAN

One of the famous (Batch 1) Renaissance cruise liners still around the world in the cruise line industry is the 1990 built MLT flag CORINTHIAN. She was launched in 1990, built by Cantiere Navale Ferrari-Signani in La Spezia, Italy and was operated by Renaissance Cruises  as the RENAISSANCE IV. Above image is of RENAISSANCE FOUR […]

Casualties – WILSON SKAW aground – 19.04.2023

On Wednesday 19th April, 2023 the 1996 built general cargo ship WILSON SKAW ran aground at Húnaflói bay, off the north coast of Iceland carrying 2,000 tons of salt and 195 tons of oil . She was on passage from Ceuta, Spain to Holmavik, Iceland. On Friday 21st April the vessel was freed by the […]

Broken Up – Salvage Tug SALVAGE TITAN – December 2022

One of the famous Dutch built ocean going salvage tug SALVAGE TITAN was broken up at Kaohsiung, Taiwan last December 2022. She was built by Verolme Shipyard – Heusen; Netherlands with yard number 934 for Smit International Rotterdam as SMIT NEW YORK. Below image is while she was berthed at the old Medserv Base at […]

Casualties – Ship XELO sank after running aground off Tunisia – 16.04.2022

On Friday 15th April, 2022 the 1977 built 59 metre ship XELO issued distress signal reporting water ingress, flooded engine room, after she ran aground at the Gulf of Gabes, Tunisia . All 7 crew (2 Azerbaijanis, 4 Turkish and Georgian captain ) were reportedly rescued and hospitalised for checks and currently in a hotel. […]