Tugboats – Anchor Handling Tug NEPTUN 11 at Malta again – January 2024

The 36m anchor handling tug NEPTUN 11 was spotted again at Malta sheltering from weather conditions after an absence of 9 years. She was here during March 2013, where she was towing the 50m flat top barge STEMAT 76 inside Grand Harbour. She was built by Neptune Shipyards BV at Aalst, Netherlands with yard number […]

Maiden Call – KAMARINA at Malta – 04.01.2024

Another Rosetti Marino built vessel – KAMARINA entered Grand Harbour, Malta this morning Thursday 4th January, 2024 passing breakwaters at 0758 hrs coming from Turkey during her maiden call. Originally she arrived OPL Malta yesterday evening , anchoring at waiting area at 1930 hrs. KAMARINA was built by Rosetti Marino, Italy with yard number C99 […]

Oil Rig NOBLE PAUL ROMANO towage – AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY – 05.11.2012

On Monday 5th November, 2012 the semi-submersible drilling rig (SSDR) NOBLE PAUL ROMANO towage was photographed from the air by MALTA SHIP PHOTOS around 65 nautical miles east offshore Malta. She was being towed by the 2011 Japanese built offshore tug/supply ship POSH CHAMPION with a 3,174 DWT and 75 metres as length overall. Also […]

Towage – OCEAN LARK towing 80m barge IB 919 – 30.03.2003

On Sunday 30th March, 2003 the Norwegian built anchor handling tug/supply ship OCEAN LARK towing an 80 metre barge IB 919was seen entering Valletta bound to Cassar Ship Repair Yard. OCEAN LARK was built by Bolsones Verft at Molde, Norway as the RIG TUGGER for Uksnoy of which it still exists , trading until 1981; […]

Broken Up – Russian Icebreaker KIGORIAK – April 2022

The 1979 Canadian built Icebreaker KIGORIAK was spotted beached at Alang, India to be broken Up. She was built by Saint John Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company for Canadian Marine Drilling (Canmar) in 1979 as the CANMAR KIGORIAK. She was the first commercial icebreaking vessel developed to support offshore oil exploration in the Beaufort Sea. […]

Offshore News – Swire Pacific Offshore Fleet sold to Tidewater – 22.04.2022

On Friday 22nd April Tidewater Inc. announced the completion of its purchase of Swire Pacific Offshore Holdings Ltd., a subsidiary of Swire Pacific Ltd., for approximately $190 million after the sale was announced last 9th March. The deal will allow Tidewater to add SPO’s fleet of 50 OSVs to its own, creating one of the world’s largest OSV fleets. Part of […]

Casualties – CHEM P salvage update – 31.03.2022

The refloating of ships stranded or sunk in exposed waters is called offshore salvage. In this type of salvage, vessels are exposed to waves, currents and weather and are the most vulnerable and difficult to work on. They also tend to deteriorate more rapidly than such vessels in protected harbours. Offshore salvage may provide only a short window […]

Casualties – FELICITY ACE sinks off the Azores – 01.03.2022

On Tuesday 1st March, 2022 around 0900 hrs local time Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) car carrier FELICITY ACE  that caught fire in the Atlantic last February 16th while carrying nearly 4,000 cars from Germany to the US sunk despite several efforts to tow her safely.  The 6,400 CEU ship sank 220 nautical miles off the coast of Portugal’s […]