Yachting – 2023 built 45.2 metre yacht MILELE at Malta – June 2023

One of the Dutch Built Yachts trading around is the 2023 built MILELE of which we saw her in Malta both berthed at Marina Di Valletta and local cruising within territorial waters (wtw). She was built by the Monnickendam based Royal Hakvoort Shipyard with Aluminium Hull and superstructure designed by the Naval Architects Van Oossanen […]

Opinion – Reporting Shipping Matters is a Big Joke

Looking at certain ship photos caption it’s either you laugh or you cry. Most of the funniest shipping terms comes from the Media but when you see certain photographers that are involved in shipping photography you will say – Are you Serious ?? 🙂 COURTESY FLAG – A nation’s courtesy flag should be flown by all […]

Destination Gozo – SEA CLOUD II off Gozo – 15.05.2017

One of the passenger ships that from time to time anchor off Mgarr Harbour, Gozo and transferring passengers to shore and back to the ship apart from Comino Charters etc is the 2001 built sailing passenger ship SEA CLOUD II. Unlike the SEA CLOUD , she is a newbuilding, built at the Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros […]

Opinion – Terms in Shipping at Malta – 25.11.2023

Looking at certain ship photos caption it’s either you laugh or you cry. Most of the funniest shipping terms comes from the Media but when you see certain photographers that are involved in shipping photography you will say – Are you Serious ?? 🙂 CHARTERING is the term used to name the renting of a […]

LPG News – Eitzen acquires shipowner B-Gas – August 2023

Norwegian Shipping Company EITZEN has added a fleet of LPG carriers to her expanding shipping empire, buying B-Gas from Bergshav Shipholding for an undisclosed sum. B GAS COMMANDER anchored off Naples, Italy back to 15th April, 2019 B-Gas owns and operates 10 LPG vessels ranging in size from 3,000 to 5,000 cu m, which mainly […]

Naval News – 2021 commissioned ITS VULCANO at Sicily – 31.07.2023

The Italian Navy replacement for the Stromboli Class replenishment oiler (AOR) along with her current being build sistership, the ITS VULCANO A 5335 was spotted anchored at Augusta, Sicily. ITS VULCANO was built by Fincantieri with yard number 6259. The stern section was built at the Riva Trigoso Naval Shipyard while her bow  section was […]

Yachting – 2010 built motor yacht OCEAN PEARL at Malta

The 41 m masterpiece yacht OCEAN PEARL from the innovative design minds at Foster &  Partners, was at the Maltese Islands twice since she was built. Built in 2010 by Rodriquez Yachts, Italy with GRP Hull she offers guest accommodation for up to 12 guests with a layout comprising a master suite, two double cabins […]

Wrecks – Chinese Ship suspected of looting WWII wrecks – May 2023

Malaysia’s maritime authorities on Monday 29th May, 2023 said cannon shells believed to be from World War Two have been found on the 2014 built Chinese dredger CHUAN HONG 68  detained at the weekend for anchoring in its territorial waters without permission. The discovery came amid reports that scavengers have targeted two British World War […]

Heavy Lift – TOPAZ ZEYA at Malta – March 2022

The 2018 built 123 metres long RUS flag deck cargo ship TOPAZ ZEYA was seen at OPL Malta on Tuesday 15th March, 2022 loaded with windfarm equipment. She was built at Vard Vung Tau, Vietnam with keel laid on 20th December, 2016 and completed on 22nd May 2018. Design was known as VARD 9 21 […]

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. […]