RoRo Vessels – Linea Messina ship JOLLY INDACO

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 […]

Libyan Shipping – Dredger BENGHAZI changing ownership at Malta – 2013

One of the Italian built vessels for the Arab countries is the 2002 built trailing suction hopper dredger BENGHAZI. She was built by Costruzioni Navali SpA, Cremona, Italy as JARIF  for the National Authority for Maritime Investment, Libya Her dimensions are 82 metres length (loa), beam of 12 metres and maximum draft of 5.10 metre […]

Malta Naval Visits – LNS TARIQ IBN ZIYAD – 29.07 to 01.08.1991

The Libyan Navy Nanuchka II Class (Project 1234E) Missile Corvette TARIQ IBN ZIYAD one of the Only 2 Nanuchka Hulls that ever visited Malta entered Grand Harbour on Monday 29th July berthing at Crucifix Wharf (now known as Pinto Wharf). She was built at the Soviet Union Vympel Shipyard for the Soviet Navy as MRK […]

Malta Drydocks – Nanuchka Class Missile Corvettes for repairs – 1985

Over a 47 year period Malta Drydocks (MDD) from 1963 to 2010 evolved into a conundrum that baffled successive governments, the Maltese and the Dockyard workers themselves. Few people know that after Malta became neutral (Freedom Day is celebrated annually – 31st March) and we still have Brainwashed People saying that no more warships since […]

Naval News – EUNAVFOR Operation Irini nets embargo buster – 18.07.2022

Last Monday 18th July the EUNAVFOR MED Operation IRINI found cargo in breach of the United Nations (UN) arms embargo on Libya on the ro/ro vessel VICTORY RORO after she was spotted by French Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). She has been on the radar for a while when she delivered military vehicles to the country […]

Tanker News – GULF PETROLEUM 4 refused entry to Malta – 08.05.2021

It started on Saturday 8th May, 2021 around 1010 hrs when the Libyan tug SILIN towing the 159 metre tanker GULF PETROLEUM 4 was called on vhf Ch 12 by Valletta VTS to stay at least 26 miles offshore Malta. Few minutes later during conversation exchanges between the ships, radio officer aboard the tanker stated […]

Malta Naval Visits – INS JALASHWA L 41+ INS MYSORE D 60 – 11-12.03.2011.

In March 2011 the Indian Government had sought Malta’s assistance for the evacuation of most of the 18,000 Indian workers in Libya. Though some workers were already been evacuated on a ship from Benghazi and taken to Egypt, India wanted to focus its operation through Malta of which the Indian effort was being coordinated by […]

Libya Uprising – Ferry AZZURRA.

The 1964 built ferry AZZURRA was a familiar sight in Libya of which more than 64,000 people fleeing from the conflict were evacuated with 18 voyages made from Libya from as early in the crisis as 8th March 2011. She entered all the major ports such as Tripoli, Misurata, Sirte, Benghazi and supporting Syrian, Tunisian, […]