Harbour Facilities – Ras Hanzir Project, Malta – 29.02.2024

During Q 4 of the year 2020 it was announced that a new wharf for cargo will be built at the Ras Ħanżir area,  part of Grand Harbour , a project that will cost €65 million, partially funded by the EU Cohesion Fund. The Planning Authority File No : PA/08472/19 with ERA Reference EA/00042/19 is […]

Towage – Spanish tug NERVIO towing STEMAT 63 – 07.09.2013

One of the Spanish built tugs trading around and seen in Malta with different towages is the 1982 built 25.02 metres tug NERVIO. Firstly seen in Malta engaged in towing BFT cages for the tuna industry she was built at Astilleros y Varaderos de Tarragona at Tarragona, Spain as yard no 226 completed in July […]

Local Shipping – Jack Up Barge ALASTAIR IV

One of the few local owned jack up barge around was the 48 m ALASTAIR IV owned by Alastair Offshore Services Ltd part of Zammit Group of Companies. She was built in Malta by Malta Shipbuilding Co Ltd (MSCL), delivered during early September, 2001 as a drilling barge prototype. She was built in record time […]

Ship Repair – Former Norwegian Rescue Ship at BSRY – May 2008.

An interesting vessel that called at the family owned ship repair yard, situated at Coal Wharf, Grand Harbour inner side was the 1966 built former Norwegian Rescue Ship SPEIDEREN. She was temporarily berthed at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Marina berth at Valletta. She was part of the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (NSSR) as RS 70 […]

Local Shipping – 29 towing Bezz IV – 02.05.2015

One of the 6 former US Army tugs that was donated by the US Government to Malta and currently owned by Bezzina Maritime Services is no doubt the famous workhorse tug 29. She was built by American Electric Welding Co, Savannah, Georgia, USA as ST 2029 for the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1952. […]

Breaking Up – Migrant Rescue Ship SEA WATCH 3 – May 2023

In the afternoon of Wednesday 3rd May, 2023 the 1973 built Migrant Rescue Ship SEA WATCH 3 arrived at Ghent, Belgium for breaking up. She was built at Shin Shimoda Dock at Shizuoka at Japan in 1973 with yard number 211 as an offshore supply ship ALEGRETE for Companhia Brasileira de Offshore, Brazil trading until […]

Towage – AGIOS DIMITRIOS towing SIRTE 2 – 19.05.2001

On Saturday 19th May, 2001 several units of the Libyan Dredging Company COMAFISH was seen arriving at Grand Harbour, Malta either as deck cargo or towed like the 1965 built cutter suction dredger SIRTE 2 that was seen being towed by the Greek Tug AGIOS DIMITRIOS. AGIOS DIMITRIOS was built in the Netherlands at YVC […]