Passenger Ships – Soviet ferry GRUZIYA

One of the former Soviet Passenger/Car Ferry built in Finland was the Belorussija Class – GRUZIYA. She was built by Oy Wartsila AB, Turku Shipyard, Finland, today Meyer Turku in 1975 as one of the five sisters in the class. She was launched on 18th October 1974 and delivered on 30th June 1975 and was named […]

Broken Up – Soviet Passenger Ship MIKHAIL SUSLOV – 2013

One of  the seven Dmitri Shostakovich class ferries  of project B-492/B-493 originally built by Stocznia Szczecinska im Adolfa Warskiego Warskiego in Szczecin, Poland and used by the Soviet shipping companies was the yard no B492/04 MIKHAIL SUSLOV originally launched as VASILIY SOLOVYEV SEDOY. Leaving Grand Harbour, Malta back to 8th January, 1985. She was in service by the Soviet […]

Passenger Ships – PALOMA I

One of the Polish built ships originally bound for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was the 1980 built ferry DMITRIY SHOSTAKOVICH from a Class of 7 as Project B492/B493 by Stocznia Szczecinska im Adolfa Warskiego Warskiego in Szczecin, Poland. She was the lead of her class which she was named for the Soviet era Russian composer […]

Breaking Up – Cruise Liner ASTOR – 23.11.2020

The 33 year old cruise liner ASTOR was sold last 15th October at an auction by C.W. Kellock London Ltd. She was built in 1987 by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW), Kiel in West Germany  as ASTOR for the Mauritius-based Marlan Corporation, although originally ordered by the South African Safmarine as a combined ocean liner/cruise ship for the Southampton-Cape Town service. In 1988, she was sold to the Soviet Union Black Sea Shipping […]

Malta Naval Ships – USNS LCPL ROY M WHEAT T-AK 3016

Strategic sealift ships are part of the United States Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) prepositioning program. Currently there are around 50 ships in the program, strategically positioned around the world to support the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Defense Logistics Agency. Most are named after Medal of Honor recipients from the service they support. The Prepositioning Ships (PREPO) in each squadron have sufficient equipment, […]

Towage – Soviet 93m salvage tug YAGUAR

YAGUAR was built by Admiralteiskiy Zavod at Leningrad in USSR in 1976 as Yard No.701 (Design 1453), a 9,000 HP Salvage Tug. She was 92.79m long; 15.40m wide and draught of 7.70m Her machinery was  twin screws, 2 x 2-stroke 16cyl. diesel USSR 8970pk-6600kW-12500ipk total, giving her speed of 18.254 knots and Bollard Pull of 95 […]

Breaking Up -1984 built Seismic Vessel KONDOR EXPLORER – 22.09.2015

On Tuesday 22nd September 2015 the 1983 built seismic vessel KONDOR EXPLORER arrived at Scheepssloperij Nederland BV in Gravendeel to be demolished. She was built in China by Hudyong Shipyard at Shanghai in 1983 as yard number 141 as tugboat SSS SHANGHAI to Selco (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., Singapore,  managed by Sentinel Supply Ships Pte. Ltd., Singapore. Her gross tonnage was […]