Barracuda 2024 Exercise – Malta-Italy Bilateral Exercise – May 2024

Malta’s strategic location in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, intersecting major shipping lanes linking the east and west, underscores both its strength and vulnerability to maritime incidents. Recognising the imperative to safeguard its vital tourism industry, ports, and desalination plants, Transport Malta (TM) explained that ”Malta has diligently worked over the past decade to […]

Malta Naval Visits – April 2024

Thursday 11th April.  The Marina Militare Italiana (Italian Navy) Thaon Di Revel Class Multipurpose offshore patrol vessel, also known as Pattugliatore Polivalente D’Altura (PPA) – ITS PAOLO THAON DI REVEL P 430 called at Malta , passing breakwaters at 1612 hrs making her both as maiden call and the first PPA to be seen in […]

Towage – Disabled Suezmax tanker GULF SCANDIC towed to Malta – June 2007

On Saturday 9th June, 2007 the 1984 built 274 metres crude oil tanker GULF SCANDIC reported that she had engine failure off Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean Sea. After few hours, Tug Malta 1998 built tugboat SEA SALVOR was dispatched and commenced towing the next day on Sunday 10th June. Towage arrived 3 miles off […]

Malta Naval Visits – HMS ALBION L 14 – 07.11 to 11.11.2022

On Monday 7th November 2022, Royal Navy’s amphibious assault ship HMS ALBION L 14 arrived in Malta berthing starboard side alongside to Boiler Wharf. The visit coincided with a series of Remembrance Day commemorations happening in Malta of which her Country Flag was flown half mast as per below images. Her last call to Malta […]

Malta Naval Visits – March 2023

Thursday 2nd March  The Russian Navy Project 160 Altay Class Medium seagoing oil products tanker RFS KOLA passed 25.9 nautical miles off Valletta proceeding to East Mediterranean at 2103 hrs. This wasn’t her first passer by move but the first one for 2023. Friday 3rd March  The operated Military Sealift Command of the US Navy […]

Casualties – FRAU NANCY Disabled – 24.04.2007

On Tuesday 24th April 2007 the local tug LIENI was seen towing the disabled 1972 built ship FRAU NANCY towards Grand Harbour, Malta. FRAU NANCY was bound to Algeria when engine problems occurred and she was disabled. Local tugboat LIENI was dispatched from Grand Harbour around 2200 hrs towards her position – 20 miles north […]

Malta Naval Visits – February 2023

Naval Visits for the year 2023 started from February – Saturday 4th to Tuesday 7th February The First Naval Ship was the Italian Navy Gaeta Class Minehunter ITS VIAREGGIO M 5559 that entered at 0924 hrs. She was seen for the first time in Malta back to 2001 when she was only 5 years old. […]

Malta Naval Visits – RFS MB-304 – 23-28.10.2012

On Thursday 25th October, 2012 the Russian Navy Sorum Class (Project 745) Ocean Going Tug MB-304 entered Grand Harbour, Malta for the first time berthing at Boiler Wharf. She was built at the Yaroslav Zavod Shipyard as yard no 409 in 1973 and commissioned 29th July 1977 and was assigned to the Black Sea Fleet. […]

Malta Naval Visits – RFA ARGUS A 135 – 23-25.11.2022

On Wednesday 23rd November, 2022 the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Role 3 Casualty Treatment/Aviation Training Ship RFA ARGUS A 135 passed Grand Harbour, Malta breakwaters at 1026 hrs after embarking pilot at Marsaxlokk Harbour Pilot Station 2 Bravo due to heavy swell off Grand Harbour (OGH) during her maiden call. She was originally built as […]