Breaking Up – USNS PFC Eugene A. Obregon T-AK 3066 arrive for recycling – 07.06.2024

Last Friday 7th June the 250.24 m long (loa) Maritime Prepositioning Ship (PREPO) USNS PFC EUGENE A. OBREGON T-AK 3006 arrived at the recycling yard All Star Metals & All Star Shredding at Brownsville, Texas, United States of America (USA). She was built in 1982 at the Sun Shipbuilding, Chester, Pennsylvania as THOMAS HEYWARD for Waterman Steamship […]

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 – Heavy Load Carrier JUMBO SPIRIT – 29.04.2015

One of the famous Jumbo heavy load carriers that used to call at Malta was the 1995 built Heavy Load Carrier JUMBO SPIRIT. She was built by Bolnes Shipyard BV Capella /d Ijssel in Netherlands as JUMBO SPIRIT for Jumbo Spirit BV ( Kahn Scheepvaart BV Rotterdam as manager ) Rotterdam ,Netherlands with 95.69 m […]

Broken Up – Cable Ship RAYMOND CROZE – 28.12.2023

During Q 4 of 2023, the French built and French owned cable layer RAYMOND CROZE was sold to Shipbreakers at Aliaga, Turkey and was beached on Thursday 28th December, 2023. She was built by Soc Nouvelle des Ateliers et Chantiers de La Rochelle-Pallice – La Rochelle, France with yard no 1235 in 1983 with 107.02 […]

Broken Up – SS Cape Nome AK-1014 – December 2023

One of the Ready Reserve Fleet (RRF) Ship used by the Military Sealift Command  in delivering ammunition, fuel, tanks, food, and other supplies to the US Navy in 1990-91 Persian Gulf war was the C5 class breakbulk ship SS CAPE NOME AK 1014 She was laid down on 26th September 1969, as SS MORMACSTAR, a […]

Broken Up – Ferry TOR HOLLANDIA (1966-2010) – 11.09.2010

One of the West German built ships that was built for the Scandinavian Area was the 1966 built ferry TOR HOLLANDIA. She was  built as yard number 559 by Lübecker Flender Werke at Lubeck in West Germany. for Tor Line service from Immingham to Amsterdam and Gothenburg. She was  built launched and christened by Godother […]

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 […]

Broken Up – Dredger LELYSTAD – 06.10.2023

The Dutch built and owned Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) LELYSTAD finished her last voyage to the breakers at Aliaga, Turkey on Tuesday 6th October. She was built at IHC Merwede Scheepswerf at Hardinxveld Giessendam, Netherlands with yard number 618 as LELYSTAD for Ballast Nedam until 2001; sold to Ballast HAM Dredging until 2003 where […]

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 […]

Military Nostalgia – Dark Class Gunboats at Malta

A total of 27 Dark Class Fast Attack Craft were ordered for the Royal Navy between December 1951 and January 1952 , but only 18 were completed, the remainder being cancelled in 1955. Fitted with 2 shaft Napier Deltic 16 cylinder diesels, the Dark Class were the first diesel engined fast patrol boats, the earlier […]