Naval News – Bulgaria’s first Latest Corvette Launched – 04.08.2023

On Friday 4th August 2023, in Varna, the Bulgarian shipbuilder MTG Dolphin Shipyard PLC launched the first of the two new 2,300-ton corvettes / multi-purpose modular patrol vessels (MMPV) 90 for the Bulgarian Navy, under the management of the German shipbuilder NVL Group (formerly known as Lürssen Defence) which is the prime contractor of the […]

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY – Bulgarian Bulker VIDEN

On Saturday 25th March, 2023 the 2012 built MLT flag bulker VIDEN was photographed from the air by Malta Ship Photos around 25 nautical miles east offshore Malta. She was built in China by Zhejiang Zhenghe Shipyard at Zhoushan as the ADFINES NORTH for ABC Maritime, Switzerland and was acquired by the Bulgarian Company Navigation […]

Bulkers – 142 metre QUEEN SARA at Malta – May 2022.

An interesting Bulgarian built bulker, the QUEEN SARA was spotted inside the Grand Harbour, Malta both on Wednesday 4th and Saturday 7th May, 2022 berthed at Magazine Wharf, part of Valletta Gateway Terminals (VGT). She was built in Bulgaria by Varna Shipyard AD, in Varna for the Bulgarian National Line – Navigation Maritime Bulgare (Navibulgar […]

Haifa Port – November 2021 Movements

The Port of Haifa  is the largest of Israel’s three major international seaports, the others being the Port of Ashdod, and the Port of Eilat. It has a natural deep water harbor, which operates all year long, and serves both passenger and merchant ships. It is one of the largest ports in the eastern Mediterranean in terms of freight volume and […]

Semi-Submersible Pipe Layer CASTORO SEI – Aerial Photography – 15.08.2014

On Friday 15th August 2014, the 1978 built semi-submersible Pipe Layer CASTORO SEI was photographed from the air by MALTA SHIP PHOTOS around 40 miles offshore Malta heading to Burgas, Bulgaria from Rotterdam, Netherlands. She was built in Trieste, Italy by Fincantieri and homeported in Nassau (BHS Flag). She’s 152 metres long with 70.5 metres […]

Casualties – General Cargo Ship ARVIN sank off Turkey – 17.01.2021

On Sunday 17th January the 1975 built general cargo ship ARVIN sank off Turkey in severe weather conditions. At the time of the incident, ARVIN was making a stopover on a voyage from Poti, Georgia to Burgas, Bulgaria. The Turkish Foreign Ministry reported that the ship had sought shelter at the Bartin anchorage on January 15th after […]

Passer By – Super Servant 4 with 2 Naval Vessels aboard – 17.09.2020

On Thursday 17th September , 2020 morning the 1982 built semi-submersible yacht carrier SUPER SERVANT 4 passed by North of Malta on her way to Varna, Bulgaria. Interesting cargo inside her dock were 2 former Dutch Navy Tripartite Class Minehunters M 856 Hnlms MAASLUIS (Commissioned 12th December 1984) and M 859 Hnlms HELLEVOETSLUIS (Commissioned 20th February […]

Offshore Vessel CECON EXCELLENCE – Aerial Photography

An interesting vessel that was photographed from the air both in 2017 and 2020 is the hull of the offshore vessel CECON EXCELLENCE. Originally a class of 3 with CECON EXCELLENCE as the second unit built in Canada at Davie Shipyards, Quebec as Hull 718 for Cecon ASA but the company declared bankrupt in April […]

Passer By – Iranian Container Ship ARTENOS – 08.03.2020

On Sunday 8th March 2020 the 16 year old Iranian (IRN) flag and owned container ship ARTENOS was spotted underway 37.5 nautical miles off Malta heading to Bulgaria at 0015 hrs. She was built in Germany by Nordic Shipyards at Wismar as IRAN FARS in 2004 trading until March 2009. She used to call at Malta […]