Casualties – RoRo ship CAROLINE RUSS disabled for few minutes – 05.04.2024

On Friday 5th April, 2024 the German built and owned Roll On Roll Off (RoRo) ship CAROLINE RUSS reported to Valletta VTS at 1432 hrs that while she was underway to Valletta from Palermo with her scheduled port of call she had a main engine failure , approximately 4 miles off Fish Farm Area (AJD Tuna Ranch). […]

Local Shipping – Sea Malta’s – BORMLA

Sea Malta Company Limited was the Maltese National Shipping Line. Established on 10th November 1973 during the tenure of the Labour Government led by Dominic Mintoff, which had the majority of the shares in the new company. The quest of this company was to provide maritime services company as well as to the need of the nation in general, and to […]

Opinion – Terms in Shipping at Malta – 25.11.2023

Looking at certain ship photos caption it’s either you laugh or you cry. Most of the funniest shipping terms comes from the Media but when you see certain photographers that are involved in shipping photography you will say – Are you Serious ?? 🙂 CHARTERING is the term used to name the renting of a […]

Cruise Liners – CELESTYAL OLYMPIA – 27.10.2023

One of the Finnish built cruise liners still trading is the 1981 built liner CELESTYAL OLYMPIA. She was built at Wartsila Hietalahti Shipyard at Helsinki, Finland with yard number 431 for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) as SONG OF AMERICA at the cost of $ 140 million. She was laid down on 17th February, 1981, […]

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 – MSC BRIDGE

One of the Italian built ships that had an interesting shipping history so far is the 1998 built roll on roll off (RoRo) vessel MSC BRIDGE. She was built in Italy by Esercizio Cantieri at Viareggio as STENA AUSONIA. Between 1998 and 2002 she was chartered to Britain’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary renamed RFA SEA CENTURION A 98 […]

Tugboat News – POINT SPENCER at Malta – 1983

One of the tugs that was involved in the salvage of the car carrier fire FREMANTLE HIGHWAY that started on 26th July, 2023 , the 1972 built HUNTER traded for sometime at Malta as the POINT SPENCER. On 8th October 1972 she was launched by Richard Dunston (Hessle) Ltd with yard number S888 and in […]