Yachting – ESPADARTE leaving Malta from Bezzina Ship Repair Yard – May 2024

One of the classic yachts that is a repetitive client of Bezzina Ship Repair Yard (BSRY) since the year 2020 is the Portuguese built ESPADARTE. She was built by Arsenal do Alfeite in Portugal at their Alfeite shipyard in 1968 to military specifications and after 1974 she was sold to the Saudi based Sheikh Mouffak […]

Local Shipping – Arrival of Floating Dock NAZLAB – 10.05.2014

On 28th April 2014 Melita Marine Group, Malta took over a Floating Dock with 5,000 tons lifting capacity from Western Ship Repair Yard, Klaipeda part of the BLRT Grupp to be renamed NAZLAB. With a length overall of 102 meters, inside width 20 meters and draft over keel blocks of 6 meters, the dock at […]

Towage – Spanish tug NERVIO towing STEMAT 63 – 07.09.2013

One of the Spanish built tugs trading around and seen in Malta with different towages is the 1982 built 25.02 metres tug NERVIO. Firstly seen in Malta engaged in towing BFT cages for the tuna industry she was built at Astilleros y Varaderos de Tarragona at Tarragona, Spain as yard no 226 completed in July […]

Ship Repair – 10 year old tug MULTRATUG 27 drydocked at Malta – August 2023.

The 2013 Damen ASD 2810 built tug MULTRATUG 27 was seen again at Malta but this time drydocked inside Melita Marine Group Floating Dock NAZLAB. She entered on Wednesday 23rd August coming from Mellitah, Libya from where she’s been working there since June 2021. Like her sister – MULTRATUG 26 she joined Multraship Fleet during […]

Ship Repair – Former Norwegian Rescue Ship at BSRY – May 2008.

An interesting vessel that called at the family owned ship repair yard, situated at Coal Wharf, Grand Harbour inner side was the 1966 built former Norwegian Rescue Ship SPEIDEREN. She was temporarily berthed at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Marina berth at Valletta. She was part of the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (NSSR) as RS 70 […]

Fishing Vessels – Tunisian ABOU SHAMA and DENPHIR I at Malta – June 2013

With Blue Fin Tuna (BFT) Season in place it was interesting to see 2 Tunisian purse seiners at Grand Harbour, Malta during June 2013 sheltering from strong winds, both of them during their maiden calls. These were the 1996 built wooden 24 metre wooden hull purse seiner ABOU SHAMA homeported in Monastir with fishing matricola […]

Towage – AGIOS DIMITRIOS towing SIRTE 2 – 19.05.2001

On Saturday 19th May, 2001 several units of the Libyan Dredging Company COMAFISH was seen arriving at Grand Harbour, Malta either as deck cargo or towed like the 1965 built cutter suction dredger SIRTE 2 that was seen being towed by the Greek Tug AGIOS DIMITRIOS. AGIOS DIMITRIOS was built in the Netherlands at YVC […]