Local Shipping – 29 towing Bezz IV – 02.05.2015

One of the 6 former US Army tugs that was donated by the US Government to Malta and currently owned by Bezzina Maritime Services is no doubt the famous workhorse tug 29. She was built by American Electric Welding Co, Savannah, Georgia, USA as ST 2029 for the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1952. […]

Dredging – Haywharf Dredging – July/August 2022

During July and August 2022 Dredging Operations of Inert Material was carried out at the AFM Maritime Squadron Base at Haywharf at Marsamxett Harbour with the Ports & Yachting Directorate of Transport Malta issued Local Notice of Mariners – 091 dated 21st June, 2022 and Amendment – 118 dated 14th July 2022 . Vessels engaged […]

Accident – Crane Vessel SAIPEM 7000 lifting accident – 14.04.2022

On Thursday 14th April, 2022 the world’s third largest semi submersible crane vessel SAIPEM 7000 heavily listed after suffering a lifting accident on a Norwegian Fjord near Stavanger, Norway. The Norwegian Rescue Services reported that during the 5 yo load test of the cranes, the main wire snapped with the cause of dropping 2 barges […]

Dredging – Dredging of Inert Material at Deep Water Quay, Malta – November 2021

From Monday 1st November to Monday 22nd November, 2021 Dredging Operations of Inert Material was carried out in Grand Harbour along the intermediate coastline of Deep Water Quay (DWQ) 3 and 4. The Ports & Yachting Directorate of Transport Malta issued Local Notice of Mariners – 168 dated 26th October 2021. Vessels engaged in the […]

Dredging – Mgarr Harbour, Gozo completed – June 2021

The dredging works part of Euro 6 Million Project to improve facilities, particularly for fishermen which was started back in 2019 was finished in June 2021. Images taken last May, 2021. An article about this project was published last Wednesday 18th March 2020 – https://maltashipnews.com/2020/03/18/maritime-projects-mgarr-harbour-gozo-part-1-18-03-2020/ On Monday 14th June, 2021 the crane barge BEZZ III […]

Towage – ENGLISHMAN towing HL 500 – 05.01.2005

On Wednesday 5th January 2005 the Polish Tug ENGLISHMAN managed by Polskie Ratownictwo was spotted towing the St. Vincent & The Grenadines flag crane barge HL 500 from USA to Dubai. She was built in Germany by Elsflether Werft AG as Yard Number 392 for the Offshore Supply Association (OSA) as SCHEPELSTURM. During 1995 she […]

Ships at Haifa, Israel in Week 8 of 2018. The following movements are covered by a friend at Haifa, Israel – Monday 19th February, 2018. The salvage grounded vessel DIANA was towed to Tuzla, Turkey by the offshore supply ship STRATIS Z.  Tuesday 20th February, 2018. The French Navy Georges Leygues class frigate D643 FS JEAN DE VIENNE left […]