Drug Bust – 8 tons of cocaine found in Maersk container at Rotterdam – August 2023

Dutch customs have recently made the largest ever drug bust in the Port of Rotterdam by seizing 8 tons of cocaine from a container aboard a Maersk containership in a container reefer of bananas. According to the Dutch Public Prosecution Service, the drugs represent an “enormous” street value of €600m ($653m). The container with more […]

Former Military – Ukrainian ship TORNADO at Malta – 1999

A rare former Soviet Union built craft was seen in Malta back to 5th April, 1999 as the Ukrainian Flag TORNADO. More than 600 craft of Project 376 were built for the Soviet navy as well as civilian users starting in 1955 and are in use up to this day on the rivers and harbors […]

Local Shipping – Passenger Ship LA VALETTE

One of the first from 3 German Customs Patrol Craft donated to Malta to be part of the 1st Maritime Battery of the Armed Forces of Malta, now known as Maritime Squadron was the 1952 built 29 metre craft BRUNSBUTTEL who arrived in Malta as deck cargo with 2 others (nowadays both broken up) aboard […]

BFT Season 2022 – Movements – 21 to 26.05.2022

May is here and Blue Fin Tuna (BFT) Season is here with interesting Turkish fishing vessels coming to tow tuna cages from various spots that belong to Licensed Tuna Farms – Saturday 21st May, 2022. 1453 hrs – 1993 built TUR flag purse seiner SUAYIP KETENCI with fishing matricola 34A 4901 entered Grand Harbour coming from […]

Local Shipping – PRINCESS DIANA & PRINCESS ELIZABETH

Two boats that were former Libyan Customs and Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) Patrol Craft and were never used as short sea passenger boats were the 31.4 metres craft PRINCESS DIANA and PRINCESS ELIZABETH. PRINCESS DIANA was built in 1963 for the Libyan Customs by Brodogradiliste Kraljevica in Hrvatska at Yugoslavia as ARRAID and on […]

Tugboat News – MULTRATUG 17 once again in Malta – 22.12.2021

On Wednesday 22nd December at 0555 hrs the 2008 built 70 tons of bollard pull tug MULTRATUG 17 entered Valletta once again berthing port side alongside Gun Wharf, part of Valletta Cruise Port. She called the first time last 10th June – Read more here – https://maltashipnews.com/2021/06/11/tugboat-news-multratug-17-24-and-27-at-malta-june-2021/ Upon berthing, all Customs & Health Related Paperwork was done crew […]

Maltese Fishing Vessels – 1971 built CARMELA

One of the North Sea Standby Safety Vessel that was bought locally in Malta was the 1971 built steel hulled CARMELA. She was brought to Malta early 90’s as CAM SPRITE sporting black hull and was based at Mgarr Harbour, Gozo. She was built in UK by W. R. Cunis Ltd., Woolwich as FARID with […]

Fishing – Fishing Vessels Movements from 07 – 13.06.2021.

Maltese aquaculture produce is almost entirely exported to European and Asian markets. Over 65 percent of annual landings originates from the tuna and dolphin fish fisheries, which contribute about 56 percent in value terms (about US$ 6 million). Blue Fin Tuna (BFT) Season is on the way too. Here are some of Week 24/25 interesting movements – […]