Barracuda 2024 Exercise – Malta-Italy Bilateral Exercise – May 2024

Malta’s strategic location in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, intersecting major shipping lanes linking the east and west, underscores both its strength and vulnerability to maritime incidents. Recognising the imperative to safeguard its vital tourism industry, ports, and desalination plants, Transport Malta (TM) explained that ”Malta has diligently worked over the past decade to […]

AFM – MELITA I conducts medevac with EAGLE BRISBANE – 29.12.2023

On Friday 29th December, 2023 the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) responded to a medical evacuation (medevac) call with the Aframax crude oil tanker EAGLE BRISBANE. The Vittoria Class SAR Boat MELITA I was dispatched to the tanker around 3 miles north east off Grand Harbour, since she was in ballast condition and around 0935 […]

Piracy – Indian Navy located the bulker RUEN – 16.12.2023

Last Saturday 16th December, the Indian Navy stated that it was shadowing the Bulgarian-managed bulk carrier that was boarded by unknown attackers, likely Somali pirates 380 miles East of the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea.  The 2016 built RUEN homeported at Valletta (MLT  Flag)  with a multinational crew, of whom 8 are […]

Tugboat – 1957 built HELP at Malta – March 2002

One of the Emden, Germany built tugs that called at Malta was the single screw tugboat HELP, homeported at Nuku Alofa, Tonga flag (TON). She was built by Werft Schulte & Bruns, at Emden, Germany as VOURI with yard number 193 and launched on 15th November 1956  for Union des Remorqueurs de Douala, Cameroon, homeported at […]

Casualties – Algerian Purse Seiner YOUNES II sank – April, 2018

On Tuesday 3rd April, 2018, the Algerian tuna purse seiner YOUNES II launched an SOS message to her sister YOUNES I, of which she did not assist her for unknown reasons.  YOUNES I  was able to return to the Tunisian coast to berth in Bizerte, unlike her sistership YOUNES II which disappeared 20 miles north […]

Casualties – Medevac by French Navy after MSC RACHELE explosion – June 2022

On Tuesday 21st June, 2022 around 0900 hrs the Regional Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) in Toulon, France received a distress call from the 334 metre containership MSC RACHELE that due to engine room fire , followed by an explosion 3 injured crew members needed a medical evacuation (Medevac). She was sailing between Naples and the […]