Malta Naval Visits – February 2024

Friday 2nd February.  Year 2024 was started with an interesting naval movement  and the maiden call of the French Navy Mistral Class Amphibious Assault & Command Ship (Bâtiment de Projection et de Commandement / BPC) FS DIXMUDE L 9015. She passed breakwaters at 0817 hrs coming from Egypt after she was being used as a […]

Tanker News – DOMINIA’s crew standoff OPL Malta – 28.09.2023

An international legal battle has erupted around the 2009 built tanker DOMINIA that used to be owned  by the Bari, Italy  based shipping company Morfini. Originally the tanker was arrested by Transport Malta via court order with CW 870/2023 on 23rd May, 2023 following the action of the Irish fund Nassau Maritime Holdings, which in […]

Former Military – Yacht PLAN B at Malta

One of the former naval vessels that was given a second life, converted as the luxury yacht PLAN B is the former Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Hydrographic Ship HMAS FLINDERS A 312. She was built by HMA Naval Dockyard at Williamstown, Victoria, Australia. HMAS FLINDERS  was commissioned into the RAN in 1973, and was used […]

Naval News – Aircraft Carrier ITS CAVOUR C 550 at Catania – May 2018

The Italian Navy 2008 commissioned aircraft carrier (Portaaerei in Italian) ITS CAVOUR C 550 entered Catania Port on Friday 11th May 2018. Upon her arrival 2 tractor tugs BELGIO (95) and FINLANDIA (96) left breakwater to assist her with maneuvering though hardly they push on her. She was laid down by Fincantieri in June 2001, and […]

Malta Naval Visits – FS JEANNE D’ARC R 97 – 19-23.04.2002

On Friday 19th April 2002 the French Navy Helicopter Carrier FS JEANNE D’ARC 97 together with the Georges Leygues Class Frigate FS GEORGES LEYGUES D 640 entered Grand Harbour for a diplomatic visit berthing at Pinto 4 and 5 wharves alongside each other with the helicopter carrier alongside berth. R 97 had 6 Helicopters Embarked […]

Yachting – 2019 built ELEMENTS at Malta – 12.07.2021 to 14.07.2021

On Monday 12th July, 2021 at 1544 hrs the 2019 built MLT flag 80 metre superyacht ELEMENTS entered Grand Harbour, Malta during her maiden call coming from Faliro, Greece after embarking harbour pilot at pilot station, 1 nm off GH at 1535 hrs. She was built in Izmit, Turkey by Yachtley Gemi Yapim San. ve […]

Conveyance – Busy Wednesday 24th March, 2021

Vessels calling for crew change, provisions, fendering operations, disembarking/embarking personnel etc are positioned 3/5 miles depending on the cargo for conveyance services. Below is an example of a busy morning that happened on Wednesday 24th March 2021 – The 2013 Romanian built and owned chemical/oil products tanker HISTRIA AMBRA was seen receiving yokohama fenders for […]