Local Shipping – Ferry CALYPSOLAND

One of the ferries that used to operate in the Gozo Channel, between Malta and Gozo was the 1932 Dutch built CALYPSOLAND. She was built at De Schelde in Vlissingen, Netherlands as the PRINS HENDRIK but a year later  in 1933 she was modified due to instability problems by the same yard. In 1940 she […]

Passenger Ships – PALOMA I

One of the Polish built ships originally bound for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was the 1980 built ferry DMITRIY SHOSTAKOVICH from a Class of 7 as Project B492/B493 by Stocznia Szczecinska im Adolfa Warskiego Warskiego in Szczecin, Poland. She was the lead of her class which she was named for the Soviet era Russian composer […]

Ferry – 1975 built ELEGANT I

One of the Dover – Ostend route ferry, the PRINCESS MARIE CHRISTINE was scrapped in December 2011 and was seen as ELEGANT I. She was launched by Belliard Hoboken as the PRINCESSE MARIE CHRISTINE in 1975 as yard no 878  for Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT), Belgium on their  Ostend  to Dover  route. In 1987 she was repainted in […]

Ferry – 1980 built SHERBATSKIY

One of the last remaining ships built for Townsend Thoresen for the Dover – Calais route as the PRIDE OF FREE ENTERPRISE was scrapped in December 2015 and was seen as SHERBATSKIY. She was launched on 31st May 1980 by Schichau Unterweser AG, Germany as yard number 2281 as PRIDE OF FREE ENTERPRISE for Townsend Thoresen […]

Casualties – Collision between 2 ferries at Palermo Port – 03.10.2021

On Sunday 3rd October, 2021 morning the Tirrenia ropax RAFFAELE RUBATTINO coming from Naples, Italy collided with the berthed Siremar ferry ANTONELLO DA MESSINA at Palermo Port, Sicily. It seems there was a stern thruster failure with both ships sustained damages with ANTONELLO DA MESSINA nose damaged while RAFFALE RUBATTINO had stern ramp and starboard […]

Ferry Service – Grandi Navi Veloci calling to Malta with different ships – 17.05.2021 to 07.07.2021

Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV) started a connection of ferry service linking Malta with Palermo with first ship calling on Saturday 16th January, 2021 – Read our article – https://maltashipnews.com/2021/03/15/ferry-service-grandi-navi-veloci-calling-to-malta-with-different-ships-16-01-2021-to-15-03-2021/ On Monday 17th May the 1999 German built and owned ro/ro ELISABETH RUSS called at Grand Harbour, Malta berthing at Flagstone Wharf. Also called on Monday 31st May. On […]

Bookships – GBA Ships 50 Years of Service at Sea – 2021

GBA Ships is celebrating 50 years of Service at Sea this year, 2021. Serving others with ocean-going ships began in 1970 with the purchase of the original LOGOS. Since then the ships (LOGOS, DOULOS, LOGOS II and LOGOS HOPE) have visited over 500 different ports in more than 150 countries and territories and welcomed over […]