BFT Season 2024 – First Moroccan fishing vessel at Malta – 27.05.2024

On Monday 27th May, 2024 the first Moroccan fishing vessel to enter Grand Harbour, Malta was the Spanish built purse seiner MIMOUNA 1 bearing fishing matricola as 12-122 with radio call sign as CNA 6020 passing breakwaters at 0837 hrs. She was built by Astafersa at Ferrol, Spain as the Spanish Purse Seiner AITA FRAXKU […]

Heavy Lift – TOPAZ ZEYA at Malta – March 2022

The 2018 built 123 metres long RUS flag deck cargo ship TOPAZ ZEYA was seen at OPL Malta on Tuesday 15th March, 2022 loaded with windfarm equipment. She was built at Vard Vung Tau, Vietnam with keel laid on 20th December, 2016 and completed on 22nd May 2018. Design was known as VARD 9 21 […]

Malta Naval Visits – ESPS PRINCIPE DE ASTURIAS R 11 – 16 to 17.03.2021

The only Spanish Navy (Armada Espanola) Aircraft Carrier that visited Malta so far is ESPS PRINCIPE DE ASTURIAS R 11. She entered Grand Harbour, Malta on Friday 16th March, 2007 around 0835 hrs piloted with the late harbour pilot Austin Vella. She was assisted by Tug Malta twin screw tugs FELICA and MARI. She berthed […]

Offshore – China Salvage Vessels at Malta – 2003/2004

Interesting shipping movements with Chinese Offshore vessels happening early in year 2000 were 3 vessels coming from the same company. These were the 1999 built offshore tug/supply ship DE JIN that entered Valletta on 29th May, 2003. She was built at Donghai Shipyard in Shanghai, China Then on 10th July 2004 we had the 2000 […]