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 […]

Ferry – GNV AZZURRA

One of the GNV’s (Grandi Navi Veloci) ferries around is the 1981 built ropax GNV AZZURRA. In the late 70s the Swedish shipbuilding industry was suffering from a downturn, with little to no ships in order from Swedish shipyards. To help the industry the Swedish Prime Minister Ola Ullsten persuaded Rederi AB Gotland to order new ferries from Öresundsvarvet […]

Ferry Service – GNV CRISTAL at Malta – January 2021

The German built ropax GNV CRISTAL called again for the second time within a week entering Grand Harbour, Malta on Friday 29th January, 2021 at 1244 hrs coming from Palermo, Sicily. Originally her eta was at 1130 hrs but due to Malta Maritime Pilots meeting she had to adjust eta at 1230 hrs. She was […]

Ferry News – Grandi Navi Veloci linking Malta with Palermo – January 2021.

The Italian Shipping Company established in 1992 Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV) started a connection of ferry service linking Malta with Palermo. On Saturday 16th January, 2021 at 1515 hrs the 1994 built ropax AF MARINA entered Grand Harbour, Malta for the first time coming from Palermo via Messina Straits. She was built by Cantieri Navali […]

Casualties – Aland Islands Ferry AMORELLA ran aground – 20.09.2020

The 1988 built ferry AMORELLA operated by the ferry company Viking Line between the Finnish western port city of Turku and Swedish capital Stockholm is currently aground south of the port of Långnäs in the Åland Islands. In a tweet, the local coastguard division stated that AMORELLA went aground south of Långnäs. The ship pushed […]

Casualties – XLENDI – 09.04.1992

28 Years ago on Thursday 9th April, 1992 the Gozo Channel Line ferry XLENDI ran aground at Cominotto while crossing from Cirkewwa to Mgarr. The incident happened around 2130 hrs of which at that time XLENDI was the latest to join the fleet of the Gozo Channel Line and she sustained considerable damage when she […]

Coronavirus – Non Essential crossing between Malta and Gozo stopped & Updated Gozo Channel Schedule – 03.04.2020

All travel between Malta and Gozo, except for specific reasons, has been restricted in a bid to prevent Covid-19 from spreading further. Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri said on Tuesday 31st March, 2020 that all travel between the two islands would be prohibited unless for specific purposes. KERCEM at Gozo All passengers boarding the Gozo Channel at Ċirkewwa, Malta or Mġarr, Gozo […]